International Learning Adventures

Upcoming International Trips with Earth Knack

Dates to be announced. Trips will be organized based on responses. Please email us or respond by postal if you are interested.

Traditional Mexican Organic Plant and Animal Agriculture, the Vaquero (Cowboy) Way ,and Thatched Roof and Mud Wall Construction!   10 days  $1,200  

Join us In San Miguel De Allende, Mexico for this amazing experience. Learn to milk the Brahma cows and make authentic Mexican Ranchero queso (cheese)  Collect herbs and flowers from the ranch gardens to sell in the town market. Harvest produce and learn to cook in clay pots on fire delicious old time traditional meals; all food sourced on the ranch. Learn to hand make tortillas. Ride Burro’s into the depths of the canyon to fetch water and visit caves where ancient people lived. Ride horses with our wild vaquero hosts through the spectacular volcanic hills, and canyons to harvest Nopal.  Help plant the arid fields with heirloom beans, squash seeds and corn in preparation for the rains. Lend a hand on a thatched roof and mud brick wall project to learn these skills. Climb to the summit of surrounding volcanic mountains to look into the crater and visit the ancient Aztec ruins in the valley below the ranch. We will be hosted on the family community Xotolar Ranch. Breakfasts and dinners will be provided each day, with our help of course! That’s part of the learning. Visit a selection of hot springs in the San Miguel area. We’ll reserve one day  for a guided tour of the town of San Miguel de Allende and dine on a rooftop overlooking the spires and domes of the historic centro. 

Tuition includes shuttle service  from San Miguel de Allende town center to the ranch, breakfasts and dinners, guided horseback rides, transportation to the ruins, the guided tour of town, all class instruction, bath facilities and camping (bring your own camping gear and tent).

Bio Construction / Natural Building Workshop in Mexico!    8 days  $595  limit: 15 students

Join us in Ajusco , Mexico for this adventurous offering.  Hands on learning from foundation to roof! Use naturally sourced local materials and earth centered design concepts. Be part of the building team and learn how to create an affordable, natural home.  You will learn traditional, long lasting building methods, wall and floor adobe recipes, efficient and affordable processes of

construction, alternative home energy choices, repurposing of recycled materials, how to create a living roof, and so much more. Breakfasts and dinners will be provided each day.  We will be hosted on Giselle Beltan’s Rancho El Aile, a historic family therapeutic horse ranch on the outer southern edge of Mexico City at 9,000 feet. Volcanic Pico de Aguila Mountain towers 15,100 above, ready for the adventurous climbers. Horseback riding through the colorful village of Ajusco and the surrounding woodlands that skirt the mountain are available. A lively, bustling market is just down the road, offering an amazing variety of produce and supplies.

$495  includes breakfast and dinner meals, camping, (bring your own camping gear and tent) classes, materials, and bath facilities.

Transportation from and return to Benito Juarez International Airport provided for additional shuttle and driver costs

Past International Trips with Earth Knack. View videos and photos below.

Cambodian International Learning Adventure$100 daily includes all lodging, meals, in-country transportation and learning activities. Participants are responsible for their own plane tickets. This learning adventure focuses on traditional fiber weaving, medicinal plants, Cambodian and Thai cooking techniques and sustainable agriculture. A visit to the 10,000 year old temple of Angkor Wat and the healing waters of Koulen Mountain will be arranged. Our host family has a modern, sustainable homestead in Siemreap where we will spend our first few nights. Then we will travel to Samrong village, a more traditional setting , where we will reside most of our trip, shopping with our host for our daily food in the village market and participating in the majority of our traditional living skills classes. This program has a limit of 10 participants. Make your plans and register soon. All applications and registration fees are due July 1st.

Xilitla Mexico – This program takes place in the beautiful Sierra Gorda Biosphere. Regional cooking, Medicinal Plants, and the Cowboy art of cattle driving will be our learning curriculum. A trip to La Cueva de los Goldrinos (The famous Cave of the Swallows) and many other excursions to beautiful areas make this an adventure not to be missed.

Amish Living Immersion – A unique opportunity to experience a simpler way of living. Spend time on an Amish farm in Missouri learning the crafts and work ways of our host family. You will learn non-mechanized farming, horse-cart driving, the ins and outs of a horse-powered wood shop, and delicious old-style baking techniques. This is a rare opportunity. Don’t miss it!

Primitive living skills for the 21st century