Transition Lab is accepting applications for the 2013 program until Feb. 25. The educational program runs for seven months and costs $8700 which will include housing, courses, activities and most of the food requirements for an individual. There are only seven spaces available.
Transition Lab is designed to teach people how to become engaged in the community while still being able to provide for basic needs. It focuses on five subjects – food, community, housing, employment and knowledge of self.
“We’ve got to build an economic model that empowers people to be engaged,” says Director Russell Evans.
The idea came about when Evans and his wife wanted to grow their own food but couldn’t find the time to make gardening work.
“How do you pay the bills and grow food?” Evans asks.
By bringing in a farming intern, the Evanses were able to have someone grow their garden in exchange for a room. The intern was able to work 15 hours in the garden and still have time to get a job in the community or get involved in what he wanted to be involved in.
Transition Lab will help participants take back the skills they learn over the course of seven months and use them in their own communities to be able to do whatever it is that they need to do, rather than having to be stuck in a traditional job working to pay mortgages and debt in jobs that are not sustainable or fulfilling.
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