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Deep Ecology & Yoga Retreat

September 16-19, 2021Sepia tone image of person practicing yoga on hill overlooking rolling hills trees and mountains in the distance

at Earthaven Ecovillage
near Asheville, NC

Dive deep into The Work That Reconnects to explore your ecological identity. Engage the practice of yoga to integrate the work into your body. Become more interconnected, creative, and tuned into your passionate purpose.

Everyone is welcome. No previous experience necessary.

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About the Retreat

We find ourselves alive in an extraordinary time; a time of uncertainty and disconnection, but also a time of great possibility where cooperation, courageous action, and collective movement can cultivate the world we’re longing to live in. In these times of ecological, political, and social catastrophe looming on the horizon, it is essential that we dig deep to find our creative will and power to help life jump up and live. Join us for a weekend of reconnecting with self, other, sacred purpose, and earth. Opening up our hearts and minds to the love, joy, and deep grief we feel for life on our planet allows us to find the strength and wisdom to act on behalf of Earth as catalysts for positive change. 

In this retreat, we will draw on the work of Deep Ecology and The Work That Reconnects to ground into our ecological identities, and the practice of yoga to integrate the work into our bodies. We will spiral through the 4 stages of The Work: Coming from Gratitude, Honoring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth. We will leave with a re-nourished connection to our bodies, our planet, and our sacred purpose as leaders, changers, and activists. 

Earthaven Ecovillage in the woodlands of the ancient Appalachian mountains with streams, vital forests, and naturally built infrastructure will serve as our container, mentor, and classroom for this work to unfold within.

More about Deep Ecology & the Work That Reconnects

Top view of spiralling plant leaves exhibiting sacred geometryDeep Ecology is a holistic, experiential, and embodied approach to moving beyond the Western expression of individualism toward a more integrated way of belonging to the world. It is based in Systems Theory, Eco-philosophy and spiritual views from around the world that can help us graduate from the strictly scientific approach to ecology to embodying our powerful role as an integrated part of the natural world. Joanna Macy, John Seed and others have developed this body of work over the last 4 decades to help guide us towards a more holistic world view and heal broken relationships with our life-sustaining planet. As we lean into our deep connection with life, we connect to our own unique, true nature, to our larger human community, and the web of life; coming to understand ourselves as having a role to play in the collective wellbeing.

More about the Yoga Practice

Person holding yoga pose on a colorful mat in a grassy rocky areaGarrell's yoga sessions are described as Hatha yoga.  The sessions are designed for all levels of ability and focus on the harmony of body, breath and mind.  Through a series of asanas (poses), relaxed self-awareness and movement with the breath the yoga practice can help promote physical and spiritual well-being, relieving some of the stresses and distractions of everyday life as well as prepare the participant for a meditation practice.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, september 16
3:30pm     Arrive. Set-up camp. Settle into the land.
6:45pm     Dinner
7:45pm     Evening Activity

Friday, september 17 - Saturday, september 18
7:00-8:00        Morning Yoga
8:15-9:15        Breakfast
9:30-12:00      Morning Session
12:00-2:00      Lunch
2:00-3:30        Afternoon Session
3:45-4:45        Afternoon Yoga
4:45-6:45        Independent Integration Time/Free Play
6:45-7:45        Dinner
8:00-9:30        Evening Activities

Sunday, september 19
7:00-8:00      Morning Yoga
8:15-9:15      Breakfast
9:30-12:00    Morning Session
12:00-1:30      Lunch

About Facilitators

Picture of instructor Courtney Brooke with mountains in backgroundFor the past decade, Courtney Brooke has traveled the world teaching permaculture and promoting healing through earth connection. She moved from New Zealand back to Appalachia where she now resides at Earthaven Ecovillage. She studied at The Odum School of Ecology and currently practices ecological design, holistic management and teaches permaculture with Living Systems Design. As a designer and teacher, Courtney Brooke’s passion is helping folks sink into a deep sense of belonging to their landscape Her work helps facilitate an integrative and deepening connection to place through landscape design, Deep Ecology work, sacred space design, and earth-based ritual – including women’s rites of passage work. In her spare time she can be found wild foraging, homesteading and writing her book. Courtney is a registered facilitator of The Work That Reconnects and has studied with John Seed and Inna Alex. She has facilitated The Work at festivals, gatherings, retreats and permaculture courses.

