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Sustainable Living & Permaculture Apprenticeship
April 1- September 30, 2012 (6-month immersion)

Offered By - True Nature Farm - Sustainable Living & Wilderness School
4580 Hell's Backbone Rd,
Boulder, Utah
84716
Contact Person - Eden Gal
Phone - 801-717-9293
email - info@TrueNatureFarm.org
Web Address - www.TrueNaturefarm.org
Course Fee - The tuition for the Sustainable Living Apprenticeship is $3,450, and includes:

  • 6-month hands-on service learning
  • 14-day Permaculture design Certification Course (Usually costs $1200-$1400)
  • Weekly classes on Sustainable Living Skills & Nature awareness
  • Traditional Living Skills Workshops throughout the Apprenticeship
  • Dream - Tracking Workshop (8 meetings)
  • Camping on the land (with your own gear)
  • 3 Healthy meals a day for the knowledge and experience we offer. Course Format - Residential 6-months hands on service learning
    Course Location - True Nature Farm, Dixie National Forest, Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument
    Course Instructor(s) - Eden Gal, Matt Graham, Kirsten Rechnitz, Warren Brush, Mathew Cochran and other True Nature staff
  • Course Description -

    True Nature Farm - Sustainable Living & Wilderness School is an Organic Farm and a Nature Awareness School in its initial (and very exciting!) stages of establishing the farm and the school. We are dedicated to creating a sustainable community through nature education, Permaculture design, traditional living skills & fostering a learning community.

    True Nature Farm's Sustainable Living & Permaculture Apprenticeship is a unique program designed to create a hands-on wholistic experience of sustainable living, weaving
    together primitive, traditional and modern skills.

    Apprenticeship Overview
    We are looking for folks who are interested in being a part of creating the Permaculture farm and are interested in sharing, learning and participating in community living, have desire to live & work mostly in the outdoors, are open minded and hard-working.

    The service learning time commitment is for 25 hours per week.
    The Apprenticeship coordinator works with Apprentices to match your area or areas of interest with projects on the farm.

    Apprenticeship activities usually occur during the week, although we do have
    some weekend projects and participatory events. The Apprenticeship coordinator
    and apprentice team meet weekly to coordinate, check-in and share.


    Some of the topics and projects covered in the Apprenticeship:

    * Permaculture - From Design to Practice:
    Learn the theory, ethics & principals of Permaculture and then apply them on a farmwide
    scale. We will be learning and implementing the various concepts of
    Permaculture, including Personal Sustainability, Natural Building, Farming, and Land
    Stewardship.
    *The Apprenticeship includes a 14-day Permaculture Design Certification Course.

    * Natural Farming & Organic Gardening:
    Sustainable food production systems - design, construction, tending & harvesting
    (Food Forest, Kitchen Garden, Grain Fields, Animal Husbandry, Rainwater Harvesting,
    Composting systems and more).
    Be a part of the entire process - from seed-planting to seed-saving.

    * Traditional Living skills: Primitive Technology, Wilderness Survival,
    Homesteading, and other Simple-Living skills.

    While we live in a modern world, there is much we can learn from the past
    thousands of years of human experience. By using viable practices, appropriate
    technologies and simple, natural solutions that have proved to be sustainable
    for millennia, we can bring about the balance between the old and new, the
    traditional and modern.

    * Natural Building: Design, Techniques, & Hands-On Practice.

    Participants will be learning the basics of working with
    wood, cob, straw-clay and other natural materials, taking on natural building projects
    and seeing them through from design to completion.

    * Personal Sustainability: Be the change you want to see in the world!
    Conscious Community Living, Group Council, Nature Awareness, Dream -
    Tracking, and more...
    In everything we do at True Nature Farm, we put great emphasis on personal growth
    and community living. We believe that, of all the skills necessary in today's world,
    these are the most important ones.

    * Permaculture Design Certification Course - 14-Day Intensive Training:
    We believe that the Permaculture Course is an important part of the training we
    offer, so we decided to include this course as a part of the Sustainable Living Apprenticeship.
    Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) is a world-wide recognized course,
    training you to become a competent Permaculture designer of sustainable living
    environments & bountiful food systems.
    Our 14-day hands-on intensive Permaculture Design Certification covers over 90
    hours of practical experience and theoretical knowledge in natural farming,
    sustainable technologies, natural building and fostering a healthy community.
    You will learn to design and apply natural principles to create stable and resilient
    systems that provide food, water, shelter and energy needs while regenerating
    ecology, community and economy.

