Online Learning Overview

Longing for the skills needed to achieve a more just and sustainable world for all?

Hungry to grow, work, and journey with others in community?

Thinking of moving to Earthaven or another intentional community and want to know more?

 

Experience a deeper connection to place and self! If you can’t come to us, let’s make a date online.

Virtual Tours — an interactive journey through Earthaven Ecovillage with a community member as your guide. The tour includes a slideshow presentation followed by Q&A.

Live Workshops — live online workshops that offer topics springing from the wellspring of our village.

Self-Paced Programs — self-paced courses.

Recordings — video recordings of live online and in-person workshops, presentations, tours, and events.

SOIL Compositions — essays, interviews, articles, and stories that introduce the wide range of philosophies, wisdom, and teachings that have influenced us. [FREE]

Online learning at SOIL

Live Programs

Slide from virtual tour of Earthaven Ecovillage

Virtual Ecovillage Tour

Recording available now
Live: Fall 2024

Experience the magic of ecovillage living with a tour.

Zoom in for a virtual tour and take a stroll through Earthaven with an Earthaven member. Learn about living in community and strategies for living life another way.

Want to take the tour now? View the recording from an earlier tour.

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Sociocracy workshop in Montreal

Sociocracy for Communities, Part One

July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 4, 1–3:30 ET

Have better meetings, get more done, be better organized, and create more harmony and connection in your group.

Sociocracy is an especially successful self-governance and decision-making method that instructor Diana Leafe Christian, community consultant and author of Creating a Life Together, now highly recommends instead of consensus. Learn the concepts and practice the skills in this lively, online workshop.

Part One covers Proposal-Forming, Consent Decision-Making, Evaluation, Shared Values, Vision, Mission, and Aims.

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A man talking down to a woman

Working Effectively with Community Conflict — Interpersonal Conflict, Structural Conflict, and “Especially Challenging Behaviors”

September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 1–3:30 pm

Learn practical, workable solutions to resolve or contain three types of group conflict.

Join communities expert Diana Leafe Christian in this lively workshop for people in communities of all kinds who may have felt confused, baffled, or even hopeless about ongoing conflict in their group and seek grounded, field-tested solutions. There are things you can do!

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Workshop participants learning Sociocracy in Diana’s Huehoecoyotl Ecovillage workshop, Mexico, 2015.

Sociocracy for Communities, Part Two

October 6, 13, 20, 27, & November 3, 1–3:30 pm

Have better meetings, get more done, be better organized, and create more harmony and connection in your group.

Sociocracy is an especially successful self-governance method highly recommended by Diana Leafe Christian. Learn the concepts and practice the skills in this lively, online workshop.

Part Two covers Selecting People for Roles, Role-Improvement Feedback, Consenting to Circle Members, Sociocracy’s Circle Structure.

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Friends in the forest at Earthaven Ecovillage

Thriving in Relationships — Five Tools for Success

January 2025

Learn and hone skills for strengthening and repairing relationships of all types.

Learn how to use appreciation to experience gratitude and aliveness, use empathetic listening to be present when someone is expressing something that’s hard to hear, use honest expression to express needs in a way that’s easier for someone to hear, use needs-based negotiation to find strategies for meeting a group of people’s needs, and use relationship repair when a bump causes a disconnection.

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Self-paced Courses

Two women caring for a baby

People Care at Earthaven

Self-paced Course

An overview of the social, emotional, and relational aspects of village life.

Culture at Earthaven Ecovillage is both intentionally and organically created based on both the people who come together and the purpose they hold dear. Lee Warren exposes the invisible infrastructure that binds us to each other, to the land, and to the ecovillage project.

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LEAPs - Earthaven's alternative currency

Village Economics at Earthaven

Self-paced course

The ins and outs of money and wealth at Earthaven Ecovillage.

A viable economy is a key component to the success of all ecovillage and residential community projects. Earthaven looks towards a more elegant, fair-share design for economics, which includes such things as right livelihood, living wages, sustainability, cooperation, and village well-being. Join Lee Warren and envision a new story about time, money, and wealth.

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Green-built house with gardens and solar hot water

Place-Based Living at Earthaven

Self-paced Course

Visitors to Earthaven Ecovillage are often surprised that we are not yet fully sustainable or 100% self-sufficient. In this self-paced course, sustainability expert and Earthaven member Lee Warren helps define the context and describe our journey of moving from a consumer culture to a land-based, place-based life.

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Recordings

Sobonfu Somé

Sobonfu Somé: On Grief, Ritual, Community, and Forgiveness

Video Recording

Hear one of the foremost voices in African spirituality speak about grief in her culture.

Renouned teacher and mentor Sobonfu Somé was one of the foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West. Mentored by her Dagara elders, she brought ancient indigenous African wisdom to our Western culture in a compassionate, loving, and joyful way. Sobonfu was in Africa when she died in 2017.

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Flowing river with statue at Earthaven Ecovillage

Nature as Medicine — Gaia and Your Health, Vitality, and Spiritual Unfoldment

Workshop recording

Learn how to take care of your body in a way that enables spiritual unfoldment and supports joyful living.

As our lives have become more complicated and organized around technological advances, our health has faltered. This series will look at how interlinked the health of our bodies is with the health of Gaia and the ways in which genuine healing can address both.

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Statue looking at sunrise

The Other Yoga — Beyond the Postures

Workshop recording

Learn a systematic and life changing practice that can transform your consciousness and open doors into a new world of possibilities.

What is this “Other Yoga” that the vast bulk of the Yoga Sutra describes and explains? This workshop is based on new and more accessible commentaries and will uncover this neglected and powerful science that has guided the spiritual path of aspirants on their journey for eons.

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Doug Elliott and ground hog

Wild Tales — Strange But True Tales of the Natural World

Online video

Concert with Storyteller and Naturalist Doug Elliott.

Have you ever had a swarm of bees fall on your head, been swallowed by a snake, dined on coon, or read God’s handwriting on the back of a trout? Well, Doug Elliott has, and he tells you all about it. This program is flavored with natural history, traditional lore, outrageous personal narratives, regional dialects, soulful harmonica songs and more than a few belly laughs.

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Plastering a wall in a natural building

Introduction to Natural Building

Workshop recording

Explore natural building methods and materials.

Inspired by the idea of building or remodeling with more natural and sustainable materials but don’t know quite where to start?
In this workshop, you will gain an appreciation and understanding of what is possible with natural materials. There are no “cookie cutters” here — each place is different and each project reflects our best attempts to balance all our desires with realities.

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Women's circle at Earthaven Ecovillage

Growing Women’s Circles or Red Tents

Workshop recording

Create community with women.

Women’s Circles are an important way for women to connect with each other and with themselves. The Red Tent is a multi-generational woman-only space where women can honor the cycles of our lives. After taking this class, you will feel equipped to offer Women’s Circles and/or Red Tent Circles for the women in your life and have more structure for your own personal practice. Please join me in the Red Tent!

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Making flower essences

Understanding Medicines — Alternatives to Pharmaceuticals

Workshop Recording

Gain an understanding of medicine systems so you can make an informed choice for yourself.

This short series is intended to bring more clarity to this dilemma, to help those in need of treatment to choose wisely by having access to the information needed to reach a truly “informed consent,” which is universally accepted as a “human right.” In other words, without adequate, reliable information there can be no real informed consent.

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