2013 – 2015 Archives, duplicates? delete?

The below details are in the links above, too.

January – February 2013 

March – May 2013

May June July August September October  (this link may not work)

April 25, 2013 FULL MOON Potluck and Bonfire Thursday 6-10 pm  click on link for details.  Tour available at 6 pm.

April 26 – 28  2013 MI Earth Day Fest ~ Rochester, MI. Free wonderful festival !! The Strawbale Studio will have an exhibit and activities there.

April 26, 27, 28 Visionary Jean Houston will be at the Upland Hills School

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May 2013

May 03 2013 First Friday Volunteer Day Be part of the team that supports the Strawbale Studio !                                                                                        Help out, and also get a tour & free mini-class !

10:30a – 12p Tour of Natural Buildings. 12:30 – 4p Volunteer Activities,                                                                                                                        4 – 5p              Cob model-making.  Bring a bag lunch, dress for the weather,                                                                                            RSVP at least 1 day in advance with your name, city, phone & email to ecoartdb at gmail.com or call 248 628 1887

May 11th – 16th, 2013

Natural Building Essentials: Building With Cob  Woodbury, TN

hands on cobThis workshop is a comprehensive introduction to all the basic skills involved in constructing any cob building. In this workshop we will build a stone foundation for a cob building, mix cob both by foot and with equipment, build cob walls, install window and door frames, learn about roofs for cob buildings and much more. This is an excellent course to take if you want to get started in natural building and it will prepare you to build your own basic cob projects. Many people have successfully built their own small cottages after taking this class. For a more in depth experience with all of these techniques and more, you can stay an additional 8 days for the complete owner builder training course (listed below). More Information

May 11th-24th, 2013

Building the Complete Cob and Timber Cottage  Woodbury, Tennessee

TN cob cottageThis fourteen-day building intensive will offer a complete introduction to all the skills you’ll need to complete a cob cottage from the foundation to the roof. This workshop offers a unique blend of construction experience in the fundamentals of building cob walls as well as equally important but frequently overlooked details such as plasters, floors, living roofs, and electrical. You will also learn all the fundamentals of building load bearing cob walls, including designing and building a foundation, choosing materials, mixing cob by foot and with equipment, building walls, design and structural principals. The instructors will also guide us through the practical and theoretical aspects of building a round timber roof for our cob cottage. Timber will be harvested on site, peeled, cut and assembled into a roof during this workshop.  More Information “This workshop has been an incredible eye-opener to the power and beauty of nature’s perfection. I found the instructors to be world class in their trades, as well as being incredibly generous with their sharing and caring for each and EVERY participant. Thank you’s are not enough.” – Bill, Zionsville, PA (2012 Natural Cottage Project workshop at the Strawbale Studio)

May 24, 2013    FULL MOON Potluck and Bonfire  Friday 6-10 pm  click on link for details.  Tour available.

May 25 to  August 25, 2013 Womens’ Natural Building Apprenticeship,                                                                                                           Check out this three-month program to be held in southwest New Hampshire, taught by Liz Johndrow and Sarah Highland.  This program is for twelve women who want a deep immersion into natural building, with additional focus on leadership training and creating an intentional high-functioning community for the summer.   www.womensnaturalbuilding.com

June 2013

June 7  2013 First Friday Volunteer Day Be part of the team that supports the Strawbale Studio ! Help out, and also get a tour & free mini-class ! 10:30a – 12p Tour of Natural Buildings. 12:30 – 4p Volunteer Activities,  4 – 5p Earth Plastering mini-class.  Bring a bag lunch, dress for the weather, RSVP at least 1 day in advance with your name, city, phone & email to ecoartdb at gmail.com or call 248 628 1887 June 8th & 9th 2013 9:00am  –  5:00pm Round Pole Timber Framing: Building a Solar Powered Outdoor Kitchen Be part of the construction of an outdoor kitchen at Roots to Fruits research farm in rural Clarkston. This solar powered outdoor kitchen adjoins a walkout basement, earthbag root cellar, and will be home to rocket cooking stoves, food prep area and cob bench seating. Learn how to harvest, debark, notch & attach round poles. We’ll explore the design principles of round pole timber framing, discuss ecological woodland management, and proper tree selection. This is a very practical skill for many projects: earth oven roofs, chicken coops, small cottages & more.   Price: $100 early-bird price for both days prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  $150 after that with RSVP. LIMITED CLASS SIZE—ONLY 12 SLOTS—Register Early to save your place and get the early-bird discount.  Bring a bag lunch for Saturday.  Vegetarian dinner (sat) and lunch (sun), snack and drinks will be provided. Pay an extra $5 for sourdough pizza party on Sunday night. All food prepared from local, organic ingredients.  DETAILS & REGISTRATION

June 23, 2013 FULL MOON Potluck and BonfireSunday 6-10 pm  click on link for details.  Tour available. 2013 

July 2013

 July 5  2013                                                                                                                                                                                      1ST FRIDAY VOLUNTEER DAY                                                                                                                                                     Be part of the team that supports the Strawbale Studio ! Help out, and also get a tour & free mini-class !   Get some outdoor activity in the company of others !   1pm – 4:30p:  Come help !  This month, July, Volunteer Day will be helping preparing the site for the new Hobbit Sauna which will be built this summer,  and other things that need doing at the Strawbale Studio.  The Mini-class will be integrated into the work, as you learn about the basics of design and foundation on this particular site.   4:30p – 5:30p  If you want to stay on, a tour of the grounds and buildings is available. Bring a snack for yourself if you wish, and water bottle. Dress for the weather.  RSVP at least 1 day in advance with your name, city, phone & email to ecoartdb at gmail.com or call 248 628 1887

Revision of the Strawbale Hobbit Sauna July 13 – 26, 2013 Oxford, Michigan

hobbitsaunaThis workshop has changed its parameters ! Read on.

Appropriate for beginner & experienced alike, this course will give  skills that can be applied to any new or existing home or structure ! Learn the basic techniques of natural building as we construct an enchanting cabin-sized sauna building.   We will integrate a stone foundation, straw bale walls, cob wall with a door arch, round pole &  dimensional framing, window & door framing, a living roof and  earth plaster basics. See more details here! Camping on the land, outdoor showers, vegetarian food. Location: Held on beautiful rural wooded land 1 hour north of  Detroit, Michigan.  See thatched buildings, earth oven, rocket stove cookers and mass heater on site (and more !) Instructor: This course is now being presented by the Strawbale Studio Natural Building Program, with primary instructor, Deanne Bednar, illustrator of the Hand-Sculpted House Book.  Bio Fee:  $880 full price or $400 Work Trader* price  (assist an extra 5 days and during the workshop) and further discounts for past participants. For registration or more information contact Deanne at: ecoartdb@gmail.com  248 628 1887

July 22  2013  FULL MOON Potluck and Bonfire Monday 6-10 pmclick on link for details.  Tour available.

