One Month Internships

2024 Intern and Outdoor Living Immersion Details

May or October

The Learning: Focus learning opportunities for May are Traditional Hide Tanning,  High Altitude Food & Fruit Growing Preparation, Fiber Arts, Horse and Buggy Transport, Tipi Living, Natural Water Catchment, Adobe Plasters and Pigments, Adobe Horno Baking. 

Focus learning opportunities for October are Home Butchering,  Meat & Egg Preservation, Garden Grown Fruit and Vegetable Preservation and Canning, Adobe Horno Baking, Horse and Buggy Transport, Tipi Living. 

The Routine:  You will participate in the focus learning opportunities above and daily routine support chores here at  Earth Knack, such as helping keep the outdoor kitchen clean, helping maintain the soilets in great condition, helping with horse care chores, working on keeping firewood piles full, tending to garden areas, and hosting class students to their campsite on class arrival days. Our schedule for focus area learning and projects is Monday – Thursday 10am to 3pm. Support chores are done daily before 10 am. Interns prepare their own breakfast and lunch.  Dinner is provided Monday – Thursday. We gather for communal dinner prep at 5pm Monday through Thursday evenings, learning wild salad harvesting, horno bread baking, wild foods cooking, dutch oven cooking and cooking on the fires .

As you gather skills and familiarity with the tools and techniques of primitive skills, you will have access to the facilities to engage in your own primitive skills projects. Throughout the month, you may be exposed to many different skills and learning extemporaneously. .

The Intern fee, which includes dinners, is $85 weekly. You can choose to participate in the Earth Knack courses available to students as well, for an additional special intern rate of $40 daily tuition for any course in which you participate.

To Apply: Please send me a brief essay:  Why I Want to Participate in the Earth Knack Intern and Outdoor Living Immersion  to by postal to  Robin at Earth Knack PO # 508 Crestone Colorado 81131     I will then contact you to arrange a more in depth conversation by phone to discuss the realities of being here, questions you might have about what to expect and your personal goals for learning.

Upon an agreement of participation, submit a registration form and your intern fee of $85 weekly. 

Print out or hand copy the registration page and send by postal to Robin at Earth Knack

PO # 508 Crestone Colorado 81131 or by email,

Payment can be made by paypal or money order and is due 3 weeks before program start.

The Earth Knack camp is in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek.

You will set up your own tent or build a shelter. You can also choose to stay in a tipi for $20 a week extra. Use our fully equipped outdoor kitchen to prepare your meals. Bring a personal cooler and water bottle. Otherwise,  oils, spices, teas provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There are gas stove tops, adobe “horno” baking oven, solar ovens, dutch ovens and wood charcoal grills. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.

Please Note: No alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or pets on Earth Knack property.

Jon and Elga canning pickles.

Kurt learning bow-drill fire making.

Cast iron cooking over the fire.

Vesper learns straw bale construction.

Raisa becomes a wood-chopper extraordinaire!

Bottle-feeding a baby yak.


Primitive living skills for the 21st century