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Holistic Education

SOIL views education as a social learning activity. We believe that most students thrive best under a blend of formal and informal study, experiences and practice, and time for both absorption and integration.

To that end, we immerse our students into a culture of sustainability solutions, systems thinking, and hands-on learning—the culture of our campus at Earthaven Ecovillage. Participants learn skills to support their bodies, minds, and spirits: that's what we mean by holistic education.

Through our courses, we seeds the ideas of deep accountability, regenerative practices, and right relationship to self, earth, and others. SOIL believes that the skills and wisdom acquired from holistic education lead students to responsible and creative lives, marked by an integrated approach to the economic, environmental, and social problems of the modern world.

What do students learn from SOIL classes?

  • Small-scale and homestead agriculture (both animal and vegetable)
  • Medicine-making and empowered home and community healthcare
  • Preparation, cooking, and eating of nourishing foods
  • Soil building, composting, recycling, and waste regeneration
  • Local economics, social enterprises in human settlements, and issues of global economics
  • Emotional literacy, community building skills, and conflict resolution
  • Renewable energy and off-grid living practices

Now that's holistic education.

SOIL offers Holistic Education through Whole-Life Skills

SOIL's Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion is a residential service-learning program where students participate firsthand in the village, homes, farms, and businesses of their hosts and faculty. Through work and study, participants become intimately familiar with organic food production, regenerative systems, and community living. Read more about the program or contact SOIL today for more information.

Read more about SOIL and our programs:

Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion
Grief Ritual with Sobonfu Somé
Photo Tour of Earthaven Ecovillage
Environmental Studies
Sustainable Living
Place-Based Education
Service Learning
Study Away


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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