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SOIL in the Press

SOIL and its instructors are making news across Western North Carolina and the wider world. Below, you'll find links to SOIL's press releases and media coverage about our work. For media inquiries, contact SOIL's communications coordinator, Daniel Walton, at daniel@schoolofintegratedliving.org.

Media Coverage

February 2018: "You Don’t Have to Know What a Cordwainer is to Walk in His Shoes" by Daniel Walton, Asheville Made
SOIL Wild Leaders Immersion instructor Michael Ismerio talks about his shoemaking classes, which he sees as a practical extension of his larger mission. “The process of making shoes is the process of tying ourselves back into our human history,” Ismerio says.

October 2017: "Diana Christian receives 2018 Kozeny Communitarian Award" by Christopher Kindig, Communities Magazine
Diana Leafe Christian earned the Fellowship for Intentional Community's highest honor for promoting the creation of community in the world. "Earthaven’s mission includes being a model and inspiration to others aspiring to build or establish community with a strong ecological component — which commitment fit Diana like a glove," writes Kindig.

September 2017: "School of Integrated Living Offers Classes on Sustainability" by Jay Salton, Laurel of Asheville
This feature discusses SOIL's partnerships with the Center for End of Life Transitions and the Wild Leaders Immersion, quoting alumna Helen Zuman and communications coordinator Daniel Walton.

June 2017: "Lee Warren ~ Co-Founder of SOIL (School of Integrated Living)" by Dr. Bob Hanna, Living Well
SOIL co-founder Lee Warren shares her wisdom and insight about intentional communities in this interview with Asheville psychologist Dr. Bob Hanna.

March 2017: "Could a plant that ate the South be its savior?" by Mackensy Lunsford, Asheville Citizen-Times
SOIL's Kudzu Camp is featured in this essay about the medicinal and culinary uses of the tenacious Southern vine.

March 2017: "Sustainable Lifeways for an Uncertain Future" by Willi Paul, PlanetShifter
This interview with SOIL Director NikiAnne Feinberg dives into the concept of cultural health and the traditions that empower SOIL's work.

February 2017: "UNESCO Credits SOIL Course" by Amy Williams, Off-Grid
This piece reports on Gaia Education's certification of the Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion to offer the UNESCO-recognized Ecovillage Design Education credential.

January 2017: "Episode 75 - Diana Leafe Christian" by Marianne West, The Sustainable Living Podcast
SOIL instructor Diana Leafe Christian discusses the social tools and decision-making processes that intentional communities need to succeed.

January 2017: "Try Out Ecovillage Life" by Amy Williams, Off-Grid
This London-based blog highlights SOIL's flagship program, the Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion.

Fall 2016: "Farms that teach" by Sue Wasserman, Plough to Pantry
SOIL instructor Zev Friedman talks about permaculture certification opportunities in this roundup of Asheville-area farming education.

May/June 2016: "Power Sharing" by Chris Farmer, Home Power
SOIL instructor Chris Farmer describes the technical details of his electrical microgrid system at Earthaven's Hut Hamlet neighborhood.

Winter 2015: "Multifunctional Microgrid" by Diana Leafe Christian, Permaculture
This article describes the innovative microgrid developed by SOIL instructor Chris Farmer for Earthaven's Hut Hamlet neighborhood.

October 2015: "Healing Historical Traumas" by Meta Commerse, The Urban News
This piece references SOIL 's Grief Ritual with Sobonfu Somé as relevant to the historically rooted trauma of the African-American community.

November 2015: "Community grief ritual connects participants to beauty by way of tears" by Jordan Foltz, Mountain Xpress
Participants in SOIL's grief ritual and SOIL Director NikiAnne Feinberg share their powerful experiences with the event.

November 2013: "The grieving ritual: clearing the slate for future generations" by Jordan Foltz, Mountain Xpress
Sobonfu Somé speaks of her upbringing in Burkina Faso and how it informs her grief rituals in this interview.

Fall 2013: "Forest Feast" by Todd Dulaney, Our State
SOIL's co-founder, Lee Walker Warren, is mentioned as a permaculture practitioner in this piece on mountain food trends.

Press Releases

July 13, 2017: "Learn to Lead Like a Forest"
School of Integrated Living launches weekly Wild Leaders Immersion course in Asheville combining deep nature connection with leadership development.

May 24, 2017: "Learn Roadmaps for the Journey of Death"
School of Integrated Living partners with the Center for End of Life Transitions for summer courses on end-of-life documents and home funerals.

February 16, 2017: "Sustainable Development Training Takes a Village"
School of Integrated Living certified to offer UNESCO-recognized Ecovillage Design Education credential by Gaia Education.

January 11, 2017: "No Grid, No Problem for Sustainability Education"
School of Integrated Living offers only community-based, off-grid permaculture immersion program in Eastern US.

Experience a developing ecovillage for yourself!

Most of SOIL’s classes take place at Earthaven Ecovillage, giving participants a hands-on, skill-building immersion within an authentic community-based, village setting. Tours of Earthaven are also available on a monthly basis, a great way to dip your toe into this long-standing, intergenerational social experiment.

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