THE TREE OF LIFE CENTER US IS EXCITED TO OFFER
THE FIRST MASTERS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN SUSTAINABLE VEGANIC GARDENING
IN THE WORLD!
Please note: Due to visa restrictions we can only accept applications from US citizens.
Masters in Sustainable Veganic Gardening – 2014 Offering
The Tree of Life Foundation, in association with the Gabriel Cousens, MD Cousens’ School of Holistic Wellness, is pleased to offer its new Masters in Sustainable Veganic Gardening for 2014. Prospective students may either earn a Certificate of Mastery from the Cousens’ School of Holistic Wellness, or pursue the option of earning either a Bachelors Degree or a Masters Degree from the internationally certified University of Integrated Science California (UISCA http:// www.UISCA.org ) for a Master of Arts Degree in Sustainable Veganic Gardening.
Students with a Bachelors Degree may apply for their Master's Degree upon graduation. Those with two years of college experience may apply for a Life Experience Bachelors degree through UISCA (not administrated by the Tree of Life, additional fees may apply) Those without any college level education will receive a Sustainable and Veganic Gardening certification through the Tree of Life Center US.
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Masters in Sustainable Veganic Gardening is a one-year, in residence program consisting of a combination of work-study (practicums) (29 hours per week), classroom lectures, field trips, required and optional reading, individual mentoring and independent research and a thesis project. Based on our years of experience offering, “learn by doing” training in sustainable veganic gardening, we have developed this new program to provide students the opportunity for in-depth training for a full-year, four-season cycle.
The training takes place in our gardens at the Tree of Life Center US in Patagonia, Arizona. Located in the ‘Mountain Empire’ region of southern Arizona at an elevation of 4500 feet, Patagonia experiences a four-season climate in a desert savannah/scrub forest biome. Our location in Santa Cruz County is in one of the most scenic areas of the southwest. Because of our proximity to Mexico and the mountain islands of southern Arizona, our location is in a region that is the subject of much research and natural resource conservation activity.
In our gardens, we utilize cutting-edge appropriate technologies and sustainable veganic methods. We are in the process of developing a proto-type “Solar Eco-Village Healing and Training Center”, which will serve as a model for creating similar centers in various locations worldwide. Our students will become thoroughly trained in the various aspects of sustainable veganic gardening, and should be able to effectively manage numerous kinds of micro-enterprises including organic sprouts and micro-greens production, veganic vegetable and fruit production, seed libraries and tool and equipment libraries, organic fertility product production and training programs. Our students are recruited internationally, providing a cross-cultural learning context.
The Tree of Life Center US is a spiritual community and destination holistic healing and training center that works to creating world peace and a sustainable future. Students are expected to participate meaningfully in the spiritual community at the Tree of Life as an integral part of their core studies.
Prospective Students can request more information and begin the application process by clicking here:
Tuition for this program is $14,000.00.
What is Veganic Gardening?
Veganic gardening is the organic cultivation and production of food crops utilizing methods that are sourced only from plants, and using no herbicides, pesticides, inorganic fertilizers, animal by-products, or genetically modified seeds. Many “vegan” foods that you buy do in fact use animal-sourced inputs at the farm, even if the end product is comprised only of plants. Veganic farming uses no animal products or by-products such as bloodmeal, fish products, bone meal, feces, or other animal-origin matter, making the end product truly plant-sourced only.
Sustainable veganic gardening at the Tree of Life
At the Tree of Life, our veganic gardening methods employ specific techniques which focus on the fertility of the soil and the optimum nutrient density of the crops. Our agricultural approach supports our higher intention for spiritual and sustainable growth. Therefore we grow food to meet the dietary recommendations of Dr. Cousens - a vegan, organic, live-food, high mineralized, low-sugar, and high hydration diet. As such, the focus of our production is on sprouts, greens, and vegetables, though we do have a few fruit and nut trees on the property. We utilize a variety of methods that promote soil vitality, including EM-probiotic soil conditioning, sheet composting, vegan fertilization alternatives, composite mineral supplementation through seaweed extracts and low-water use irrigation.
