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whole-life skills for a radically different future

Holistic Education

SOIL views education as a social learning activity. We believe that most students thrive best under a blend of formal and informal study, experiences and practice, and time for both absorption and integration.

To that end, we immerse our students into a culture of sustainability solutions, systems thinking, and hands-on learning—the culture of our campus at Earthaven Ecovillage. Participants learn skills to support their bodies, minds, and spirits: that's what we mean by holistic education.

Through our courses, we seeds the ideas of deep accountability, regenerative practices, and right relationship to self, earth, and others. SOIL believes that the skills and wisdom acquired from holistic education lead students to responsible and creative lives, marked by an integrated approach to the economic, environmental, and social problems of the modern world.

What do students learn from SOIL classes?

  • Small-scale and homestead agriculture (both animal and vegetable)
  • Medicine-making and empowered home and community healthcare
  • Preparation, cooking, and eating of nourishing foods
  • Soil building, composting, recycling, and waste regeneration
  • Local economics, social enterprises in human settlements, and issues of global economics
  • Emotional literacy, community building skills, and conflict resolution
  • Renewable energy and off-grid living practices

Read more about SOIL and our programs:

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Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week

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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