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whole-life skills for a radically different future

Place-Based Education

SOIL believes that modern society is often completely separated from the place it occurs, from the very food, water, shelter, and communities that keep it alive. Separation from others, from community, and from the natural world can loneliness, isolation, and depression. Furthermore, we believe that the environmental crisis partially arises from this disconnect. Living beings, the sources of food, water, soil, and oil, etc, are more than resources meant for consumption.

To counter this separation, SOIL programs focus on place-based education. Students learn to notice their surroundings, read patterns of the land, understanding the elements (earth, energy, water), and experience the cycles, seasons, and flavor of a region. Through our partnership with Earthaven Ecovillage, we connect our classes with a land-base, a people, and a local economy through real-life experiences. The skills we foster encourage students to become stewards, to reweave the connection between humans and the natural world.

SOIL offers Place-Based 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
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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