The Green Apprenticeship

Join us for a 4 week practical training program in hand-on sustainable engineering, systems design and cooperative living. We’ll be learning about designing, building and running of sustainable projects, while linking together ecological, social, economic and cultural aspects into a unified whole. We’ll develop skills through hands-on work in our environmental education center, organic gardens, and alternative/natural building projects. We live in the EcoCampus – beautiful hand crafted domes – in Kibbutz Lotan, a desert oasis. At the end of the course participants receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification.

Course Dates:

Green Apprenticeship Course Dates:

15 October – 13 November 2018

 26 November – 25 December 2018 (English & Hebrew)

 7 January – 5 February 2019

 18 March – 16 April 2019

 29 April – 28 May 2019

 17 June – 16 July 2019

Accommodation

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Live in our Eco-Campus and experience ecological living

Room and board (3 meals a day) for the duration of the program.

  • Rooms are equipped with beds, air conditioning, shelves, pillows, linens, and towels.
  • Shared accommodation (maximum 3 to a dome).
  • Meals are served either in the kosher kibbutz dining room (vegan/vegetarian options with meal or dairy) or we’ll cook vegan/vegetarian (no fish) in our Eco-Campus kitchen.

Who should Attend?

Are you:

  • Looking for something different and unique to do in Israel
  • Interested in a study program that includes enviromental training and enviromental studies
  • Looking for a way to complement your university degree program with an internship experience
  • Interested in study abroad
  • Searching for gap year programs in Israel
  • Looking for a kibbutz experience
  • Looking for a short-term course as a birthright extension program
  • Looking for a summer program in Israel
  • Looking for a component for your iTrack /Maslul Ishi MASA program

Then the Green Apprenticeship could be the program you are looking for!

Requirements

No prior knowledge is required to participate in the course. Because of the emphasis on practical work, and a bottom-up approach to engineering (big word for people who make things work), participants from diverse professional and academic backgrounds have been satisfied with the course, including those with little or no relevant experience in sustainability. The language of instruction is English or Hebrew (see course dates). Let’s talk if you’re concerned about being under- or overqualified.

Coursework includes:

Alternative Technologies

  • Renewable energy systems
  • Grey water and black water systems
  • Composting toilets
  • Biogas
  • Solar cooking

Natural Building

  • Earth mix for building projects
  • How to test soil for building
  • Straw bale construction
  • Hands-on building projects using natural and recycled materials

Regenerative Community Development

  • Holistic worldview
  • Group dynamics
  • Reconnecting to nature
  • The global economy and the dilemma of growth
  • Localization and the economics of happiness

Permaculture & Ecological Design

  • Structural engineering for hand built houses
  • Passive solar & energy efficient design
  • Permaculture ethics and principles
  • Design techniques including: zone and sector, input and output analysis POBREDIM
  • Needs-based design projects 

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Local food production through bio-diverse small scale farming
  • Companion planting, natural pest control 
  • Sheet-mulch, container & square foot gardening
  • Composting: theory & practice
  • Seed saving: theory & practice
  • Transplanting & sowing seeds
  • Weekly gardening and harvesting

Israel and Brazil working together to tackle the sustainability of arid areas

Press Meeting in Brazil Gira Mundo

The Kibbutz Lotan Center for Creative Ecology is happy to welcome and be the education venue for The World Tour Israel project “Gira Mundo Israel” in Brazil. Volunteers World Brazil (VWB) is ready to educate 20 teachers from Paraiba State Teaching Network operating in the semi-arid region.

The World Tour Israel project is a State Government educational venture. It aims not only to qualify teachers and students of the state network, but also to evolve the education system though the application of successful experiences. Twenty teachers from Paraíba were selected to submit innovative projects in the areas of Renewable Energies, Sustainable Agriculture, Water and Irrigation Management, and Natural Construction. The schedule calls for teachers to spend a month in August at Kibbutz Lotan. Center fCE will train teachers from Brazil with their flagship four-weeks-long Green Apprenticeship programme, this time specializing in the specific characteristics of Paraíba. The Green Apprenticeship is a hands-on training programme with theoretical lectures and practicals.

 

Opportunities

Receive University Credits

Now you can receive college credit for participating in the Green Apprenticeship at Kibbutz Lotan.
Through a partnership with Paul Smith’s College, an accredited private college in upstate New York,
Green Apprenticeship participants may receive 3 semester credits for successfully completing the
program.
www.paulsmiths.edu/study-abroad/israel/

Authentic Leadership Presence

When you are able to show up in those situations as your authentic self, communicate in a way that engages and connects with others, and align your intentions with others' perceptions, then you know you are bringing forth your Authentic Leadership Presence.

