Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week
June 19-25, 2020
at Earthaven Ecovillage | near Asheville, NC
Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week is a residential service-learning program that immerses participants in the life of Earthaven Ecovillage. Our ecovillage provides the ideal living laboratory for a whole-life skills curriculum—a place to see regenerative systems in practice, food production in action, and community living on a personal level. Participants connect with the people, businesses, and farms of the Taylor Creek Watershed community for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience.
The Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week curriculum encourages participants to examine sustainability through social, ecological, economic, and eco-spiritual lenses. The learning journey weaves large-group discussions and classes together with intimate hands-on experiences in the village and farms alongside community members. SOIL instructors, together with the community at large, support participants to build important skills, foster awareness for global issues, empower the self, increase connection, and develop the resources required for daily life.
Classes, discussions, and activities will explore the following:
Organic Food Production and Natural Buildings
- Green homes (tiny houses, stud-frame, cob, straw-bale, earthship)
- Small-scale farms and home gardens (permaculture gardens, integrated farms, compost)
- Service-learning projects and farm harvest work parties
- Nourishing, local, sustainably-grown, organic, and wild food
Renewable Energy and Off-Grid Utilities
- Off-grid renewable systems in practice (photovoltaic, micro-hydro, radiant-floor heating, hot water diversions, wood-fired boiler)
- Biochar, a charcoal fertilizer with energy-positive production
- Development of energy alternatives to meet the world’s impending energy crisis
Resilient Community and Regenerative Culture
- Earthaven and other successful ecovillages and land-based endeavors (both rural and urban)
- The three-legged stool of sustainability—the social, environmental, and economic factors necessary for sustainable projects to succeed
- Earthaven legal structure and governance 101
Personal Growth and Empowerment
- Personal goals and resources through Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects
- Connection to yourself, others, and the natural world
- Designing an authentic, meaningful, and responsible life in the modern world
- Earth-based spirituality at the Summer Solstice celebration
In addition to classes, discussions, and activities, you’ll enjoy meals and rituals with community members as well as the option to participate in yoga, meditation, and hiking.More about Instructors
Learning Environment and Schedule
This week-long educational experience consists of expert lectures, fireside conversations, community celebrations, hands-on projects, journaling, tours, and interactive activities to provide an intimate, well-rounded, and powerful learning experience.
Friday, June 19
1:00–3:00pm Arrival and Camp Setup
3:00-4:00pm Welcome and Orientation
4:00-6:30pm Tour of Earthaven
7:30–9pm Opening Circle
Saturday, June 20 through Wednesday, June 24
9:00 am–12:30pm Morning Session
12:30–2:00pm Lunch and Independent Time
2:00–5:30pm Afternoon Session
5:30–6:30pm Independent Time
7:30–9:30pm Evening Activities
Thursday, June 25
9:00 am–12:30pm Final Session and Closing Circle
12:30–1:00pm Lunch and Departure
This is hands-down the most authentic and interactive experience regarding ecovillage structure and regenerative living that I've had in 20 years of my interest in the subjects. ~ Diedra, 2017 participant
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 in the tuition. Private indoor lodging at Earthaven is available for an additional cost.
Shared indoor lodging
Cost per person: 6 nights $60, 7 nights $70
Private indoor lodging
Cost for 1 person: 6 nights $105, 7 nights $115
Cost for 2 people (shared bed): 6 nights $202.50, 7 nights $215
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.
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.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included, Friday dinner through Thursday lunch.
This program is primarily designed for adults. However, mature young adults under 18 years old are also welcome. Please contact SOIL to discuss the enrollment of passionate individuals under 18.
We welcome families with young children to attend and will do our best to support you and your children, however we are not able to offer childcare. As much of the content involves focused, sit-down presentations, attending with a young child will likely mean being less able to participate fully in the course.
Earthaven Experience Week was among the most enlightening and extraordinary spiritual experiences of my life to date. ~ Steve (72 years old), 2019 Participant
Tuition Sliding Scale: $675-825
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 email@example.com.
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.)Register Today
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with registration questions.