Garden Internship FAQ

1. When does the internship start and how long does it go for?

The gardening internship program runs in three parts: Spring, Summer and Autumn.

2. How is the course taught?

Mainly through hands-on experience. Every new activity will first be shown and explained in detail. Questions and dialogue are encouraged. In addition, Jan presents a weekly class where each garden topic will be discussed in detail. An organic gardening sourcebook/binder compiled by Jan is available for $25 and will serve a good preparation for each class. The sourcebook can also serve as a good reference work for planning your own garden.

3. How much does the garden internship cost?

The internship cost $40 per day. $32 per day when staying 4 weeks or longer.

4. What does it cover?

You get to work alongside master gardener Jan Enthoven who has cultivated this plot of land for 18 years. You can join his garden classes and have continual interaction with him and his team of assistants throughout your stay. Interns also receive all the meals and snacks prepared by the kitchen staff as well as fruit, tea and coffee. A hospitality kitchen is available for individual cooking. You will also see a meditation instructor on a regular bases. Designated shrine rooms are available for meditation practice and interns are welcome to make use of the extensive book, video and audio library.

If interested, interns may also request to join the ongoing Shambhala and Buddhist classes for Karmê Chöling staff.

5. Are there any discounts available?

Student discount: 20 percent discount for enrolled students

6. How to I sign up?

To register for the internship program, first contact Master Gardener Jan Enthoven by email ( or phone (802-633-2320). After the interview call the receptionist between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 802-633-2384.

7. What should I bring?

Bring warm clothes in the spring and fall. Summer tends to be quite warm; expect temperatures in the seventies and eighties. You might bring rain gear, but we will usually not work outdoors when it is raining. Also bring sturdy outdoor shoes or boots.

8. Do I have to meditate?

Interns participate in a minimum of one hour of daily group meditation practice. Two hours is recommended. The garden internship program presents a contemplative approach to organic gardening. Meditation practice supports this approach to synchronize body and mind. Previous experience with meditation is not required.

9. What is the daily schedule for garden interns?

The internship program involves four hours of garden activity per day five days per week, Asking questions to deepen ones understanding of contemplative organic gardening during this and other times is very much encouraged.

Daily Karmê Chöling Schedule:
Wake up: 6:30 a.m.
Meditation: 7:00 to 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
Meditation: 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
Work time: Four hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5 p.m., pending garden needs, individual schedules, and weather.
Lunch: 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Meditation: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.

Phone: (802) 633-2320

For registration, please contact Karmê Chöling:
Phone: (802) 633-2384

For more information also read the interview with me.

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