About.

In 2019, Aletheia Springs has launched a new residential Work Scholar program. This immersion is for those who are interested in coming to live/work at the Springs for anywhere from 1-3 months between March and October. Work Scholars participate alongside the year-round Aletheia Community Stewards in the daily operations of the Springs as well as the embodied community research and practice of restoring and actualizing a healed village. (For a full description of our project mission, vision and orientation, please visit AletheiaSprings.com/vision & AletheiaSprings.com/orientation.)

Similar to other live/work programs (at established centers such as Esalen, Tassajara, or Mount Madonna), Work Scholars at Aletheia participate in an immersive program of study and exchange. Room and board is fully included and there is a service work component of between 24-27 hours/week (depending on the month). Work Scholars also engage in a program of transformative learning for personal and social change consisting of daily to weekly morning group practices, as well as occasional trainings, retreats and daylongs specially curated from various lines of study (see Example Practices, Workshops & Retreats below).


Our service at the Springs involves participating in various ongoing roles and creative projects for the land and community, as well as working shifts during our guest season (see Service Work Spheres below). At Aletheia, we hold the work of operating the Springs during our summer guest season for the benefit of the public as our sacred karma yogatikkun olamseva or spiritual life practice. As such, it’s both an integral part of our community work and its a direct expression and extension of our greater vision for bringing about a healed, more beautiful world.

As 2019 will be our initial year for this program, it’s important to note that participants will be a part of an inaugural Work Scholar cohort and much of the program content and logistics will continue to be built-out and refined throughout the year with participant feedback. Those who enjoy being on the ground level of R&D for such a integrative and community-based program will find themselves a wonderful fit for us this year. We encourage people to come with ‘beginner’s mind’ as students with our blossoming community, with patience and good humor for creative community process and ‘making it up as we go along’. Going with the flow, self-management and good self-care will all be beneficial traits to have on board for this maiden voyage!

Program.

An Example Day at the Springs

(during the summer high season)

7am ~ Breakfast

8am ~ Group Practice

9am ~ Service Work

12pm ~ Free time / make-your-own lunch

1pm ~ Service Work

4pm ~ Free Time

5pm ~ Meal prep team

7pm ~ Dinner



Service Work Spheres

  • Gate Guardian

  • Lifeguardian

  • Cafe/Kitchen

  • Garden

  • Grounds

  • Thermal Baths

  • Children’s Sphere

  • Operations

  • Springs Systems

  • Building/Repair Projects


Example Practices & Areas of Study

  • Meditation, Mindfulness & Self-Inquiry

  • Nature Awareness & Connection

  • Evolutionary Partnership & Relational Consciousness

  • Embodied Movement & Dance

  • Early Attachment & Trauma Healing

  • Conscious Parenting &
    Raising Children In Village

  • Yoga, Self-care & Bodywork

  • Soul, Essence, Ego & Self-Awareness

  • Music, Sacred Song & Voice

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • shared rooms

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced
  • restaurant on site

Internet

  • fast: streaming video

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Bookings.

Free / Work-Trade

Work Scholar Residential Immersion Program

Mar 01 - Oct 31, 2019Minimum stay: 30 nightsMaximum capacity: 15 people
Food included
In 2019, Aletheia Springs has launched a new residential Work Scholar program. This immersion is for those who are interested in coming to live/work at the Springs for anywhere from 1-3 months between March and October. Work Scholars participate alongside the year-round Aletheia Community Stewards in the daily operations of the Springs as well as the embodied community research and practice of restoring and actualizing a healed village. (For a full description of our project mission, vision and orientation, please visit AletheiaSprings.com/vision & AletheiaSprings.com/orientation.)

Similar to other live/work programs (at established centers such as Esalen, Tassajara, or Mount Madonna), Work Scholars at Aletheia participate in an immersive program of study and exchange. Room and board is fully included and there is a service work component of between 24-27 hours/week (depending on the month). Work Scholars also engage in a program of transformative learning for personal and social change consisting of daily to weekly morning group practices, as well as occasional trainings, retreats and daylongs specially curated from various lines of study (see Example Practices, Workshops & Retreats below).

Our service at the Springs involves participating in various ongoing roles and creative projects for the land and community, as well as working shifts during our guest season (see Service Work Spheres below). At Aletheia, we hold the work of operating the Springs during our summer guest season for the benefit of the public as our sacred karma yoga, seva or spiritual life practice. As such, it’s both an integral part of our community work and its a direct expression and extension of our greater vision for bringing about a healed, more beautiful world.

As 2019 will be our initial year for this program, it’s important to note that participants will be a part of an inaugural Work Scholar cohort and much of the program content and logistics will continue to be built-out and refined throughout the year with participant feedback. Those who enjoy being on the ground level of R&D for such a integrative and community-based program will find themselves a wonderful fit for us this year.