    The course is taught by world renowned Permaculture teacher Warren Brush and
    True Nature Farm Staff.

    To learn more about the Permaculture course, go to:
    www.truenaturefarm.org /permaculture-design-certification.html

    Location:
    Our farm is located near Boulder, Utah, surrounded by nearly four-million
    acres of pristine wilderness (and a few other farms). This little town (population 200) is the home of ranchers, farmers, artists, and nature enthusiasts who were drawn to this remote area by the beauty and serenity of the pristine wilderness.
    We are surrounded by breath-taking and diverse landscapes. >From the green lush forests of Boulder Mountain to the Slickrock slot canyons of the arid desert, it is all within a walking (or horseback riding) distance.
    We are close to some of the most beautiful National Parks in the world, including Bryce Canyon National Park , Zion National Park and Capitol Reef
    National Park . Our home playground is Dixie National Forest and Grand Staircase - Escalante
    National Monument.

    The farm is off the grid (solar powered), and currently has a straw-bale home, a yurt, barn, a few wall tents and corrals. It is located on 100 acres of pastures, oak grove and pinion-juniper forest, with 2 running stream (one of them year-round) and bordering the Dixie national forest. The nearest town, Boulder, is about 15 minutes away and has coffee shops / restaurants, live
    music venues and a lively community.

    Schedule
    We usually work in the garden and on the farm in the mornings (8-1:30).
    In the afternoons, we offer sessions on Personal Sustainability, Nature awareness,
    Sustainable Living skills, documentary movies screenings and other topics.
    Apprentices will also participate in various courses and workshops offered on
    the farm, such as Basket-Making, Wilderness Walkabout, Permaculture
    Design Certification Course, Animal Processing Workshop (optional) and other
    events.
    In the evenings and weekends, your time is free for self-care, rest, play, study, outings, or self-guided projects. We encourage folks not to over-schedule or overdo. We provide very minimal phone/internet use for brief communications, and for research in cooperation with the Apprenticeship team. Cell phones reception is spotty and does not always work on the site. Your Apprenticeship at True Nature Farm may be a wonderful opportunity to 'unplug'.
    On the Apprenticeship off days, you are welcome to stay onsite. We encourage thoughtful trips offsite and carpooling to minimize environmental and social impacts. There are countless places to explore in the area and many good people in the larger community to connect with.
    We'd like for you to share True Nature Farm with your close friends and family and we look forward to meeting them. Please make sure to check in with the apprenticeship coordinator and plan ahead so that visits from family and friends work with the farm schedule.

    Summer break
    About halfway through the apprenticeship you will have a week off.
    You are welcome to stay on the land during the week, or you may take the opportunity to go camping in the area, visit friends or family, and recharge.

    Lodging & Facilities
    You will be camping in the Oak-Juniper forest (with your own gear) by the creek.
    We provide a large community wall tent, an outdoor kitchen and covered area, composting toilets, an access to an outdoor shower, and a sweat lodge.
    Please note that you will be camping outdoors, living close to the elements, immersed in the natural world. This can be a profound experience of connection with the land, and we encourage you to come prepared with appropriate gear and mindset.

    Food
    On the farm, we have a simple, yet holistic, diet. We provide 3 healthy organic meals a day (cooked by the apprentices and staff). The diet is mostly vegetarian, and comes from various places: our garden, other local organic farms, and the organic co-op. If you have specific dietary restrictions or needs, please let us know.

    Weather in Boulder
    Our farm is located at 6800' elevation. The area varies greatly in elevation
    (11,000' on Boulder mountain to 5,000' down in the desert slot canyons).
    Clothing for warm days as well as cold rainy days is recommended.
    Windbreaker gear is advised as our spring season tends to have some windy
    days.

    Apprenticeship Group Size
    We accept no more than 7 Apprentices for the Sustainable Living
    Apprenticeship. We choose our apprentices carefully according to their
    interest, passion for learning, commitment level, and personal skills.

    Tuition
    The tuition for the Sustainable Living Apprenticeship is $3,450, and includes:

  • 6-month hands-on service learning
  • 14-day Permaculture design Certification Course (Usually costs $1200-$1400)
  • Weekly classes on Sustainable Living Skills & Nature awareness
  • Traditional Living Skills Workshops throughout the Apprenticeship
  • Dream - Tracking Workshop (8 meetings)
  • Camping on the land (with your own gear)
  • 3 Healthy meals a day

    Should you have any questions or would like to discuss the Apprenticeship, please don't hesitate to contact us!

