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Wild Tales - Strange but True Adventures in the Natural World

with Doug Elliott

Friday, May 28, 2021

at Earthaven Ecovillage | near Asheville, NC

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School of Integrated Living presents DOUG ELLIOTT, well-known storyteller, humorist and naturalist!

Have you ever had a swarm of bees fall on your head, slurped fresh turtle eggs, dined on coon, or read God’s handwriting on the back of a trout? Well, Doug Elliott has, and he’ll be telling you all about it, along with a few soulful harmonica tunes and more than a few belly laughs.

Join us for an evening of laughter, connection, and learning.

6:30pm Dinner (available only if pre-ordered)
7:30pm Stories and Songs in the Earthaven Ecovillage Council Hall

Co-sponsored by The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers and School of Integrated Living as a part of the 9th Annual Reaching Nature Connection Conference whose 2021 East Coast theme is Singing Snails and Rainbow Tails.


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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 More about Accommodations

Camping overnight is available at an additional cost of $35 per person.

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.

Dinner must be pre-ordered.


Full participation:
Reservation Sliding Scale: $25-$40/person
Dinner is included. Reservation payment required.

Storytelling Only:
Suggested donation $10-25 accepted at the door for storytelling only, dinner not included. No reservation necessary.

How to Make a Reservation

Payment: Select your tuition and lodging options, then press "Add to Cart." After the page refreshes, select the number of people you're making reservations for and then "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. Please include a note with your name, what your check is paying for and your email address so we can send you a confirmation once received. 

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

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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