FARM IMMERSION

ROLLING ADMISSIONS:
JUN 1 • SEP 1 • DEC 1 • MAR 1


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Course Description

Our Farm & Community Immersion offers a 6-month residency (with possibility of extension) at Quail Springs grounded in community living and applying permaculture techniques to support our farm and holistic food systems. The experience provides extensive practical opportunities to apply everything learned in a Permaculture Design Course* through the day-to-day operations of a full-time functioning Permaculture farmstead, community, and education center. Learn how to deepen connection with yourself and others while acquiring practical skills and empowering the next steps in your journey. Participants are part of the team that is running the farm for the season and receive structured orientation into working on our Permaculture-based farmstead, living in intentional community, and supporting the endeavors of an educational nonprofit organization.

Participants gain skill & understanding, and build confidence through regular hands-on, field-based training, as well as discussions. We are searching for flexible, self-motivated individuals who embrace simple, remote, rural living. Successful applicants are curious, inclusive, comfortable in groups, creative problem solvers, and are able to manage themselves through a wide range of challenges. High energy, a good sense of humor, strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and a strong curiosity are essential attributes.

Note: We allow shorter commitments during the summer months (June through September). Please contact us!

*Certification preferred.

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Instructors


Natalie Buckley

Natalie Buckley

Natty Buckley-Medrano joined the Quail Springs team in Fall 2017, excited to continue to learn, practice, and teach soil regeneration techniques through holistic food systems management. She is passionate about dryland farming and designing systems for both the sequestration of vast amounts of carbon and healthy integration of plants and animals. Her part in mitigating climate change is promoting and learning more about how best to feed the soil as it feeds us.

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Jeff Reidl

Jeff Reidl

While earning his Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnoecology with emphasis on Biocultural Diversity and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Jeff became interested in learning deeper, more integrative ways of understanding and interacting with the world in an ethical and ecologically sound manner. Jeff completed his PDC in Austria, and later continued his training and education at

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Molly Ancel

Molly Ancel

Growing up in the Bay Area on the traditional homelands of the Chochenyo Ohlone people, Molly was immersed in the art, politics, and historic radicalism of the groups and people who make the culture of the Bay Area what it is. Her home and upbringing was an urban one which held nature in reverence.

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Registration Information


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Registration Information


  • Cost: We offer a sliding scale of $950 to $3000.
  • Scholarships: We have priced this to be as affordable as possible to a wide range of people. As we are a nonprofit organization, the base amount reflects the actual cost to our organization. If you are able to donate more, it allows us to keep these kinds of experiences available to more people. If the cost stands in the way of your experience, please click here to apply for scholarship. We have limited scholarship funds available, and we will do our best to work with you! These funds and opportunities are awarded based on need, dedication, and readiness to use the skills learned from our site to benefit your community. If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

Cancellation Policy:

  • More than 3 months notice from start date: Full refund, excluding $100 cancellation fee.
  • Less than 3 months notice from start date: $350 deposit is non-refundable.
  • Less than 1 month notice from start date: Cancellation refunds will not be granted.

In case of a valid personal medical or family emergency, we will consider, yet do not guarantee, requests for a transfer of fees (less the $350 deposit) to another course with Quail Springs.


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