Buzzard Wrestling, Turtle Chasing, and Other Wild Tales

Storytelling Concert with Doug Elliott

March 31, 2023

Earthaven Ecovillage
Near Asheville, NC

School of Integrated Living presents Doug Elliott, well-known storyteller, humorist and naturalist!

Stories, songs, and lore celebrating our human connection to some amazing wild critters. The program is flavored with lively tunes, fantastic folklore, natural history fact stranger than fiction, and more than a few belly laughs.

This concert is the evening before the Reaching Nature Connection Conference, also at Earthaven.

We offer a special one-night camping option for Friday evening after the concert. To round out your stay, register for the Saturday morning Earthaven tour.

Note: Online registration for dinner and camping is closed. You may bring your own supper and donate for the concert at the door.

Doug Elliott and ground hog
Doug Elliott and Michael Ismario performing at Earthaven Ecovillage


Fun for the whole family!

Friday, March 31
6:00 pm (Optional) Dinner
7:30 pm Stories and Songs at Earthaven Ecovillage

Doug Elliott Storytelling Concert

Reservations and Cost

Show only: Recommended donation is $15 – $30 per adult.

Note: Online registration for dinner and camping is closed. You may bring your own supper and donate for the concert at the door.


Examples of food served at School of Integrated Living programs

Delicious, omnivorous meals are prepared by talented culinary artists from the Earthaven community. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available. Snacks and beverages (tea, coffee) are provided. Participants are invited to help with meal clean-up. Many hands make light work.

As much food as possible is sourced from Earthaven and its surrounding farms and gardens, with some ingredients sourced from local grocery stores. Our meals are created with seasonal, local, fresh, wildcrafted, humanely-raised, and organic ingredients.

***If you have dietary needs beyond the ones listed here, please be prepared to bring supplemental food to support your nourishment and well-being. Our kitchen simply cannot accommodate all diets.

Program Specific Info

Dinner is included in the ticket price and must be pre-ordered. Reservations, which include the storytelling concert, are sliding scale $25-$45 per person.

Cancellation & Refunds

If you cancel your registration, you may:

  • Donate your tuition to support our continued work
  • Request a refund per our policy:
    • 90% refund for cancellations prior to 30 days before the start of the program
    • 50% refund for cancellations prior to 10 days before the start of the program

If SOIL cancels this program for any reason whatsoever, you would receive a 100% refund.

Contact us at [email protected] with registration questions.

Camping Friday night after the concert is available at an additional cost of $35 per adult.

Read More About Accommodations


This program takes place at Earthaven Ecovillage. This permaculture-based community offers a unique living classroom where participants will engage with the natural world, eco-infrastructure, and the intimate experience of rural community living.

What to Expect at Earthaven


Doug Elliott

Doug Elliott

Storyteller, Faculty

Doug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard. He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore and traditional ways of relating to the natural world. In recent years, he has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools from Canada to the Caribbean.


Complete the registration form, which takes 5-10 minutes. Complete your enrollment with a credit card authorization.

After your enrollment is processed, you will receive several confirmations…

  1. An automatic confirmation of receiving your registration form
  2. A payment confirmation from our card processor
  3. Confirmation that your registration has been processed

Note: Online registration for dinner and camping is closed. You may bring your own supper and donate for the concert at the door.