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Compassion Camp

Summer 2019

Exact dates TDB soon.

Compassion Camp

at Earthaven Ecovillage
near Asheville, North Carolina

This immersive exploration of nonviolent communication (NVC) is meant to foster community among the growing number of people in Western North Carolina who are passionate about living and promoting compassionate consciousness. Compassion Camp is a program of 10,000 Love Letters, co-hosted by SOIL and Culture's Edge





Need-based scholarships are also available through Steve Torma, who can be reached at steve@therealcenter.org.

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Deepen Your Communications Skills at Earthaven Ecovillage

Eva's TestimonialCompassion Camp is inspired by the life and work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Intended to be an annual event, Compassion Camp seeks to concentrate the creativity and inspiration of participants into an ongoing, life-serving energy for the community.

Through both preplanned presentations and Open Space sessions, the event aims to build community among Western North Carolina's NVC practitioners, create networks among affinity groups such as educators and social activists, and deepen its participants' understanding of how NVC can be applied in daily life. Compassion Camp also features relational activities centered around singing, dancing, storytelling, and silence, which cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien has identified as the four most common ways that humans create wellness, community, and connection.


See Facilitators and Course Descriptions


Compassion camp bannerThe following schedule outlines how Compassion Camp operates. Activities, Open Space offerings, meals, and rituals combine to create a container for the deepening of NVC.


1–5 pm Participants arriving + registration
5–5:30 pm Opening circle
5:30–7 pm Dinner
7–9 pm Evening program
9–10 pm Evening celebration
7–8 am Early morning activity
8–9 am Breakfast
9–9:30 am Morning circle and announcements
9:30–11 am Open Space planning
11:15 am–1 pm Open Space 1
1–2 pm Lunch
2–3:45 pm Open Space 2
4–5:30 pm Open Space 3
5:30–7 pm Dinner
7–8 pm Evening circle, Harvesting the Day (mournings and celebrations), announcements
8:15–10 pm Evening program (singing, dancing, story, and silence)
7–8 am Early morning activity
8–9 am Breakfast
9–9:30 am Morning circle, welcoming, announcements, questions
9:30–11 am Large group activity, friendship game, networking
11:15 am–1 pm Open Space 1
1–2 pm Lunch
2–3:45 pm Open Space 2
4–5:30 pm Open Space 3
5:30–7 pm Dinner
7–8 pm Evening circle, Harvesting the Day (mournings and celebrations), announcements
8:15–10 pm Evening program (singing, dancing, story, and silence)
7–8 am Early morning activity
8–9 am Breakfast
9–9:30 am Morning circle, welcoming, announcements, questions
9:45–11 am Open Space 1
11:15 am–1pm Closing circle
1 pm Lunch + departure

About the Host Facilitators

Steve TormaFor over thirty years, Steve Torma has gently guided our culture toward cooperation and regeneration. He is the former President of Earthaven Ecovillage, where he continues to live his passion for community and sustainability. He co-founded The REAL Center in 2007 and was a core faculty member for The Asheville Tantra School. Steve is trained in Nonviolent Communication, Radical Honesty, Body Electric, Cuddle Party, Restorative Circles, Permaculture, and Creation Spirituality. Through his compassionate presence and guidance, Steve has helped countless people to find healing, direction, and meaning in their lives.



Terrie LewineTerrie Lewine is the founder of Back to Life Wellness Center in Philadelphia, where she leads NVC courses and offers life coaching for individuals and couples. She has trained with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and many other certified trainers at The Center for Nonviolent Communication, and with Donald Epstein, founder of Network Chiropractic. She has also studied with Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, and done work with The Body Sacred, The Body Electric, Byron Katie, Cuddle Party, Dominic Barter of Restorative Circles, The Human Awareness Institute, Oneness Blessing, and Dr. Brad Blanton of Radical Honesty fame.