L I V E


• Deeply embedded within an oak and madrone
woodland along year-round Sonoma Creek


• Rustic seasonal glamping accommodations with
shared kitchen and bathrooms (private tents and/or
shared rooms/yurt)


• Collective kitchen with shared bulk food supplies
for preparing personal meals, and, during the high
season, fully prepared meals for breakfasts &
dinners (June through August only)


• Full access to Aletheia thermal baths and, when
open, also to the warm pools (open from late April
to early October)




W O R K


• 24-27 hrs/wk of Service Work Practice

• Be in practice alongside those who are
also consciously moving beyond weekend
trainings, workshops & festivals to embody
our learning edges in daily life, in work, in
relationship, and in service to the Great
Turning of our planet.

• See the example Service Work Spheres
list below…

S T U D Y


• 5-8 hrs/wk of Group Practice

• 2-4 days/month of Program Workshops
and Retreats

• See the example Practices & Areas of
Study list below..




Who This Program Is For

As Aletheia is a multigenerational community that welcomes all ages, genders, ethnicities and sexual orientations and abilities, our hope is that our Work Scholar cohort will also come to reflect the diverse nature of a whole and healthy village. Therefore our Work Scholar program is designed just as much for mature folks seeking a sabbatical from their everyday world, or who have just retired, as it is for young adults who may be between jobs or on school break.

We do recommend, however, that due to the rustic accommodations and the highly collaborative and physical nature of much of what we do here, that anyone who applies be moderately physically healthy and able to lift at least 25 lbs, as well as be strongly psychologically healthy, with developed self-awareness and mature communication skills.


Program Economics

Where some analogous immersions are offered at a cost of anywhere from $600 up to $2,000 per month, we are offering this program as a fully gifted mutual exchange for this first year with our inaugural cohort. While the program includes basic room and board, Work Scholars will be financially responsible for any additional personal expenses they incur during their stays, including necessities and extras such as personal bills or special foods not provided by our organic whole foods collective kitchen.

Also, depending on which season or months a Work Scholar may come, some personal days may be available for additional off-site income-producing work. However, because of the full nature of the busy summer high season of June, July and August, we strongly recommend that those Work Scholars who come during that time do not also maintain off-site employment while being in service and practice with us at the Springs. For more information, please contact us with any questions.


An Example Day at the Springs
(during the summer high season)

7am ~ Breakfast
8am ~ Group Practice
9am ~ Service Work
12pm ~ Free time / make-your-own lunch
1pm ~ Service Work
4pm ~ Free Time
5pm ~ Meal prep team
7pm ~ Dinner

Service Work Spheres
Gate Guardian
Lifeguardian
Cafe/Kitchen
Garden
Grounds
Thermal Baths
Children’s Sphere
Operations
Springs Systems
Building/Repair Projects

Example Practices & Areas of Study
Meditation, Mindfulness & Self-Inquiry
Nature Awareness & Connection
Evolutionary Partnership & Relational Consciousness
Embodied Movement & Dance
Early Attachment & Trauma Healing
Conscious Parenting &
Raising Children In Village
Yoga, Self-care & Bodywork
Soul, Essence, Ego & Self-Awareness
Music, Sacred Song & Voice

Getting here.

Please no visits without prior arrangement! Getting here by car is easy. There are also local busses that stop very close, as well as trains which come to nearby towns where we can pick you up.

Opportunities

Aletheia Springs ~ Work Scholar Residential Immersion Program is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • • Those with strong building, construction/carpentry, electrical or plumbing skills
  • • Those with a love of all things water, springs & geothermal, who are strongly detail-oriented and would love to get deep into our springs systems (piping/plumbing, filtration, mineral chemistry, graywater)
  • • Those who thrive in tracking and big-picture operations & vision, who are strong/very comfortable working digitally & online
  • • Those who’s wheelhouse is in new storytelling, outreach, event planning & facilitation, and social capital/community building & networking
  • • Those versed in nonprofit, business and/or real estate law to help us with creative legal structuring & long-term strategic planning
  • • Anyone with experience in accounting skills (OR A CPA)
  • • Those with wild-tending & landscape-whispering skills (managing the landscape as both a fire & water ecology, creek habitat restoration, arborist skills/tending trees, natives, oak woodlands, etc.)
  • • Skilled farmers & gardeners (small-scale production farming, permaculture, low-to-no-till, soil rebuilding, organic & biodynamic, etc.)
  • • Child-whisperers versed in unschooling, Waldorf, etc. who long to be a part of creating immersive and educational outdoor experiences for small people.
  • • Skilled chef/baker/foodies, who are detail-oriented and would would love to be hands-on in our organic, farm-to-table cafe
  • • Those willing to become lifeguard-certified (strong swimmer, leaderful, team-oriented, loves people, and loves the jedi-ninja work of bridging culture and re-storying)
  • anyone at a healthy level of capacity, self-awareness, physical health and the ability to live into the realness of our Aletheia vision (including when it’s most beautiful AND when it’s challenging) is going to be a great match for us! There’s so much to do here at our watering hole that, while we could always of course use certain specialized skills, we can plug capable and willing folks into lots of active spheres and edges we’re already working.

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