Let Nature Be Your Guide: Homesteading and Small Business
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. Learn to garden with them!
We grow most of the fruit and vegetables we eat, produce medicines and beverages from our many medicinals. I also have a small business: Yahya Divine Elixirs.
Internship Starts: 03-16-2018
Internship Ends: 11-16-2018
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: open until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 2 months
Meals: We make dinners together, and interns have access to fruits and vegetables, along with some staples to create their breakfasts and lunches. Free access to many wild herbs, medicinals, and edible plants.
Skills Desired: Some experience in gardening is helpful, along with the ability to be social and engage others to sell our products.
Educational Opportunities: Formal and informal instruction in gardening, biodynamics, homestead skills, knowledge of the elements integrated with movement and body awareness and creativity. Can attend some of the classes at the center for free.
Stipend: $50-400. + Room and Board for all interns committed to staying at least 6 months; the stipend amount will depend upon hours worked, experience, and ability to sell the elixirs. The stipend will begin for those committing to at least 6 months, after your 2nd month here.
Housing: One position has their own cabin in the woods or there is a sunroom off the back deck of our house; both include rooms to sleep in, shower/bathroom facilities, a kitchen, dining area, internet.
Internship Details: Learn how to homestead and garden and regenerate the soil through biodynamics. Daily chores include pruning, seeding, planting, transplanting, weeding, picking – all done, whenever possible, according to the cosmic influences. Learn to make shrubs and cordials and elixirs which you will sell at local markets. Learn how to compost and do drip/spray irrigation.
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: Email firstname.lastname@example.org. sending her the dates you want to come and she will send you a set of questions to answer. If your application is accepted, you will be asked to do a Skype/FaceTime interview. **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