September 5 – November 7, 2016
Join us for a special immersion at the Oak Granary, a land-based community dedicated to restoring our reciprocal relationship with nature. This 9-week intensive offers a unique opportunity to get your hands dirty in the wild and domestic realms, learning valuable skills and strategies to live regeneratively.
Apprentices will explore the world of wildtending arts - bringing together the worlds of wildlands stewardship and primitive skills. Stewardship techniques include wild seed collection and sowing; forest thinning for fuel load reduction; habitat creation; working with prescribed fire and fire mimicry techniques; and stewarding oak woodlands. As we tend the grasslands and forests for biodiversity and ecological resilience, there are many ancient, beautiful arts that we will enjoy as a result of tending. The apprenticeship includes working with wild plant dyes, preparing culinary delicacies such as acorns and bay nuts, a 4-day hidetanning intensive, and the making of a willow pack basket that we will use for gathering wild foods in the fall.
In addition to wildtending, apprentices will also dive into helping out on the many applied permaculture projects happening in the community, including tending a no-till, biodiverse ½ acre garden; food preservation and fermentation; building a compost toilet; woodworking projects; hosting events; and engaging in many of the ongoing site maintenance and development projects.
Apprentices camp on the land, join the community in everyday life, meals, and chores, and participate in the joys, challenges, and rich learning of community living. There are potential opportunities for longer-term stays after the completion of the apprenticeship.
The program generally runs from Monday – Thursday of each week (with a few exceptions), allowing for free time and integration on long weekends, with ample time to enjoy the surrounding area and community life.
Mentors: Lindsay Dailey, Natalie Bartlett, Jacob Scheidler, and Cliff Paulin
Cost: $1,600 includes food and camping (we are committed to making our programs accessible; if you are clear you want to participate and can’t afford the full fee, let’s talk)
For more information contact Lindsay Dailey or call 707-889-3744.