WINTERNSHIP ~ Natural Building & Sustainable Skills Program

Harvesting reed for Thatching

Jan 8 – Feb 8, 2017   WINTERNSHIP !
A rich program with hands-on skills & classroom training. This is a one of the most popular courses at Strawbale Studio !  A chance to continue your learning during the winter-time.  Live and learn with others who are interested in natural building & sustainability.  

Join in the living and learning at Strawbale Studio this Jan 8 thru Feb 8.   Held on beautiful wooded rural land 1 hour north of Detroit Michigan, U.S.A , this program includes room & board, all materials and classes.

In this favorite program, students will participate in hands-on & classroom learning ~including classes in design, workshops in round pole framing, earth plaster, thatching & reed collection and rocket stoves, plus much more.

Participants will go home with a wide skill set in basic natural building, reference materials, and increased confidence to apply to future building projects.

The 1 month Wintern Program is $850 if prepaid 1 month in advance or $950.  Some 1/2 Pay Worktrade options are available at $425/475 .  Click the link for an application form and more information.   Contact: text or call Deanne Bednar for further questions at 248 236 5432 We are offering a significant Early Bird discount to those who register and pay by December 8.


Winternship 2015 Crew

Winternship 2015 Crew

- for the Public, and included in the Winternship

Details below and at the links.

Thatching: Jan 14-15,

Round Pole:  Jan 21+22,

Rocket Stove:  Jan 28+29,

Earth Plaster  & Sculpting Feb 5+6.



Thatching Demonstration in the Red Shed
THATCHING & REED COLLECTION : January 14 & 15, 2017.  Arrive 9:30a. Class 10a – 5p. Learn the basics of thatching with reed grass.  Explore this beautiful, ecological & long-lasting roof system. Tour several thatched roof buildings, see a demo of thatching and try your hand at it, harvest  & bundle/store reed. 12 student limit. A unique weekend. One of the few classes offered in North America on Thatching !  Group discounts.  $95 1 week in advance or $110  thereafter. Some scholarships. 


ROUND POLE FRAMING :  January 21 & 22, 2017   Sat 10 – 5, Sun 10 – 4p
Learn principles & hands-on basics of round pole framing for small structures. Tour thatched roofs & round pole structures on site, harvest wood, debark logs, practice making notches using hand tools ~ make a mallet to take home plus a small team project & design a small structure. Limited to 12 participants; includes overnight accommodations if needed.  $89 if prepaid 2 wks in advance, or $110 thereafter, with RSVP, if there is room. Some scholarships available.

Instructors:  Deanne Bednar & Micah Lindquist


FIRE !  Rocket Stove  & Earth Oven  January 28 & 29, 2017   
Sat 10a-5p Sun 10-4p Create 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: mockup of combustion unit, mixing cob & finish plaster, make a small earth oven together. Principles of construction, code+. Bring a bag lunch. Supper/breakfast provided if you stay overnight.  $125 for both days prepaid 2 wks in advance, or $150 if there is room. Saturday only $80/$90 with RSVP. Some Worktrade Scholarships available.  Instructor, Deanne Bednar


EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING  February  5+6, 2017  
Arrive 9:30a. Class 10 – 5p Sun 10 – 4p  Learn the joy of natural earthen plasters that can be used in a variety of applications to beautify and naturalize your existing dwellings or future natural strawbale home or Earth Oven project ! Learn to identify, mix & apply natural local soil to create simple or artistic expressions. Bring a bag lunch. Overnight available.    $95 Early Bird Special 2 weeks in advance or $120 thereafter.
Instructor Deanne Bednar:  Illustrated the Hand-Sculpted House book and The Natural Plaster Book. 20 years experience with basic earth plasters and sculpting !


Kids Cottage Volunteer Team for the day.

2017 Season INTERNSHIPS & Worktrade, Wwoofer. 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.  Focus on earth plaster and building surrounds. Live & learn on-site with others, in a beautiful rural wooded setting 1 hr n of Detroit.


Strawbale Studio - photo by Dawn Holtz

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