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COVID-19: SOIL’s Response

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COVID-19 Community Announcement

We are facing an unprecedented global health crisis, along with the growing presence of COVID-19 in our area. For the safety of all of our students, staff, facilitators, and Earthaven residents… SOIL is suspending our 2020 programming through the end of September.

Please be assured that the SOIL team is still on-the-job, adapting our work to fit an ever-evolving situation, and pushing our mission forward for the benefit of all. If you have any questions or issues, please email info@schoolofintegratedliving.org.

We also want to share that as we look across the rapidly changing landscape across this nation and world - our hearts go out with profound empathy for all those who have been impacted by COVID-19. Please remain steadfast in supporting your friends, family, and community the very best you can, and let us know anything we can do to help.

SOIL Resources

For those that have requested more online learning resources from us, know that we are hearing you!  COVID-19 prompts us to re-imagine how we could continue to share these important skills in new ways, extending our reach to those who will benefit, especially now.  Look out for updates about possibilities for online learning.

COVID-19 and Family Life: Encouraging Resilience in Our Kids
With great empathy for the special challenges that families are facing, we present wisdom from SOIL Instructors and Earthaveners on supporting kids to adapt and thrive during the pandemic.

An Herbalist’s Advice on COVID-19, Influenza, and Other Flu-Like Viruses.
Rachel Fee, Trauma-Informed Herbalist and Earthaven resident and member, weighs in on which herbs may be truly helpful for prevention and treatment with COVID-19, which may be dangerous or unhelpful, and why.

A Permaculture Take on the Virus.
SOIL co-founder and instructor Lee Warren in a frank discussion about illness and death. While some may find Lee’s take controversial, we feel that the questions and provocations she offers could radically alter how we relate to the pandemic.


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More Reading

We recommend setting aside some time to read The Coronation, a new essay by Charles Eisenstein on the pandemic.  

For parents at home with kids (and anyone who could use more ease and regulation in their days), check out these tips on creating “Rhythm In the Lives of Children and Families” by Lia Grippo, SOIL Instructor (Reaching Nature Connection Conference).  Originally shared by SOIL’s partner, The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers, in their spring newsletter.

Check out this Mountain Meditation for Creating Space video on grounding and centering in relationship with nature by Miranda Petersen, RYT 500.

For our farming friends, check out this guide, What Farmers Need to Know About COVID-19.

And for folks gardening communally, check out this resource on Community Gardens and COVID-19.

For our local neighbors in Western North Carolina, take a moment to learn about our COVID-19 Community Response Fund whether you are in need, or in a position to donate right now. Co-Operate WNC was founded and is staffed by some of SOIL’s faculty. They continue to do awesome regional mutual-aid work, during and beyond the current crisis.

2020 Program Updates

Reaching Nature Connection Conference and Storytelling with Doug Elliott have been rescheduled to October 2-4, 2020.

Deep Ecology & Yoga Retreat has been postponed to 2021, dates TBD.

Consent, Courage, Compassion: Fertile Soil for Conscious Connecting has been postponed to 2021, dates TBD.

Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week has been postponed to 2021, dates TBD.

Earthaven Ecovillage Visitor Weekend has been postponed to 2021, dates TBD.

Eco-Spirituality and the Climate Crisis has been postponed to 2021, dates TBD.

Compassion Camp has been postponed to 2021, dates TBD.

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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