2019 Internship-Sustainable Community and Stewardship Alliance

Introducing our new Internship Program!

Sustainable Community and Stewardship Alliance

2019 Internship
May 21 to July 3 2019

Grow sustainable communities with us! Join in the process of learning how to build communities that can apply sustainable systems and work through problems to solutions. Adapting to climate change and other environmental issues necessitates culturally appropriate solutions. In this internship you will live with DIY technologies, learn to read the land, and practice decision making and community building methods that allow us to stay in good relationship with other community members.

Participate in building the world we need by joining a special partnership between two complementary land-based learning centers in the wilds of New Mexico. This will be an intimate community experience with seven other interns.

The internship begins with two weeks off the grid at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center.  Interns will participate in an intensive sustainability curriculum and living-learning experience at Ampersand. Learn what it takes to make a sustainable site function, from solar cooking and water infrastructure, to earthen plasters and community agreements. Ampersand's founders have actively been working toward zero waste since beginning their journey on the site fourteen years ago. This sustainability curriculum based on personal experience and customized to the site is a unique offering that is taught by Ampersand's Director and Systems Designer, Amanda Bramble.

During the 2 weeks spent at Ampersand, the curriculum will focus on

  • Watershed Functions, Land Restoration, and Local Hydrology
  • Social Permaculture and Decolonization
  • Water and Solar Sustainable Design Systems
  • Natural Building

Interns will then travel to the renowned Lama Foundation, a retreat, educational center, and spiritual community. Join in the unique community experience that has been honed in this mountain setting since 1967. Participate in morning meditation, consensus decision making, and cultural and ceremonial practices that honor all spiritual traditions. Here there will be educational service projects based on stewarding the wild land and tending the planted gardens. Interns will spend time contributing to the tasks that sustain Lama and have the special opportunity to apply what they have learned from the intensive Ampersand curriculum to a new ecosystem, one with it's own culture.

There will be guest speakers and field trips to deepen the larger cultural experience of being in the magical place that is Northern New Mexico. This area contains historic agricultural communities of hispanic origin as well as native pueblos still carrying on their centuries old traditions.

Complete Description of 2019 Internship Program is Here!
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