Our Goals for the Apprenticeship:
- to teach the skills needed to build a simple building of natural materials from the ground up.
Timber frame carpentry, straw bale walls, cob, straw-clay, wattle-and-daub, adobe, slate shingle roofing, and more.
- to mix hands-on training with classroom presentations and interactive lessons.
How foundations work, thermal mass, introductions to plumbing and electrical systems, design and structural concepts, how natural materials handle moisture, and many other topics.
- to help apprentices learn how to learn more, through engaging in research projects and teaching others.
You will do your own research on building systems and materials and present it to your peers with the support of the instructors.
- to build leadership and interpersonal skills.
We'll explore leadership styles through discussions and group challenges, and put it into practice: all apprentices will take on rotating leadership roles in the community and on the construction site, supported by the instructors.
- to create a caring and productive community for the summer which can serve as an inspiration for future journeys.
The apprenticeship is a tight-knit community within the larger host community of Kroka Expeditions. We'll be working and learning together five days a week; singing and telling stories around the campfire; assisting with meal preparation and clean-up and other community jobs; supporting each other through ups and downs; and sharing our fears, our hopes, and our dreams. The more of ourselves we each bring to this community, the deeper the connections we build.