August 2013

August 2  2013   1ST FRIDAY VOLUNTEER DAY    Be part of the team that supports the Strawbale Studio ! Help out, and also get a tour & free mini-class ! 10:30a – 12p Tour of Natural Buildings. 12:30 – 4p Volunteer Activities,  4 – 5p Min-class TBD.   Bring a bag lunch, dress for the weather, RSVP at least 1 day in advance with your name, city, phone & email to ecoartdb at gmail.com or call 248 628 1887

August 20 2013  FULL MOON Potluck and Bonfire  Tuesday 6-10 pm  click on link for details.  Tour available.2013

AUGUST 24 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2013   “FINISHING the HOBBIT SAUNA”  Informal workshop & volunteer days.   Cob, Living Roof, Plasters. Join in for a day, weekend or more & be part of the completion of the Hobbit Sauna!    

August 24 & 25       Living roof ~ Carpentry, pond liner membrane, strawbale flakes    

August 26 –  30th  Interior Cob wall ~ foundation & dry well construction.    

Aug  31 – Sept 1      Earth Plaster on Strawbale Walls   

Sept 13 – 19, 2013  Cob, Earth PlasterLiving Roof ~ soil & plants, other,  TBD.Hobbit Sauna 

Pictures. Click this link for current photos.  Details: Come help and learn.  9a to 5p…or later if we want. Share food & cooking,  Volunteer or donations. Camping & some indoor accommodations available. Appropriate for beginner & experienced alike: skills that can be applied to any new or existing home or structure ! Location: Held at the Strawbale Studio on beautiful rural wooded land 1 hour north of  Detroit, Michigan.  Instructor: Deanne Bednar, illustrator of the Hand-Sculpted House  Book. Registration or information: Deanne at  ecoartdb@gmail.com  / 248 628 1887 strawbalestudio.org

September 2013

September 6, 2013   1ST FRIDAY VOLUNTEER DAY                                                                                                             Be part of the team that supports the Strawbale Studio ! This month, September, help out on the Hobbit Sauna construction, including sifting, mixing & applying Cob and Earthen Plasters to Strawbale Walls, digging a dry well, and such.  10:15 – 10:30 am arrive, then tour the Strawbale Studio, followed by hands-on activities on the Hobbit Sauna.  1p bag lunch. 1:45 back to working on the site.  4 – 5p expanded tour of other buildings and projects, such as Rocket Stoves & Earth Oven. Bring a snack for yourself if you wish, and water bottle. Dress for the weather.   RSVP at least 1 day in advance with your name, city, phone & email to ecoartdb at gmail.com or call 248 628 1887

September 18, 2013   FULL MOON Potluck and Bonfire    Wednesday. 6-10 pm  click on link for details.  Tour available.

September 13 – 19, 2013  FINISHING the HOBBIT SAUNA –    Informal workshop & volunteer days.  Hands-on:  Cob, Living Roof, Earth Plasters over Strawbale Walls & more.   Join in for a day, weekend or more

IMG_0029cob dancin' ~ Abby & Ruthieand be part of the completion of the Hobbit Sauna!  Details: Come help and learn.  9a to 5p…or later if we want. Share food & cooking,  Donations or Worktrade as you

IMG_0020 wish/can.  Camping & some indoor accommodations available. Appropriate for beginner & experienced alike: skills that can be applied to any new or existing home or structure ! Location: Held at the Strawbale Studio on beautiful rural wooded land 1 hour north of  Detroit, Michigan.  Instructor: Deanne Bednar, illustrator of the Hand-Sculpted House  Book.   Registration & information: Deanne at  ecoartdb@gmail.com  / 248 628 1887 strawbalestudio.org   Pictures. Click this link for current photos. September 28 – October 11, 2013,   Building the EXPANDED Cob and Timber Cottage Woodbury, Tennessee3333 TN cob cottageLearn to build a full-size cob cottage, including: mixing cob by both feet-power and tractor, framing a round-pole roof, installing a living roof, plumbing and wiring in cob, foundation options, how to install windows and doors, and building a timber framed porch with square timbers, all at this start-to-finish construction workshop.  Instructors: Deanne Bednar, Christina Ott, Chris McClellan & Sarah Highland. Info &Registration:  www.naturalcottageproject.com

October 2013

OCTOBER 1ST Friday Volunteer Day – RESCHEDULED: see below !

October 17 – 20, 2013         VOLUNTEER DAYS at the Strawbale Studio,  We will work on the Hobbit Sauna – Living Roof !! Right on.   Come for a day or more. Stay overnight. Share food. Full Moon Potluck Oct 18.  Come early and stay after if you can.

Friday, October 18, 2013  FULL MOON Potluck and Bonfire 6-10p  click on link for details.  Tour available. 

October 24 - 27, 2013     Bioneers Detroit Conference Great sustainable living event!  Click on link for details.

October 15  – November 15  SUSTAINABLE SKILLS & LOCAL LIVING INTERSHIP & Worktrade.  Help with projects on the land, and participate in local community events, such as the Permaculture Meetup, Full Moon Potluck & more.  Call for details. More opportunities

November 2013

November 8,  2013   FIRST FRIDAY VOLUNTEER DAY (Moved from the 1st to the 2nd Friday this month ! )       Be part of the team that supports the Strawbale Studio ! Help out, and also get a tour & free mini-class! 10 a – 3 p.   Bring a bag lunch, dress for the weather.  We may be doing indoor activities, data entry, etc.  RSVP at least 1 day in advance with your name, city, phone & email to ecoartdb at gmail.com or call 248 628 1887      Register November 9, 2013

LIVING ROOF BLITZ!  Saturday 1pm – 5pm.  Come help finish the living roof of the Hobbit Sauna and other end of season activities.   RSVP to Deanne by phone or email.

November 12, 2013      Permaculture Meetup, Oakland Co.   Join the group which meets in a variety of locations. Click on link.

November 4–15, 2013  Worktrade Days at the Strawbale Studio  Contact Deanne for info.

November 16 2013          Volunteer BLITZ  Saturday 1p – 5p  Come help with the Living Roof & end-of -season activities, then attend the …                  FULL MOON Potluck and Bonfire  6-10 pm. Click on link for details.  Tour available.

