Earth Tenders is a 9-month apprenticeship with the land, Nature, and their unseen residents and tenders. There are many compassionate beings and energies present on the land that were here long before humans existed, as well as Ancestral spirits who tended and worked in partnership with the land pre-colonization. They all hold deep insight and a love for the places that we call home. They are able to support and guide us, sharing their lessons of accountability, Sovereignty, and what it means to take the best interest of all involved into account. They teach us about boundaries, humility, compassion, love, trust, and surrender, and share their stories of creation, destruction, and rebirth, reminding us of the natural cycles that we are all a part of. If you are ready to listen deeply, learn, grow, receive support from your environment, and deepen your connections Earth Tenders may be just the program for you!
Program Focus: Establishing connection & communication with the land and nature spirits where you live, building harmonious working partnerships with land and nature spirits, right relationship, ethics & protocols for spiritual land stewardship, boundaries & protection for dwellings and land, Sovereignty, working with the cycles and rhythms of Nature, seasonal Elemental rituals & ceremonies, finding your role and unique expression of Earth Tending.
Cost: $1400, $300 non-refundable deposit. Please review our payment terms here before applying. Pre-registration with application & deposit required. Maximum of 8 spots available – minimum of 4 participants required to hold the apprenticeship.
$300 deposit paid upon approval of your application, the balance of *$950 due by September 22, 2022 *$150 discount applied for paying in full
$300 deposit with a $275 payment due before each weekend gathering
Payment methods will be provided once your application has been submitted and approved. (Scroll down to complete the application). Please ensure that you are fully committed before enrolling in this program. Deposits and tuition payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Should you decide to withdraw before the apprenticeship begins your deposit will be forfeited. If you miss a class or decide to withdraw from the apprenticeship after it has begun your tuition is forfeited and if on a payment plan you will still be responsible for covering the remaining tuition payments regardless of whether you attend the remaining classes.
Pre-Requisites: Prior journeying experience is recommended. Spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis, preference will be given to students who have completed Spirit Wisdom, Plant Spirit Wisdom &/or any of the Being in Relationship class series.
Recommended Reading: I suggest purchasing these books for the apprenticeship. In the spirit of supporting the Earth and small businesses, I invite you to consider http://www.abebooks.com as an online resource for sourcing used books or http://www.bookshop.org sells new books for independently owned book stores.
“Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer
“Enchantment of the Faery Realm” by Ted Andrews
“Medicine for the Earth” by Sandra Ingerman
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Lodging and travel expenses are your responsibility and are not included in the cost of this apprenticeship. There are many affordable camping and lodging options in Mendocino if you book far enough in advance on Hipcamp.com, VRBO.com, or Airbnb.com. Mendocino, Caspar, Albion, and Fort Bragg are all within 30 minutes of our gathering locations. If you prefer a hotel setting I recommend the Hill House Inn as an affordable lodging option in the area.
Earth Tenders Apprenticeship Application
Thank you for taking the time to complete this application. Please allow 4-5 days for your application to be reviewed. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted you’ll receive an email including payment options for the deposit. I invite you to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts to ensure you receive correspondence related to the apprenticeship.