Agricultural Internships

Our internship programs provide the resources and hands-on experiences for anyone seeking to be a more responsible global citizen and steward of the environment as well as the wide-ranging tools necessary to train others as teachers of these essential concepts and practices.

We offer one-week to six-month resident internship opportunities to individuals, families, and groups. Our internships offer an intensive, total-immersion educational experience, customized to accommodate the multiple skill levels of every internship participant.

Internship participants are taught to solve real-world problems with effective and practical solutions. We offer the skills and strategic thinking required to find answers for the ecological, economic, and social challenges of today’s world. Offered courses are highly interdisciplinary and are designed to impart functional knowledge so the student can then build, grow, or create something of practical importance upon completing their course-work.

The unique experience of being immersed in a working farm and ranch and spiritual intentional EcoVillage fosters an environment for students to discover latent talents and interests and be inspired to ponder questions of deeper philosophical significance, all the while engendering a spirit of appreciation and awe for the delicate and beautiful world we all call home. When students return to their home communities they feel empowered to apply all they have learned and discovered in order to make a difference in the lives of others.

Internship Programs are managed and administered by Global Community Communications Alliance which does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, race, color, or national or ethnic origin in any of its admission or administrative policies.

If you are interested in learning more please contact our admissions office at 520-603-9932 or email info at Avalon Gardens.

Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, Educational Campus

To learn more about Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, click here.

Internship Programs Include

  • $200-off tuition for 3 or more months advanced registration
  • Certificate of completion
  • Orientation and tour of campus and facilities
  • Housing and organic meals
  • Camping options (Please note that temperatures vary seasonally. Inquire with our admissions office for details.)
  • Possible extra excursion to Camp Avalon, along the restorative waters of Oak Creek, learning about the Sedona Red Rocks and vortex energies, nature retreats, and wilderness survival skills. Ask us about this opportunity when you enroll in an internship program!

Program Topics & Curriculum

Agriculture & Organic Gardening

An agrarian lifestyle is the foundation of self-sufficiency; the ability to produce food is a primary key to sustainability. Agriculture & Organic Gardening interns will learn about:

  • Land management and conservation through Permaculture techniques
  • Bio-dynamic & Bio-intensive farming
  • Applied Bio-diversity
  • Extended growing seasons using greenhouses & shade cloth
  • Pollinator habitats
  • Aquaponic & aquaculture systems
  • Field crops including cover crops heritage and heirloom varieties of grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables.

Sacred Architecture & Sustainable Building

Working as part of the team of our Earth Harmony Builders, you will learn about building alternatives using various materials through up-cycling, recycling, regeneration and restoration methods of construction including:

  • Monolithic
  • Straw bale
  • Adobe
  • and papercrete construction

We will also share ideas on ways to improve the needs of everyday living by eliminating waste and minimizing consumption through various building practices, including the use of recycled metal for interior and exterior iterations, as well as uses of concrete for function and form built-in.

The duties of interns will vary according to the season, what classes are in session, and facility-based maintenance and renovation priorities.

EcoVillage Development & Community Living

Cottage Industries, business, product making. These practices include:

  • Making soaps, tinctures, salves, and teas
  • Our CSA (Community supported agriculture program)
  • Farmers' market
  • Farm to restaurant
  • Direct-sales online store
  • product development and marketing
  • and our “Hands in the Soil volunteer program”

Nutrition, Food Preparation & Preservation

Learn the basics of how to plan, prepare, and serve nutritionally balanced organic meals for 100+ persons per day. You will learn plant selection for food and product preparation, nutritional qualities and healthy food combinations, food preparation for health and wellness using locally grown and harvested farm and garden edibles, as well as the basics of herbology.

Health, Wellness, & Holistic Healing

See and experience the healing modalities in action while enjoying the peaceful serenity of our ionized pools and water therapies, at our Soulistic Healing Center.

Art: Creativity for Change

EcoVillage living includes utilizing one’s artistic talents to promote positive change. At Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage the arts are supported and expressed through music, including our state of the art recording studio, our Global Change Theater Company, and the fine arts produced and displayed at our Out-of-the-Way Galleria in Tubac, Arizona.

Media & Marketing

During this segment you receive training in video, how it is recorded, produced, and distributed to consumers as well as how new technologies are changing the way we view the world.

This will include exposure to a wide range of current practices, as well as to those artists changing the rules in the new digital era. Exposure and excursions to recording facilities, music venues, possible festivals and more will immerse you into the language of sound. Training in video production and editing is also an available component. Ultimately, the program will have a strong focus on educating students on how to be responsible and informed music and video producers, consumers, and distributors.

Participants will have an opportunity to help produce a short video chronicling their time at Avalon Gardens.

Leadership Training & Procedures

The course will emphasize training in critical leadership skills, including project management, team building and team leading, persuasive communication, networking, fundraising, conflict resolution, understanding diverse communication styles, human-centered design, and emotional intelligence.

Expanded Global & Historical Context

Global Family Legal Services, GFLS offers a global perspective. Spirit Steps Tours offers a local historical perspective

Staff

Our volunteer teaching staff is made up of professionals, tradesmen, and artisans who responded to an inner call to be a Change Agent, working towards positive global change and spiritual unity. These dedicated Light Workers have favored spiritual success over financial success, many for over 3 decades, working for the benefit of the planet and all of its inhabitants.

For detailed information on our internship staff, click here.

School Philosophy

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead

If ever there was a time to act on Margaret Mead's famous quote it is today. Clearly the planet as a whole is accelerating toward an unsustainable future, and causing untold suffering for a majority of the world's people even now. The breakdown of traditional forms of community and its harmful effects on our young people, wasteful consumer lifestyles, the continued loss of natural habitat, the degradation of arable land and depletion of fishing stocks, the over-reliance on fossil fuels, and its effects on global warming, extreme weather and prolonged droughts, are all trends that must be changed, not only to avert ecological disaster, but equally as important to forge new ways of forming a more just and equitable society.

Seeking to build an inclusive spirit of community and promoting a sense of individual responsibility for the common good are core values of the members of Global Community Communications Alliance and ones our staff bring to all of our project endeavors. With obesity, apathy, and a general lack of engagement epidemic among our youth we believe our multi-pronged, wholistic approach to promoting healthier, more sustainable living provides the right approach for those seeking a more hopeful future, particularly among those in their formative years.

In the spirit of E.F. Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful, we seek to demonstrate that small is possible. As we create a model of sustainable, organic, small-scale agriculture at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage we hope to inspire others to adopt similar pathways in order to create a sustainable future for our children and future generations.

In implementing our programs we have experienced first-hand the benefits of pooling our collective strengths, aspirations, and vision as we work toward building a more just, healthy, and sustainable society.

Our endeavors in sustainable living here follow a long agricultural history dating to1691 where on this very site Father Eusebio Francisco Kino founded the Mission San Cayetano de Tumacácori in a Native American village that relied on the waters of the nearby Santa Cruz River to farm their crops.

In seeking to honor these agricultural traditions, we recently joined a coalition of other local farmers, millers and bakers to help revive two of the oldest grain varieties adapted to the arid Southwest: White Sonora Soft Bread Wheat and Chapalote Flint Corn, the original varieties of their species to be cultivated in the Arizona desert of this area.