December  2013

December 1, 2013            Class Filled  CANDLE-MAKING Workshop.  Sunday 1 – 4p       Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere & lovely aroma of making dipped candles from local beeswax.  Other options for small projects also available: campfire incense & decorated matchbox.  Held in the main house kitchen.  $20 prepaid 2 weeks in advance. $35 with RSVP (at least 1 day in advance) Limit 10. Register now.   

December 6, 2013          FIRST FRIDAY VOLUNTEER DAY   Be part of the team that supports the Strawbale Studio !  Help out, and also get a tour & watch a video on Strawbale Construction if you wish. 10a – 3p.   Bring a bag lunch, dress for the weather, RSVP at least 1 day in advance with your name, city, phone & email to ecoartdb at gmail.com or call 248 628 1887  Click here to RSVP now !

December 15, 2013        Class Filled  CANDLE-MAKING   Sunday 1 – 4p   (The Dec 1 class filled, so another was added!)  Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere & lovely aroma of making dipped candles from local beeswax. Make a gift for your self or others !   Other options for small projects also available: campfire incense & decorated matchbox.  Held in the main house kitchen. $20 prepaid 3 days in advance or $35 with RSVP (at least 1 day in advance)  Limit 10 so Register now :)

December 10, 2014       Permaculture Meetup Oakland Co.     6:30p Tuesday evening in Clarkston.  Our regional  Oakland County Permaculture Meetup will feature a seed swap as well as a presentation by Corey Ives on “semi-homemade biochar.” Click link for details.

December 16, 2013          FULL MOON Potluck and Bonfire  Monday, 6-10 pm. Click on link for details.  Tour available. RSVP !

Flyers to print: 2015  Schedule  2014 Schedule  

JANUARY, FEBRUARY & MARCH 2014

January 3, 2014      First Friday VOLUNTEER DAY.  10a – 3p Help needed on data input, beautification of the Strawbale Studio, and more. RSVP to Deanne   Limited to 12 participants.  RSVP now !

Jan 5 – Feb 5, 2014  WINTER INTERNSHIP & Worktrade Opportunity! Filled  Participate in all workshops during this time : Rocket Stove, Round Pole framing, Reed Collection & Thatching demo, while helping with sustainable living projects at the Strawbale Studio.

Internship $650 or $500 prepaid 1 month in advance.  Several Worktrade positions available : help out with infrastructure 10 – 15 per week ( firewood and grounds, cooking & cleaning, office work & publicity).  Participate in all other activities.

 Christina Keegan writes:  “I highly recommend this natural building internship opportunity to anyone. I did this last year and am so grateful for the experience. It’s only one month, very affordable, and you get to live with and learn from one of the best natural builders around. In addition, the activities are chosen based on the interests and learning goals of the participants, and Deanne makes sure to create an egalitarian environment in which everyone learns from and supports each other. “  See Christina’s memories of her experience ’12 – WOOFing at the Strawbale Studio (72 photos). 

January 8, 2014      Permaculture Meetup Oakland Co.     6:30p Wednesday evening in Clarkston.  Our regional  Oakland County Permaculture Meetup will feature a presentation by Emily Eisele who will be covering bulk food buying and establishing a larder/pantry. We’ll follow her discussion with food and conversation! Click link for details.

January 11, 2014    Class Filled – get on a list for next time.                                                                                                                            ROUND POLE Framing Workshop.  Saturday 10a – 5p  Learn principles & hands-on basics of round pole framing for small structures.  Includes a tour of natural buildings with round poles on site.  $45 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance. Bring a bag lunch.  Limited to 12 students. Click link to Register.

January 15, 2014     FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire  Wednesday 6-10 pm  Free Community Event.  Tour available. RSVP now !

January 18, 2014    REED COLLECTION & THATCHING DEMO. Saturday 10a – 5p Learn about the basics of thatching a roof, harvest materials, tour thatched buildings, see a demo an video on thatching.  Bring a bag lunch.  $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  Limited to 12 students.  Register

January 25, 2014    FIRE & HEAT !  ROCKET STOVES, EARTH OVENS & more.  Saturday 10a – 5p  Energy efficiency from local materials ! See & experience a Rocket Mass Heater, Rocket Mass Cooker, Hay Box Cooker, Earth Oven & more. Learn the principles of construction. Q & A.  Also a tour of the thatched buildings on site. Bring a bag lunch  and sample the food we cook together.  $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  Limited to 12 students.  Register now.

February 2, 2014    EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING.  Sunday 10a – 5p Using natural and local soil, we will do earth plaster and sculpting in an conventional home.  Make your existing home more natural, or apply these skills to a future natural building or earth oven you construct.  Bring a bag lunch.  $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  Limited to 12 students.  Register now !

February 14, 2014     FULL MOON Potluck and Bonfire  Friday, 6-10 pm. Click on link for details.  Tour available. RSVP !

March 7, 2014  First Friday Activities !  (Cancelled due to weather)

VOLUNTEER Time 1 – 4:30 p .   Help the Strawbale Studio serve by assisting on current projects, grounds or data entry.  No charge.   Click link to Register.

TOUR: Natural Building & Sustainable Living   4:30 – 6:30 p   New Monthly Program ! See the Strawbale Studio, Oxford Kids’ Cottage, Smiling Face Earth Oven, Totem Rocket Stove Mass Heater and more. Bring your friends and family.  $10/person suggested donation/ group & family rates.  Click link to Register.

CRAFT Night  7p – 9:30p  Bring your own handiwork to do…whatever ~ mending, fixing, knitting, whittling   …  plus a snack to share if you wish.  No charge.   Click link to Register.

April 10, 2014    Oakland County Permaculture Meetup  Click on link.

April 15, 2014   FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire 
 DSCF0418April 19, 2014   MUSHROOM GROWING Workshop.  Sat 9:30a- 3p  Instructor Paul Angelini.            Learn what you need to know to get started in growing your own mushrooms. In this unique class, participants will learn the history and basics of mushroom cultivation, with a focus on using fresh-cut hardwood logs to grow premium gourmet mushrooms. Learn about what types of logs to use, how to inoculate them with mushroom seeds or spores, and how to care for them, and where to get spores for future mushroom adventures. During this indoor & outdoor class, participants will inoculate a shiitake log to take home (a $35 value), including instructions for basic care and maintenance, and there will be both lecture & hands-on time, including a tour of two mushroom “gardens’ located on the Strawbale Studio property. There will also be spore plugs and growing kits available for sale from Easy Grow Mushrooms, a Michigan-based company. Bring your own bag lunch.  FEE $75 “early-bird”  by April 10 or $85 thereafter/at the door with RSVP  (make sure there’s room in the class!) Class limit of 15 so Register now.

