Intern Program

Our Internship Program

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Hello! We are Jenny and Otis Funkmeyer, hosts at the Funkmeyer Garden, a New Reality habitat and laboratory right smack in the middle (our neighborhood is called mid-city) of Los Angeles.

We are property owners and managers of a compound with six bungalows where we live and have an amazing community of renters and interns like you!

The bungalows surround a courtyard and fruit orchard with more than 20 fruit trees–bananas, mangos, figs, plums, apples, cherries, mulberries, it goes on and on–and a veggie garden.

The Funkmeyer World Internship Program is an amazing opportunity to experience what we call The New Reality in action. We aim to demonstrate a life of creativity, simplicity, and effortless joy. These big ideals all seem to add up to a tremendous amount of effort and hard work!

There’s a ton of fun work and hard work to do around here and it can vary from gardening to reupholstering to video editing to climbing under the houses to run cables to trimming the trees to building a new storage area to painting the concrete. It all depends on the skills and interests of the people who are around at the time.

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Our Philosophy

Our 3 main philosophies are as follows:

  • Cleanliness is Godliness – It is our experience that the cleaner our lives are, the better our lives go. We seem to attract more success, more peace, and better people into our lives when things are clean. Thus we put a big emphasis on keep things clean.
  • The best ideas are what is important – We have so many ideas that we are generally busy executing them all. At the same time, we are always on the lookout for ways of doing things better. If you have a better idea for what we’re doing then we are listening!
  • Building is fun but maintaining is what matters – It is the mentality of disposability that is one of the biggest separations between the old and the new reality. More and more each day, we look to find ways to make what we already have last longer, work better, and stay in good shape. Whether this is oiling our tools, fixing things that break, or making improvements to existing structures, we find it exceedingly beneficial to spend the time and energy to give TLC to the things we use.

Accommodations

Our beautifully furnished intern house accommodates 4-6 people. The house is an 800-square foot bungalow with 2 bunk beds (4 single bed spaces) in the bedroom. There is also a sleeper couch that short-term guests sometimes sleep on. The house also has high-speed Internet and all utilities.

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Our Property

Funkmeyer World has 4 bungalows and 2 studios. These spaces are used as both rentals as well as offices and living spaces for people like you. We like to keep a zen-like atmosphere as much as possible and so keeping everything spic and span is incredibly important work! When people come here they can immediately feel what a special environment they have walked into!

Testimonials

“Such a wonderful, special place!!! I came to LA only planning to stay for a few weeks and ended up staying with the Funkmeyers for two months! They are incredible people with unique perspectives and unbelievable stories to share! You will learn a lot here…about gardening, art, the universe, even about yourself! I fell in love with the place! And the people! They are building up an amazing community and beautiful gardens. Lovely plants too! You will make many plant friends and animal friends! The most magical thing I observed about the Funkmeyer New Reality Garden is you have total freedom to be yourself and feel accepted and loved by everyone there, especially Jenny and Otis. Such kind, warm people.”

What We Are Looking For

We have been blessed to have had many amazing interns come from all over the world and have gotten clear on what we like and are looking for.

Most importantly, you have to be a competent person. We like people who like to work. We are people who like to work. We have traveled all over the world to many many countries and have ultimately determined that the most fun thing to do is to work on fun projects. We are looking for people like that, who find work fun and who like to do it even if they don’t have to and who like to do a good job. Well-meaning, unskilled people are expressly not who we are not looking for.

Secondly, it’s important to us that you have an active interest in spirituality. Our property and our vision is built around a life of the spirit and other dimensions and outside of time and space and if these things don’t interest you, it’s probably not a good fit.

The Rules

We try not to have too many rules but the ones we do have we take seriously and expect them to be totally respected.

  • This is a quiet neighborhood and quiet community. 
It is important that you are respectful of this. People that are loud by nature generally are not a good fit.
  • Quiet time is from 10PM – 10AM.
  • It is important that the space is kept clean.
  • Put all tools back in their home.