Earthen Shelter 7 Week Natural Building Internship

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Date(s) - 03/27/2017 - 05/12/2017
All Day

Quail Springs Permaculture


Overview: This 7-week program is a chance for up to 6 people to gain more in-depth experience with a variety of natural building techniques. It is designed for people with some natural building experience who want to deepen their skills in a mentored environment. We will be working on a variety of projects using different building styles and techniques, with the focus being a small cob structure. You will get to assist and partake in the natural building workshop.
Focus of Internship: During these 7 weeks, the interns will be working with Sasha Rabin and John Orcutt at Quail Springs Permaculture on an almost start to finish project. Interns will begin the program prepping the site for this build before the natural building workshop begins. This will include design discussions, earthworks, drainage, building an earthbag foundation, making adobe blocks, and some woodwork, etc. Following the workshop the interns will continue progress on this building and explore other projects and techniques the group is interested in learning.
What is needed from Interns: A desire to learn and to be of service, adaptability, mindfulness, desire to live & work mostly in the outdoors, a non-judgmental approach, a sense of humor, self-care, ability to listen and to speak from the heart, a sense of wonder. You should also be able to handle hard physical labor and rising early in the mornings, manage independent study time and be willing to engage in the mundane, for example screening dirt for building.
What we provide to Interns: Hands-on skill building, mentoring, meaningful work, exposure to a variety of natural building techniques, camping space (with your own gear), nourishing food, hundreds of acres of beautiful wilderness, a lively community atmosphere of all ages, and what many apprentices have deemed a treasured life-changing experience.

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