Learning from Nature internships provide a unique and affordable experience-based learning opportunity. Interns work practically on the farm with Dr Wendy Seabrook and get weekly structured learning sessions. Minimum stay 4 weeks.
If you're doing an internship as part of your academic studies, we can help you to meet the requirements specified by your institution. We encourage our intern students to use their time at Hill Top Farm to pursue independent practical research projects. These projects are an evolving part of our program – supporting Interns to undertake a research project that will benefit their career and our information base for the farm.
Whether you are interested in home, community or commercial food production; use regenerative, organic, biological, syntrophic, permaculture or agroecological growing practices.…We need to ask ourselves, “Is what I am doing eco-logical?” and join the groundswell of gardeners and farmers restoring ecosystems across our agricultural and urban landscapes.
“I had an amazing experience. Wendy was such a generous, interesting, funny, kind, and knowledgeable host and teacher. I learned so many new things about sustainable ways to grow food. This being how to grow food eco-logically!
Wendy helped me create a foundational approach to tackle challenges for food security projects in Mexico. Things like restoring the different natural cycles and Nature’s free ecological services.
We also enjoyed bush walks and swimming at some unforgettable places with her adorable puppy Penny.
Overall I would 100% recommend coming to Hill Top Farm and learn through practice and theory the “learning from Nature” approach to growing food.”
“I had a wonderful experience interning with Wendy. Hill Top Farm is vibrant and lush, and I learned so much from Wendy, who gave me practical demonstrations as well as lessons on soil ecosystems, capturing solar energy, and drought-proofing.
I loved eating meals almost entirely grown directly from her soil, having thought-provoking discussions on climate change, and going for long bush walks together on the weekends.
After months of volunteering on different farms in Australia, it was during my month long internship with Wendy that I finally started to understand why it makes sense to focus on repairing our ecological systems. While Wendy is thorough in her teachings, she is also great at making them simple enough for anyone to understand.
“During my internship at Learning From Nature I learned about eco-logical agriculture and how it can contribute to socio-ecological conflicts transformation.
I enjoyed our interesting conversations, and I am very grateful to Wendy because she gave me autonomy to organize my times and research methods to design an innovative research in peace studies. In addition, Wendy made me feel at home and she was very receptive to hearing my experience in Latin America working with indigenous and peasant communities.
Respect and active listening always prevailed, making it possible to generate new knowledge despite our sometimes different opinions! I highly recommend doing an internship at Learning From Nature with Wendy’s guidance.”
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“I would live in Wendy’s cabin if I could. I’m an organic gardener from England and came to Wendy to learn her pioneering techniques in regenerative farming and growing in drought conditions to help my work in the ever drier English summers we’re experiencing.
Well I learnt this and so much more. For instance I learnt to work with cattle and poultry in regenerative systems, implementing holistic planned grazing and providing protective glades for the cattle rather than open fields.
My time when not working was just as fulfilling; expect to be cooking with tropical, organic food from the farm and living amongst tropical flowers and insects more colourful than you could imagine – as well as wallabies, lizards, frogmouths, friar birds and snakes of course – this is Australia! There is Wendy’s lily-framed dam to swim in and Wendy is generous enough to take you on her trips to waterholes, bush walks and beach runs. For others coming from the northern hemisphere don’t forget to look out of your cabin on a clear night to see the milky-way.”
We don't charge for our Internships, in return Interns help out 4 hrs/day Monday to Friday.
You'll have weekends and afternoons to follow your interests, explore historic Cooktown and our surrounding wild landscapes.
We provide accommodation in our self-contained cabin or safari tent, and a healthy diet. We eat mainly from the farm and otherwise use organic ingredients as much as possible. We can accommodate people on special diets, but our interns must be willing to explore new tropical foods!
We receive many requests for internships, so have a short application form to help us ensure that the internships will be worthwhile for you and the team at Hill Top Farm.
Upon acceptance, Interns will need to fulfil the requirements of our Intern Contract, and may need to provide a Bond to confirm your placement as an Intern. The Bond is refunded at the end of the Internship program. We do not charge for our Internships but ask for the Bond to ensure our Interns are as committed as we are to this opportunity.