Koanga Internships (10 weeks)
Location: Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Early Bird: $5,800
(includes gst camping site and all facilities . including . rocket stove showers, composting toilets, camping under trees, a library and communication room for inetrnet access etc. It also includes all meals following Weston Price principles ie almost all local and organic, fermented food with each meal, fermented drinks, free range meat, milk and eggs from our farm, traditional fats and oils, no industrial oil, super nutrient dense!!!! .)
For many years we have been developing our skills in sustainable and simple living. Around the world we see increasing interest as people begin to understand the need for change. With this in mind we have designed an internship program to help people equip themselves with skills for a new future. We believe that this future will be one where we will be compelled to live within our means, to regenerate our health and the health of our environment, and support our local communities to grow strong and resilient.
We are offering two opportunities for students to participate in internships hosted at Kotare Village, our permaculture site in the Hawkes Bay of New Zealand.
•Our Autumn internship is focused on natural building and appropriate technology and will cover low-cost and low-energy building techniques. You will learn about passive heating and cooling, electricity generation, rocket stoves and solar systems for heating and cooking, design of non-electric fridges, washing machines, composting toilets and grey water systems. You will spend the first 7 days learning the theory which will then be put into practice, and you will build an autonomous building putting all the theory into practice.
•Our Spring internship is focused on Food Security through growing biologically active, minerally dense soil, nutrient dense food and human health. You will specifically cover Biointensive gardening, desigsning and managing orchards and Forest Gardens, the links between soil, animal and human health,and nutrient dense food preparation. You will come away with frameworks for taking this informatiaon and these skills into your own communities creating Food Security in your own areas and communities.
Our focus is always on teaching from a permaculture perspective based on our own experience. The internships are designed to build on the knowledge you gained during your Permaculture Design Course and give you the additional theory and practical experience required allow you to being working professionally in one of these fields.
We will be accepting a maximum of ten students for these internships. Each applicant must have completed a Permaculture Design Certificate course. For those that have not, Koanga runs a PDC immediately preceding each internship.
Spring Internship — Growing Soil, Food & Health
Date: 16 September - 22 November 2013
Each intern will work though a program of ten workshops and choose a specialty where they will spend three days a week developing practical skills with the help of a mentor.
Workshops Topics: Biointensive Gardening; Growing and Preparing Nutrient Dense Food; Seed Saving; Biological Agriculture; Soil Foodweb; Animal Management and Breeding; Natural Beekeeping; Urban Permaculture Design; Nursery Design and Management; Orchard and Food Forest Design and Quarter Acre Permaculture Design
Specialties: Garden, Seed and Food Production; Nursery, Orchard and Food Forest; Herbal Medicine; Small Farming; Processing, Preparing and Cooking Nutrient Dense Food
Autumn Internship — Natural Building & Appropriate Technology
Date:18 February - 26 April 2013
Tutors: Bob Corker with Tim Barker, Taiamai Corker & Kay Baxter
The first seven days will be in a full immersion workshop with Tim Barker and Bob Corker. You will work through the principles, theory, strategies and techniques which will be used for the rest of the internship.
The following nine weeks will be spent as part of a building team, lead by Bob or Taiamai Corker, working on building projects within Kotare Village. You will build at least one building from the foundations up, getting experience and confidence with the entire process. Throughout the building process the focus will be on all the details which make an autonomous home.
All meals are provided during the week (following the principles of the Weston A. Price Foundation) with food and cooking facilities provided during the weekend. You will be responsible for providing your own bedding and sleeping accommodation (tent, camper van etc). We will provide access to composting toilets, rocket stove powered showers, hand washing machine powered laundry, a covered kitchen/ dining area, teaching space/lounge, wireless internet and the Institutes reference library.
We are offering you the opportunity to nominate someone you know for sponsorship for this internship (please email or phone for an application form). Somebody who you know has the passion and ability to get the most from this opportunity, and who would take the skills back into their own community and share them widely.
We will choose the nominated person from the applications and put their nomination and photo up on the website in August to collect financial support.
Get your neighbourhood groups, whanau, and families together to nominate somebody who you know will use this internship as a life changing opportunity to be the change we all need in the world and share that with you all.