Fwd: [village-residents] Internship: contemplative organic farming
kolson at ecovillage.ithaca.ny.us
Fri Dec 6 08:52:18 EST 2013
This sounds fantastic for anyone interested in the intersection of
spirit and Earth!
>> From: Karme Choling <communications at karmecholing.org>
>> Subject: 2014 Garden Apprenticeship Program
>> Date: December 5, 2013 at 6:41:31 PM EST
>> Reply-To: Karme Choling <communications at karmecholing.org>
>> 2014 Garden Apprenticeship Program
>> Mid-April - Mid-October 2014
>> We are pleased to announce the 2014 Garden Apprenticeship Program
>> led by Master Gardener, Jan Enthoven. Entering it's second year,
>> this is a unique 6-month residential program in which participants
>> gain both theoretical and practical hands-on training in organic
>> gardening principles while participating in mindfulness-awareness
>> based meditation practices. This is a wonderful opportunity for an
>> aspiring gardner to learn to manage an organic farm within the
>> context of a contemplative community.
>> The program will follow the rhythm of the season in terms of
>> introducing topics and subject material as they arise, from seed
>> sowing and propagation in the early spring to weed management and
>> harvest in the summer to composting and preservation in the fall.
>> Learning will occur both in the garden as well as in the
>> ‘classroom’. The general direction of the teaching is towards
>> independence, so that apprentices will be essentially running
>> things by the time autumn comes around.
>> The deadline for applying is February 15, 2014. For more details,
>> please see our website.
>> Last years program was a great success. So much so that Gary Vu,
>> 2013 Garden Apprentice, will be returning as an Assistant Gardner
>> for the 2014 growing season. Here's what he had to say about the
>> Being a garden apprentice at Karme Choling was the best 6 months I
>> have ever given myself. For me, tending the garden was a great way
>> to cultivate patience and exertion. It taught me the value of
>> applying my practice while working. When I slow down I begin to
>> see the activity and communication that naturally happens in the
>> world, and then it becomes a rich learning experience. One of the
>> most satisfying things is having a close connection with food,
>> whether seeing our fresh vegetables served in the Karme Choling
>> kitchen, or having a CSA member tell me personally how much they
>> enjoyed our harvest.
>> Working and learning with Master Gardener, Jan, was truly a
>> privilege. As a teacher, meditation instructor, and a friend, he
>> continually inspired and engaged me by skillfully weaving together
>> gardening, dharma, poetry, and personal experience. His wisdom and
>> gentleness really made the whole experience seamless and utterly
>> I also got to experience the beauty and magic of the Shambhala
>> world. I am so grateful for the teachers, the teachings, and the
>> community at Karme Choling for they continue to expand my heart and
>> show me that a society based on kindness, bravery, and play is
>> For anyone interested in learning about organic gardening and the
>> Shambhala community, I highly recommend taking the leap. It is
>> truly a rich and unique experience of exploring how an enlightened
>> society would look like, grounded in practice, work, and play.
>> Karmê Chöling · 369 Patneaude Lane · Barnet, Vermont 05821 · (802)
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