How To Live Off The Land
8 Month Apprenticeship

Through the Seasons Apprenticeship
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April 1 – November 15, 2018

Learn How to Live Off the Grid

Learn how to build your own tiny house, design with passive solar, work with solar panels and other alternative energies, catch water, and build with wood, mud and more conventional techniques.

Apprentice harvesting garlic scapes, Permaculture Design Certificate Permaculture Certification PDC courses Earth Skills Asheville, NC

Gain the skills you need to live off the land

Apprentices will get lot of instruction and hands-on experience planting, growing, and harvesting and preserving annual and perennial food crops, including wild foods and medicinal plants.

Apprentices learn how to humanely slaughter and butcher a sheep, along with learning how to tan deer hides and make clothing with the hides. Through this apprenticeship, you’ll get a chance to earn your Permaculture Design Certificate through our fall Permaculture Design Course.

We ask for a financial contribution of $6,000 for this program.

As well as participating in regular apprenticeship days, participants in the Living Off the Land Apprenticeship will have the opportunity to participate in the following classes and programs:

Earthskills & Permaculture Immersion

Wild Edibles Foraging Adventure

Wildcrafting & Medicine Making

Women’s Ancestral Skills (we ask for a reduced fee for female and trans apprentices to participate in this class, as the dudes are not able to attend).

The Firefly Gathering

Women’s Basic Carpentry Class & Advanced Women’s Carpentry (we ask for a reduced fee for female and trans students to participate in this class, as the dudes are not able to attend).

Tiny House and Natural Building Workshop

Permaculture Design Certification Course

Cycles of Life: Humane Slaughtering & Butchery Class

Hide Tanning

Apprentice in Garden
Apprentice digging in garden
Outdoor kitchen at Wild Abundance

Sample Spring Schedule On A Non-Class Week

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:30am-1pm Free Time Free Time Free Time Seed Starting in Wild Abundance Garden Making Bark Baskets Foraging and Ecology Hike Naturalist Notebook
2:30pm-6pm Free Time Free Time Apprentice Garden Time Fruit Tree Pruning Fermentation & Mead Making Medicine Making Apprentice Garden Time

Sample Spring Schedule On A Class Week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9:30am-1pm Free Time Free Time Garden Day

& Deep Ecology Exercise  

Free Time Wild Foods & Medicine Backpacking Adventure Wild Foods & Medicine Backpacking Adventure Wild Foods  & Medicine Backpacking Adventure
2:30pm-6pm Free Time Apprentice Garden Time Garden Day Free Time Wild Foods & Medicine Backpacking Adventure Wild Foods & Medicine Backpacking Adventure Wild Foods & Medicine Backpacking Adventure

Sample Fall Schedule On A Non-Class Week

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:30am-1pm Free Time Free Time Free Time Trim Carpentry Applesauce Canning Mushroom ID & Foraging Community Work Party
2:30pm-6pm Free Time Free Time Shelf Construction in Personal Shelter Earthen Paint & Plaster Planting Hazelnuts Myth and Storytelling Apprentice Garden Time

Our apprenticeship programs are on-site residential immersions (we are open to commuting participants if they have special situations) at Wild Abundance, located near Asheville, NC.  These are are the most intensive and intimate program we offer. The apprenticeship program is our humble attempt to welcome a small group to our land every year to venture into the relational process that involves living on the land, building community, renewing culture, developing Earthskills, mentoring and personal growth!  Through this immersion, we share the depth and creativity of how we live and the richness of the real life challenges, opportunities and abundance that make up our family, community, home and lives.

More in-depth information about our apprenticeships can be found on our Wild Abundance Permaculture Apprenticeships page.

Apprentices planting sweet potato starts

Near Asheville, NC and the Blue Ridge Mountains

The area surrounding Wild Abundance is breathtaking!  We live in a country neighborhood of amazing and like-minded folks, five minutes from a decent swimming hole, 10 minutes from the Pisgah National Forest, 20 minutes from some of the most biodiverse forests in the temperate world, and 20 minutes from Asheville, a decent-sized town which one past apprentice deemed “the hippie hotspot of the East Coast.”

Application Process

The first step is to fill out the appropriate application form and to pay your application fee and deposit. We need to receive both an application form and a deposit in order to move forward. After we receive these items, we will contact you within 2 weeks and set up a phone interview during which any additional questions can be answered. After that, if practical geographically, we will schedule a working interview where you will experience a day or half a day in the life of an apprentice.  If a working interview isn’t geographically feasible, we will make a decision soon after the phone interview. Click here to complete an application form.

Application Fee and Deposit

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We ask for a $50 application fee for the apprenticeship, along 

with a $250 deposit (a total of $300 when applying), without which we will not consider your application. The application fee covers our administrative costs and the time it takes to process your application and is not refundable. The deposit goes toward your total financial contribution, if you are accepted, and can only be refunded if we do not accept you into the program. Upon acceptance into the program, we ask for the first $1,000 of your contribution within two weeks. Your total financial contribution may be paid in installments but must be paid in full by one month before the apprenticeship starts.

The first two weeks of the apprenticeship will serve as a trial period. This is a chance for us to make sure that the apprenticeship is a good fit for you and for us. After the two-week trial period, we will have a meeting and if the apprenticeship is not working for either party, we will discuss issues and try to work through them, or make a clean break. Your deposit may be returned at this point.

Please fill out an application and pay your deposit as soon as possible if you are interested.  The application deadline is February 15th, but students who apply earlier might have preference for this competitive program.

If you have any questions, please email WildAbundanceNC@gmail.com

More in-depth information about our apprenticeships can be found on our Wild Abundance Permaculture Apprenticeships page.

Please also check out our fall Tiny House and Natural Building Apprenticeship as well as the Spring Wildcrafting, Herbal Medicine and Gardening Apprenticeship.

Natalie at Wild Abundance