Founded in 1994, Earthaven Ecovillage is located on 329 acres in culturally rich, biologically diverse Western North Carolina, about 50 minutes southeast of Asheville and 30 minutes southeast of Black Mountain. Surrounded by like-minded, ecologically oriented neighbors, Earthaven is home to 80+ residents, including students and visitors. The community is dedicated to caring for people and the Earth by learning and demonstrating a holistic, sustainable culture.

“Earthaven is where the human community is bonding with the Earth in a manner capable of healing the devastation of the past and inspiring a new grandeur for the future. At Earthaven, even for a brief while, we experience what it is to return to ourselves.”

- Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth.


Permaculture Design Course participants look at a locally grown feast.


The program cost includes a meal plan of catered organic food for the duration of the event (9 meals total). Our cooks prepare mostly omnivorous meals that provide simple, unprocessed, home-grown deep nourishment. As much food as possible is sourced from Earthaven and its surrounding organic farms and gardens, with some ingredients sourced from local grocery stores. Grains, beans, and nuts are often pre-soaked; vegetables are served raw, fermented, and cooked; soup stocks are made from the bones of our livestock; fats are high-quality animal fats (butter, lard, and tallow), coconut oil, and olive oil (with no trans fats, synthetic oils, or processed vegetable oils); and sweeteners (raw sugar, molasses, honey, and maple syrup) are used minimally.

This meal plan is gluten free. Vegetarian and vegan meals are available upon request. Please contact us about accommodating any other dietary needs.

Accommodations and Amenities


Three nights of camping in the forested Earthaven campground are included in the program cost. Most campground sites are for two-person tents; some can accommodate larger tents. Several RV spots (no hookups) are also available. The campground offers clean drinking water, a tarp-covered kitchen with propane burners for cooking and heating water, and an outhouse with composting toilet and hand-washing station. A flush toilet is available in the Council Hall nearby.

Earthaven Ecovillage is off-grid and therefore not supplied by public utilities. However, electricity is available from solar panels and two small hydropower stations. There is minimal internet access and no cell phone reception, although landline phones are available for short phone calls or emergencies. Living at Earthaven offers a balance between comfort and adventure.

Please contact us if you have electrical needs to ensure our off-grid system can support them.

Children and Families

Families are welcome and encouraged to attend.
There is a Youth Program that will be held by Sarah Anne Amason and Griffin Abee.
The youth program will include games, crafts, and nature connection activities for ages six and up.
Children younger than six and are welcome but must have an adult with them.
The youth program will be available during all of the open space sessions.
Parents are responsible for their children during all other times.
Payments for children are the same as if they would an adult. Register every one on one registration form as there are spaces to include names of others you're registering with and simply make a payment for the number of people attending.

How to secure your space

APPLY: Fill out the registration form. Please give yourself plenty of time to complete the application, because it cannot be saved until submitted.

Registration Opening Soon.

Payment: Payment can be submitted by check, money order, PayPal, or credit card. If paying online, use the widget below to select your tuition and lodging options, then select "Add to Cart." After the page refreshes, select the "Checkout with PayPal" option and continue through the PayPal website.

SOIL aims at creating affordable, broadly accessible programs while offering instructors and staff fair wages based on the extraordinary quality of their work. Please consider your needs and resources carefully to determine what might be a stretch, but not a strain, for you to invest in this personal learning opportunity.

If paying offline, please send a check or money order payable to the following address and note the class for which you are registering in the memo field:

School of Integrated Living
11 Full Circle Trail
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Crowdfunding and Fundraising: Check out our Crowdfunding and Fundraising page for creative ways to engage your community and launch a "Community Supported Education" campaign. This approach can help support your investment in yourself, your community, the planet, and future generations.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel, you may transfer your place in the program to anyone of your choosing, who will need to register online. You can also donate your place to someone who would not be able to participate without financial assistance.

If SOIL cancels this course for any reason whatsoever, 100% of your tuition will be refunded.

Contact us at info@schoolofintegratedliving.org with registration questions.

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