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whole-life skills for a radically different future

Environmental Studies

SOIL believes that environmental studies engage students with the biggest problem of the modern age—global climate change and its threat to planetary sustainability. An education in this field helps students assess their own values and explore sustainable solutions. Beyond personal growth, a sensitive and creative approach to the environment yields opportunities for employment with government agencies, universities, and private companies of all sizes.

SOIL approaches environmental studies through teaching whole-life skills with immediate application in the real world—organic food production, regenerative systems, and community living. Through our unique partnership with Earthaven Ecovillage, students gain firsthand experience with sustainable culture and systems thinking, not just theory or classroom learning.

SOIL offers the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion of all requirements for the Permaculture Design Certification Course. This certificate verifies that a student has received basic training in the design of sustainable human systems and enables the recipient to start using the word “permaculture” in their livelihood and professional practice.

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Permaculture Design Course
Photo Tour of Earthaven Ecovillage
Earthaven Experience Week
SOIL Instructors
Mission and Vision


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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