This online course, led by instructors and coaches from the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute, takes you on a journey to develop your own Authentic Leadership Presence through instructor-led learning, live streamed lectures and videos, readings to provide inspirations and examples, self-reflection, on-the-job learning activities and shared feedback. Designed as an experiential journey.

 

Internship Opportunity 

The company is part of a multinational solar energy developer group that builds, finances and operates utility-scale photovoltaic solar projects in emerging markets. The company’s co-founders build on their experience as pioneers in implementing utility scale photovoltaic solar systems in Israel (through Arava Power).

This is an internship opportunity for very limited number of students. 

Internship Opportunities

Post-Graduation Green Apprenticeship Opportunities in our Network

The Green Apprenticeship Graduate Network includes farms, businesses, NGO’s and many creative projects that our students have founded and supported. Many are happy to be able to offer Green Apprenticeship graduates the opportunity to work with them. Each opportunity has it’s own terms and conditions. We’ll introduce you to our worldwide family members and keep in contact with us for more.

EcoSoul Mallorca

Shaul Shaham is a master Permaculture Designer and project director. He is now developing a homestead in Mallorca, Spain and is looking for good workers for agriculture and building renovation work. His website shares his previous work in Israel (an eco-park at a school), projects throughout Turkey and relief volunteering on the Island of Lesbos as part of the ReFGEN (Refugee activism of the Global Ecovillage Network). He worked as the Permaculture Consultant at the Ecological urban restaurant Ek biç Ye İç in Istanbul, Turkey where he constructed the hydroponics indoor farming system and where he taught urban gardening and education for ecological urban life style. 

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Itay Shornik has turned his grandparent’s farm in Kfar Yehezkel, Israel, into an organic vegetable farm and social education enterprise. The farm is also a social training initiative where  Youth, that has dropped out of the formal education system receive training in organic agriculture, earn a fair wage and are guided by a professional team in cooperation with the Department of Social Services and the Education Department of the Gilboa Regional Council.

Learn more about “צומחים בעמק - Tzomhim baemek / Growing in the valley at www.hava-baemek.co.il and their Facebook page, and contact Itay at hava.baemek@gmail.com

Kaima Nahalal – Yesh Meain

Merav Carmi founded the Yesh Meain Farm on her grandparent’s land in Moshav Nahalal together with Adrian Dupont, Yael Freund, Maya Baruch and Dalia Bali following their graduation from the Green Apprenticeship in 2007. They are an education center and community hub which is well loved in the region for the their monthly Sharing Market and courses for young and old. Since 2016 the farm’s mission as Kaima Nahalal is to re-engaging and empowering girls (15-18), identified by the Ministry of Welfare as having dropped out of school. The hands-on organic farming, business learning, and community activities of the farm are led by a multi-generational all-women professional team of social activists, agriculturalists, and pedagogues experiences in working with youth. The program cultivates a sense of personal value and self-confidence while learning business skills as they grow, harvest and sell the farm's organic products. The young women earn a salary and see themselves as fully invested partners in an undertaking of which they can take pride. Green Apprenticeship grad Lior Zrihen is the field manager and farm youth guide.

Aspen TREE

Green Apprenticeship graduates are invited to intern at Aspen TREE (Together Regenerating the Environment through Education) in Aspen, Colorado, USA, founded by Green Apprenticeship graduate Eden Vardy.


Green Apprenticeship graduates have the opportunity to joing the Aspen TREE staff as interns looking to dive into integrated farming (agroforestry, greenhouse gardening in high altitude cold climates, rotational grazing, alley cropping, compost production, market gardening, and more), youth education in nature connection and food, community based farm collaborative initiatives, and farm to community events and activities. The main requirement is a willingness to work hard, keep an open mind, positive outlook, and team based approach. Aspen TREE has reciprocal agreements with several colleges for college credit for participation.

Geva’s Organic Farm

Geva Ben-arie graduated the Green Apprenticeship in 2016 wondering if his grandparent’s neglected farm in Gan Haim could be invigorated using Permaculture design and organic agriculture techniques. The result has been spectacular.

Green Apprenticeship graduates are invited to join in with the work on the farm and gain hands-on experience in all aspects of organic farming, marketing and community engagement. 

