Cultivating the Elements Stewardship
The energies of the soil, streams, sun, winds, and cosmic forces form an interactive ecology integral to the health of the land. These five elements-earth, water, fire, air & ether exist in the world around us and inside, creating a template for self development. Steiner, who pioneered the field of Biodynamics, advocated that the farmer should establish a personal relationship to everything in farming because the process of growing is directly connected with continuous inner development. Seeing the farm as a living individuality on its way to becoming a being, is understanding the self in connection to nature. Opening to the balance and harmony of the elements within supports us to be stewards of our lives and the larger body of the earth.
Open and know yourself through your relationship to the earth, its elements, its aliveness. Ground your activism in living your vision of beauty and hope in day-to-day regenerative action and contemplation. This internship draws upon the principles of biodynamics, mindful gardening, ziraat, depth psychology, movement therapy, shamanism, theatre, and play. The internship ends with an individual and group creative project.
Stewardship: Spring May 7- June 2nd 24 hours + final project. First Class Starts Sunday, May 7th 9:30am-12:15pm + Wednesdays 12-2:45pm + Fridays 9am-12:45pm and subsequent Sundays 3:30-6:15pm ending with the final project on Friday, June 2nd.
Live-in or Commute: Immerse yourself in community, with a place to live, cook, have dinners together, learn gardening/harvesting/food prep and daily spiritual practice or commute. Live-in stewardship + 15 hours of gardening and farm work/week = $275. Commuters can join the entire internship for $350. or can choose to add 15 hours of gardening work/per 4 weeks and pay $225.
**Currently in school? Ask your advisor about taking this as an independent study course for credits.
“I came to the Embodied Ecology internship to engage and disengage from life. What I learned will last a lifetime. Working with the earth to better ground myself enabled me to interface with the other elementals forces inside and out. Opening my heart to this wonderful enchanted world, I am now more engaged than even before. Thanks for pumping life back into my heart.” – Sibby Hansen, NY
“I participated in Embodied Ecology when it was titled ‘Eco-Somatics.’ I was unsure of my identity and my life’s direction. The program introduced me to the five elements and building upon fire, Yahya encouraged me to confront the topic of fear. I learned through working with several art and performance projects to understand my personal fears, and how to use them in my favor. As a result, I was able to pave an entirely new direction for my art, which has in turn, led me towards graduate school.” —Larry Reid, Johnson City, TN
To Apply: Fill out the Embodied Ecology Application and email to email@example.com. If your application is accepted and you are asked to do a Skype/FaceTime interview,please send an application fee of $25. payable through the email address above via paypal. You can use this money towards your tuition for the program upon acceptance. A total nonrefundable deposit of $100 is needed to secure your place with your full tuition due one month before the start date.