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Compassion Camp

August 15-18, 2019

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.


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.


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.

Location, Travel, and Accommodations

This program takes place among at Earthaven Ecovillage. This permaculture-based community offers a unique living classroom where participants will engage with the natural world, eco-infrastructure, and the intimate experience of rural community living.

What to Expect at Earthaven

Camping is included. Private indoor lodging at Earthaven is available for an additional cost. 

Private indoor lodging
Cost for 1 person: 1 night $80, 2 nights $125, 3 nights $150, 4 nights $165
Cost for 2 people (shared bed): 1 night $120, 2 nights $188, 3 nights $225, 4 nights $248

Off-site options
Various options in Bat Cave, Black Mountain, and Asheville.

More about Accommodations

Earthaven is nestled in the heart of the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains, 30 miles outside of Asheville, NC on curvy mountain roads and within two hours of three airports.

More about Travel

“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.

Delicious, omnivorous meals are prepared by talented culinary artists from the Earthaven community. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available. Snacks and beverages (tea, coffee) are provided. Participants are invited to help with meal clean-up. Many hands make light work.

As much food as possible is sourced from Earthaven and its surrounding farms and gardens, with some ingredients sourced from local grocery stores. Our meals are created with seasonal, local, fresh, wildcrafted, humanely-raised, and organic ingredients.


Children and Families

More information coming soon!

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.

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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