Why is veganic farming so important now?
As Dr. Gabriel Cousens has written about extensively, animal agriculture (factory farming in particular) is an ever-increasing disaster for the land, air, water, and local ecosystems, as well as typically using 10-20 times more energy than the veganic farming methods as employed at the Tree of Life.
Current wide-scale animal agricultural practices are a major cause of resource depletion, more so than all other energy uses combined, due mostly to the resources required to grow the the excess grain needed to feed the animals we eat. Veganic farming, particularly if practiced by a significant percentage of humanity, moves us strongly toward a viable alternative solution to our current environmental crises.
From a spiritual perspective, the karma associated with plant-source only agriculture supports the awakening of the higher expressions of human consciousness on the planet. The way we eat determines the way we live, and the way we eat is determined by the way we farm; food production represents our relationship with the earth. If this relationship is free from exploitation and cruelty to animals and the earth, it positively affects the content of our minds and our lives.
The popularization of vegetarianism and veganism roughly correlates with the civil rights movements and cultural revolutions that have illuminated the need for equality amongst all peoples in our societies. Now is the time to further this journey into light and life through a revolution in our farming practices. Now is the time for veganic agriculture.
The participant must be physically capable and hardworking as they will be expected to be a productive and contributing member of our team. A regular course and work schedule will be followed throughout the year and is expected to be maintained. Please understand that we experience a wide variety of climatic conditions (more details found below) so please come prepared for the full range of weather conditions.
Students will be expected to live in harmony with the Tree of Life Dharma, which includes adhering to a 100% vegan, 80% live food diet, and no drug or alcohol use.
SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY LIFE
The Tree of Life is first and foremost a spiritual community with a focus on enlightenment. We practice the Six Foundations and Sevenfold Peace as taught by Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, M.D. You may introduce yourself to these teachings by reading Spiritual Nutrition and Creating Peace by Being Peace. Tree of Life community members are asked to continually embody the Culture of Life and to share it with the world by being a living example of what it means to live as a full human being on the planet. You will be gently introduced into healing of self and world. In Hebrew this is called tikkun ha’nefesh and tikkun ha’olam respectively. Our service in the world is a crucial part of our spiritual path.
Group meditations, satsangs, and spiritual ceremonies at sunset form the central hub of our community life here. Attendance at these evening programs is required for Masters students, sevas, and apprentices to provide the holistic context for Tree of Life work and community life. Chronic failure to attend evening programs regularly will result in expulsion from the program.
Food is secondary to the spiritual emphasis here at the Tree of Life. We emphasize this only to make the point that if your interest in the Tree of Life is limited only to "raw food", you will be unfulfilled here. If you are interested in a total lifestyle that supports your spiritual growth, then you will find all the support tools that provide a foundation for a spiritually fulfilled life on all levels. These include live-food nutrition, classes in Tri-Yoga and qigong, endless opportunities for selfless service, a spiritual community of like-minded people, holy silence, monthly authentic Native American inipi (sweat lodge), beautiful nature surroundings, clean air, and the teachings and grace of a liberated being.
That said, we do expect all community members to adhere to a 100% vegan diet consisting of at least 80% live food during their time with us, as well as a drug free policy except for ceremonial wine. Adhering to such a diet contributes positively to the energetic resonance of the community. It ensures that we are collectively walking our talk and living in integrity. Failure to uphold these dharmic conditions will result in possible dismissal from the community.
Community life offers many benefits. Masters students receive all meals at the Tree of Life Cafe free of charge. This is, quite frankly, some of the healthiest, most delicious food on the planet. Every meal is guaranteed 100% organic, vegan, live, and prepared with love in accordance with the principles outlined in Spiritual Nutrition, Conscious Eating, Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine, and There Is a Cure for Diabetes. You also have access to unlimited wheatgrass juice from our sprout-house (aside from our Spiritual Fasting Programs each year where wheatgrass is reserved for our fasting guests), as well as free access to our chlorine-free hot tubs, chlorine-free swimming pool, far-infrared sauna, sun decks, labyrinth, and spacious grounds. All apprentices have free access to Tri-yoga, qigong, and ecstatic dance classes, as well as the evening spiritual programs and monthly inipis (space allowing).
