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Permaculture Design Course
May 14th - October 14th, 2012

Offered By - Lama Foundation
P.O. Box 240
San Cristobal, NM
Contact Person - Seth Blowers
Phone - 575-586-1269
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Course Fee - $2,000 - cover all expenses including daily vegetarian meals, Lama programs, and all expenses of the internship curriculum.
Course Format - 5-month long permaculture internship. Hands-on experience, with focused curriculum and class time.
Course Location - Lama, New Mexico
Course Instructor(s) - Seth Blowers, and guest teachers TBA

Course Description -

Seeking 3-5 interns. Please apply by April 15.

The internship will focus on creating a holistic food system tailored to the particulars of this site, climate, and the living communities who share this land. We will explore methods of an ecologically balanced agricultural, for both annual and perennial systems. The curriculum will include garden planning, soil health, crop rotation, irrigation, selecting plant varieties, season extension methods, seed saving, crop selection/breeding, exploring perennial food gardens and crops, water catchment, beekeeping, and cultivating gratitude in our reciprocal relationship with the earth. Interns will observe and maintain trials of crop varieties and have the opportunity to develop their own trials of agricultural methods. We will examine a diversity of approaches; including the bio-intensive methods of John Jeavons, the no-till style of the farmer-philosopher, Masanobu Fukuoka, ecologically designed food forests around the world, and Wes Jackson's perennial polyculture modeled on the prarie ecosystem.

Learning will be primarily experiential and discussion based, and we will have the opportunity to co-create the curriculum to some degree. Walking the land daily, observing, and group discussion will be central to how we learn. The Internship will include readings, fieldtrips and sessions with guest teachers interspersed throughout the summer. It will be hands-on, at times physically demanding, and requiring an average daily engagement of 6 hours on the land, 5 days a week. Interns will be expected to transition into a significant level of responsibility in maintaining the gardens and other land systems.

Please bring your passion, permaculture and/or organic gardening experience, and a strong motivation to learn through the work and to take on reasponsibility. Permaculture certification is a plus, but not required. Interns will be provided three vegetarian meals per day and access to all of Lama's facilities and non-retreat programs. In this special setting, interns will also participate fully in community life. We will begin our day with meditation, spiritual practice, community sharing and practical check-in, and often end our day with a group practice such as shabbat, zikr, heart sharing circle, or participate in playing music, a wood-fired sauna, reading in Lama's library, socializing, or just resting. Please bring your own tent, because the land is your home. The camping sites are in a beautiful aspen and oak sheltered creek valley or on the ridge among ponderosa pine, with gorgeous views all around.

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