    In peace,
    Eden Gal
    Program Director

    True Nature Farm - sustainable Living & Wilderness School


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    Permaculture Design Certification Course- 14-Day Hands-On Intensive Training
    September 16-29, 2012

    Offered By - True Nature Farm - Sustainable Living & Wilderness School
    PO Box 1474
    Boulder, Utah
    84716
    Contact Person - Eden Gal
    Phone - 435-335-7485
    email - Eden@TrueNatureFarm.org
    Web Address - www.TrueNaturefarm.org
    Course Fee - We offer a sliding scale tuition:
    $695 to $1,195if paid by December 1, 2011
    $795 to $1,195if paid by March 1, 2012
    $895 to $1,195thereafter
    Cost includes instruction, organicvegetarianmeals, and camping.

    Why is our tuition so low?
    As non-profit organization, we believe that our Permaculture Design Course should be offered at a cost that is affordable to as many people as possible, while maintaining the highest standards of quality instruction, healthy organic meals, and a natural setting.
    We offer the course on a sliding scale basisto allow you tochoosehow much you are able/interested in paying for the course, so it is entirely up to you to decide how much within the range you will pay in exchange for the knowledge and experience we offer. Course Format - 14-Days Residential including camping and vegetarian Organic meals
    Course Location - True Nature Farm, Boulder, Utah
    Course Instructor(s) - Warren Brush & True Nature Farm team

    Course Description -

    What is Permaculture?

    Permaculture is a conscious integrated design system based on ecology and sustainability principles, used to create resource efficient and productive human environments, and reduce our footprint on the earth.

    Permaculture provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature that provide diversity, stability, and resilience.These systems yield an abundance of shelter, water, energy, and food for the provision of local needs.

    Permaculture uses both modern and traditional technologies & pragmatic solutions to meet today's challenges with a positive outlook, focusing on the solution rather than on the problem.

     

    What is a Permaculture Design Certification Course?

    Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) is a world-wide recognized course, training you to become a competent Permaculture designer ofsustainable living environments & bountiful food systems.

    Our 14-day hands-on intensive Permaculture Design Certification covers over 90 hours ofpractical experience andtheoretical knowledge in natural farming, sustainable technologies, natural building and fostering a healthy community.

    You will learn to design and apply natural principles to create stable and resilient systems that provide food, water, shelter and energy needs while regenerating ecology, community and economy.

    Course Topics
    ~ Small-Scale Food Production - Garden, Grains, Animals
    ~ Composting & Natural Fertilizers
    ~Rain-Water Harvesting
    ~Natural Building & Passive Solar Heating
    ~Earthworks - Dams, Swales & Gabions
    ~Integrated Pest Management
    ~Appropriate Technologies
    ~Keyline Design - Farming on Contour
    ~Beekeeping
    ~Saving the Harvest&Seed Saving
    ~Greywater Systems
    ~Compost Toilet Systems
    ~Watershed Restoration
    ~Nature Awareness
    ~ Natural, Wholesome Nutrition
    ~Tree Planting
    ~Community Building
    ~Bio-Engineering
    ~Pastured Poultry
    ~Bread Baking in a Home-Made Cob Oven
    ~Alternative Economics
    ~AND MORE!

    Lead Instructor

     

    Warren Brushis a certified Permaculture designer and teacher as well as a mentor and storyteller. He has worked for over 25 years in inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture and express their inherent gifts while living in a sustainable manner. He is co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Trees for Children and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design. He works extensively in Permaculture education and sustainable systems design in North America and in Africa as well as in other countries worldwide. He has devoted many years to mentoring youth to inspire and equip them to live in a sustainable manner with integrity and a hopeful outlook. His mentoring includes working with those who are former child soldiers, orphans, youth from troubled families and situations as well as those youth from other varied and privileged backgrounds. He teaches courses including: Permaculture Design Certification, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Ferro-Cement Tank Building, Compost Toilet Systems, Greywater Solutions, Water for Every Farm, Drought Proofing, Cultural Mentoring, Introduction to Permaculture Systems, Corporation Sole Formation, Food Forestry, and origins skills among other offerings. Learn more about Warren and his work at:www.permaculturedesign.us

    For More Information on the course or to register, go to http://www.truenaturefarm.org/permaculture-design-certification.html or email Eden@TrueNatureFarm.org