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Consultations

Help us grow a regional life-giving economy!

In addition to SOIL's experiential educational programming, we would like to highlight some of the services offered by our instructors. Many of the SOIL instructors are residents and members of Earthaven Ecovillage, the living laboratory that integrates many of the biophysical, cultural, social, and economic systems of the SOIL curriculum. The consultation services and professional offerings below are educational in nature and support our mission of inspiring people to grow a regenerative culture.

When you reach out to any of the professionals below, please let them know you learned about their services through the SOIL website so we know that our cross-pollinating is working. By supporting these professionals, you're supporting SOIL.


 

Permaculture Consulting, Design, Workshop and Project Implementation
Zev Friedman

Permaculture offers a pragmatic process for helping you as a landowner articulate your vision and goals for your property. Permaculture practices help you make deeply informed choices about the social and physical aspects of your project, save money by considering different ideas on paper rather than with expensive real-life errors, and grow a long-term regenerative system that meets your needs and contributes to the healing and adaptation of the Earth.

Zev's consulting draws on 15 years of permaculture living and 10 years as a professional designer and landscaper. Zev helps clients efficiently assess their needs, goals, assets, and challenges, then identify immediate actions and test different ideas for long-term integrated system design. He is equally comfortable educating clients, performing detailed design work, and collaborating with other trustworthy suppliers and contractors.

A consulting visit with Zev is typically 2–6 hours long, depending on the size of your property, the complexity of your vision, and your goals for the visit. Together with Zev, you can schedule a sequence of visits over time to help develop concepts and implement your projects successfully. Group consulting/education services are also available on topics such as forest gardening, integrated chicken systems, and passive solar building. Zev’s consulting services are $80/hr or $500/day, including one-way travel time from Earthaven Ecovillage.

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Sociocracy & Consensus Training, Community Consulting
Diana Leafe Christian 828-669-9702

Diana Leafe Christian is the author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, a book about forming successful communities and ecovillages, and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. Former editor of Communities magazine in the US for 14 years, she now publishes Ecovillages, a free online newsletter. She is an Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) trainer with the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and Gaia Education, and she has contributed chapters to two Gaia Education books: Beyond You and Me: Inspirations and Wisdom for Building Community, and Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits. Diana speaks at conferences, consults, and leads workshops internationally on starting successful new ecovillages, as well as on sociocracy, a self-governance and decision-making method. She lives off-grid at Earthaven Ecovillage. More information is available at her website.

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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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