Earthaven Experience Week
at Earthaven Ecovillage
near Asheville, NC
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Early bird discount before April 1, 2019.
SOIL and Earthaven Ecovillage are proud to host this place-based learning journey.
SOIL's Earthaven Experience Week is a residential service-learning program that immerses learners in the life of Earthaven Ecovillage. This ecovillage provides the ideal living laboratory for a whole-life skills curriculum—a place to see regenerative systems in practice, food production in action, and community living on a personal level. Participants join the homes, lives, businesses, and farms of the Taylor Creek Watershed community for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience.What to Expect at Earthaven
The Earthaven Experience Week curriculum encourages participants to examine sustainability through social, ecological, economic, and eco-spiritual lenses. The learning journey weaves large-group discussions and classes together with intimate hands-on experiences in the village and farms alongside community members. SOIL instructors, together with the community at large, support participants to build important skills, foster awareness for global issues, empower the self, increase connection, and develop the resources required for daily life.
Resilient Community and Regenerative Culture
- Discuss the three-legged stool of sustainability—the social, environmental, and economic factors necessary for sustainable projects to succeed
- Learn about successful ecovillages and land-based endeavors (both rural and urban)
- Explore your vision in a supportive environment with guidance for your next steps
- Understand how people at Earthaven support themselves
- Enjoy community potlucks and dine intimately with community members
- Participate in yoga, meditation, hikes, and other community activities
Organic Food Production and Natural Buildings
- Tour green homes with innovative off-grid utilities (tiny houses, stud-frame, cob, straw-bale, earthship, passive solar)
- Tour small-scale farms and home gardens (permaculture gardens, integrated farms, compost)
- Participate in service-learning projects and farm harvest parties
- Attend the community farmers market
- Eat and cook nourishing, local, sustainably grown, organic food
- Learn about electricity and a community's electrical needs
- Tour off-grid renewable systems in practice (photovoltaic, micro-hydro, radiant-floor heating, hot water diversions, wood-fired boiler)
- Make biochar, a charcoal fertilizer with energy-positive production
- Explore the development of energy alternatives to meet the world’s impending energy crisis
Personal Growth and Empowerment
- Learn how to be more connected to yourself, others, and nature
- Practice self-care
- Step out of your comfort zone
Learning Environment and Schedule
SOIL views education as primarily a social learning activity. The ideal learning environment includes both formal and informal instruction, work and practice, study and absorption. Through immersion in an active, living culture of sustainability solutions, critical thinking, and systems orientation, students receive an integrated, holistic education.
This week-long educational experience consists of approximately 40 hours of structured learning. SOIL combines experiential and traditional approaches, including expert lecturers, fireside conversations, hands-on projects, journaling, independent observation, regenerative systems tours, and team building, to provide an intimate, well-rounded, and powerful learning experience.
|Wednesday, June 19|
|1:00–6:30 pm||Arrival, Camp Setup, Orientation and Welcome|
|7:30–9 pm||Opening Circle|
|Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23|
|9:00 am–12:30 pm||AM Session|
|12:30–2:00 pm||Lunch and Independent Time|
|2:00–5:30 pm||PM Session|
|5:30–6:30 pm||Independent Time|
|7:30–9:00 pm||Fireside Chats or Reflection and Integration Circle|
|Monday, June 24|
|9:00 am–12:30 pm||Final Session and Closing Circle|
|12:30–1:00 pm||Lunch and Departure|
Travel and Accommodations
Camping is included in the tuition. Private indoor lodging at Earthaven is available for an additional $100.
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.
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.
This program is primarily designed for adults. However, mature young adults under 18 years old are also welcome. Please contact SOIL to discuss the enrollment of passionate individuals under 18.
We welcome families with young children to attend and will do our best to support you and your children, however we are not able to offer childcare. As much of the content involves focused, sit-down presentations, attending with a young child will likely mean being less able to participate fully in the course.
Tuition for Earthaven Experience Week is $625 before April 1, 2019 and $700 after, which includes food for the entire program, camping, instruction, and all materials. Private indoor lodging is available for an additional $100. Transportation is not included.
How to secure your space
Register: Fill out the registration form. Please give yourself plenty of time to complete the application, because it cannot be saved until submitted.
Payment: Payment can be submitted by check, money order, PayPal, or credit card. If paying online, use the widget below to select your lodging option, then select "Add to Cart." After the page refreshes, select the "Checkout with PayPal" option and continue through the PayPal website.
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.
If you cancel, you may transfer your place in the program to someone 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.
- A 50% tuition refund is available until May 15, 2019.
- On or after May 15, 2019, there will be NO refunds.
If SOIL cancels this course for any reason, 100% of your tuition will be refunded.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with registration questions.