Re-engage with the Sacredness of Nature – Recharge from the weariness of life!
The elemental energies of the soil (earth), streams (water), sun (fire), winds (air), and cosmic forces (ether) form an interactive ecology integral to the health of the land and our beings. These five elements coexist in the world around us and inside, creating a template for self development. As we come into relationship with these forces, they teach us about our inner and outer ecology. In opening to the balance and harmony of the inner elements this also supports us to be stewards of our lives and the larger body of the earth.
Three days a week for three hours each we will voyage into our inner elemental landscapes in relationship to the earth (finding support and ground), water (flowing into connectivity and ease), fire (sparking vitality and creative initiative), air (widening perspectives and true freedom) and ether (growing awareness and interbeing) for a total of 33 hours.
Since the inner is not complete without a practical balance with the outer, there is an additional 15 hours per week of work on the farm, getting our hands in the soil, harvesting the plenty, learning food preservation, creating concoctions from the fruit and medicinals (shrubs, cordials, tinctures), planting/harvesting by the moon, and joining in biodynamic soil regenerative practices. Most nights we engage in community building through making dinner together from the freshly picked and preserved food on our land.
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 or group creative project, and a creative food/beverage or medicine made from the land.
Upcoming Dates: Fall – September 15-October 13, 2017 33 hours + final project. Farm Work: Friday, Saturday and Sundays beginning at 9am; Class times: Sunday afternoons, Tuesday & Thursday midday. Dates in 2018: May 11th- June 14th; Sept 8th-Oct 5th
Cost: Live on the land and immerse yourself in community. Shared living spaces: temple in the woods or retreat sanctuary, if available. $600. for the four weeks, all dinners included. Work scholarships are available for a reduced fee. Include this request in your application.
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.
To Apply: Fill out the Embodied Ecology Application and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
**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