2020 Ranch Courses
10 Amazing Days in May and More in June!
Choose One or All of these Natural Building Courses
May 22-25, Cordwood Building Part 1
Join us for a complete hands-on four day training course in cordwood structures and foundations. Inspired by the friendship of Richard and Becky Flatau and Wayne Weisemen, this information packed, hands on training course will be used to create a cordwood and cob four season sauna, by the end of part 2, in just 10 amazing days!
Robert and Wayne have built structures together in the past, including one at the beautiful Kinstone project in Wisconsin. Now, Wayne Weisemen, a well respected permaculture design master and natural building expert, will lead this course along with carpenter and natural builder, Ross Brodt, of Tree of Life Construction. Wayne, Ross, and your Ranch Host, Dr. Bessheen Baker, all have experience in building sacred geometry structures. A lot of creative, fun, and inspiring components will be included in this sauna!
Class is limited to 15 students: register early to save your spot. Camping on site is free, and other affordable, ranch operated accommodations are available on site or in town, 8 miles from the ranch. Purified water and daily healthy snacks will be provided by your Ranch Host. Meals will be on your own, and a firepit and grill are on site. Outdoor solar shower and outhouses are in the camping area. The Ranch will provide a homemade grilled meal on Saturday night of each weekend. There is plenty to do during your down time, and bonfires with potluck options are common.
Course cost is only $399!
May 27 Cob Oven Class
This Wednesday afternoon class from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. will teach you how to build your own cob oven for incredible tasting bread, pizza, and beyond. You can make these ovens very affordably and get incredibly creative. It would be a great family and friends project. Build it for your yard, hunting camp, or weekend getaway place. A wonderful learning experience for $50! Instructor: Wayne Weisemen
May 28 Outdoor Sun Dehydrator
This Thursday afternoon class from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. will give you the hands on experience to build your own Sun Dehydrator which is even better for food preservation than electric systems. Capturing sunlight into your foods brings qualities beyond other forms of preservation. One dehydrator will be built during this class, and you can then make one of your own at home! This great opportunity is only $50! Instructor: Wayne Weisemen
May 29-31 Cordwood Building Part 2
Learn how to complete a cordwood structure by working on the cordwood itself, installing the wood stove, and making unique interior touches. Students will learn all the key pieces needed to finish a project in full. Hands on throughout the entire class with quality time for design questions and more. This course can be taken on its own or as a continuation of the Part 1 detailed above. A full three day course for only $299, limited to 15 students. Free camping on site, and other affordable ranch operated accommodations are available just 8 miles away in the town of Mt. Pleasant.
Specials and Discounts
Students are welcome to stay the entire week for both cordwood courses, and a 10% discount would apply for taking both Part 1 and Part 2. Those staying to work during the week between Part 1 and Part 2 on the cordwood project can earn a scholarship to both afternoon classes on cob ovens and solar dehydrators as a work/trade bonus. The entire course will take place at Symbiosis Ranch and will include opportunities for free tours and casual lectures on the garden designs, sacred geometry, herbal medicine, and other topics of interest featured on this unique ranch. All courses, classes, and tours offer learning and inspiration at every skill level!
Call or e-mail us today, and we can reserve your spot in a short few minutes! Bessheen Baker (989)506-0057 or
Rocket Mass Stove Weekend Workshop
We are pleased to be bring Milton Dixon, an experienced permaculture teacher and enthusiast, to Symbiosis Ranch for a weekend course on Rocket Mass Heaters! This bench and structure-warming stove will be built right inside our own Aircrete Dome structure! These super energy efficient stoves are able to heat structures and outdoor/indoor benches in a way that brings deep warmth into you and your environment. Using very simple, easily attainable, affordable products, and lots of free earth material, you will learn how to creatively design your own masterpiece. This course will be limited to 15 students and will certainly fill up quickly! Both days will be from 9 am to 5 pm(?) and is only $199 total, including free camping and a ranch dinner on Saturday night! Additional ranch operated accommodations are available on site or in town.
Call (989)506-0057 to register and save your spot!