MAY 2014

– May 2, 2014       FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES  at the Strawbale Studio.  Registration

May 14, 2014      Oakland County Permaculture Meetup Wednesday 6p.  Free community event.

May 15, 2014      FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire   RSVP

May 17, 2014     FORAGED BRUNCH    10a – 1:30 p Learn about anForaging on the landd harvest Wild Plants that you can eat, and experience a Rocket Cook Stove in action as we cook up a brunch of local eggs & add our wild-harvested plants for an omelet!   Wrap it all in Injira Sponge Bread… made from local grains and local yeast (home-made sourdough starter).  (brown rice or quinoa available as an option.) Tour available.  Rain or shine. Limit 12, so Register now.  $25 prepaid 2 weeks  or $35 with RSVP .Foraged Brunch – video by Justin Holmes

 May 17, 2014     LIVING ROOF WORKSHOP           Saturday  2 -5p   Come spend some time at the 100_1158Strawbale Studio and explore this beautiful roofing option. Learn the principles of construction, see one “wildly successful” living roof on the Wood Shelter, and help plant the roof of the Hobbit Sauna with plants that are foraged from the surrounding land !  Families are welcome.   A nice outing !  $20 if prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  $30 thereafter with RSVP !
 May 24, 2014    FIRE & HEAT !   ROCKET STOVE  Workshop !  Saturday 10 a to 5p. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEnergy efficiency from local materials ! See & experience a Rocket Mass Heater, learn the principles of construction,  build a mockup of the Rocket Stove combustion chamber and then mix and apply Cob to an existing Rocket Stove under construction ! You will also see and learn the principles of a Rocket Mass Cooker, Earth Oven, Hay Box Cooker & Solar Cooker.  Q & A.  Tour the thatched buildings on site. Bring a bag lunch and sample the food we cook together.  $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance or $40 thereafter with RSVP .  Limited to 12 students.  Register now.                                                                                                                                          

JUNE 2014

June 6, 2014   FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES  

1-4:30p Volunteer. 5-6:30p Tour, 7- 9 Craft Evening (see details above)  Register now.           

 June 7, 2014    THATCHING – An Introduction. Saturday 10a – 5pCIMG8606                          Learn the principles of thatching a roof, harvesting materials, tour thatched buildings, see a demonstration and try your hand at the basics.  We will also watch a video on thatching.  Bring a bag lunch.  $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 wks inadvance. Limited to 12 students.  Click on link for Registration or any questions.

June 11, 2014      Oakland County Permaculture Meetup
                                Wed 6:30 p.   Free community event usually held in Clarkston area.

June 13, 2014   FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire 6p tour, 7p meal.   Registration  

 June 14 (& 15), 2014   EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING     Sat  9a– 6p  (Sun. June 15th OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA10a -3p  ~ continue to practice with supervision if you wish.)  Try your hand at using natural and local soil to make earth plaster and sculpting.  Make your existing home more natural by applying earth over existing walls, or apply these skills to a future natural building or earth oven you construct.  You will learn to identify and mix plaster, prep walls and apply, make sculptures & model.   Bring a bag lunch.  $60 with RSVP or $45 prepaid 1 month in advance.  Limited to 12 students.  Register now !Instructor, Deanne Bednar is the illustrator of the Natural Plaster Book and The Hand-Sculpted House, and has a background as an art teacher.

July 4, 2014        FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES  

IMG_0588  1 – 4:30p Volunteer. 5 – 6:30p Tour,  7- 9 Craft Evening   (see details above).
Let Deanne know you are coming by phone or email and include your name & phone number.  

  This July 4th we will be preparing the site of Hobbit Sauna addition and starting to dig the foundation trench.  Other tasks available, too.  We would love your help.  Afterwards harvest June Berries and Mulberries, and stay if you wish for the other activities (tour, supper and craft nite). How to get here.  Register now.  Report on this activity: We had a great time and got a lot done ! Thanks all you volunteers: Micah, Cliff, Serena,Carolyn, Alex, Julia, Sheryl, Sharon, Angela, Sharon (yes, 2), and Pauline ! 

 July 12, 2014          VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the Strawbale Studio   Saturday, 1p – 5p 
     to dig the trench & haul rocks (and other smaller activities, too)
     in preparation for the Hobbit Sauna ADDITION 
     (2 week building course July 19 – Aug 1)
Micah,Craig Carolyn, Alex & Julia.are coming for sure. Join us if you can !
If you want to come earlier, contact Deanne to set it up 🙂
RSVP   with your name, email & phone # and when you plan to come.
July 12, 2014    FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire  Saturday, 6-10 pm
     6:00p arrive and tour of grounds.   7:30  Potluck.    8:30 bonfire.
     Bring musical instruments if you wish. Click on link for details.  RSVP

July 19-August 1, 2014   The Strawbale & Cob Sauna  

DSCF2633This two week course taught by several seasoned instructors is one of the most comprehensive workshops available, and will give you the skills and confidence to start your own project !

Hands-on training includes stone foundations, round pole framing, cob and straw bale, windows and doors, earthen plasters, earthen floors, living roofs, thatching and more. Shade-tree lectures include building code, harvesting materials, natural design, passive heating and cooling.  The workshop is being held outside Oxford, Michigan about an hour north of Detroit, on beautiful wooded rural land.

Click Here for more details.                 Sketch of the project.   

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Register now to save your place and get early bird discounts !    Contact Chris McClellan, Natural Cottage Project, 1-440-221-6609 or email: service@maplecom.com                       www.naturalcottageproject.com

AUGUST 2014

            Internship opportunities & Workshops and Intensive Weeks

are available and are being planned to teach Thatching, Earth Plaster & Cob and other skills!  Call if you know of something you would like to learn, and at this point, a workshop might be able to be arranged around your schedule !

August 8, 2014           FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES  

 1 – 4:30p VoIMG_0588lunteer Afternoon !  Cob, Earth Plaster & more.
 5 – 6:30p Tour,  7- 9 Craft Evening   (see details above). RSVP with your name & phone number: Deanne 248 628 1887 or ecoartdb@gmail.com

August 10, 2014        FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire  RSVP !

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6:00p arrive and tour of grounds.   7:30  Potluck.    8:30 bonfire.

