EarthCare Experience School

“For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.” (Romans 8 v 19)

The Vision of the EarthCare Experience School

To grow deeper in a love relationship with God our Father and Creator of all life, working together as His children to create fruitful and sustainable farms and gardens of God’s presence on earth.

What is EarthCare?

The EarthCare Foundation is a network of people from many cultures and nations, with a passion to learn together through training workshops, teach the practices of natural farming, and help establish earthcare gardens.
EarthCare is part of a growing global family of God’s children working with and enjoying Him in the garden- His earth!

Who do we work with?

EarthCare works primarily with rural peoples, often tribal or in marginalised often remote communities.

Where do we work?

Currently we work from our base in New Zealand and in Asia.

Why an EarthCare Experience School?

Our passion and desire is that you will experience God our Father loving us as His children. As a community of believers we grow to experience working out of resting in his love, receiving wisdom and understanding to establish sustainable, fruitful and beautiful gardens—places where we see and participate in miracles of his creativity and fruitfulness.
Out of this experience and understanding we learn skills and knowledge to help run and facilitate EarthCare workshops and help establish new farms and gardens of God’s presence on earth.

Purpose of the school

1. To teach and help enable students to enter into a deeper experience of our Father’s love as His sons and daughters, through the revelation of Jesus His Son.
2. To learn by experience and teaching simple, appropriate ways to grow food, especially with poor rural peoples, using locally available resources.
3. To be able to help run EarthCare workshops, learning from and working with people in ways appropriate to their culture and climate.

Some key teaching covered

1. The story of God’s earth, what’s gone wrong, the cure
2. Earth worldviews
3. God in His gardens, a view through the Bible
4. Our hearts and the soil
5. Our Father and our true identity
6. Receiving and living loved
7. Wisdom to make fruitful gardens
8. Working from rest
We work and learn together in local gardens, learning by experience.

Key practices covered in training include:

1. What is soil and how to improve and sustain its fertility naturally
2. The importance of drainage
3. Soil creation and conservation
4. Creating micro climates
5. Mulching (copying forests), green manures, compost and fertilisers
6. No dig gardens (“Farming God’s Way” methods)
7. Water conservation, harvesting and application (drip irrigation)
8. Learning how to experiment with new methods
9. Shelter and shade

Student requirements

Students need to be believers with a passion for, and some previous experience in agriculture, or related horticultural or environmental work.
Ideally they need to have completed a YWAM DTS or Fatherheart Ministry A School.
Some of the field work will require living in basic conditions.
Loving adventure and living on the edge would be helpful!

Location details

Students will be based in Canterbury and Westland, New Zealand, primarily in 2 garden and wilderness locations.
We network with a range of other related NGOs, mission organizations, and skilled people. Living is in a community based setting.

Visas

Advice available on request.

Limited numbers

This is the first school in this format. Numbers will be limited.

School administration

The school is administered through a partnership between YWAM Oxford (NZ) and the EarthCare Foundation, a NZ based charitable trust.

EarthCare Experience staff

The school will be staffed by people with many years experience in agriculture, horticulture, environmental restoration, and community development missions.
Rob Blakely, an ecological engineer and horticulturalist, is the school director and one of the teachers.

EarthCare Experience Dates

Phase 1

30 July – 20 August 2017
We join in with the students on the 4 week YWAM School of Sonship based at Oxford

Phase 2

September – October 2017
In September and October there will be earthcare teaching and training in simple earthcare gardens. This will be based in Oxford but include several other locations in the South Island of NZ.

Phase 3

Internship Opportunity
Where there is interest and an appropriate match of skills and experience, internships may be arranged in NZ or Asia.

EarthCare Experience School Costs

7 AUG 2017 – 9 NOV 2017 . . . . . . TBD NZD*

NOTE: All fees are in NZ dollars (1 US dollar approx 1.4 NZ dollars, NZ $ exchange rate 72c for US dollars at January 2017)

*The school is still in the planning stages and costs will be posted by the end of April. However typical costs are likely to be similar to the first stage of a YWAM school.($5500) This cost includes tuition, accommodation, food, travel both in NZ. Please note that the final cost may vary slightly depending on the final itinerary in Asia.

***NOTE: Final confirmation of the school and associated information will be posted by the end of April at the latest.***

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