Welcome to Moab, Utah! After my fabulous time in Ontario, I made the transition to another small town, this time in Utah, to pursue a natural building internship. It has already been almost 3 months now that I have had the great fortune of living and working in sensational Moab; with that only two months left remaining. It is a charming, and quirky small town in eastern Utah. It has fabulous community organization with events such as art walks, open mics, a youth garden project, as well as countless festivals.
Moab, Utah is central to endless magnificent landscapes including Arches, and Canyonlands National parks. However, it is not necessary to spend the money on park’s entrance fee as Utah’s beauty goes well beyond those boundaries. It is a continuous surprise. It attracts many tourists and is a popular choice for mountain bikers, hikers, rocker climbers, alike.
The surrounding area of Moab, Utah as well as all of southern Utah (all of Utah for that Matter) is seriously spellbinding, endless vast awe-inspiring rock formations – canyons, plateaus, valleys, hoodoos, goblins, and mountains. I feel humbled and honoured to be living and exploring such grandeur.
These lands also have an incredible connection with people as it has sustained humans among its cliffs and canyons for over 10,000 years, including tribes of the Pueblos, Navajos, Utes, and Fremonts. There are many petroglyphns, and pictoglyphs in many different areas left as evidence of these times, and how our history plays on. These indigenous cultures continue to have a presence in this area and are often the caretakers of these lands still.
Why Moab exactly?
Moab, Utah is literally where it is at. I am doing a 5- month natural building internship through Community Rebuilds, a non-profit organization which is located in Moab, Utah. The organization offers a one-of-a-kind natural building program not comparable to any others. Community Rebuilds’ internships provide a trade – learning in exchange for labour, whilst also providing accommodation and a small monthly stipend. Interns literally build two straw bale, passive homes in 5 months, learning the entire process whilst doing it. This program is unique in making it affordable to students as well as the homeowners. Homeowners are successful applicants that fit specific criteria and fall below ‘the low income’ level according to USDA (the lender). Community Rebuilds’ mission is “to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program.”
In the process of 5 months, me along side 13 others interns, two apprentices, and two teachers are building two affordable, energy efficient homes. Currently we are just over half way through, and I will dive much deeper into the details of Community Rebuilds, the program and the houses next time as there is plenty of information to share.
Whilst living in lovely Moab, Utah, it’s been great being able to take side trips on the weekends – sometimes with a wee group and sometimes solo – a few of us camped and hiked in Colorado National Monment once, then I have explored southern Utah by road quite randomly yet somewhat extensively on a few trips. Even right from our doorstep here in Moab, there are countless hikes or view to choose from, as well as a few beauty swimming spots.
It’s very easy to get lost in the incredible beauty here, whether it’s adventure like canyoneering, or mountain biking, or the quiet of walking or simply being – it’s mesmerizing.
More of Utah, and Community Rebuilds to come soon I ensure you.
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