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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.


Read more about SOIL and our programs:

Permaculture Design Course
Photo Tour of Earthaven Ecovillage
Earthaven Experience Week
SOIL Instructors
Mission and Vision


Check out Reaching Nature Connection

Join SOIL for this weekend exploration of how to incorporate nature into early childhood education. The conference is designed for beginners and experienced educators alike, as well as therapists, administrators, homeschool families, camp counselors, grandparents, and parents who have an interest in developmentally appropriate nature mentoring for children.

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