I realized there's already been a few posts from people looking to make natural building a career, but they didn't really address the questions I was looking to have answer. Please pass me some information, if you've got it!
Here's my deal: I'm 24 and was born and raised into a macrobiotic (natural living/simple diet) family. I just recently quit a lucrative job as a videographer/video editor in the Washington D.C. area to find a better way to live. I've been working in this field since I was 18, starting as a news videographer at a small station in Pennsylvania while I was still attending community college. I made it all the way to be working at a government agency in one of the richest counties in the United States and making more money than people with 20 years of experience in other regions would. And I flipping hated it. So, moving in a few days back to my beautiful, rural Pennsylvania to figure out my next move. And I think natural building might be it since I want to return to working with my hands and with the Mother (Earth), and be around forward, innovative people whose focus is the same as my own. Ideally, I would like to become proficient in this field and learn enough to be able to travel to different communities and pull my weight with my skills.
My question is - where do I start? I have some money saved up, probably for a few workshops or a full apprenticeship, but where would be the best place for me to go? I am willing to travel anywhere in North America and I will accept any long term commitment. I have no expert skills in this field, except for basic carpentry, and I want to be immersed in it all - design, construction, heating, sustainability, incorporation with natural environment - I want a place where I can learn it all. But I also want to work with people who are serious and thoughtful, but also are the laidback type that will crack open a beer, will utter a few curse words, and have a sense of humor. Diet is also a big consideration for me - I need an environment where I can have access to a mostly grain and vegetarian diet.
Where do you think I would best fit in?