By Trish Mikkelson

At this time, we are unable to accept interns because my focus is on finding co-founders who can help the Vegan Utopia Ecovillage get off the ground. However, let us know if you are interested and when opportunities become available, we will let you know. Or if you want to become a co-founder check out this page 


By being a part of our Internship program you have the exciting opportunity to help shape and guide community life. You can also explore the possibility of being a full member of the community. 

You can learn more about all that is going on by looking at Jesus Vegans website. If you feel excited and inspired by the mission, goals, and activities, then we encourage you to take the time to learn more about the opportunity that you have to be a part of this community-in-formation.

I want to create an environment that facilitates cooperation, fulfilling a worthwhile purpose, and a sense of belonging (aka community) so that we can fulfill our mission.

There are so many projects already in motion for you to work on at the Retreat Center and the Ecovillage site. Check them out here. 

Our location in the beautiful Northwest Arkansas Ozarks makes this a peaceful place where those who choose to live here can do deep healing work. 

We recommend that everyone be a part of our spiritual practices so we can build unity and connection.  However, this is not mandatory. Learn more by seeing our schedule of an ideal day.  

Watch this shortish video describing what it's like working with Trish. 

This article is also helpful for people who are interested in volunteering. 

Our highest priority is to attract people who can work together well and support each other in our individual and collective goals and live in alignment with Jesus Vegans values. That is why we have a thorough screening process where each of us can determine whether or not we are a good fit. 

Please review the requirements, limitations, needs, benefits, and transportation info, then fill out the info form at the bottom of this page. You will then be taken to our Internship Application. so we can get to know you better. 

If you have any other questions see our Community FAQ.


-Go through a screening process:

-Fill out the application

-References are checked

-Phone interview

-Background check

If you are accepted: 

-Work at least 25 hours a week.

-Pay $150 a week for food. 

-Pay $100 a week for lodging

-Stay for at least eight weeks. 

-Pets will need to go through a screening process to see if they are compatible. 

-At this time, we are unable to accommodate families with young children



To see a complete list of rules and guidelines see our rules page.


-Vegan Permaculture design and implementation

-Community development


-Organic gardening

-Trail making

-Vegan food preparation


-Preparing for events


-Website design and development. 

-Social media monitoring and posting

-Data input 

-Developing business

-Building (finish the community center at Jesus Vegans, build huts, bath house, etc)

-Podcast and Youtube


-Help find a buyer who wants to make a vegan event center and farm animal sanctuary

Want to learn more about what you will be doing? Visit our work details page. 



-Attend events for free.

- Three delicious healthy vegan meals a day.

-An experience of living in a community.

-Opportunities to participate in spiritual practices.  

-Learning opportunities with Trish Mikkelson, including communication skills, coaching, open-space technology (see her bio for more about what she can do)

-Support in discovering and developing your own talents, values and vision for your life.


-Camping outside with indoor bathroom and shower. We can provide tents, blankets, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, and pillows. Just let us know what you need and we'll make sure we have it.

-Everything you need for living is available indoors: co-working space, meditation room, healing room, showers, bathtubs, bathrooms, recreation space, dining room, kitchen. 

-We have limited space in our home for people to live inside. Because the weather is cold in the winter, we can set up a dorm room for men and another for women,  so everyone can have a warm space to sleep. 


-We are located 50 miles from Fayetteville AR (Pop. 55,000) and 20 miles from Huntsville AR (Pop. 2500) and make trips to both towns at least once a week.

-We have a Jeep Cherokee which provides plenty of room for passengers. If you need a ride from the airport, we will need to charge for gas, time and mileage. it is about an hour and 45 minutes away. 


Now that you have reviewed requirements, limitations, needs, benefits, and transportation info, if you are still interested in exploring possibilities, contact for an application. 

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