Next Course Dates:
September 17 - November 19, 2013
Now accepting applications
(Applicants can request a shorter time stay,
although priority will be given to full-term applicants)
Participants will have the opportunity for personal growth through shared learning and responsibility in self-reliant living. The internship consists of learning, problem-solving, discussing, and exploring in a positive working environment of like-minding people. There will be daily workshops, verbal and visual presentations, and hands-on work.
The program also provides opportunity for ample rest time, swimming in the waterfall and rivers, personal practices such as yoga and meditation, and sharing delicious meals.
- Natural Building: We will be constructing an Earthen building with our hands and feet! We will explore and play with various natural building techniques: bamboo, wood, Earth, including adobe bricks, cob, wattle-and-daub, and earthbag. We will cover foundation, design principles, wall construction, plaster and natural painting, roofing, and creative use of site-found and salvaged materials. You will have plenty of skills at the end of the course to help you build your own Earthen structures!
- Organic Gardening: We will be making garden beds, composting, amending the soil, planting and transplanting. Also, we will cover seed saving, companion planting, natural pesticide and fertilizer making, and more... You will know plenty about how to start your own gardens and plant lots of your own food!
- Extended Sustainable Workshops: We will have discussions and demonstrations on lots of self-reliant skills, such as: Jarring and preserving, Fermentation (yogurt, kefir, cheeses, wine, Kombucha, etc), Cultivation of micro-organisms for health and garden, Soap-making, Alternative Refrigeration, “Appropriate Technologies,” Reforestation, Chicken and Duck Care, and Herbal Medicine Making.
- There will also be plenty of time to explore projects of personal interest and creativity, and for practicing yoga, meditation, medicinal plant searches, nature hikes, waterfall and river swimming. It's your learning adventure!
Course Details and Information:
- Work Days: 5 days per week, morning and afternoon sessions, with an extended break in the middle of the day for lunch and siesta.
- There will be regular days off, group field trips, and a 5-day break in the middle of the course
- There will be an optional extended stay after the course for those interested in joining the community for longer participation, or joining in our community workshops.
We have a community kitchen where we all share in the meal preparations and clean-up. We provide 3 healthy and delicious vegetarian meals daily with fruits and veggies from our garden and other local farms.
Site, Lodging and Facilities:
Mama Roja is located in a beautiful sub-tropical forest with many rivers and waterfalls. The center is on 78 acres in a quiet rural area within walking distance to a local bus to take you to the nearby town which has many amenities (internet, restaurants, bakeries, pharmacies, etc.)
Housing and Camping:
- There are shared earthen cabins available on a first-come basis. Cabin accommodation must be requested and reserved in advance.
- There is lots of space for camping around the property and in sites tucked into the forest. You will need to bring a tent, bedding, and other gear to make yourself comfortable.
- We eat our meals, have meetings and discussions, and watch films in our community kitchen and patio area.
- There is a community bathhouse with a shower and composting toilets.
- Washing clothes: There is a bike-pedal powered laundry machine on-site. Also, you can hand-wash in the rivers, and there are drop-off laundry services in town.
- We have a Living Library with books on sustainability, natural and Earthen building, organic gardening, history, fiction, meditation, yoga, natural health and healing, etc. (Book donations are always welcome and appreciated!)
Tuition Contribution*: We are a donation based organization; all contributions go toward Mama Roja Project.
A non-refundable deposit will be due upon confirmation to reserve your spot. The remainder of your contribution will be expected on the first day of the internship.
* Special arrangements for partial scholarship can be made for participants from Argentina or other "developing" countries, or for those demonstrating financial need.
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The size of the program is limited to ensure that everyone can accomplish their individual learning needs. Participants will be accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to long term stays. Applications will be accepted until the program fills or a waiting list begins. Please wait for acceptance before making travel arrangements.
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