New! Skills Immersion Program

Fall 2020 - Summer 2021

At the Fellowship Community in Chestnut Ridge, New York.

 

Ages 18-25-ish. Includes Free Room & Board plus Monthly Stipend.

 

Learn how to:

  • Live in Community

  • Care for Elders

  • Produce Biodynamic Food - Seed to Table

  • Manage a Cow Herd - Pasture to Cheese

  • Bake Homemade Bread and Desserts

  • Manage Land & Forests, Plus Milling & Chopping Firewood

  • And more!

 

Plus! Craft Workshops:  Pottery, Metal Shop, Candle Making, Weavery, Wood-Working, and our Printing Press. 

Goal:

The aim of this program is to inspire and equip you with a breadth and depth of practical skills, to help you feel capable in dreaming and building new endeavors, through reciprocal care and work with our community.

 

Areas of Focus:

  • Care Training

    • Learn hands on elder and end of life care, the heart of our community! This training, matched with experience, will last a lifetime and ready you for future jobs if ever interested.  

  • Kitchen

    • Learn all that goes into readying a 100 person meal, incorporating fresh foods from our farm and gardens and access to a beautiful herb garden right outside the kitchen windows.

  • Herd Management

    • Help manage a herd of around 10 milking cows with calves being born each spring, from pasture rotation on 30 acres, animal health, to milking and other daily chores.

  • Dairy Products 

    • Milk, yogurt, and cheese creations and distribution! Learn to operate our dairy room, making consistently delicious yogurt and pasteurized as well as raw milk, and explore the cheese cave! 

  • Printing Press

    • In our publishing and print shop you will learn about printing, binding, editing, collating, and shipping printed works.

  • Laundry and Rounds

    • The less glorious but life-long skills of tending to our things, whether that be the tricks of stain removal or making sure everyone has the hygiene supplies they need 

  • Bakery

    • Learn to bake the communities needs of bread, granola, pizza, and sweets, with breads such as: sourdough, cinnamon raisin swirl, white, oat, multi grain, gluten free, and more

  • Vegetable Growing

    • Using Biodynamic practices to supply food to the fellowship community, local food co-op, cafe, CSA, and farm-stand, on 10 acres of cultivated land. We incorporate draft horses and tractors alike, care for honey bees, create beautiful rich compost, and hay our fields! 

  • Maintenance

    • With such a large and long established community, there is no shortage of upkeep needs in our many buildings, which are perfect hands on learning opportunities. These opportunities include plumbing, wood work, remodeling, and problem solving among many more. 

  • Workshops

    • Learn practical and artistic skills in our many workshops such as hand dipping beeswax candles, learning to use machines in the wood shop, creating functional and beautiful pieces in our pottery studio, and more!

  • Forest Management 

    • Learn how to do tree assessment and removal, sawmill operation, and firewood splitting

 

Who is it For?:

This program is for people looking to build resilience and better life-ways grounded in community oriented practical skills. While it is open to all adults, it is catered to young adults 18-25ish searching for alternative ways forward in these uncharted times, who are interested in the relationship of human, land, and community stewardship.

Room, board, and $200/month stipend included

45min bus ride into Manhattan, 15min drive to over 200 miles of hiking trails

 

Timeline:

 

Application deadline is: August 15

Response from us: within 1 week of receiving your application

 

Confirmation from you: 4 days after acceptance from us

 

Program Dates are September 15, 2020 to July 312021 

 

*If this program seems intriguing but not quite the right fit, check out our biodynamic farm and garden internships for 2021/22 at https://www.pfeiffercenter.org/ 

Application:

To apply, download complete this application and email it to sip@fellowshipcommunity.org

 

About Us:

The Fellowship Community is located on 80 acres of mixed woodland and pastures, 45 minutes North of New Yor City. We are an intergenerational community centered around the care of the elderly and well-rounded hard work.

The Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Foundation is a 501(c) non-profit that is responsible for the operations of the Fellowship Community. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Contact us!

241 Hungry Hollow Road

Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

(845) 356-8494, ext 2

rsffoffice@fellowshipcommunity.org

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