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whole-life skills for a radically different future

Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion

June 10-August 11, 2017

at Earthaven Ecovillage | near Asheville, North Carolina

Includes Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) and Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Certificate

Acquire skills. Enhance awareness. Empower the self. Awaken connection.


Expand your experience and unlock your gifts in this life-changing, community-based learning journey at Earthaven Ecovillage. Learn how to make informed and responsible choices for your basic needs through applied permaculture design and ecological living; forge deep, authentic relationships with yourself, others, and Earth; and contribute to a more sustainable and just world for all.

Education with Purpose

The Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion is a two-month residency grounded in the integrated life of Earthaven Ecovillage—an ideal experimental classroom in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Through experiential and traditional techniques, you'll undertake a transformative, eco-cultural learning experience. You’ll gain practical, real-life skills while fostering personal connection and growth in a supportive environment. The immersion lays the foundation for you to experience more happiness, vitality, deep listening, empathy, zeal for life, inner healing, and leadership on a daily basis.  

SOIL attracts people from many walks of life who share a vision for a world that is ecologically harmonious, socially just, spiritually connected, personally empowering, and provides true wealth for all. The Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion's engaging curriculum offers opportunities to expand your awareness, further develop essential life skills, and cultivate your unique gifts and passions. The Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion team is ready to help you know those passions more intimately, step into your fullest expression, and play your role in the courageous co-creation of a new culture and world.

SOIL is excited to be partnering with the Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education to offer Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Certification in addition to a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC). Both certifications are internationally recognized and have high standards for program delivery.

Important Details

WHEN: June 10–August 11, 2017 (9 weeks). See Schedule and Calendar for details.

WHERE: Earthaven Ecovillage near Asheville, North Carolina. See Location for details.

CURRICULUM: Our dynamic curriculum combines ancient social and ecological wisdom with modern techniques, empowering people of all ages to become stewards, mentors, and leaders. See Curriculum for details.

FOOD & LODGING: Your tuition covers all food. We offer catered meals during tightly scheduled learning times and food for self-prepared meals during all other times. Camping is included in your tuition, and indoor lodging is also available. See Food and Lodging for more details.

Tuition: Full Tuition—$6,800 ($6,400 until February 10, 2017). This cost includes food for the full two months, camping, field trips, instruction, certifications, and all materials. See Application and Tuition for more details.

APPLICATION: A limited number of spaces are available for the 2017 Immersion. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage interested participants to apply as early as possible. See Application and Tuition for more details.

FAQs: For more information, take a look at our FAQ page, which provides answers to some commonly asked questions.


Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion at Earthaven Ecovillage

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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