Permaculture Bootcamp

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Paul wheaton leading and teaching people
permaculture Bootcamp members riding vehicles, working, having fun, wielding tools

This Program is For:

  • folks that wish to build hands-on knowledge and experience
  • folks that have experience with other rural programs and like this style better
  • folks that long for community living
  • folks that are done with the rat race and wish to live here for awhile, or maybe forever
  • folks that have a dream of homesteading someday, but they would like to get a feel of whether it is really for them
  • folks that have a powerful need to hang out and do permaculture/homesteading stuff with like-minded folks for awhile
  • folks that are bonkers about permaculture and want to build good things rather than be angry at bad guys
  • folks that know about what all we are trying to do here, and wish to throw their shoulder in to see it happen
  • people learning permaculture skills, carpentry, roundwood, natural building

    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!

    Experiences include:

    Growing food, organic and better.

    Using techniques that replace irrigation with permaculture.

    • hugelkultur
    • mulching
    • polyculture
    • 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

    Natural building

    • roundwood timber framing
    • wofati
    • cob, straw bale, slip straw
    • junkpole fence
    • willow feeder
    • natural plasters
    • earthen floors
    • green woodworking
    • conventional carpentry

    Alternative energy

    • 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

    Food preservation

    • solar dehydrating
    • fermenting
    • canning

    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. After a month, we will set you up with your own "Ant Village" acre to play with.  After four months, you can leave the bootcamp and have ant village rent covered through the end of December 2020.  After two years in the bootcamp, we will give you "deep roots" - a lifetime of rent on an acre.  

    Bootcamp Schedule:

    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:

    Fiddly Details:

    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")

    Join Bootcamp!

    To get in, you must pay the non-refundable fee of $100 for the first person and $20 for each person after that.  So a couple would pay $120.   (reminder, this is a drug and tobacco free campus)

    One person to join Bootcamp!

    Two people joining Bootcamp!

    First come, first served. Once the Permaculture Bootcamp program is full, we will start a waiting list.  In other words, if you send money when the Bootcamp is full, we will continue to fondle your money until there is an opening for you.  

    You can see the current amount of openings HERE.

    About Us:

    Fred Tyler

    Leader of Bootcamp

    Fred has led the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for five years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building. He is the coordinator of timber-frame projects and food-growing systems.

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    Paul Wheaton

    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. 

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    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?

    Can you tell me more about the food?

    Are there animal systems there now?

    I heard that Paul is a monstrous douchbag asshole, so why on earth would I want to subject myself to that?

    Is this an internship or apprenticeship?

    How does this compare to the WWOOF program?

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    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?

    More Questions?

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