2020 Cordwood Workshop Schedule

Workshop Update May 12, 2020   

The Cordwood Series is Postponed and awaiting new dates when more info is available from the Michigan government. 

Cordwood Workshops available near Mount Pleasant, Michigan on May 22-15 and May 29-31, 2020 at the Symbiosis Organic Ranch.  

May 22-25, 2020 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 as well.  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. There is plenty to do during your down time and bonfires with ranch burgers are not uncommon.    Course cost in only $399!

May 29-31, 2020 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!

Symbiosis Ranch   Bessheen Baker   Mount Pleasant, Michigan       (989)506-0057


The best way to stay informed is to check the Workshop Menu on this website. 

If you desire to take a workshop, but can’t find an affordable one, here are some suggestions. 

  1. Watch the Cordwood Workshop DVD. This video was filmed at several workshops and offers high quality instruction in how to successfully build a cordwood home, cabin or cottage.  From choosing wood, drying wood, calculating amounts of materials, to actual wall building footage, mortar mix choices and dozens of photos of outstanding, best practice builds.
  2. Build a practice building. Construction a doghouse, cathouse, shed, sauna or playhouse will give you a chance to fine tune the skills you gathered from the video. 
  3. Help someone on their cordwood project.

Watching the Cordwood Workshop DVD is like having a front row seat at a workshop (available in the Online Bookstore on this site). The video was filmed at workshops and there is an incredible amount of information on Best Practices, foundations & framing  options, the five mortar mixes,  how to build a wall, tuck pointing tips,  plumbing, electrical, insulation, how to make a wall look good and inspirational drone footage of various cordwood buildings. We also offer private workshops for owner/builders who want to have more privacy and have their family and friends properly trained.   If you are interested please email and ask for a Private Workshop Brochure and How to Host a Cordwood Workshop Brochure.  

The cost to attend a workshop is $100 per day.  We believe these are the least expensive cordwood workshops in North America. 

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How to Register

Instructions for Registering:

Step 1.  Please TEXT, CALL 715-212-2870 or EMAIL before registering to make sure that the workshop has spaces available.  Thank you.

Step 2.  Fill out the REGISTRATION FORM [click here].

Step 3.  Fees for the workshop may be paid via snail mail (preferred: address below) or online [click here].


Cordwood Construction Resources LLC

Richard & Becky Flatau

W4837 Schulz Spur Dr.

Merrill, WI  54452