Internship                          $800 per month’s stay                                      Available May – Oct.

This program is for participants who would like to join the Natural Living School for less then 6 month, and would still like to have their stay count towards the required hours needed to receive one of the Natural Building certifications.   The Interns can join the school for a minimum of 4 weeks or one month. They can come up to 3 months.   If they wish to stay longer, it will be on case by case basis, and it will need to be approved by the director of the school.  Applicants for the Internship program will need to have a plan for how they are going to work towards one of the certifications in Natural Building before being accepted into the program.  The school is only interested in accepting participants who are trying to make natural building, permaculture, or natural building design into a career.

We require a $500, non-refundable deposit to make your reservation after you have been accepted to join the Natural Living School. This deposit is in addition to the monthly fee of $800.  If you cancel or reschedule, your deposit will be held as a credit for you up to 1 year.  If you paid more than the deposit, the excess will be refunded to you.  The $800 for your months stay, will need to be paid 30 days before you arrive.

Interns will work alongside the apprentices, and will receive the same workload.  The Interns will join the construction crew at whatever stage the building process is in, depending on when they join the program.  The apprentices or the foreman will catch them up to speed, in terms of what they missed.  Based on the timing, the participant may or may not be able to receive a Permaculture Design Certification with this certification.  This will need to be looked at on an individual basis and talked over in-depth before the start of their program.

High School Boys Building a cob pump house

What the Internship program will include:

•Interns will participate in the day to day activities that are integral to the construction of our natural building projects and the permaculture gardens.

•Interns will be required to work 40 hours per week

•8 hours of the work week will be devoted to learning and working in the permaculture garden.

•32 hours per week will be devoted to Natural Building.

•All participants will take turns cooking and serving each other, as well as helping clean and maintain the campsite, composting toilets, and shower stalls.

•There are work parties and workshops that happen during some weekends, which the apprentices are required to participate in.

•There will also be 3 hours of class time per week, which will alternate between classes in Natural Building, Raja Yoga, and Natural Living Practices.

•The Internship is for a minimum of 1 month.

The main focus of the Internship program will be:

•To teach each Intern all aspects of natural building, from design to natural finishes

•To gain hands on experience with natural building, sustainable living, and permaculture gardening

•To support the spirit within each Intern, and help them build a solid foundation for inner growth. The Internship program is not just about natural building, permaculture, and natural living, it is about awakening their inner potential and gaining confidence to be able to make there dreams come true and spreading these unalienable rights.  All aspects of natural building will be covered no matter how long the Intern stays, or when they come, but actual hands on experience will be determined by the length and timing of the Intern’s stay.


Prerequisites: Participants should be at least 18 years of age, in good health with health insurance. Applicants should have the funds to pay for the full tuition, plus have extra spending money saved up.  Students need to be able to pass a drug test and be willing to refrain from drug use and drinking alcohol while in the program, including after work and on weekends.  Participants do not need any building experience.

Disposition:  The participants interested in joining the school should be people who are spiritual, love yoga and meditation, have high energy, love to work hard, be able to stay upbeat, happy, and energetic during long work days.  They should be organized and willing to go the extra mile with a smile.  Students should be able to get up early and work late.  They need to be the kind of person who can follow instruction and are willing to think outside the box.   Ideal applicants are early to work, return back to work on time after breaks, do not mind staying late to get the job done, and are willing to start early to prepare for the day.  The student should be the kind of person who doesn’t need drugs or alcohol to relax.  A person who is flexible with scheduling and able to adapt in a moment’s notice, happily.  Able to let things roll off their back if plans change.  Overall, a happy, healthy, person with a good attitude, that is a team player.

Do not apply:  In our past, we have experienced all kinds of situation, most of them very positive, but a few not so positive.  We decided to put together a list of the not so positive attributes that really changed the energy of the group, and affected all of us.  By no means is this list to scare you away from the program.  We know there is a little of these attributes in all of us.  Really, we just wont to attract people with the positive depositions mentioned above.  So please do not apply if you are not a morning person.  If “low energy,” is part of your life.  If you have any health issues or injuries, that could keep you from doing hard manual labor work.  If you don’t consider yourself a positive, energetic, happy person, don’t apply.  If you smoke pot, or need to drink alcohol to relax after work or during the weekends, do not apply.   Do not come to our program to quit a substance, or to change your habits.  If you are having a life changing crisis, or going through a difficult time in life, do not apply.  Do not come to our program if you don’t like to be told what to do, or have trouble following orders.  If you are not a team player, if you are not organized, if you are late consistently, if self worth is an issue, if you do not have funds saved up to pay for the whole program plus have savings for spending money, do not apply.  If changing plans drives you crazy, if you have a hard time being spontaneous, if you need thing to go your way, and you get frustrated if it doesn’t, do not apply.


Terms of agreement:

Sample of daily and weekly check list:   The Daily Check List will be completed by the general contractor at the end of every work day.  Then it will be reviewed by the Director of the School every week.  The director will fill out the Weekly check list for every participant based on feedback from the staff and teacher.   If the participant receives 3 negative overall reviews in one week, it will count as a failed week.  If there are three failed weeks, then the participant fails the terms of agreement, and will be asked to leave the program.

Daily Review Checklist

Date: _______________________ Name:___________________________________

1.  On time to work: Y      N  Hours worked: ____________________________

2.  On time back from break:  Y   N

3.  Worked with good attitude : Y N

4.  Distracted: Y   N

Why:_____Phone_____Talking with others without working

_____To much time DJ-ing radio_____Other:________________________

5.  Stayed on task, and finished set goal for the day:YN

6.  Task completed: ______________________________________________________________


Overall Review:    _________Positive _________Negative

(Any “No” on #1 – #3 = Negative review, a “Yes” on #4 = Negative review):  Three Overall Negative reviews in one week = Failed Week.  Three failed weeks = expulsion from the program

Weekly Review Checklist 


Name_____________________________       Week________________________


1.  Is the participant going to at least 2 yoga/med classes per week. Y N

2.  Does the participant have a good attitude and high energy Y N

3.  Is the participant organized and willing to work hard Y N

4.  Has the participant been able to follow the no drugs/alcohol policy Y N

5.  Is the participant communicating if they are not showing up to work Y N

6.  Has the participant gone to all classes. Y N

7.  Did the participant receive 3 or more positive reviews for the week Y N

(No on #7 is automatic fail for the week)

* Three “No” answers = one failed week.   Three failed weeks = expulsion

_______PASS _______FAIL



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