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FEATURED EVENTS !   See Details below + more classes

See below for more details on these workshops + more activities !



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*  Full Moon Potluck

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 & 1/2 Pay Worktrade & Wwoofing 

January 2017   &   April – September 2017 & Jan 2018
Attend 1 month or more.
to the land, work with natural materials, live & build in community !  Each month includes a wide range of activities & a rich opportunity !    click link.

IMG_0091Hands-on learning: Attend as an Intern, Worktrader or Wwoofer.  As an intern you will learn about Strawbale & Cob Wall systems, Earth Plaster & Floors, Thatching & Living Roofs. Skills are practiced  on structures  under construction on this wooded rural land  1 hr N. of Detroit.  Included are Natural Building Design Classes, all Workshops during months attended, experiences in  Permaculture Gardening, Rocket Stove  and Earth Ovens, foraging, fermenting & community connections. Fee covers all training, lodging & food.  8 student limit.  Just $850/mo (1 mo. In advance) or $950/mo thereafter.  Some ½ pay Worktrade & Wwoofing  available. Details. 

Wortrade needs:  fix-it person, grounds, gardening, office.   Household and Meals are shared.


Campfire NCP 2015 Burton Ohio


FULL MOON Potlucks    Mark your calendars !
February 10, Friday. 
 Wintertime hours:   5p Tour, 6p Potluck & bonfire.  Click link for details and to RSVP

Mar. 12 Worm Moon Sunday 5p Tour, 6p Potluck & bonfire moon rise 5:51p
Apr. 11 Pink Moon Tuesday  6p Tour, 7p Potluck & bonfire moon rise  8:41p
May 10 Flower Moon Wednesday 6p Tour, 7p Potluck & bonfire moon rise  8:30p
June 9 Strawberry Moon Friday 6p Tour, 7p Potluck & bonfire moon rise  9:28p
July 9 Buck Moon Sunday 6p Tour, 7p Potluck & bonfire moon rise  9:29p

Full Moon Potluck dates for the rest of 2017. 

Upcoming 2017 ACTIVITIES

Kids Cottage Volunteer Team for the day.

2017 Season INTERNSHIPS & Worktrade, Wwoofer take place April through October. 
Attend 1 month or more.
CONNECT to the land, work with natural materials, live & build in community !         Immerse yourself in a one month learning experience which includes a wide variety of hands-on skills and classroom subjects in design & construction.  Learn Real-Life skills. Focus on earth plaster and building surrounds. Live & learn on-site with others, in a beautiful rural wooded setting 1 hr n of Detroit.

SPRING CLASSES     dates to be determined

Kids Adventure Days     A wonderful day in the outdoors for Families !   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.  Add on option: Pizza in the Earth Oven !  Contact Deanne to schedule a date for  your class, scout troop or special collection of young folks  !

Foraging Class – plants on the land for food and medicine.

Foraged Brunch – foraging and cook a meal on the Outdoor Rocket Cooker !

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

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

Earth Oven – hands on construction of a small model, everything you need to know to make one at home.

Rocket Stove Class – hands mockup of the combustion unit, principles and design.

Dig 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


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!

Ideas for Upcoming Classes….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. 


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