Live and Work at Earthaven

Summer Farm & Ecovillage Immersion Application Deadline is April 15!

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Live and Work at Earthaven positions are by arrangement with various hosts—Earthaven members who are working on their site development, buildings, businesses, or gardens. Positions are arranged privately between you and the host (at this time, Earthaven does not have positions sponsored by the community). We also sometimes have rentals available that involve less work and more money. Workers and renters are part of Earthaven’s New Roots program, which includes orientations, regular check-ins, and other activities for support and accountability.

Earthaven members expect a lot of themselves and they expect a lot of you too. Earthaven is a working, building, living environment, and most of the work is hard, physical labor outdoors—digging, hauling, building. Learning by doing (work study), in a service role, is very different from today's formal education. Like many hands-on experiences, you may not realize what you have learned and the value of your experience until months or years later!

A standard position at Earthaven is 24 hours a week: 20 hours a week in exchange for hosting, food, and camping, plus 4 hours a week for Earthaven. There are, however, a wide variety of arrangements, depending on what the host expects and offers. See below for positions that may be currently available. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, please contact the host directly.

 

SCHOOL OF INTEGRATED LIVING’S FARM & ECOVILLAGE IMMERSION

Dates: January 18 – April 19, 2014 (Application deadline: October 15th).
June 14 – August 16, 2014 (Application deadline March 15)

The Farm and Ecovillage Immersions immerse participants into the village, homes, lives, businesses, and farms of their hosts and faculty for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience. Through work and study participants become intimately familiar with the three-legged stool of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic with a specific focus on organic food production, regenerative systems, and community living. This is an EDE Certified course.

Contact: NikiAnne Feinberg, (828) 664-0268, SOIL Webpage.

You Receive You Give
Food All Meals Included Work Hands-on, Skill Building Activities
Shelter Dormitory-style accommodations
Classes 40 hours of formal academic instruction with focalized service learning components. (See Curriculum.) Transferable college credits available. Money $2,000 – 2,150 per month
all education and living expenses included
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MEDICINE WHEEL WORK EXCHANGE

Dates: March-November; 2-month minimum stay (prefer 6 months)

Medicine Wheel is a permaculture-based collective neighborhood, housing up to a dozen other people. Work includes gardens, orchards, natural building, greenhouses, ponds, rainwater catchment, animal care — and sometimes just plain housework, or hauling trash, or chopping firewood or putting up fencing for days.

Contact: Lyndon or Patricia, (828) 664-0067.

You Receive You Give
Food Not included Work 15 hrs/wk for host
2 hrs/wk for MW Kitchen
  4 hrs/wk for Earthaven
21 Total hours per week
Shelter Room, use of house, phone
Classes Sometimes included Money $175 food plan
$30 Earthaven fees
$15 vehicle fee (if you bring vehicle)
$205 – 220 Total per month
plus $25 one-time Earthaven fee
Experience Live and work at Earthaven

 

 

PERMACULTURE INTERNSHIP AT MEDICINE WHEEL NEIGHBORHOOD

Dates: June through Mid-August 2013 (4-week commitment, prefer longer)

Includes a 3-weekend Permaculture Fundamentals Course, and some structured student-mentor time, but is mostly daily experience living at Medicine Wheel House with about 12 others, helping create a Permaculture home system. Gardens, orchards, water catchment, PV, greywater, building, animals — and cooking, cleaning and maintenance chores — are part of the curriculum.

Contact: Patricia Allison, (828) 664-0067. www.patriciaallison.net

You Receive You Give
Food Not included Work 15 hrs/wk for host
4 hr/wk for MW Kitchen, Garden
  4 hrs/wk for Earthaven
23 Total hours per week
Shelter Room, use of house, phone
Classes Permaculture Fundamentals Course – 3 weekends Money One-Time Fees:
$375 course fee
$25 Earthaven fee
$400 Total one-time fees
Monthy Fees:
$175 food plan
$30 Earthaven fees
$15 vehicle fee (if you bring vehicle)
$205 – 220 Total per month
Experience Live and work at Earthaven

 

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