Contact: Geva Ben-arie  https://www.facebook.com/Gevasfarm/

 

Application Process

To apply, please complete the online application and send us supporting documents via email: admissions@klotan.co.il

 1.  Complete the online application

 2. Scan of the first page of your passport (including your picture).

 3.  C.V. / resume showing where you have studied, worked etc.

 4.  One recommendation letter from an employer, teacher or mentor. 

 5.  A letter or certificate from your doctor stating that you are physically and mentally fit to work and study on kibbutz: in an intensive community setting and a harsh desert climate doing work that is physically strenuous at times.

Tuition

7,400 NIS including full board and program

 A deposit of 1000 NIS is due upon acceptance (deducted from the full amount)

Come together and receive a discount – two or more people that register together receive a 5% discount each.

Questions? Call us at +972-54-979-9033 or write us admissions@kibbutzlotan.com

Meet the Team

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Mike Kaplin

The Center for Creative Ecology (CfCE) is a school for hands-on learning based on Mike’s philosophy that everyone is a teacher and everyone can choose to Do instead of just talk. He is one of the first Permaculture Instructors in Israel and has taken the formal Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) outdoors into the garden and the workshop. Together with Mike you’ll be planting food, mixing mud, constructing objects of beauty, maintaining conservation areas, having fun and laughing. As Director of the CfCE he oversees all of the staff’s activities and the content of our programs. Observing and interacting with Mike is a first-hand experience in successful business leadership with a big heart.

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Alex Cicelsky

Alex teaches the theory of Permaculture Design, environmentally responsive architecture and renewable energy technologies. He mentors our Permaculture students during their course projects continues to support them as they’re building their businesses around the world. In regards to the buildings he’s designed on Kibbutz Lotan he says “We know how the buildings will save energy, that they meet safety standards and how much they cost. We don’t know what they’ll look like because that is in the hands of the people that join us to build them.” In addition to his practical work in researching energy efficient buildings for deserts, he writes about the spiritual connections of religions to caring for the earth.

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Mark Naveh

Before joining Kibbutz Lotan, Mark was an underwater researcher in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. His work in marine ecology has extended to human ecology, a deep concern for protecting the environment, and curiosity into how society needs to evolve. Mark leads in-depth nature tours in the desert, practical technology lessons and sessions in new forms of economics and community organization. Mark is active in Israeli-Palestinian co-existance education and trains our staff which hosts thousands of visitors each year.

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Maya Galimidi

Maya is an International Ambassador of Global Ecovillage Network. With all her experience, Maya is now the Global Business Developer for Kibbutz Lotan Center for Creative Ecology to bring associations, governing bodies, academic world, students and businesses from all around the world together to learn sustainable living techniques to care for the earth, its resources, each other, and to open new visions in this field.

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Deborah Dell'ariccia

Debby brings the joy of her youth in Italy to the desert. She is a Kundalini Yoga teacher and is an engaging group interactions facilitator of the Green Apprenticeship group and the other college groups that work and study on Kibbutz Lotan. She is also the coordinator for our Israeli post-high school “Year of Service” leadership training program. She loves to prepare and enjoy Italian food at our Solar Tea House Restaurant, theme nights and jam sessions.

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Daniel Burstyn

Rabbi Daniel puts his theology to work as he manages the landscaping of Kibbutz Lotan which is completely dependent on drip irrigation to survive in the desert. He holds certificates in both Permaculture and Spiritual Direction. You’ll get to know him from his lessons in irrigation and horticulture. He is a semi-professional vocalist, so you’ll want to get him singing while fixing water lines.

What our graduates say:

“I took this program and it is one of the most memorable experiences of my life! The community is filled with great people and it was a very fun atmosphere to learn. Particularly special if you connect with Tikun Olam. I miss Israel, eat a pita for me.”
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Ori Mike Kalmus
Lafayette University, now Actor, Los Angeles, USA
“I have received a treasure box filled with tools and keys. The time in Lotan made me believe again that one can change on a large scale as long as you 'just do it' and don't get trapped in the fear of making mistakes.”
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Merav Carmi
Founder Yesh Meain Permaculture Farm, Moshav Nahalal, Israel

Explore the region

Set off on a Desert Hike around Kibbutz Lotan and then explore our region’s Israel National Trail ,Timna Park & the Ancient Copper MInesEilat Underwater ObservatoryEilat Coral Beach Nature Park, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and Water Sports, Tour Petra and Jordan, the Dead Sea, Masada National ParkEin Gedi National Park, Jerusalem, Biking Tours, Neot Semadar Restarant & ToursOff Grid Village & Renewable Energy toursBird Watching tours, the Ramon Crater and much more…

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