Welcome to the Winternship !  


Arrival Times:

You can arrive any time Jan 5th.  

Come, settle in … and take some down-time after your travels.  

Orientation will be Jan. 6th. at 10a. Breakfast at 9 – 9:30am.


Directions to get here  

2691 Noble Rd. Oxford, MI 48370

 248 496 4088 cell phone, text, calls, messages.



If you are coming by CAR:

Note: if the weather is icy or deep snow, let’s talk before you arrive.

Park in the first meadow on the right, or bring your car up to the main house (flolllow signs) to unload and then repark in the first meadow.

If you need a PICK UP.

Let me know if you need a pickup and we will coordinate that. Perhaps you can coordinate rides or pickups at airport/train/bus with others who are coming ! 

If your plans change let me know by text preferably, or phone message,/ email.



Provided will be a basically local & organic vegetarian fair (veggies, rice, beans, soup).  Fermented foods will be made while you are here such as sauerkraut and sourdough wraps.  Occasionally folks eat meat. There is a local organic farm down the road, owned friends of mine. Optional: Bring special food if you want.   You can label it and keep it for yourself, or share.


Cat & Dust Allergies: In 2023 there are currently 2 indoor/outdoor cats that live here.  If you are allergic to cats or DUST we need to talk about that. 🙂  It has not worked out well for folks in previous Winternships since we are indoors a lot.  There may be some options that would work. Contact me and let’s talk.


There are two sleeping wings, each with a full bath, and multiple beds, like a dorm room. There is a utility room with a Washing machine, a kitchen/gathering space with refrigerator, stove, sink, tables, couches. WIFI yes, and moderate phone reception.


Winter Wear:  Be ready to be outdoors for several hours at a time in cold weather. Bring snowpants, or insulated pants or coveralls if you have them….or some layers like 2 pair of sweat pants….warm socks, warm and waterproof boots if you can.  Snowmobile boots are quite warm. Loose & insulated boots keep feet warm.  Wool is always awesome & warm.  Wool sweaters, gloves, socks, layers.  It may rain, so rain gear is good.  I have some rain ponchos here, but bring your own if you can. We won’t reed collect in the rain, but we might be outside, getting from one building to another.

Bedding & Toiletries:  Bring bedding & towels if you can. If not, I can provide them, no problem.  There are sheets and pillows, blankets, etc here if you want to use them.

If you bring your own towels and bedding / sleeping bag, it is easy to just take them home. If you used the bedding & towels here, plan to wash and return them to the room you stayed in.

At the end of your stay clean the bedroom and bathroom nicely for the next folks.  Much appreciated.



Bring Flashlight and a water bottleSafety glasses and work gloves if you have them. Notebook if you can. It would be ideal to use masking tape & marker to label your things with your name.


Food is provided. You can optionally consider bringing the following.

Optional: Consider bringing food you might have around: Potatoes, fruit, etc.

Optional: Bring special food if you want.   You can label it and keep it for yourself, or share.


No tools are needed, but it would be useful for you to bring tools for the Round Pole framing: 1/2″ to 1″ wood chisel, hatchet, drill & bits, snap line, measuring tape, draw knife, saw,   You could bring them in a 5 gal bucket, with each tool labeled with your name.  If you don’t have them, that’s ok.  There are tools here.


Bring musical instruments, sketches or designs for any upcoming projectsearth subsoil from your land to test.  Camera, computer.


Further reading: 

The Hand-Sculpted House book is a good  resource. Deep.  Also Building Green, Snell. Broad. 

These books are also in the library here.

Here are some things that you might want to check out… 2014 Winternship Blog by Kirsten Pope,Wintern. 2015 Winternship Blog by Nana Ferdnance . Internship page for general things to expect. 



Please do not bring drugs or alcohol. I feel protective of Strawbale Studio and want everyone to feel safe on site. There is occasional beer or wine imbibed.



Most of all, bring your …. Joy of Learning, good listening & sharing skills, and open heart.  

I look forward to your arrival & seeing you soon ! 






Please send this info in an email to

Subject: Winternship Transportation, Food & Allergy information.

Your name:

  • Your Cell phone number:
  • Best way to contact you while traveling: Text? Phone? Email?
  • Date, Time, Place & mode of your arrival

Do you need a pickup ?   NO YES If yes….then

  • MODE of Transportation: bus, train, airplane.Name of Carrier: (Grayhound Bus, or Delta Airlines, etc)
  • Flight numbers, City of origin.
  • Date, Time of arrival Location: Where will you arrive?

Could you pick someone else up from Detroit Airport on your way in?


  • What is your prefered diet?
  • What things you Don’t eat ?
  • Any Allergies?  Please Describe.
  • Bring your medical insurance info to the orientation if you can.

DB will post a bit about each incoming WINTERN

Deanne Bednar

248 496 4088 

The Strawbale Studio & Sustainable Living Program
seeks to joyfully weave people & nature
into a regenerative whole. .
re-localize, re-skill, re-connect !

“Reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life, 

   and humility for our human place in nature and the whole.”      From the Earth Charter





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