What we're about

Welcome to this group of Natural Building enthusiasts, professionals, and fans. All members are welcome to hold meetings ranging from building cob ovens in community gardens, to helping build strawbale houses, to watching and discussing natural building videos and taking natural building tours throughout the midwest. Why? Because there are very real opportunities to learn Natural building technologies both through dialogue and study and through hands on practucums, and your interest can become part of your life.

If you have a natural building project that you'd like help on, simply schedule a meetup and watch the support roll in. If you want to post a workshop to help defray the costs of your natural building project, or to further your natural building business, you are welcome to do so here as well. If you want to ask the community a couple questions about natural building regarding the concept, the culture, the techniques and the technicalities, the risks, the benefits, the discussion board and the ideas board are here to help you explore. Join in the fun, join in the journey, and find empowerment through experience and learning!

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Field Trip to Fairfield Iowa!
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Let's go with Alice on a learning tour of Fairfield, Iowa. We will have the opportunity to see Vedic Architecture, among other things directly and indirectly connected to sustainability and natural building! We are thinking April-ish for this. Let's plan ahead so we can make this happen! Alice will move to France in 2012 so this is our chance to make this happen.

Strawbale Studio Internships, work/trade - dates ongoing
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Strawbale Studio Natural Building Program

Strawbale Studio Natural Building & Sustainable Living INTERNSHIPS & Worktrade are offered by month, May through mid October and in January (the Winternship). There are several opening for September through Oct 15. Apply now, or contact Deanne if you have questions. More links and details below. ​ Attend 1 or more months and experience an amazingly wide variety of skills while helping to complete buildings on this beautiful land. Located outside Oxford Michigan, 1 hour north of Detroit, this wooded rural site, with its natural structures, rocket stoves and earth ovens, is a great place to live and build together with others ! Learn the basics of earth plaster, strawbale walls, cob, living roof, thatched roof, rocket stove, round pole framing, stone walls, foraging, fermenting, and more. Classroom presentations & hands-on. Projects vary according to the season. Each month provides a full range of experiences based on the above skills. Attend for 1 month or more. April -June, August – October & the very popular January 2016 Winternship ! 3 Options available with several openings in each catagory. Limit 8 total. Full Internship (fee: $850/ month - includes room, board, education/hands-on in building & sustainable skills) 1/2 Pay Worktrade (fee $425 - includes same as Internship + worktraders contribute 10 hours/week toward infrastructure ~ grounds, office, etc.) and Wwoofer - Same as Internship program + contribute 20 hrs/week toward infrastructure. No fee. Visit strawbalestudio.org for details. Also see the Blog Internship / Worktrade links. Contact Deanne[masked] [masked] for more information, and if you want to start the process,fill out the application form.

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