Saturday, May 12th
from 11am till 6
The Strawbale Studio
Just 3 miles east of
Cost is $45 prior to May 1st; $65
(see below for payment option)
Through the lenses of permaculture, natural building and
herbalism, Jared Bogdanov-Hanna, Deanne Bednar & jim
mcdonald will be offering a day of teachings focusing on
living in relationship with the land you walk upon.
The Permaculture Institute defines permaculture as "an
ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects
of human endeavor. It teaches us how build natural homes,
grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and
ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities and much
more." What we'll be doing with our time together is
to explore different habitats - lawns, meadows and woods,
and seeing them through the complimentary perspectives of
each of the presenters... what resources are there?
How can we build on potentials? What can we harvest
and how can we give back?
Within these ecosystems, we'll be looking at how plants
provide food, tools and shelter, restore habitats (and
yes, even some of the "invasive" ones), and offer
medicine, for both the body and the heart.
Rather than offering separate presentations, all three of
us will be contributing together to demonstrate how
permaculture, herbalism, and natural building all find
their foundation in the interdependence of nature.
Dialog between us will be enhanced by dialog with ~you~...
entered the world of natural
building by participating in a "Start-to-Finish" course
with the Cob Cottage Company in Oregon in 1996. Returning
to Michigan, she became a collaborator in the Strawbale
Studio Project. Deanne now educates (and learns) as much
as she can about natural building & sustainable living
through workshops, internships, presentations, exhibits &
outreach. Deanne had the privilege of illustrating the
Hand-Sculpted House Book, The Natural Plaster Book, and
the Cobber's Companion, and being a start-to-finish
collaborator on the Kensington Kids Cottage, located
within the Kensington Metropark, at the Farm Center. She
has been exploring Sustainability, Appropriate Technology
& Design with Nature over the years, in her work with
Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center, Oxford,
Michigan, and through her activities in natural building &
other natural living skills. Now is a time of networking,
sharing, coming together to envision & create.
Jared Bogdanov Hanna
is a certified permaculturalist and operates his own
market garden and edible forest garden in Troy, Michigan.
His vision is to create bountiful landscapes and
communities full of food, beauty, and equality, thereby
improving one’s quality of life and restoring our
environment. What would be better than waking up in
abundance each morning, with our landscape and community
regenerated into health and productivity? Visit
for more information about his work.
has been practicing the art of herbcraft for over sixteen
years, and offers a knowledge of herbalism that blends
western folk and indigenous views of healing with the
Vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism. He
has taught classes and workshops throughout Great Lakes
bioregion and the US, hosts the website
www.herbcraft.org and is currently writing
(alternately) "A Great Lakes Herbal" and "Foundational
Herbcraft". Jim is a community herbalist, a manic
wildcrafter and medicine maker, an occasional email
mangler, and has been an ardent student of the most
learned teachers of herbcraft... the plants themselves.
You can pay by mailing a check payable
to Deanne Bednar to:
2691 Noble Rd.