This Program is For:
Why Permaculture Bootcamp:
Want to learn how build and grow in a permaculture way? Bootcamp might be an option for you! Bootcamp is like WWOOFing with benefits. It's a way to take part in epic--and not so epic--homesteading and permaculture activities. And gain skills in the process! And, if you stick around, you get your own plot of land to build and grow on!
Growing food, organic and better.
Using techniques that replace irrigation with permaculture.
- lots of taprooted species started from seed (instead of transplanting)
- building rich soil
- raising humidity for more morning dew
- terraces, berms, TEFA
- paddock shift systems
- diversity and edge
- strategic shade
- food forests and perennial systems
- roundwood timber framing
- cob, straw bale, slip straw
- junkpole fence
- willow feeder
- natural plasters
- earthen floors
- green woodworking
- conventional carpentry
- rocket mass heaters (we currently have 12 operating rocket mass heaters)
- solar: PV, experience using 12v vs. inverter systems
- solar: food dehydrator, cookers
- haybox cooker
- rocket stoves, rocket cooktops, rocket griddles, rocket ovens, rocket kiln and slow cooker
- solar dehydrating
Earthworks, ponds, water management
more. much, much more.
Here's one of our recent projects:
Come for a week
This is just for dipping your toes in and getting a feel for it. You might love it, or you might hate it. If you’re not sure whether a longer commitment is for you, this is the best place to start. Experience natural building, gardening, wildcrafting, green woodworking, rocket mass heaters, hugelkultur, earthworks and more.
Come for weeks, months or years
Build your skills to the point that you can build your own shelter and create your own permaculture paradise. For people joining the bootcamp now, we are offering some additional incentives!
Five Days a Week:
7:00am - Everybody starts making breakfast.
7:50am - Everybody has eaten and cleaned up.
8:00am - On the job.
Noon - Everybody makes lunch.
12:50pm - Everybody has eaten and cleaned up.
1:00pm - On the job.
5:00pm - Everybody starts making dinner.
7:00pm - Everybody has eaten and cleaned up.
That's 40 hours per week working on projects. Most of this work is something interesting to people interested in Permaculture. Some of this work is simply chores that need to be done.
Here's one of our recent winter projects:
Food staples will be provided, although it is hoped that boots will eventually provide food for themselves and future boots by setting up garden systems.
Either party can end this relationship at any time.
The 40 hours per week is called "project labor". All boots are expected to chip in to the cooking for the boots and cleaning up after the boots. Plus four to eight hours per week of "nest labor" that would include shoveling snow, deep cleaning, maintenance, garden harvesting ... things of short term benefit to the boots. (planting a garden to feed people months into the future falls into "project labor", harvesting from a garden to feed yourself and other boots in the next few days falls into "nest labor")
To get on the waiting list, you must pay the non-refundable fee of $100 per person. (reminder, this is a drug and tobacco free campus)
One person to join Bootcamp's waiting list!
Two people joining Bootcamp's waiting list!
Whenever there is an opening in our Permaculture Bootcamp, we will send an email to all the people on the waiting list. Of the people that reply to the email within 24 hours, the person that has been on the waiting list the longest will be selected.
If you have an inkling of coming any time in the next year, join our waiting list now! Once you are are at the top of the list, you get first choice for all new openings in the Bootcamp. You can stay on the waiting list as long as you like, biding your time until the right opening, and snag it when it's available. Your name never leaves the waiting list unless you want it to, and you get an email about all future openings.
More detaills about the waiting list HERE.
Leader of Bootcamp
Fred Tyler has led the bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building. He is the supreme coordinator for roundwood timber framing projects and food growing systems.
assistant bootcamp leader / videographer
Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on.
assistant bootcamp leader
Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.
Duke of Permaculture
Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.
Events & Rental manager
Lara became interested in Permaculture while living and teaching English in Japan. She worked on an organic vegetable farm in her hometown for two years after returning to the U.S., and then fulfilled her longtime dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. After participating in Wheaton Labs Bootcamp in September 2020, she returned to Missoula in February 2021 to take on the role of Event Coordinator and Rental Manager for Wheaton Labs. She is excited to learn more about gardening, natural medicine, photography & videography, and building.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where exactly is Wheaton Labs?
What is "Ant Village"?
I am looking at the "boot to ant" program. After four months do I have to keep working in the bootcamp program?
Waiiiit, how many months do I need to be in Bootcamp to get land?
Will I get a luxuriant room, with a private bathroom that includes a jacuzzi tub and a personal valet named Jeeves?
Can I stay in my camper or RV?
7:00 in the morning is a little too early. Can we start a little later?
I'm just really not a morning person. I would prefer that we start at a time more like 10 or 11. Surely we can do that and it can all be worked out??
What other things are nearby?
Can I bring my kids?
What about my dog?
Smokes? Booze? 420 friendly?
What should I wear/bring?
Can I pay the $100 now and hold a spot for the future?
If I come out and decide I don't like it, can I leave?
Can I get a ride from the airport (or bus station)?
When I am there, can I use a vehicle sometimes?
If I'm there working as a boot, can I hang out for the workshops?
What's this about a work trade for attending events?
If you wanna do a work trade, ask here for what event you want to do the trade and we will tell you the number of weeks to trade.
For the 2022 PDC, we usually have a Super Earlybird period where the web site isn't quite done and we are hammering out some of the details. We tend to offer tickets for sale at a discounted price. We will do that for work trade also. Maybe 7 weeks. And then the Earlybird could be 8 weeks and then 10 weeks for the regular price.
The problem we are experiencing is that a lot of people are saying that they want to do the work trade for an event, but their intent is to show up at the last possible minute. We have had some people do this and show up three days late. Others have needed to leave for a week during their time. Both swear they will make up the time later, but they don't. This is disrespectful to the people that showed up on time and put in the full time. Another problem is people who lock down a spot, but don't show up at all.
With this new system, I think most people will come and be part of the Bootcamp in 2021 and then attend events in 2022. Further, when they sign up, we know how many tickets are available. And if the event is full, then we cannot sell any more tickets, nor can we do any further work trades. We have much better control over how many students will be attending.
So if you would like to do a work trade, I suggest that you sign up for the Bootcamp waiting list now. And maybe come to the Bootcamp do your time a year before the event you wish to attend.
Can you tell me more about the food?
Are there animal systems there now?
Is this an internship or apprenticeship?
How does this compare to the WWOOF program?
Are there ways to earn some money?
Can I call you and talk to you for a few hours about my mom's cat, Miss Stephanie?
How about if I call you and talk to you about being a boot and I don't mention the cat?
Can I go home for the holidays and keep my spot?
Will I get PEP BBs while in the bootcamp?
Why don't you just pay people to do this work?
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