 Bring musical instruments if you wish. Click on link for details.  RSVP

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August 23rd, 2014     HAND PAPER-MAKING  & Berry Inks Class   with Dana Driscoll

 Saturday 10a – 4p.  (RAIN DATEIMG_0691 ~ Sunday, August 24th)   Join us for a natural art-filled day OUTDOORS at the Strawbale Studio where we create sustainable art supplies from natural materials! Learn how to make handmade paper using locally-gathered cattail fibers and create inks from in-season berries in this exciting class.

Please bring a bag lunch. Payment coCattail paper - Dana Driscollnfirms your place. Early Bird

Discount: $35 prepaid 1 month in advance or $45 thereafter with RSVP.

Class limit 15, so Register now.  –

August 29 -31 2014    VOLUNTEER WEEKEND ~ Earth Plaster, Cob +  

Learn and help –cob dancin' ~ Abby & Ruthie for part or all of the weekend Friday 1p – 6p, evening bonfire. Saturday 9 – 6p, evening bonfire, Sunday 9 – 4p.  Join with others to help finish the Addition to the Hobbit Sauna and other projects on the land!  Camping & indoor space available. Families welcome.  Share cooking, bring some food to share if you can. Instructor: Deanne Bednar   Worktrade. Donations welcome, but not expected.

SEPTEMBER 2014

September                    Internship & Woofing opportunities

Learn Thatching, Earth Plaster & Cob and other skills while helping to create sustainable projects!  Contact Deanne for details.  ecoartdb@gmail.com or 248 628 1887.

                                      VOLUNTEER DAYS in SEPTEMBER 

cob dancin' ~ Abby & Ruthie

Your help is appreciated in finishing things up before cold weather !

Sept 5 & 7, 2014 (Friday 1-4:30 see below, and Sunday 10 – 4p)
Sept 8, 2014  ( a Monday – 1-5p before the Full Moon Potluck).
Sept 13 & 14, 2014   (Sat and Sunday)
Sept 20 and 21, 2014 (Sat and Sunday)
Volunteer “the sooner the better” in terms of getting plaster and cob done before it freezes.
Bring a lunch or snack and dress for getting dirty, and the weather ! RSVP with your name, phone number, email, date and time. Overnight accommodations & camping available.

September 5, 2014       FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES  

 1 – 4:30p VoIMG_0588lunteer Afternoon !  Cob, Earth Plaster & more.
 5 – 6:30p Tour,  7- 9 Craft Evening   (see details above).

RSVP with your name & phone number: Deanne 248 628 1887 or ecoartdb@gmail.com

September 7, 2014        Hands-on EARTH PLASTER & COB CLASS & Volunteer Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFolks with previous experience are welcome to come free & volunteer.    Tour the house & Strawbale Studio, and learn all you need to know to locate, assess and make earthen mixes for plaster & cob. Then enjoy applying hands – on plastering over strawbales on the Hobbit Sauna, and forming a Cob Garden Wall ! Fun and useful in many applications.    $20 prepaid or $30 at the door with RSVP.

100_0432September 8,  2014  FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire  Monday

 1-5p  Volunteer if you would like to: Earth Plaster & Cob on the Hobbit Sauna + other activities.
  6:00p  arrive and tour of grounds.   7:30  Potluck.    8:30 bonfire.
 Bring musical instruments if you wish. Click on link for details.  RSVP for potluck & volunteer.
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 Sept 13 & 14,  2014        VOLUNTEER DAYS  (Sat & Sunday)  See details above

Sept 20 &21,  2014         VOLUNTEER DAYS  (Sat & Sunday)  See details above

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Rocket Stove - fired up!

CANCELLED & RESCHEDULED for Oct 1 and Nov 7 & 8.

Testimonial after the Oct 1, 2014 Rocket Stove Class  Shahaiya,  Worktrader  (Response after taking a Rocket Stove Class)   Deanne’s approach is very empowering. I went from knowing absolutely nothing to see all the parts come together in action —  all in one day ! It was organic learning, with an agenda, yet when we had questions it moved the shape of the course. We are all learning together with her guidance.   I appreciate that the class included knowledge from the participants.  

September 27-28, 2014   ROCKET STOVE & FIRE Workshop

Day 1 principles of Rocket Stoves, fire up the stoves, mock up the burn chamber. Make a Cob Mix. Day 2 Cobbing & Finish Plaster experience, watch the latest videos from Ernie & Erica. Overnight accommodations on site.

Content:   See these stoves onsite: 2 Rocket Stove heated benches, a Rocket Stove Cooker, 2 Earth Ovens, a Solar Cooker, Hay Box Cooker, 2 Pocket Rockets and a Rumford Fireplace ! We will fire some of them up, and discuss the principles of how they work and are constructed.  Then we will construct a mock up the combustion unit of a Rocket Stove, using bricks. You will learn to identify and locate appropriate soil and make earthen mortar and Cob used in the construction and shaping of the stoves and benches.  ! Includes all training, materials, lodging. Bring food to share.  Books will be available to buy.  Fee:  $125 prepaid one month in advance, or $150 thereafter with RSVP. includes both days. overnight, (share food) and a copy of the Rocket Mass Heater Book by Ianto Evans.  Limit 15 students so register now. Some partial pay work-trade scholarships or barter available. Cancelled and rescheduled for January 24 & 25, 2015. See below Contact Deanne if you might want to set one up for November, or come to the January Course. .   Contact Deanne at 248 628 1887, ecoartdb@gmail.com

OCTOBER 2014

DSCF3967October   Internship & Woofing opportunities

Learn and help at the Strawbale Studio.  A variety of activities from earth plaster, cob garden wall, creating a living roof, constructing a Compost Furnace, creating haybale garden bed for spring, to getting the firewood ready. Call for more information & see above link.

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October 3, 2014  FIRST FRIDAY Activities !

