Windward's Sustainable Community Apprenticeship: May be what you're seeking!


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Who are we Looking For?

The challenges of our time are calling for those with courageous hearts, inquiring minds, skillful hands & wild souls. Apprenticeship are self-motivated, community-minded indivudal looking for an opportunity to:

  • Co-create an ecologically resilient, and socially sustainable culture.

  • Engage in the deep learning that is only made possible when fully immersed in the experience of living in and creating sustainable community.

  • Face the challenges and reap the rewards of living closely with a small group of people committed to live rightly with one another and with nature.

  • Get their hands dirty while engaging in the life-long work of visioning, building, living in and enjoying a loving, intentional and ecologically conscious culture.

In addition to a 3-month experience, a Windward Apprenticeship is also a two-way audition; a time for existing and prospective members to explore living in community together with an eye toward long-term membership.

If, as an apprentice, you find that this life is one that you want to pursue in earnest, and Windward Stewards agree it is a good match, you can proceed directly onto the path ofstakeholding membership in the cooperative, building right-livelihood with the land and the community.

More Details

Windward is an expense-sharing cooperative. Our philosophy is simple: by coming together to meet our basic needs, we each have more time, energy, and money to pursue our individual passions.

Each member contributes $400 a month to a common purse. These funds are used to cover the basic collective costs, including food, water, shelter, internet, laundry, gardens and the living infrastructure of the land, and the improvement of community resources.

Like the long-term members, Apprentices are dues-contributing participants in the community/cooperative and contribute $400 a month to the common pool of funds used to cover basic costs of living.

Scholarships

Windward offers apprenticeship-scholarships to those individuals who manifest a strong desire to explore sustainable living and a commitment to use their time at Windward constructively.

If creating a life with Windward is something you deeply desire, we will try and work together to develop a win-win situation surrounding the context and payment of an apprenticeship. whether that be a full-ride scholarship or a partial financial-contribution as an apprentice.

Like a scholarship at a University, apprenticeship-scholarships come with more expectations than an ordinary apprenticeship. In general, our expectations of those on an intern-scholarship include:

  • Make a good faith commitment to stay the full three months.

    Offering someone a scholarship entails the opportunity cost of us not being able to offer another person a scholarship. We hope that those on scholarship recognize the gift being offered to them, and have the courage and character to honor that gift by making the highest and best use of their time here.

    However, if you come to feel that this isn't working for them, we would rather they seek a path suited to their goals than remain here unhappy and unfulfilled in order to finish out an arbitrary amount of time. Similarly, if it becomes apparent that an intern is not taking this opportunity seriously nor is determined to make good use of the resources we offer, then we will ask that intern to seek a more suitable opportunity elsewhere, thereby making room for someone else.

 

  • Work on the Community's priority projects.

    Since the community is putting forward the funds to pay the scholarship, the community is going to decide what projects those funds are going to be invested in. Those on Scholarship generally take on a more broad-based work load, with more daily chores related to animal and plant care than other community members who are working on more specific projects.

  • Help others with their projects.

    Windward is a small community, and we have a lot of projects going on simultaneously. For those partipants without

If, during the three months we decide to move forward together on a membership track, Windward's Stewards will consider extending the intern-scholarship for up to a year so that we can mutually explore and develop funding options suited to your interests and skill set.

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