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January 2020

$47 – $120

2-day THATCHED ROOF Workshop ~ using local reed grass

Thatching & Reed Collection - the Basics !  January 11 & 12, 2020 9:30a to 5:00p Saturday & Sunday  Yes !  Thatching in Michigan !   Explore this beautiful, ecological, insulative & long-lasting roof system during this 2-day workshop. The Strawbale Studio roof was thatched before the turn of the century ...in 1998 ...and is still sound & beautiful.  Instructor:  Deanne Bednar     SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020   9:30a to 5:00p  Learn the basics of thatching a roof, Tour : See…

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$45 – $120

ROUND POLE Framing – Hands-on Workshop

ROUND POLE Framing ~ The Basics Enjoy the satisfaction of working, hands-on, with round pole wood harvested from the woods. to learn the basic skills of creating your own future structure ! January 18th & 19th, 2020  at 9:30 – 5, Sun 9:30 – 5p Learn hands-on basics and principles of construction of round pole framing for small structure ! Tour thatched roofs & round pole structures on site, harvest wood, use hand tools ~ create a small team project…

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$63 – $1507

FIRE ! ROCKET STOVE & EARTH OVEN Workshop

Create useful heat efficiently from local materials ! Tour the buildings & Stoves on site, Hands-on: mockup of combustion unit, mixing cob & finish plaster, make a model of an Earth Oven and a Rocket Cooker. Principles of construction, code.  Bring a bag lunch. Also experience a Rumford Fireplace, Rocket Stove Cooker, and see Hay Box, Solar Oven and Earth Oven!   Saturday, January 25th  9:30a -5p Principles of Rocket Stove and Fire. Evolution of the use of fire Fire…

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February 2020

$47 – $120

EARTH PLASTER & Sculpting Workshop

EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING    Feb 1 & 2,  2020.  Saturday & Sunday  Sun 9:30 – 5p  Two-Day Class.  Hands-on ~  Apply Earth Plaster ... and try your hand at sculpting with earth. Apply plasters indoors in the cozy main house onto existing walls of a "regular" conventional home.  Learn to identify, mix & apply natural local soil to create simple or artistic expressions. Learn the joy of natural earthen plasters that can be used in a variety of applications…

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Free - Donations welcome

February FULL MOON POTLUCK & Bonfire

Join us for the FULL MOON POTLUCK  Sunday February 9th, 2020 WEATHER ALERT - please read all. Take it easy coming down the drive if there is snow or ice.  Slow & low gear. We will put ashes out on the top of the drive for grip.   If the N. Meadow is too steep, park in the South Yonder meadow (flat).   ​Come to the potluck if you feel comfortable with the weather conditions. Check the weather forecasts for 48370…

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Thatching & Reed Collection – hands-on basics.

Thatching & Reed Collection - the Basics ! Feb 29 & March 1, 2020 9:30a to 5:00p Saturday & Sunday Yes ! Thatching in Michigan ! Explore this beautiful, ecological, insulative & long-lasting roof system during this 2-day workshop. The Strawbale Studio roof was thatched before the turn of the century ...in 1998 ...and is still sound & beautiful. Instructor: Deanne Bednar     SATURDAY, February 29, 2020 9:30a to 5:00p Learn the basics of thatching a roof, Tour :…

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March 2020

Free. Donations welcomed!

March FULL MOON POTLUCK

Join us for the FULL MOON POTLUCK  Monday March 9th, 2020 UPDATES regarding weather will be posted on this page (if needed) !  Note spring hours 🙂 6:00 pm TOUR enchanting buildings & grounds. Meet in the main house for the guided tour. 7:00 pm POTLUCK / Bonfire   Enjoy a cozy evening indoors – in the Strawbale Studio or in the main house Or an elemental time outdoors around the bonfire. Watch the moon rise over the meadow Family Friendly…

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April 2020

Free. Donations welcomed!

April FULL MOON POTLUCK & Bonfire.

Join us for the FULL MOON POTLUCK  Tuesday, April 7, 2020 UPDATES regarding weather will be posted on this page (if needed) !  Note spring hours ? 6:00 pm TOUR enchanting buildings & grounds. Meet in the main house for the guided tour. 7:00 pm POTLUCK / Bonfire   Enjoy a cozy evening indoors – in the Strawbale Studio or in the main house Or an elemental time outdoors around the bonfire. Watch the moon rise over the meadow Family Friendly…

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May 2020

$10 – $25

The JOY of FORAGING wild plants & mushrooms!

This ONLINE class is a way to increase confidence & enthusiasm for foraging in our local backyards & regions ! Online class includes two teachers & both edible plants & mushrooms 🙂 Photos & videos of plants that are growing this spring. Info on identification, benefits, and uses! Resource links and handouts you can download. Some Q&A time 🙂 Instructors Deanne Bednar and Kelly Theide are delighted to share experiences & knowledge with you ! Kelly has her Michigan Mushroom…

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Memorial Day CAMP & CRAFT Weekend

This class may be postponed due to the Corona Virus.  Stay tuned.  Join the Listserve? Attend all or part of this weekend !   Free camping available.   MEMORIAL DAY Camping & Crafting Weekend ~ Skill-Building Activities ! Hands-on Workshops: LIVING ROOF, ROCKET STOVE OUTDOOR COOKER, THATCHED ROOF, EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING, Tentative Schedule - development in process !  Saturday May 23, 2020 Sat 9:30a - 12:00p  LIVING ROOF Workshop !  Hands-on installation of a 12x18' living roof on the Cedar…

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