1 – 4:30p Volunteer Afternoon . 5 – 6:30p Tour,  7- 9 Craft Evening   (see details above).  Let Deanne know you are coming by phone or email and include your name & phone number.  RSVP 

October  8 –compost furnace, starting with hay bales 12    CONSTRUCT A COMPOST FURNACE

During these days we will be clearing the land and building an awesome compost pile 18’X 10′ and 8 feet tall out of hay bales from farmer Wez Ligon of Almont.  Inside the pile will be pex tubes and layers of materials such as wood chips from the pipeline activity on the land, sawdust, and more.  Food will be provided. Come for a few hours, days or the whole time.  RSVP                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        –

October 8,  Oakland County PermacultStrawbale Studio Tour - picture by Dana Driscollure Meetup   Wednesday

Gather at 6:30p at the Strawbale Studio for a canning demonstration by Dana Driscoll followed by a Potluck, and tour of the natural buil

dings and rocket stoves on site, for those who wish !  NOTE: from 1 – 5P  there is a SPECIAL ACTIVITY – A PERMABLITZ  Help construct a COMPOST FURNACE to heat the STRAWBALE STUDIO !   RSVP 

100_0432October 9, 2014    FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire  Thursday –

(CHANGED from Oct 8 to 9th due to Permaculture Meetup above)

1 – 5p  Volunteer afternoon.  This month help will be needed in the construction of the compost furnace, and earth plasters/cob.   6:00p arrive and tour of grounds.   7:30  Potluck.    8:30 bonfire.  Bring musical instruments if you wish. Click fordetails.  RSVP for potluck & volunteer       

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DSCF4946OCTOBER 15, WED~ LAST VOLUNTEER DAY needed to finish COMPOST FURNACE pile !                                                                                                 

We will be onsite from 10 – 4p to COMPLETE the outdoor component of the Compost furnace.  1 more row to go of sawdust, woodchips ….and then it will be done.  Can you join us in this completion ?  Contact Deanne 248 496 4088 or ecoartdnnb@gmail.com.                                                               

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October 18-20,  2014             New Work ~ New Culture Conference                                                                       Explore ways to make and grow what is needed to survive and thrive ! Held in Detroit.  

October 24 – 26, 2014            Bioneers Detroit conference on sustainability. Held at Marygrove College, Detroit.  Volunteer to help at the Strawbale Studio Exhibit Table. Contact Deanne

NOVEMBER 2014

Register for the January Winternship !   Internship & Woofing opportunities

Learn many skills and help out at the Strawbale Studio.  This Month is one of the most popular intensives and includes workshops on Round Pole Framing, Earth Plastering, Rocket Stoves and Thatching.  Included is room and board and many other sustainable living skills.

November 6, 2014             FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire  Thursday, 6-10 pm

     1 – 5p  Volunteer afternoon.  Help with projects as needed & prep for Potluck !
     6:00p arrive and tour of grounds.   7:30  Potluck.    8:30 bonfire.
     Bring musical instruments if you wish. Click on link for details.  RSVP

November 7, 2014              First Friday Activities !

1 – 4:30p Volunteer Afternoon,   5 – 6:30p Tour,  7- 9 Craft Evening   (see details above).  Let Deanne know you are coming by phone or email and include your name & phone number.   RSVP

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANovember 8 & 9, 2014             ROCKET STOVE & FIRE WORKSHOP

Energy efficiency from local materials ! Fee Includes a copy of the new edition of the  Rocket Mass Heater Book.  Tour buildings & Stoves on site, Hands-on experiences and more.  Attend both days, or Saturday only.  

Rocket Stove - fired up!

Day 1 10 – 5p  Principles of Rocket Stoves, fire up the stoves, mock up the Combustion Unit.  Make a Cob Mix. Tour Buildings & see stoves on site. Evening: Bonfire / Resource Library.

Content:  Day 1  Arrive at 9:30 a.  Class starts at 10a.  See & experience a Rocket Mass Heater, Rocket Mass Cooker, Hay Box Cooker, Rumford Fireplace and Pocket Rocket and check out the Earth Oven.  Learn the principles of construction. Q & A.    We will fire some of these stoves up, and discuss the principles of how they work and are constructed.  Then we will construct a mock up the combustion unit of a Rocket Stove, using bricks. You will learn to identify and locate appropriate soil and make earthen mortar and Cob used in the construction and shaping of the stoves and benches. Evening: a choice of Bonfire or browsing the Resource Library.   Day 2  Arrive 9:30a.  Class 10 – 5p  Get hands-on experience making and applying Cob, Finish Plaster and oils,  Design & construct a cob model of a stove to take home, and watch the latest videos from Ernie & Erica, Rocket Stove experts.

Fee:  $125 for both days prepaid one month in advance, or $150 thereafter with RSVP. Saturday only $80/$90. Fee includes all training & materials, yummy vegetarian meals, a copy of the Rocket Mass Heater Book by Ianto Evans, and overnight accommodations.   Limit 15 students so Register  now. Some partial pay work-trade scholarships or barter available.   Contact Deanne at 248 628 1887.

November 12, 2014  Oakland Co. Permaculture   Monthly Meeting–Hard Cider Making Demonstration  HELD IN CLARKSTON.  SEE LINK.

November 15, 2014    Strawbale Studio CELEBRATION PARTY !

Come & Celebrate !

7P   Celetic & World Music by GreenFire Trio
           followed by Food & Socializing

HOW TO GET THERE . CLICK THIS LINK 

* Celebrate the accomplishment of the year
* Honor folks who have contributed this season to Strawbale Studio
*  Experience the NEW Compost Furnace !  (Does it really help heat the Studio? Find out !
*  Enjoy “POTLUCK” hors d’oeuvres, juice and wine….in a candlelight setting with friends!
*  Fundraise for the Compost Heating System !  (OPTIONAL)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis will be a mellow evening,

with friends new and old in this

lovely setting co-created

by so many.

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DONATIONS are also appreciated IF YOU WISH  ~ in the form of money, HORS D’OEUVRES, juice or wine ~ Party Prep or Cleanup ~ or a PLEDGE to volunteer in the future.  
Some of you have already donated lots of time & effort.  You know who you are ! So Please just come and enjoy the party ! 

 Help fund the Compost Furnace Experiment IF YOU WOULD LIKE
     $375 will pay for the new Compost Furnace Pump
      $225 will pay for monitoring equipment to track the heat produced
       $160  will cover the transportation costs of donated hay & sawdust
        $80  will cover the cost of 10 yards of horse manure 
          $20  will buy 40 feet of pex tubes or 65 feet of drain pipe
             $5-10  will cover some of the pipe fittings &  hey, every little bit helps !

Watering the Feedstock (biomass) in the Compost Heater.

RSVP to Deanne.  And if you are planning to donate time or money, indicate that.  Click on the link, or contact: ecoartdb@gmail.com, text at 248 496 4088, or message at 248 628 1887 with name, phone, email & any other details.


