Summer Residency in Earth Literacy and Sustainable Living

Narrow Ridge Summer Residency in Earth Literacy and Sustainable Living 2021

When: May 17 – July 31

Who: for 5 individuals, likely college students or recent college graduates

Where: Residents will live in a “Covid Bubble,” in Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center’s Strawbale Lodge, a newly renovated, solar-powered, eco-dwelling.

Goals/Learning Outcomes: As a result of completion of the Summer Residency in Earth Literacy and Sustainable Living, participants will:
• be able to articulate a definition of “Earth literacy” as well as how Earth literacy serves as a framework for understanding and responding to social and ecological injustice;
• have a deepened awareness of self as a member of a diverse and interconnected Earth community;
• gain first-hand experience of living in a community working toward sustainability;
• understand the role of community land trusts in sustainable development and land conservation;
• be able to plan and prepare a weeklong vegetarian menu;
• be able to plan a community garden including crop selection and placement, care, and harvest essentials;
• gain first-hand knowledge of off-grid, solar-powered living and demonstrate basic understanding of residential-scale, solar-voltaic energy systems;
• gain knowledge of the ecological impacts of conventional burials and cremations in the US and the social and ecological benefits of natural burial as exemplified by Narrow Ridge’s Natural Burial Preserve;
• identify two or more personal or collective actions that can contribute to a more sustainable, personally fulfilling and socially just world;
• gain experience and competency in “Residency in Earth Literacy and Sustainable Living” recognized with a Certificate of Completion in Residency in Earth Literacy and Sustainable Living.

Other Potential Goals/Outcomes:
• Residency may serve as an Internship, for-credit Independent Study or Experience Learning course in coordination with your college or university.

Components of the Program:
• On the first week of the Summer Residency, Residents will participate in a weeklong Earth literacy program which emphasizes immersion in nature and sustainable living. The program will include three vegetarian meals per day, orientation to Narrow Ridge and Earth literacy, tour of eco-facilities, a day hike, stargazing with night hike, organic gardening, and other activities centered on sustainable living and Earth literacy.
• After the first week, Residents will receive instruction in vegetarian meal preparation with food supplies provided by Narrow Ridge. Ultimately, Residents will be responsible for preparing their own communal meals with food supplies provided by Narrow Ridge (including produce from the Narrow Ridge garden). At least one meal a week will be shared with Narrow Ridge staff.
• Participation in weekly Resident/Staff meetings.
• Gardening: 3 – 5 days per week for a total of approximately 10 hours per week.
• Assisting with expanding and maintaining trails on Narrow Ridge land.
• Assisting with eco-construction projects.
• Weekly film nights and discussions.
• Ample time for solitude and reflection.
• Weekly discussion of selected readings.
• Participation in a June Vision Fast, an 8-day guided experience for persons seeking clarity and peace about life directions centered around three days and nights of solitary fasting in a mountain wilderness setting.
• Individual or group presentation at conclusion of program on the Summer Residency experience with aid of photos and video.
• Other activities based on individual Residents’ interests and skills.

Covid Safety Protocol
1. All Residents and NR program staff who have not received the Covid vaccine agree to a 2-week period of voluntary self-isolation prior to the start of the Program.
2. All non-vaccinated Residents and NR program staff provide proof of negative COVID 19 test results for a test taken in the week prior to the program.
3. A COVID 19 specific liability waiver and agreement will be signed by Residents. This waiver will be in addition to the general liability waiver already in use at Narrow Ridge Center (see attached COVID 19 waiver/agreement). The COVID 19 waiver form specifies the following:
• Narrow Ridge is not responsible should the Resident test positive for COVID 19 following the program.
• The Resident will have their temperature checked at the time of arrival and will not be permitted to stay if a fever is detected.
• The Resident will not enter any buildings other than those used for the program.
• The Resident agrees to wear a face mask and maintain a 6-foot distance from any person they encounter outside of the program and to wear a face mask when inside any Narrow Ridge buildings other than Strawbale Lodge. (A face mask may not be required if outdoors and if keeping a 6-foot distance from individuals outside of the program).
• The Resident verifies that he/she/they has tested negative for COVID 19 and has not had symptoms of COVID 19 in the past two weeks.
• The Resident agrees to daily temperature checks using a thermometer for accurate measurement.
• The Resident agrees to alert the NR Director if he/she/they tests positive for COVID 19 or presents with fever or other symptoms of COVID 19 during or 2 weeks after their stay at NR.
• Should the Resident present with symptoms during the program, he/she/they will immediately be isolated from other Residents and may be required to vacate the premises, depending on the Resident’s ability to travel.
4. Prior to their arrival, Residents are required to submit a plan for their early return home should they contract the Covid 19 virus.

Cost: $3000 per participant

How Funded:
• Residents are encouraged to personally contribute to the cost of the program as they are able.
• Residents are encouraged to seek sponsors or to create fundraising campaigns to meet program expenses.
• NR will seek to identify colleges/universities that provide funding for student internships/residency programs and recruit Residents from those institutions. Students interested in becoming a Narrow Ridge Summer Resident are encouraged to identify funding sources within their college or university (e.g. Student Life programs, Independent Study programs, Bonner Scholars Program).
• NR scholarship funding will be made available for partial funding of the Summer Residency program for participants with financial need.

How to Apply:
Residency Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references (at least 2 of which are professional/academic references) to: [email protected] .