The main goal of our apprenticeship program is to integrate a broad variety of permaculture skill-building and hands-on experiences into one comprehensive package lasting 1-3 months. We try to convey the permaculture lifestyle and help you to grasp underlying principles and attunement with ecovillage processes.
What we have arrived at is an immersion pedagogy that combines one hour per day of classroom instruction, some independent study assignments, collaborative work with small teams on special projects, and a lot of normal farm labor, natural building, organic gardening and small business enterprise. No two programs are alike, and all are informed by the skills and abilities of the engaged and brilliant participants who come from all over the world.
Our goal in creating this program is to promote systemic social changes towards sustainable human habitats and to encourage loving personal growth, free artistic expression, caring relationships, deep environmental awareness, and celebration of cultural and individual differences. We hope to inspire people to work for something greater than themselves. The more immediate goals (from big vision to everyday practice) are:
- To help catalyze the creation of more ecovillages
- To move students from understanding and concept development to practice
- To explore sustainability issues in all myriad forms
- To provide hands-on, experiential learning in the environment of a 40-year experimental community
Our advanced permaculture immersion apprenticeship program has no pre-requisites although a permaculture introductory course or some familiarity with permaculture is helpful. Apprentices will learn ecology, energy and resource conservation, social and community skills, and the economics of sustainability. Apprentices must commit to not less than one month. This year we will be offering two complete permaculture design certificate programs for students who can attend for two consecutive months. Because of the comprehensive, step-by-step training involved, we prefer you stay for 8-12 weeks. Extension to longer stays may be allowed if you are having too much fun to leave.
Apprentices will endeavor to work well with one another and with the staff. They will also have plenty of time to enjoy the vastness of the Milky Way, the chill of a dawn swim in a pure stream, a musical fire circle in the full moon, and the stimulus of exceptional conversation in a wood-fired sauna. Apprentices will have a deeper experience of The Farm community than a casual visit or short course might provide. We expect you to build memories you will treasure for a lifetime.