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Interns on Hobbit Sauna Living Roof 2016Welcome to this years’ activities ~ joyfully weaving nature & people.

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FULL MOON Potlucks    Mark your calendars !
This is a free Community Event. Families & children welcome. 

Click here for details and to RSVP

Apr. 11  Tues  Pink Moon 6p Tour, 7p Potluck/bonfire
May 10  Wednesday Flower Moon  6p Tour, 7p Potluck/bonfire
June 9  Friday   Strawberry Moon 6p Tour, 7p Potluck/bonfire
July 9  Sunday    Buck Moon  6p Tour, 7p Potluck/bonfire

Full Moon Potluck dates for the rest of 2017. 


2017 monthly INTERNSHIPS & Worktrade

Kids Cottage Volunteer Team for the day.
Attend 1 month or more.

April thru September 2017 & Jan 2018

CONNECT to the land, learn sustainable skills, work with natural materials, live & build in community !  Each month includes a wide range of activities & a rich opportunity !

Attend as an Intern, 1/2 Pay Worktrader or Wwoofer !    Details here 


2017 monthly EVENTS


May 10 – Full Moon Potluck   Click here for details and to RSVP

APRIL 16,  2017  The JOY OF FORAGING     Sunday 1-5:30p   

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Enjoy a day on the land, getting to know a wide range of edible and medicinal plants that grow commonly in this region.

Early Bird Special $25.  Bring a Friend Discount …another $5 off.  After April 1 the price is $35 per person+ bring a friend discount available.  Limit 15 folks. Register now 🙂  Optional: Free plants to dig and take home.  ***

April 21-23   2017 MI Earth Day Fest   Downtown Rochester 

 Strawbale Studio will have an exhibit booth at the The MI Earth Day Fest ~ one of the planet’s largest and liveliest Earth Day … Bring your friends and family to downtown Rochester April 21-23, 2017.  Also come climb the strawbale pyramid & check out the Traveling Turtle Earth Oven !  



May 10 – FULL MOON POTLUCK   Wed. 6p tour, 7p potluck & bonfire. Click here for details and to RSVP

May 13,  Agro-Forest PERMABLITZ ! Saturday 1-5p followed by pizza party.

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Join Deanne Bednar and Jared Bogdanov-Hanna for a spring afternoon of permaculture design in action. We will be working on agri-forest areas~ pruning, fertility and mulching of the berry bonfire pit plantings; processing biomass for fertility management; and mulching coppice trees. Jared will discuss fertility management techniques and permaculture design. The day will be followed by Pizza in the Earth Oven! Please bring gloves, and any tools (digging fork, shovel, pick axe, loppers, saw, hatchet). No charge for this event. 

Please e-mail Jared Bogdanov-Hanna at if you have any further questions and to RSVP.   Location: Strawbale Studio 2691 Noble Rd. Oxford, MI 48370

MAY 14,  2017  FORAGED BRUNCH !            Sunday 9a – 3p


Forage, then cook a meal on the Outdoor Rocket Cooker !

Join teachers Deanne Bednar & Kelly as we explore the lawns, field and woods at Strawbale Studio, finding delicious nutritious edibles for our green-foraged local-egg omelet brunch !  Click on link for details, pictures and a video !

Schedule:  Forage 9-11a ,  Brunch 11a-1p Forage some more in the woods 1-3p.      Optional: Free plants to dig and take home.  ***

Early Bird Special $35.  Bring a Friend Discount …another $5 off.  
Sign up by May 1st for the Mothers Day Special !  Bring-a-Mom Just $50 for “Mom + 1” 

After May 1 the price is $45 per person.  Limit 12 folks. Register now 🙂 


MAY 28,  2017  FAMILY ADVENTURE DAY !        Sunday  2-6 p

DSCF4391Family Adventure Day   A wonderful day in the outdoors for children & adults alike!   Learn about natural building & sustainability by touring the grounds… and having hands-on interactions with nature: make an earth sculpting mix, create a fairy house, and more.   Adult $30  Youth $15  Early bird and Family Discounts. Limit of 15 folks. Register now 🙂         Click for more info & pics.


*** U-DIG.  Free PLANTS to take Home ~  There are many plants on the land that would love to go home with you. Very easy to grow.  Free to class participants, or By Donation.

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Myrtle, evergreen ground cover.   Image result for periwinkle ground cover   Astilbe Image result for Astilbe plant



June 9 – Full Moon Potluck  Friday. 6p tour, 7p Potluck & bonfire.  Click here for details and to RSVP


JUNE 17 & 18,  2017  EARTH OVEN WORKSHOP !

Turtle Earth Oven at Kensington Metropark Farm

Kensington Metropark Earth Oven

Saturday 9-6 ish,  Sunday 1-6p   Hands-on construction of an earth oven at Wild Apple Farm in Dexter, MI near Ann Arbor !    Everything you need to know to make one at home. Visit the Facebook Page for this Earth Oven event.  You can register there or see the info below !

Host Amy Ramsey writes:  Ecobuilding Expert, and owner of Strawbale Studio in Oxford, Michigan, Deanne Bednar, will be joining us at Wild Apple Farms to teach a 2-day class on the earth building technique of Earth Ovens.

We will, together, build a functioning earth oven, from the ground up! If you’ve ever wanted to learn cob architecture or earth building, now is your chance!

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The 2-day class is $125. Dress for getting dirty and bring a sack lunch. Contact Amy at website to register.

