Permaculture Internships

Join our Permaculture internship and experience everything that happens on a permaculture farm. Live off-grid with a community, eat healthy food while in nature and enjoy optional yoga classes.

Keela Yoga Farm Winter vegtable garden
A photo of our permaculture gardens during the end of the hot summer in 2019

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Internship start dates

  • Autumn Permaculture internship start dates:
    • 15 September 2020
    • 6 & 27 October 2020
    • 17 November 2020
  • Winter & Spring 2021 Permaculture internship start dates:
    • 2 & 23 February 2021
    • 16 March, 6 & 27 April 2021
    • 26 May 2021
  • 2021 Summer dates TBC

What do we focus on during the internship?

  • 15% Growing Vegetables: Sunken Beds, Huglekulture, raised, wood chip beds
  • 15% Forest Management. Food Forests, Silvopasture, Reforestation, Forsest Management
  • 15% Natural Building & Permaculture Systems
  • 15% Farm Tasks: Manageing the nursary, chickens, pigs, sheep, greenhouse, building compost, worm farms, weeding. – Each intern looks after one of these
  • 15% Community living – Cooking, cleaning, socalising
  • 30% free time (weekends)

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What will you learn?

Learn how to process food from the garden and eat it.

Learn how to grow an abundance of food in our vegetable gardens and food forests. This is the biggest aspect of the internship.  Did you know food for us isn’t the only thing we grow! You can grow materials for clothes and dies, food for animals, firewood, medicine, tea, spices, herbs, timber, rope. This list goes on. Each year we should all be producing more than we did the last year.
Nursery Management
Learn nursery and greenhouse management. We will be planting seeds for vegetables, trees and shrubs. Some for the farm and some to sell or barter with the local community.
Learn and create new permaculture beds. Sunken beds, back to Eden wood chip beds, hugelkultur or larger planting for food for animals or grains.
Permaculture internships - Permaculture systems
Use and learn about our permaculture systems & build new permaculture systems – Long drop vermiculture compost toilet, / chicken compost system/food forest system / solar heating systems/greywater systems/flushing vermiculture toilet system/biochar systems/animal systems
Food Harvest and processing.
Learn specific seasonal skills. e.g Harvest olives in November and make olive oil and olive products. Harvest grapes in September and make wine. Harvest different fruits to make jams and chilli sauces

 

Learn natural building. We have houses made of straw bale, cordwood & wattle and daub. Usually, we have some sort of building project for a new permaculture system on the go. We use natural materials so you will get a chance to learn about Natural Building. in the summer we also have a natural building focused internship.
Compost for food forest
Learn about composting. You need lots of compost to grow great stuff. We have many compost systems including deep bedding in chicken/sheep and pig systems. Chicken powered compost system, long drop vermiculture system, many worms farms and we also make quick hot composting. We make different homemade mixes for potting and planting
Deep bedding in the pig house
Learn Animal Husbandry: We have chickens, sheep and pigs. All of these guys work for us clearing land and turning the weeds and grasses into food and manure and compost so we can grow veggies organically. One of the daily tasks fo the intern is to help with the sheep and pigs.
Permaculture Internship - Earthworks
Learn about earthworks such as swales, roads, ponds, sunken beds, hugelkultur beds.
Work in one of our food forests: this is a big focus on the farm. this includes propagation, weeding, harvesting, pruning and planting.
Woodland management
Learn about forest management: Pruning trees, cutting firewood, harvesting wood for building, planting trees, clearing fire hazard and turning it into wood chips for the garden or charcoal to make biochar.
permaculture internship - bee keeping
Learn sustainable living through many avenues. How to make it yourself instead of buying it. Beekeeping is one of a huge list of things you can learn about. We also make our soap, cleaning products, wool insulation, cheese, houses and more.
permaculture internship - chickens
Learn how our chicken compost systems and chicken food forest work. Each intern has a daily task and one of them is to look after the chickens.
permaculture internship fermenting
Learn and practice preserving food. Growing food is one thing. But we also need to preserve them. Every week we make jams, fermentations, sauces or chutneys. Working in the kitchens is one of the most common skills people take home with them,
Trees for reforestation
Every winter a big focus goes to tree planting and reforestation. You can learn about this all year, help us maintain in the summer or plant in the winter.

Community Living

Interns cook and clean in our starw bale community house on a rotation
  • Food is cooked on rotation with the community (Can’t cook? don’t worry you will have support from our in house chef, so you will leave us a competent cook, one of the best take-home skills of being here)
  • Once per month as part of our community outreach, we visit a local farm to help them out for a morning
  • Friday afternoons are a deep clean afternoon so we can enjoy a clean environment for the week ahead, during this time we may need to prepare bedding for future guests
  • Daily farm task so we can run the farm together. e.g. taking care of plants, looking after our worm farm, sheep, chickens or pigs, making bread or juices, harvesting vegetables, harvesting our daily salad, harvesting fresh herbal teas, weeding or forest management.

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Usually day of an intern

This changes throughout the year. Usually, we work around 5 hours per day.

  • 7.30am Yoga Class (optional and 3-4 days per week)
  • 8.30am Breakfast (prepared together or on rotation)
  • 9.30am Working on the farm, usually different tasks each day so you can experience the whole farm
  • 1.30pm Lunch (you cook on rotation, starting at 11am)
  • Afternoon interns work on their project, help someone on their project or complete daily tasks
  • 7.30pm dinner
  • Weekends free time.

What can you do in your free time

Take a walk into the village, around our farm, read a book from our library, use our unlimited wifi in the community house, or take a taxi with the group to a lake, river beach or our of the mountains.
Yoga Classes
You get at least 3 yoga classes per week from Kimberly Manchee. An experienced yoga teacher and co-owner of Keela Yoga Farm. our internships are ow limited to a max of 8 people so she will help you improve your posture and body issues.
permaculture internship - wild life
Enjoy the wildlife including a huge amount of interesting birds, plants and insects. We are way out in nature and far from any road or town.

 

Pizza party
We enjoy Pizza Parties or BBQs every month
Every month we do a community day to help a local farmer so you can see another project

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