Journeyperson Program

Stillwater Permaculture Guild’s Journeyperson Program provides live-in and self-supported resources for people to develop experience and life skills that they will need as they take major steps towards caring for the earth, caring for people and sharing abundance. It is designed for students who are engaged in academic coursework at the University of Maine or in the greater Bangor community, and need a place to keep their hands “in the ground”, and develop as individuals and engaged citizens of the earth.

The program provides:

1. Hands-on mentoring and academic support via coursework and opportunities to relate a program of study directly to the local community, and/or the economy and ecology. We link JP’s up with faculty and non-academic mentors who have skills they seek.

2. Direct access to a homescale permaculture site to engage in work that restores ecologies by growing/harvesting/processing and storing food and medicines directly with the land.

3. A place to live while enrolled as a student in an academic course of study, or working to develop skills that will be used to craft an ecologically-grounded, network-based livelihood.

4.  Access to workshops, resources, funding opportunities, permacuture design certification, local professionals, tool and resource library, all on site and working directly with the project and its impact on the land and local community.

2010-2011 Team

  • Zach Urgese
  • Kate Kinney
  • Kate Kinney

Expectations: Stillwater Permaculture Guild expects all people who go through the Journeyperson program to enter into an agreement with us describing their goals and objectives for the program; to complete working plans tailored to your interests and research; to participate in a loose curriculum that includes regular mentor meetings, and workshop attendance. Curriculum will be roughly 10 hours/week.  As part of the live-in arrangement it is expected that Journeypersons pay a reduced rent in exchange for living at the 5 Chapel St house.

Qualifications: Prospective journeypersons should be able to demonstrate basic competence in a range of skills, a solid commitment, and reasonably clear and realistic plans for their activities. Anyone considering applying for the program should feel free to get in touch us and we can connect you with Current or former Journeypersons. Experience with community living, permaculture, food production, healing or creative arts, ecology and project development is a recommended.

Rationale

Increasingly we are faced with the challenges of ecological stewardship that can directly address the balance of ecological and economic sustainability. Our human dependence on food, fuel, fiber, shelter etc is demanding that we consider appropriate means to sustain a vital relationship in biological and organic methods. As a culture we are becoming educated and developing skills necessary to sustain vitality in our lives, homes, families and communities that are different, yet similar to the skills our ancestors have known. Food production, edible landscaping and permaculture design help us develop a toolkit for regenerating over-stressed ecosystems  and economies in a way that supports the health and integrity of our land and homes. With this approach we can directly engage in  developing a stronger ecological ethic in our communities.

Stillwater Permaculture Guild’s Journeyperson Program was created to support those who are developing skills and resources for supporting this personal and cultural shift. A problem often faced is that we cannot begin to address larger scale environmental issues effectively without improving our daily relationship with the local ecology and our living spaces. When we begin to do so we discover that face-to-face interactions, locality, and social networks around food and food systems are also vital relationships with land, and natural resources we need to live healthy lives. Such discoveries are becoming increasingly abundant and exponentially energizing in our communities. As the economic system is revealing itself to be equally, if not more fragile than its ecological counterpart, the need for convivial vitality and resilience, a concept quite native to Maine’s communities, is clear. Permaculture, a term that combines “permanent culture” and “permanent agriculture” is simply a toolkit each individual and community can use to take responsibility and see rewards for taking part in building a healthy local culture.

Application Process
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Please download application HERE and return to William.giordano@umit.maine.edu