Customized Education Programs at Earthaven Ecovillage
Where village life and the natural world come together for
an educational experience like no other.
Be immersed in a 25-year-old, off-grid community set in the rich biodiversity of Southern Appalachia to get a close-up look at sustainability through social, ecological, economic, and eco-spiritual lenses. Our ecovillage is the 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.
SOIL, in partnership with Earthaven Ecovillage, offers customized, experiential education programs for groups of all ages and stages:
- College and Gap-year Students: Study Away, Mini-mesters, Class field trips, Alternative Breaks, Service-Learning Projects
- Elementary, Middle, and High School Groups: Classrooms, Homeschool Groups, Extracurricular Clubs
- Adult Groups: Businesses, Organizations, Community Groups
We provide experiential learning that perfectly complements traditional academic learning. The place-specific, hands-on learning allows participants to authentically connect with themselves, the curriculum, and the world around them to embody and integrate lessons more fully, engage critical thinking, and further develop intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.
Our courses can be adapted to fit the needs of any group, from boards of directors and business teams, to scout groups and knitting clubs. We will craft a tailor-made experience to meet your organization’s needs with what our land and talented facilitator team has to offer.
Sizes of groups tend to range from a handful to two dozen people, who stay anywhere from a half-day to a week (and sometimes more).
My students were so impressed by Earthaven’s balance of personal freedom with community, and loved the range of topics our tour guide touched upon, from governance to architecture to permaculture. I loved how beautifully it was demonstrated that intentional living is both accessible and rewarding, and that there are viable alternatives to fully participating in an individualistic and capitalistic society.
~ Dr. Ashley Rattner, Postdoctoral Fellow of English, East Tennessee State University, 2019
All of our programs include:
- Tailor-made programming
- A variety of high quality instructors
- A detailed tour of the Earthaven community
- Team-building activities
Your program can also include expert-led classes, community panel discussions, and/or hands-on activities in the following areas:
- Sustainable Land Stewardship & Regenerative Systems
- Natural Building & Eco-conscious Infrastructure
- Resilient Community and Regenerative Culture
- Renewable Energy and Off-Grid Utilities
- Personal Growth and Empowerment
- Nature Connection
For an even richer and more nourishing experience, your group could also elect to:
- Fire up the sauna
- Experience the farm & garden
- Learn to cook around the fire
- Dip in the natural swimming hole
- Do group wellness activities like yoga
- Take part in service-learning work parties
- Eat special farm-to-table or forest-to-table meals
- Initiate interviews with select community members
- Explore expression through song, story and/or music
- Engage the night with activities like games and hikes
- Enjoy a fireside Q & A chat with our community members
- Attend community events (potlucks, dances, seasonal celebrations)
- Connect to the land and village infrastructure through topic-focused tours and land-walks
Spending a week at Earthaven was a profound intellectual experience that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life. I met, learned from, and interacted with some of the most revolutionary and intelligent people in the field of sustainability.
~ Lizzy Beyer, 2016 College of Charleston, Class: Nature Spirituality, Ecotopia, and Applied Ecovillage Living
What Service-Learning Looks Like: Keene State College Alternative Spring Break at Earthaven
Earthaven gave our students an enriching experience to learn about an intentional, sustainable community. The impact of their visit far outweighed any classroom lecture or video about this topic. The openness and transparency found at Earthaven was a tremendous inspiration letting others know that such communities live and thrive within such beautiful, realistic surroundings. This community broke down barriers for my students and answered many questions about sustainability and off-the-grid communities. It offers a beam of hope that if they can do it, we can do it. The students were able to take away a unique experience that made a lasting impact on their lives. During our time, we enjoyed an educational tour and a work party by helping another member do some gardening work. The work was humbling because we got dirty and felt accomplished in being a true part of Earthaven. They can take what they've learned and spread the awareness, while also applying new ideas to their own lives.
~ Jennifer Sellers, Sustainability Coordinator, Coastal Carolina University, 2015 & 2016