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SOIL in the Press

SOIL and its instructors are making news across Western North Carolina and the wider world. Below, you'll find links to SOIL's press releases and media coverage about our work. For media inquiries, contact SOIL's communications coordinator, Daniel Walton, at daniel@schoolofintegratedliving.org.

Press Releases

February 16, 2017: "Sustainable Development Training Takes a Village"
School of Integrated Living certified to offer UNESCO-recognized Ecovillage Design Education credential by Gaia Education.

January 11, 2017: "No Grid, No Problem for Sustainability Education"
School of Integrated Living offers only community-based, off-grid permaculture immersion program in Eastern US.

Media Coverage

March 2017: "Could a plant that ate the South be its savior?" by Mackensy Lunsford, Asheville Citizen-Times
SOIL's Kudzu Camp is featured in this essay about the medicinal and culinary uses of the tenacious Southern vine.

March 2017: "Sustainable Lifeways for an Uncertain Future" by Willi Paul, PlanetShifter
This interview with SOIL Director NikiAnne Feinberg dives into the concept of cultural health and the traditions that empower SOIL's work.

February 2017: "UNESCO Credits SOIL Course" by Amy Williams, Off-Grid
This piece reports on Gaia Education's certification of the Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion to offer the UNESCO-recognized Ecovillage Design Education credential.

January 2017: "Episode 75 - Diana Leafe Christian" by Marianne West, The Sustainable Living Podcast
SOIL instructor Diana Leafe Christian discusses the social tools and decision-making processes that intentional communities need to succeed.

January 2017: "Try Out Ecovillage Life" by Amy Williams, Off-Grid
This London-based blog highlights SOIL's flagship program, the Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion.

Fall 2016: "Farms that teach" by Sue Wasserman, Plough to Pantry
SOIL instructor Zev Friedman talks about permaculture certification opportunities in this roundup of Asheville-area farming education.

May/June 2016: "Power Sharing" by Chris Farmer, Home Power
SOIL instructor Chris Farmer describes the technical details of his electrical microgrid system at Earthaven's Hut Hamlet neighborhood.

Winter 2015: "Multifunctional Microgrid" by Diana Leafe Christian, Permaculture
This article describes the innovative microgrid developed by SOIL instructor Chris Farmer for Earthaven's Hut Hamlet neighborhood.

October 2015: "Healing Historical Traumas" by Meta Commerse, The Urban News
This piece references SOIL 's Grief Ritual with Sobonfu Somé as relevant to the historically rooted trauma of the African-American community.

November 2015: "Community grief ritual connects participants to beauty by way of tears" by Jordan Foltz, Mountain Xpress
Participants in SOIL's grief ritual and SOIL Director NikiAnne Feinberg share their powerful experiences with the event.

November 2013: "The grieving ritual: clearing the slate for future generations" by Jordan Foltz, Mountain Xpress
Sobonfu Somé speaks of her upbringing in Burkina Faso and how it informs her grief rituals in this interview.

Fall 2013: "Forest Feast" by Todd Dulaney, Our State
SOIL's co-founder, Lee Walker Warren, is mentioned as a permaculture practitioner in this piece on mountain food trends.

Permaculture Design Certification with SOIL

The Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course at Earthaven Ecovillage provides a unique exploration of regenerative, nature-based design, grounded in a 22-year-old, community-scale permaculture demonstration site.

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