Headshot of instructor Garrell Bevirt with a thoughtful expressionGarrell Bevirt is an artist, designer, dreamer and currently a student, practitioner, and teacher of yoga, meditation and tantra. For the last five years he has been immersed in a full time, live in tantra/ yoga/ meditation/ permaculture mentorship/ teacher training with Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati (Rudolph Ballentine MD), who himself underwent twenty years of intensive training with his teacher, Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Garrell's yoga training has also been influenced by Diane Long a practitioner and teacher of Vanda Scaravelli Yoga.  Garrell is the operational and development director for Dancing Shiva where he lives and stewards the land. Dancing Shiva is a Tantra Monastery and Retreat Center within the Earthaven Ecovillage. Garrell is dedicated to offering folks tools and attitudes to balance inner and outer life. He has co-facilitated workshops in Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, North & South Carolina, NY and soon in Alaska. Garrell is excited and privileged to be a part of helping shift consciousness through meditation, movement, and connection to the vital nexus of nature.

More about other facilitators coming soon.


Thirty people holding hands in a large circle on the lawn outside Earthaven Ecovillage function space

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

Camping is included. Private indoor lodging at Earthaven is available for an additional cost.

Shared indoor lodging
Cost per person: 3 nights $45, 4 nights $60

Private indoor lodging
Cost for 1 person: 3 nights $90; 4 nights $105
Cost for 2 people (shared bed): 3 nights $165; 4 nights $187.50

More about Accommodations

Earthaven is nestled in the heart of the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains, 30 miles outside of Asheville, NC on curvy mountain roads and within two hours of three airports.

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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.

Nine meals are included, Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch.


Tuition Sliding Scale: $365-$425

Tuition includes meals, camping, instruction, and all materials. Private indoor lodging is available for an additional cost. Transportation is available for an additional cost.

We offer partial scholarships (50% of the bottom of the sliding scale) to black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend. We understand that BIPOC experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and this is one way we are able to create more access. If you identify as BIPOC and would like to receive a scholarship, please contact us at info@schoolofintegratedliving.org.

How to Secure Your Space

step 1 - Register: Fill out the registration form. Please give yourself plenty of time to complete the application, because it cannot be saved until submitted. (Your space is not reserved until your payment is received.)

Registration is not yet open for 2021.

step 2 - Payment: Use the cart below to select your tuition, meal, transportation, and lodging options, then select "Add to Cart." After the page refreshes, select the "Checkout with PayPal" option and continue through the PayPal website.

SLIDING SCALE: Because some people have more financial means than others, we have created a sliding scale fee system to accommodate a range of economic realities. The high-end of the scale reflects the value we believe the program holds, and the low-end offers a more accessible entry point. By choosing a higher price point, you are helping make the program more accessible to others for whom the low-end may be cost-prohibitive. Please consider your needs and resources to determine what might be a stretch, but not a strain.

Registration is not yet open for 2021.

We also accept checks or money orders payable to the following address and note the class for which you are registering in the memo field:

School of Integrated Living
11 Full Circle Trail
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Crowdfunding and Fundraising: Check out our Crowdfunding and Fundraising page for creative ways to engage your community and launch a "Community Supported Education" campaign. This approach can help support your investment in yourself, your community, the planet, and future generations.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel, you may:

  • Transfer your registration to a friend (they would need to register online).
  • Donate your place to someone who would not be able to participate without financial assistance (SOIL would handle this).
  • 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 info@schoolofintegratedliving.org with registration questions.

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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