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Help us grow a regional life-giving economy!

In addition to SOIL's experiential educational programming, we would like to highlight some of the services offered by our instructors. Many of the SOIL instructors are residents and members of Earthaven Ecovillage, the living laboratory that integrates many of the biophysical, cultural, social, and economic systems of the SOIL curriculum. The consultation services and professional offerings below are educational in nature and support our mission of inspiring people to grow a regenerative culture.

When you reach out to any of the professionals below, please let them know you learned about their services through the SOIL website so we know that our cross-pollinating is working. By supporting these professionals, you're supporting SOIL.


Permaculture Consulting, Design, Workshop and Project Implementation
Zev Friedman

Permaculture offers a pragmatic process for helping you as a landowner articulate your vision and goals for your property. Permaculture practices help you make deeply informed choices about the social and physical aspects of your project, save money by considering different ideas on paper rather than with expensive real-life errors, and grow a long-term regenerative system that meets your needs and contributes to the healing and adaptation of the Earth.

Zev's consulting draws on 15 years of permaculture living and 10 years as a professional designer and landscaper. Zev helps clients efficiently assess their needs, goals, assets, and challenges, then identify immediate actions and test different ideas for long-term integrated system design. He is equally comfortable educating clients, performing detailed design work, and collaborating with other trustworthy suppliers and contractors.

A consulting visit with Zev is typically 2–6 hours long, depending on the size of your property, the complexity of your vision, and your goals for the visit. Together with Zev, you can schedule a sequence of visits over time to help develop concepts and implement your projects successfully. Group consulting/education services are also available on topics such as forest gardening, integrated chicken systems, and passive solar building. Zev’s consulting services are $80/hr or $500/day, including one-way travel time from Earthaven Ecovillage.

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Sociocracy Training, “N St. Consensus” Training, Community Consulting
Diana Leafe Christian 828-669-9702

Diana Leafe Christian is the author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, a book about forming successful communities and ecovillages, and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. Former editor of Communities magazine in the US for 14 years, she now publishes Ecovillages, a free online newsletter. She is an Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) trainer with the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and Gaia Education, and she has contributed chapters to two Gaia Education books: Beyond You and Me: Inspirations and Wisdom for Building Community, and Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits. Diana speaks at conferences, consults, and leads workshops internationally on starting successful new ecovillages, as well as on sociocracy, a self-governance and decision-making method. She lives off-grid at Earthaven Ecovillage. More information is available at her website.

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Community Relations, Authentic Branding, Life Design, Leadership Development
Cortina Jenelle Caldwell 828-782-3382

Cortina Jenelle Caldwell is a queer two-spirit of Southern, West African, and Iberian descent. Originally born/raised in rural Morganton, NC, she is rooted back in the Appalachians where she calls Earthaven Ecovillage—an intentional community—home. Cortina is an authentic leader, social communication architect, equality peace-builder, and popular facilitator for personal, organizational, and community transformation. Cortina holds a Masters Degree of Arts in Management & Leadership, is a graduate of the Mycelium School Winter Learning Journey, and is a Certified Facilitator through PYE Global. In the recent past, Cortina has been recognized as a WNC Minority Enterprise Development Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year (2012) part of 40 Under Forty: Asheville (2013); and an inductee to Leadership Asheville (2014). Her work in education, hospitality, nonprofit management, community building and engagement, leadership, entrepreneurial development, communications, and branding creates a dynamic container for the cross-pollination of leadership, facilitation, and experiential learning for any client or student.

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Professional Writing, Editing, Social Media
Daniel Walton 859-468-3677

Daniel Walton is an Asheville-based professional writer and editor with a keen interest in the issues of ecological sustainability and local economy. His eclectic background combines five years of freelance experience with a double major BS in biology and music from Centre College, an MS in crop sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MA in professional writing from the University of Cincinnati. Daniel’s writing has previously appeared in Asheville Lifestyle, RealClearScience, and the UC Annual Report. At SOIL, his work aims to excite prospective students about the prospect of a radically different future. For more information and to see his writing, design, and creative work, visit his website.

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Check out Earthaven Experience Week

Join the homesteads, farms, and businesses of Earthaven Ecovillage for a hands-on, skill-building immersion in sustainable and climate-resilient community life. The learning journey weaves large-group discussions and classes together with intimate hands-on experiences in the village and farms alongside community members.

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