Place-Based Living at Earthaven Ecovillage

An Overview of Our Regenerative Systems

Self-paced Online Course

Visitors to Earthaven Ecovillage are often surprised to hear that we are not yet fully sustainable or 100% self-sufficient. This online workshop helps define the context and describe the journey of moving from a consumer culture to a land-based, place-based life.

This course looks at the actual lived experiences of the over 29 years of village building through examining our homes, power, water, and waste systems, and especially our food and medicine. Compare and contrast the concepts of self-reliance, interdependence, permaculture, sustainability, resilience, regeneration when it comes to whole systems design.

This workshop is part of series of courses about Earthaven infrastructure with Lee Warren. This course explores the permaculture ethic of earth care in the creation and life at Earthaven.

Green-built house with gardens and solar hot water

This course was a good overview of how Earthaven got started. Lee Warren led the course well. She clearly has a thorough grasp of all the layers of interrelationship between all the systems and people that make Earthaven successful. She is an excellent communicator.

Gayle M, Asheville

Moving a chicken tractor on a permaculture farm



Video 1: Introduction to the course and instructor.

Overview of Place

Video 2: Why place is important.

Video 3: Geographical place aspects and information about the Southern Appalachian bioregion where Earthaven Ecovillage is located.

Video 4: Cultural place aspects and information about the cultural and economic context around Earthaven Ecovillage.

Video 5: Earthaven project aspects related to place, including the definition of an ecovillage, and Earthaven’s mission and vision.

Developing Earthaven Ecovillage

Video 6: Design approach based on ecological design or permaculture used when developing Earthaven.

Video 7: Clearing land and processing wood.

Video 8: Building common buildings and houses.

Video 9: Building roads, paths, and bridges.

Video 10: Utilities, including off-grid electricity, water, and carbon composting.

Wrap Up

Video 11: Thank you and blessings on your journey.


Engines in an off-grid micro-hydro power system



What’s Included

Eleven videos totalling 73 minutes. Each video has subtitles and includes resources and a transcription.

You have access to this course for at least one year after purchase.


About the Instructor

Lee Warren

Lee Warren

Faculty and SOIL Co-Founder

Lee is a sustainability professional with twenty five years of experience envisioning, designing, and living innovative solutions to organic food systems, intentional community, and sustainability education. She’s been living in rural, land-based community since 1995 and at Earthaven Ecovillage since 2000.