The Relationship: Living well upon the earth involves forming healthy relationships with the natural world. Love and understanding, the basis for any deep and healthy relationship, do not come from merely watching the beauty of nature, any more than they do from merely watching an interesting or attractive person on the street! We need to get to know that person, through shared experiences with each other. Similarly, we need to get to know the earth, and the best way is through working with it: eating it, harvesting it, crafting it, taking care of it, and depending upon it. A Simple Life Internship will deepen your relationship with the earth by using it.
The Ancient and the Modern: Sometimes old ways are unbeatable, sometimes new ideas are better. Primitive living can be a valuable lens through which to see our human-earth relationship, and modern technologies, well-applied, can help reduce resource consumption and make life easier and more pleasant. We live in a time of privilege, able to choose from among the best of the old and the best of the modern. A root cellar is better than any walk-in cooler, solar electricity is better than a candle. Far from being hypocritical, it is exciting and fresh to choose wisely from both worlds.
Community Living, People Matter: Even sustainability is not as important as that which we sustain. What good is a healthy relationship with the earth if we, as humans, are not kind and understanding to one another? We believe in the importance of good communication, non-judgment, and appreciation. Though these practices are encouraged as a part of daily life, once-a-week we also officially open the space to share feelings, air grievances, and offer appreciations at our community potluck and meeting.
The Positive Impact: Every time we take a breath, use the bathroom, or make a cup of tea we have an impact. Though the history of human impact has been catastrophic, human impact is not, by definition, negative. Humans have a place in the system and we are able to create a positive impact! As a Koviashuvik intern you will help create a more fertile, diverse, and healthy ecosystem while meeting your own needs as well. Now that’s a good impact.
“I realize there are a lot more “people” out there, not just humans- plants and animals included. It's not just me, there’s a new sense of community…”
-apprentice C.G. in an interview about what he learned at Koviashuvik