     

DSCN0953MAY & JUNE INTERNSHIPS   2014 We will finish buildings and a rocket stove, use earthen plasters, cob and thatch ~ as well as maintaining the permaculture-inspired gardens: sheet mulching (lazangna gardening)planting seeds and the Living Roof of the Hobbit Sauna.
DSCN1331JULY INTERNSHIP      2014Participate in a  very comprehensive and intensive 2 week building course July 18 – August 1 and help prepare for that event the first part of the month (full internship price) or come on a few days before and after the July intensive workshop and pay 1/2 the workshop price (see naturalcottageproject.com)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAUGUST through OCTOBER INTERNSHIPS   2014  Earth plastering, cob, round pole construction, thatching and  other aspects of natural and sustainable living. Finish current projects.
100_1313WINTERNSHIP ! Jan 4 – Feb 4, 2015.  Participate in all workshops: Rocket Stove, Round Pole framing, Reed Collection, Earth Plaster, Thatching demo, and also harvest reed and participate in sustainable living projects.

DECEMBER 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADecember 5, 2015  FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES  at the Strawbale Studio. 12 – 3:30p Volunteer, 3:30 – 5p Tour, 6-8p Crafts.  Note winter Hours.   RSVP

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADecember 6, 2014      FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire  Saturday day, 6-10 pm       1 – 5p  Volunteer afternoon.  Help with projects as needed & prep for Potluck !  6:00p tour of grounds  – or come early and relax – read, walk, socialize.  7:30  Potluck.    8:30 bonfire.  Bring musical instruments if you wish. Click on link for details.  RSVP
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DecemDSCF0396ber 7, 2014  class filled as of 11/23   CANDLE-MAKING ! Sunday 1 – 5p   Enjoy some holiday warmth in a relaxing atmosphere with the lovely aroma of making dipped candles from local beeswax. Natural materials will also be available for you to make earthen candle-holders and decorated match boxes. Receive the gift of warmth for yourself, and invite a family member or friend to join you in this experience if you wish.Held in the main house kitchen. $20 prepaid 2 weeks in advance or $35 with RSVP (at least 2 days in advance)  Limit 12 so Register now :)

DSCF0412December 13, 2014   class filled as of 11/25  HAND-MADE Natural HOLIDAY GIFTS  Saturday 1 – 5p   Settle in, relax and enjoy the aroma and rhythm of Candle dipping ~ with wax made by local bees. Natural materials will also be available for you to make earthen candle-holders and decorated match boxes. Receive the gift of warmth for yourself, and invite a family member or friend to join you in this experience if you wish. Held in the main house kitchen. $20 prepaid two weeks in advance or $35 with RSVP (at least 1 day in advance) This is the same class as above.  Limit 12 so Register now :)

DSCF0415 (768x1024)December 14, 2014  class filled as of 12/2 !  HAND-MADE Natural HOLIDAY GIFTS  Sunday 1 – 5p   Settle in, relax and enjoy the aroma and rhythm of Candle dipping ~ with wax made by local bees. Natural materials will also be available for you to make earthen candle-holders and decorated match boxes. Receive the gift of warmth for yourself, and invite a family member or friend to join you in this experience if you wish. Held in the main house kitchen. $20 prepaid two weeks in advance or $35 with RSVP (at least 1 day in advance) This is the same class as above.  Limit 12 so Register now :)

December 7, 13 & 14 CANDLE & Gift-making ~ classes filled

Jan 4 – Feb 4, 2015   WINTERNSHIP ~ 4 week Intensive – filled

Jan. 10th, 2015        THATCHING a Roof    filled

Jan. 17 & 18, 2015    ROUND POLE FRAMING – The Basics,   filled

Jan 24 & 25, 2015     ROCKET STOVE & FIRE  filled  

                                                                                   JANUARY – FEB 2015

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January 2, 2015  FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES  at the Strawbale Studio. 12 – 3:30p Volunteer, 3:30 – 5p Tour, 6-8p Crafts.  Note winter Hours.   RSVP

10527458_660835240671004_8014289029842372039_nJanuary 4 , 2015  FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire 

Saturday  1 – 5p  Volunteer afternoon.  Help with projects as needed & prep for Potluck !   6:00p tour of grounds or come & hang out, read, walk.   7:30  Potluck.    8:30 bonfire.  Bring musical instruments if you wish. Click on link for details.  RSVP

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Jan 4 – Feb 4, 2015  WINTERNSHIP – a comprehensive skill-building intensive month.  Live on site, participate in daily life, sustainable projects and all weekend workshops.  Includes harvesting reed, introduction to thatching, earth plastering, creating a cob model, intro to round pole framing and rocket stove mass heater and sustainable living skills. Blog from 2014 Winternship  Report from 2014 Winternship!

thatching wood shelter 2011 group

January 10, 2015    THATCHING – An Introduction.  Saturday.  Arrive 9:30a.  Class  10a – 5p.  Learn about the basics of thatching a roof, harvest materials, tour thatched buildings, see a demo an video on thatching.  Bring a bag lunch.  $50 with RSVP or $35 prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  Limited to 12 students.  Register   Blog from last years’ wksp.

January 11 – We will be harvesting Reed in a local Field.  Join us if you can.  Overnight accommodations available. 

Round Pole Trellis construction. Ruthie & Justin

January 17 & 18, 2015  ROUND POLE FRAMING – The Basics.   2 Day Workshop – Sat 10a  – 5p and Sunday 10a – 4p     Arrive at 9:30a each  day. Learn principles &  hands-on basics of round pole framing for small structures.  Includes a tour of natural buildings with round poles on site, construction of a small project to take home, use of tools, harvesting wood, designing a small structure & overnight accommodations if needed.  $119 if prepaid 1 mo. in advance, $129 prepay 2 wks in advance or $150 thereafter, with RSVP,  if there is room. (Note that the fee has changed)   Bring a bag lunch.  Limited to 12 students. Click link to Register.  Some scholarships available. Overnight accommodations.   More details to come. Blog & pics from 2014 Round Pole wksp ! 

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January 24 & 25, 2015  ROCKET STOVE & FIRE 

This unique & practical workshop focuses on creating useful heat efficiently from local materials ! Fee Includes a copy of the new edition of the  Rocket Mass Heater Book.  Tour buildings & Stoves on site, Hands-on experiences, Principles of construction, code+. Blog post and pics from last Rocket Stove Workshop !

$119 if prepaid 1 mo. in advance, $129 prepay 2 wks in advance or $150 thereafter, with RSVP.  Some Worktrade Scholarships available. 