Facebook  Wild Apple Farms  2701 N Dancer Rd, Dexter, Michigan 48130


July 9  – 
Full Moon Potluck   Click here for details and to RSVP


DSCF3970Gain hands-on experience in the many different natural building skills necessary to create a snug, beautiful cottage from local natural materials. This is an excellent workshop to take if you are considering building your own home, cottage or shed. Instructors: Deanne Bednar of Strawbale Studio and Chris Mcclellan of Uncle Mud.
This unique class includes a wide range of Hands-on experiences & Shade-tree lecture sessions,

099Workshop fee includes all meals (vegan friendly) and camping with some indoor spaces/beds available. Indoor showers are available and there is room for you to park your RV if you want to bring one. We offer some discounts for couples, families and groups. The Straw Bale Studio is a very family friendly place so plan on bringing the kids. Some Work-Trade positions are available. Click here for details. Please contact us at or 440-682-0502 for more details.





September 23 weekend, 2017    Strawbale Studio 20th CELEBRATION !

Original Strawbale Studio Building Team ~  (l to r) Gregie Mathews, Deanne Bednar, Fran Lee (original owner) & Carolyn Koch.  1998

The Original Core Team: Gregie Mathews, Deanne Bednar, owner Fran Lee & Carolyn Koch !

Yes, 20 years ago the Strawbale Studio was begun !

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By September  1997 there was a beautiful stone foundation and fabulous round pole frame on the land, thanks to the Core Team, many volunteers,  John Eisley, stone mason who taught us techniques…and a framing crew ! 

We will be preparing for this event throughout this year…including the finishing projects and generally rounding up the energy to celebrate this adventure, co-created by so many!

Consider being part of this process.  Help finish a structure, or lend a hand to the planning or hosting of some aspect of the event.   MORE DETAILS TO COME. 🙂  Contact Deanne if you want to help in some way. 


October 20-22, 2017    DETROIT BIONEERS CONFERENCE.Sponsors option 1 © Nikki Richter 745px
Strawbale Studio will be co-hosting a panel discussion “Retro-fitting with Natural Materials!  Stay tuned for more info about this local”satellite” conference and check out the national conference at !


December 9,   December 10, 2017     CANDLE MAKING & Holiday Gifts

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Saturday, 1-5:30p  

DECEMBER 10, 2017  
Sunday, 1-5:30p    

This is the same class offered 2 times.  Enjoy making hand-dipping bees wax candles, sculpting candle stick holders and decorating matchboxes !  Holiday glow and sweet smells waft in the kitchen of the main house ~  as we relax and enjoy the process.  Local natural materials make great gifts & an enjoyable adventure !   Join in, and bring a friend to share the day.    $35 Early Bird Special.   After December 1 the price is $45.   **Bring-a-Friend Discount -$5.     Family rates, too.  Class size limit 12.  Register now 🙂


See 2018 PROGRAMMING at the bottom of this page. 



Other 2017 WORKSHOPS BEING PLANNED.  Let us know if you are interested! 

Fermentation !  Kombucha, Sour Dough Wraps, Butter & more.

Traditional Crafts Weekend?  Wood Carving & Fermenting and more +++    2 1/2 day Retreat !

Rocket Stove Class – hands mock-up of the combustion unit, principles and design.

U-Dig Lovely Plants to take Home ~  There are many plants on the land that would love to go home with you. Very easy to grow.  By donation.

Siberian Iris, Image result for siberian iris        Day Lillie Image result for daylily,
Myrtle, evergreen ground cover.   Image result for periwinkle ground cover   Astilbe Image result for Astilbe plant

Strawbale Construction Basics
This class is for folks that are considering building with a strawbale wall system. Day 1 Design Principles & considerations, bale selection.  Day 2 Hands -on ~ how to re-size bales, mix and apply earth plasters.
Contact Deanne 248 236 5432 an to indicate interest, and suggest some available dates



Another great meal!

Do you have ideas for Upcoming Classes you’d like to see happen? ….Contact Deanne  

DETAILS of all workshops:  Some classes have live links to a detail page.  Others, do not, and all the information is on this calendar page.

DISCOUNTS: Pre-pay early to assure your place in the class, and give security to the Strawbale Studio.
Also see Family and Group rates.    Registration   

UPDATES: Check back for future additions to the  calendar such as “Foraged Brunch”, Fermenting Class & more.

CONTACT:  What classes do you want offered?  Questions or requests?
Call, text or email Deanne.  cell 248 628 1887 ecoartdb at

* Regional Events presented by friends in the area. 

2018 Programing starts with the Winternship !
+ 4 weekend workshops for the Public.

          A month long live-in program from Jan 7 to Feb 7, 2018.   Tentative dates. 

This unique & fun course will inreed bundlingclude

4 Weekend Workshops for Wintern and the Public   Thatching  Jan 13 & 14.  Round Pole Jan 20+21, Rocket Stove  Jan. 27 & 28, Earth Plaster  & Sculpting Feb 3 & 4.

Community Events
Jan 10  Permaculture Meetup, Jan 31 Full Moon Potluck and Bonfire.

During the week :  Natural Building & Sustainability Activities + 2 days off.

Check out previous years Winternship !  2016 Winternship Activities List   Winternship 2016: Thatching  Winternship 2016: Week 1  2015 Winternship Outline & Schedule   Winternship 2015 Blog & Pics     Pictures below are from previous years’ adventures.

2018 Spring, Summer & Fall Programing will include Internships, WorkTrade, Wwoofing and a variety of 1 day to 9 day-long classes.  Stay tuned.


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