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whole-life skills for a radically different future

Sustainable Living

SOIL defines sustainable living as the collection of practices humans can use to have a neutral or positive net impact on the Earth's natural resources. Ecologically conscious life choices such as reduced consumption, a shift to renewable energy, and a move toward local economics aim to keep both people and the planet healthy over the long term.

Our courses, offered in partnership with Earthaven Ecovillage, teach students the skills needed to make these personal choices. Grounded in the theory of the Three-Legged Stool of Sustainability, we give students firsthand experience in sustainable approaches to economics, society, and ecology.

We envision a world where self-reliant, interdependent, and ecologically aware people engage consciously in their local and global communities. These committed individuals will make informed and responsible choices for their basic needs (food, shelter, water, medicines), understand their impact on the world, forge real connection with themselves and others, and ultimately contribute to a more sustainable world for all.

SOIL offers Sustainable Living 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
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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