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Jan. 31 & Feb 1  EARTH PLASTER  & SCULPTING
  ~    2 Day Class

Sat. Arrive 9:30a. Class 10 – 5p  Sun 10 – 4p

Get hands-on experience in a variety of applications that you can use in your existing dwellings or future natural building home.     Using natural and local soil, we will do earth plaster and sculpting in an conventional home.  Make your existing home more natural, or apply these skills to a future natural building or earth oven you construct.  Bring a bag lunch.  $90 or Early Bird Special $65 1 month in advance.  Limited to 12 students.  Register now ! Some scholarships available. Taught by Deanne Bednar, art teacher, illustrator of the Hand-Sculpted House and the Natural Plaster Book.  Don’t miss this class ~ at a great price, too

INTERNSHIPS  2014/2015   Click on link for details & fees.

This is a rich experience in local sustainable living.  Attend one or more months, and participate in all activities and workshops during your stay. Room and board included.   $750 (paid 1 month in advance) or $850 thereafter with RSVP.  Some Partial Scholarship Work-trade & Woofing available.  Limit of 6, so register now.

Natural Building INTERNSHIP  April – October*, 2015  Attend 1 month or more.

sbs happy cleaner, linda gHands-on learning in Strawbale & Cob Wall systems, Earth Plaster & Floors, Thatching & Living Roofs. Students will learn about and practice these skills on structures & projects that are under construction, while living on site (rural, wooded land 1 hr N. of Detroit).  Included are Natural Building Design Classes, all Workshops during months attended, some Permaculture Gardening, Rocket Stove experience, foraging, fermenting & community connections + all materials, lodging & food.  Limited to 8 students. Just $850/mo (1 mo. In advance) or $950 thereafter.  Some ½ pay Worktrade & Wwoofing may be available. *July is an exception.

2015 WORKSHOPS & CLASSES      

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Jan 4 – Feb 4      WINTERNSHIP  4 week intensive. (class filled)

January 10           THATCHING – An Introduction

January 17 & 18    ROUND POLE FRAMING  (filled)

Jan. 31 & Feb 1      EARTH PLASTER  & SCULPTING ( filled)

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April – Oct*
     INTERNSHIPS  + worktrade & volunteer 1 mo. or more.

April 1, 2015    Edible & Ecological Landscaping *  7p by Trevor & Mark.

April 4 , 2015      Full Moon Potluck  followed by Bonfire.  Saturday  7 p

April 24 – 26,   Green Living Festival 

The Strawbale Studio exhibit included a strawbale climbing pyramid for the kids and food cooked in the Traveling Turtle Earth Oven.

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May 3, Sunday Full Moon Potluck & Bonfire.  7p + Workparty 1-5p & Tour 6p

May 17, 2015 FORAGED BRUNCH   Foraging class & meal.  Sunday 10 – 2p  $25 early Bird/$35

May 23, 2015  South Michigan PERMACULTURE -MIXER! Free event.

May 24, 2015  AGRO-FORESTRY Workshop !   4 outstanding Instructors. 

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June,  2015     INTERN, WORTRADE, WWOOF or volunteer.  See link, contact DB.

June 2, Tues. FULL MOON ~ Vol. 1- 5p,  Tour  6-7 p, Potluck/Bonfire7p  RSVP            

June 20th & 21  Strawbale Studio Exhibit at CREEKFEST, Ortonville, MI.

Schedule a Class (Foraging, Earth Plaster, Other) or Tour etc. for your group!

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Natural Cottage Project 2012

July 1, Wed. 2015   FULL MOON  Workparty 1-5p,  Tour  6p, Potluck & Bonfire 7p  RSVP  

July 3, 4,5,  2015    PROJECT PARTY – Volunteer days & overnight.  Come to part or all !

July 11- 24, 2015   NATURAL COTTAGE BUILD !  Chagrin Falls, OH complete 14 day course.

Note that the above course is the MAIN EVENT FOR 2016.  Several seasoned instructors. This class has been a big hit in the past !  Lots to learn, in a beautiful setting near Cleveland, Ohio.

July 31, Fri.       FULL MOON  Workparty 1-5p,  Tour  6p, Potluck & Bonfire 7p  RSVP 

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August 2015            INTERN, WORTRADE, WWOOF or volunteer.  See link /Contact Deanne.

Aug 8 – 14th, 2015 NATURAL BUILDING SKILLS INTENSIVE at SBS  with MI Folk School.

Aug. 29, Sat.  11a – 1p   Great Lakes Natural Building Meetup. Bring your own bag lunch.  RSVP  & theFULL MOON Activities : *Workparty 1-5p,  *Tour  6p, *Potluck & Bonfire 7p  RSVP   

The Compost Volunteer Gang Saturday October 11, 2014.

September  2015  INTERN, WORTRADE, WWOOF /volunteer.  Earth Plaster, Finishing Details, Earthen Floor, Framing, Permaculture Garden.

Dates TBD   Classes & Plerkparties. (play+work)  What do you want to do/learn?    Contact Deanne for scheduling activities YOU would like for yourself or your group.

Sept 11-13, 2015  Strawbale Studio Exhibit at the Great Lakes Herb Faire

Sept 19, 2015   BIO-CHAR DEMONSTRATION with instructor Karl Kaufman & Sheldon Smith. Click link for details. 1-5p  Learn how to make this soil additive which reduces carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and contributes to soil health ! We’ll build a pit and make 40-50 gal of premium charcoal with side-by-side demonstrations of both the  TLUD& the Pit Kiln Biochar production techniques. A gallon of bio-char for agricultural use will go to each participant, along with info & handouts on the carbon cycle, charging the biochar with nutrients and mycorrhizae, crop yields, and climate change. Suggested $5 – $25 donation.  Register now.  Limited class size. 🙂

Sept 27, Sun.  12:30p    Great Lakes Natural Building Meetup. Bring your own bag lunch.  RSVP  FULL MOON  * Networking, then Skillshare & Workparty.  1-5p, *Tour  6p, *Potluck & Bonfire 7p  RSVP  

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October 2015  INTERN, WORTRADE, WWOOF /volunteer.  Earth Plaster, Finishing Details, Earthen Floor, Framing, Permaculture Garden.

October 10th & 17th FOREST STEWARDSHIP CLASSES for land owners & their families. Instructor: Rick McAvinchy, Forester & Wildlife Biologist. For those who own land and want to learn how to sustainably manage it for a variety of outcomes:  food, timber, recreation, and much more ! Suggested donation $100 – $150 sliding scale for both days. Family / Group discounts.  Click link for details and registration.

Oct. 27, Tues. FULL MOON Activities  *Community Workparty 1-5p,  *Tour  6p, *Potluck & Bonfire7p  RSVP 

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