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Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion

Food and Lodging

Accommodations and Amenities

Food and camping are included in Immersion tuition. Participants will camp in the Earthaven campground. Most campground sites are for two-person tents; some can accommodate larger tents. Several RV spots (no hookups) are also available. The campground offers drinking water, a tarp-covered kitchen with propane burners for cooking and heating water, and an outhouse with a composting toilet and hand-washing station. A flush toilet is available in the Council Hall nearby. (Other private or dormitory housing may be available; contact SOIL for further details.)

Earthaven Ecovillage is off-grid and therefore not supplied by public utilities. However, electricity is available from solar panels and two small hydropower stations. There is minimal internet access and no cell phone reception, although landline phones are available for short phone calls or emergencies. Immersion participants will have a designated voicemail box for incoming messages. Living at Earthaven offers a balance between comfort and adventure.


Meals and Nourishment

Meals will be either prepared by participants and staff, catered by skilled cooks, or hosted in the home of community members. Meal chores and classes on nourishing foods result in fabulous meals, create rewarding communal experiences, and empower participants to enhance the art and skill of meal preparation.

As much food as possible is sourced from Earthaven and its surrounding organic farms and gardens, with some ingredients sourced from local grocery stores. We aim for food that is seasonal, local, fresh, wildcrafted, humanely raised, and organic. Grains, beans, and nuts are often pre-soaked; vegetables are served raw, fermented, and cooked; soup stocks are made from the bones of our livestock; fats are high-quality animal fats (butter, lard, and tallow), coconut oil, and olive oil (with no trans fats, synthetic oils, or processed vegetable oils); and sweeteners (raw sugar, molasses, honey, and maple syrup) are used minimally.

The production and preparation of delicious, organic, locally sourced food is a cornerstone of the course. It is not uncommon for 75% of the food at an Immersion meal to be grown on-site or by Earthaven neighbors.


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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