The Sustainable Living Apprenticeship Program is geared toward those who want to immerse themselves into learning sustainable living techniques. Our rigorous curriculum offers you the hands-on experience to build your own home, start a business building for others, or kick-start a teaching career in the green industry. We offer a range of earth building techniques which utilize local, recycled, and low cost materials. Our goal is to give you the skills and guide you on the path toward self-sufficiency.
Our program includes techniques such as cob, adobe domes, Superadobe, siting, design, foundations, drainage, flooring, doors and windows, niches and shelving, artistic elements, living roofs, reciprocal roofs, plastering, earthen paints, rocket mass heaters, traditional masonry heaters, earthen ovens, composting toilets, food dehydrators, aquaponics, Permaculture, and more. Topics covered and hands-on experience will be determined by the length and timing of your stay. During all of 2017 we will continuously be working on multiple cob structures with living roofs, an outdoor kitchen with an earthen oven and a barrel oven, and much more!
Our participants join our program to learn more about sustainable living and to experience life in a community environment. It is our intention to support you on your personal journey and your path to live in harmony with Pachamama.
Included are any scheduled programs during the time of your visit.
A Sustainable Living Apprenticeship Certificate is offered after completion of the 3 month program.
Calendar of Availability
We are open for submissions to our apprenticeship program.
During your stay with us you will be working mostly with our resident instructor Bearfoot. See his bio here.
Earth Ayni is located in Costa Rica near the beach town of Dominical on the Central Pacific Coast. The land is a mixture of pasture and jungle and has a creek running through it with many natural swimming holes. Our water supply is very pure, coming from the many springs we have on the property. Join us in the land of Pura Vida!
Shared accommodations are included. Camping is also available.
You have access to a fully equipped kitchen and any food coming out of the farm. All basic meals are provided and we use organic food as much as possible. We will make a weekly trip to the farmers market to pick up any additional food that you may want to buy.
Free wifi is available.
The program schedule is 5 days a week (approximately 35 hours per week starting at 9am) and is dedicated to sustainable living topics. With advance notice we can move some days around to offer you 3 day weekends to explore the region.
The exchange for the apprenticeship program is US$3600. Shared accommodations and food are included.
All fees are non-refundable. If a situation arises where an apprentice cannot complete the program, payment may be applied to a future session.
How to Apply
1. Send us an email regarding your interest in joining the apprenticeship program here.
2. We will schedule a time for a Skype meeting as we would like to learn more about your interest in the program and your future goals.
3. We ask that you make a 10% deposit to secure your place as space is limited. This deposit is non-refundable.