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Earthaven Ecovillage Visitor Weekend

September 4-7, 2020

at Earthaven Ecovillage | near Asheville, NC

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Earthaven Ecovillage Visitor Weekend is a service-learning program that introduces participants in the community life of Earthaven Ecovillage. The Experience Week gives participants an inside look at the radical social and ecological experimentation that has taken place in this land-based community over the past 25 years. 

Today we are collectively faced with an ecological crisis of rising sea levels, polluted air, toxic oceans, and mass extinction of species, in addition to a social crisis of disconnection, isolation, and loss of meaning and purpose. Although Earthaven Ecovillage doesn’t have ready-made solutions for healing all these problems, however this collection of individuals are leveraging their privilege and engaging in thoughtful, practical strategies that are attempting to merge the best of ancestral wisdom and technological innovation with ethics. As a community they are grounding their visions in authentic connection to spirit and the land, in an effort to bring some order and beauty into this fragmented world.

For these reasons this 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. Come engage in an empowering, inspiring, skill-building experience with the people, businesses, and farms of the Taylor Creek Watershed community.

This program is a shorter version of the Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week (June 19-25). While the Experience Week offers an opportunity for deeper connection with participants, more community integration and additional classes and activities (simply because it’s longer), the Visitor Weekend offers exposure to more neighborhoods and homesteads with its additional themed tours. Both programs promise richness, depth, insight, and learning – you can’t go wrong with either.


Curriculum

The Visitor Weekend 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. 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 an embodied life.

Organic Food Production, Natural Buildings, and Off-Grid Utilities

    • See inside eco-friendly and consciously-built homes (tiny houses, stud-frame, cob, straw-bale, earthship, earthen plaster)
    • Learn where our food comes from. See permaculture and agricultural experimentation in action on small-scale farms and homesteads
    • Connect with and give back to the land through service learning projects and work parties
    • Be nourished by local, sustainably-grown, organic, and wild food
    • Learn about off-grid renewable systems in practice (photovoltaic, micro-hydro, radiant-floor heating, hot water diversions)
    • Identify, harvest, and eat Wild Edible plants

Resilient Community and Regenerative Culture

    • Learn about successful ecovillages and land-based endeavors (both rural and urban)
    • Get an introductory understanding of Earthaven legal structure and governance
    • Learn how conflict and loss build intimacy and are essential to community survival
    • Hear about the realities of Community Living straight from the mouths of Earthaven’s members and residents

Personal Growth and Empowerment

    • Identify personal goals and resources through The Work that Reconnects of Joanna Macy
    • Connect to yourself, others, and the natural world
    • Explore what it means to be a responsible human living an authentic and meaningful life
    • Be supported in moving from inspiration and motivation into embodied and awakened action

About Instructors

SOIL has a team of skilled facilitators who artistically co-create a powerful group experience with participants that addresses the pervasive longing for meaning and fulfillment in this time of modern crisis.

Class descriptions coming soon.

More about Instructors

Learning Environment and ScheduleEarthaven Experience Week participants mucking a creek

This long weekend program consists of expert lectures, fireside conversations, community celebrations, hands-on projects, land-walks, and tours to provide an intimate, well-rounded and powerful learning experience.

Friday, September 4
1:00–2:30pm Arrival, Check-in, and Camp Setup
2:30-3:30pm Welcome and Orientation
3:30-6:00pm Tour of Earthaven
6:30–7:30pm Dinner
7:30–9pm Opening Circle

Saturday and Sunday, September 5 - 6
7:30–8:30am Breakfast
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
6:30–7:30pm Dinner
7:30–9:30pm Fireside Conversations with Community Members

Monday, September 7
7:30–8:30am Breakfast
9:00 am–12:30pm Final Session and Closing Circle
12:30–1:30pm 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


Logistics

Earthaven Experience Week participants walking on a path through some flower beds

Location
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

Accommodations
Camping is included in the tuition. 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

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Travel
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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Food

Workshop participants feast on wild edibles collected at Earthaven Experience Week

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 Monday lunch.


The GroupEarthaven Experience Week participants building a drainage system with French drains

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


Cost

Full Weekend
Tuition Sliding Scale: $375-$450

Tuition includes food for the entire program, camping, instruction, and all materials. Private indoor lodging and transportation are available for at additional cost.

Scholarships
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.)

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step 2 - Payment: Use the cart below to select your tuition 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.

Earthaven Ecovillage Visitor Weekend
Earthaven Ecovillage Visitor Weekend
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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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