Additionally, masters students receive a 10% discount in the Culture of Life Shop and Dr. Cousens' Natural Pharmacy, where you may purchase a variety of superfoods, natural supplements, and healing and tonic herbs to support well-being and Peace with the Body.
Housing is provided in our dormitory, adjacent to our sustainable, veganic production garden and the Unity Room. You'll need to bring your own bedding and toiletries. The dorms feature shared rooms with bunk-style bedding. Three bathrooms and showers are available for 24-hour use. A washer and dryer are provided for your convenience. The communal area has a refrigerator, sinks and counter space.
All students are expected to contribute to the cleaning and upkeep of the dormitories. Weekly chores are designated to each apprentice on a rotating basis. Chores are expected to be completed regularly and thoroughly.
John Phillips M.S.
John’s professional experiences reflect his lifelong goals of helping to create world peace by helping to end world hunger; and his interest in fostering human evolution through the link between scientific and spiritual development. He teaches "Gardening for Peace” - aimed at changing human consciousness to make us aware of our connections with spirit and each other. This teaching has both practical applications to increase the world food supply, and the consciousness-raising potential to help lead us to a state of "Awakened Being".
John is CEO of the Living Earth Training Center, Inc, where he develops training programs and internships in sustainable organic agriculture. He has served as CEO of EM Nature Farming Methods and helped foster the expansion of em technologies in the United States and other countries in the Americas. His contributions to the Tree of Life include conducting training programs and seminars, developing intern training programs in gardening and landscaping, and land management planning and design of the 160 acre campus and a supporting 10-acre satelitte facility.
WHERE DOES THE LEARNING HAPPEN?
Tree of Life Center US is located in Patagonia, Arizona, a small town with a population of about 900 people in Santa Cruz County, United States. Currently, Patagonia is a tourist destination, retirement community and arts & crafts mecca. The Nature Conservancy's Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is adjacent to the town. Native Seeds/SEARCH also maintains an active farm for growing out and preserving seed of endangered crops within walking distance of The Tree of Life. There is an active community in the area that provide excellent examples of alternative farming methods and sustainable communities.
Patagonia is situated at 31°32′30″N 110°45′12″W. The Monthly temperature ranges are displayed in the chart below. Our 4,000-ft (1,200m) elevation makes for a unique ecosystem replete with fascinating microclimates and a range of fluctuations reminiscent of arid Mediterranean regions. The heat is dry and often accompanied by gentle breezes. Average precipitation throughout the year is a little under 1.5 inches (4 cm) monthly, but it dips down to 0.3 inches (1 cm) in May/June, and during monsoon season in July and August, we receive 4-5 (10-12 cm) inches per month; our yearly precipitation average is 16 inches (40 cm). These totals and variations make for some interesting challenges in ensuring adequate hydration for our crops.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are rolling until all spaces are filled. It is best to submit your application as soon as possible.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
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YOU WILL NEED
- Water bottle
- Sport shoes or hiking shoes (for your days off)
- Sandals (nice, but not required)
- White clothing for shabbat
- Dress clothes for evening program (khakis and a white collared shirt)
- Yoga/exercise clothes
- Tupperware to get meals to go
- Mason jar to get juice and other liquids to go
- Sleeping bag
- Extra cash for supplements, treats and food products from our store, little trips, and other extra-curricular activities
Warm weather work clothing: (expect to get dirty!)
- Sun hat
- Work shirt and pants (both jeans and shorts)
- Work gloves
- Work shoes or boots (can be muddy)
- Face cover (a bandana works well)
- Light clothing to cover your skin (linen shirt or pants)
Cold weather work clothing: (regularly drops below freezing in winter!)
- Winter coat (water proof is best)
- Long Johns
- Winter hat
- Warm work gloves for working outside in cold tempatures
- Thermal socks
- Winter work boots
- Sweatshirt (water proof is best)