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whole-life skills for a radically different future

Spiritual Activism and the Climate Crisis

July 27-31, 2020

at Earthaven Ecovillage | near Asheville, NC

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Composite photo of hands holding the earth with quote - The Earth is What We All Have in Common - by Wendell Berry

In this time of undeniable climate change acceleration, spiritual activism is gaining more traction. It’s not enough to fight for a cause politically and environmentally. Our activism requires grounding in the spiritual, the emotional, AND the physical. 

How do we do this?

Join SOIL, in partnership with Earthaven Ecovillage, for this unique one-week intensive where participants learn whole-life skills to transform climate change overwhelm into pathways of engagement and empowerment.

Become a change agent in your community!


Learning Environment and Schedule

This week-long program will focus on whole-life skills ranging from systems design for a resilient future; small scale alternative energy solutions; developing a new mythology; the link between environmental justice and social justice; plus earth-based spiritual exercises, and more.
Workshops will consist of expert lectures, fireside conversations, hands-on projects, tours, community panels, and interactive activities to provide an intimate, well-rounded, powerful, and embodied learning experience.

Monday, July 27
11:00–3:00 Arrival, Camp Setup
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00–5:00 Tour of Earthaven
6:30–7:30 Dinner
7:30–9:00 Opening Circle

Tuesday, July 28 through Thursday, July 30
7:00-8:00 Well-Being Practice (optional)
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00–12:00 AM Session
12:30–2:00 Lunch and Independent Time
2:00–5:00 PM Session
5:00–6:30 Independent Time
6:30–7:30 Dinner
7:30–9:30 Evening Activities

Friday, July 31    
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00–12:30 AM Session
12:30–1:30 Lunch and Departure
2:00-5:00 Field Trip: Tour of Carolina Memorial Sanctuary (Mills River)


Logistics

Workshop participants standing in a circle on the lawn holding hands in front of circular house

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 for 4 nights (Mon-Fri). Private indoor lodging at Earthaven is available for an additional cost.

Additional Nights of Camping
$10/night/person

Shared indoor lodging
Cost per person: 4 nights $50; 5 nights $60

Private indoor lodging
Cost for 1 person: 4 nights $85; 5 nights $100
Cost for 2 people (shared bed):4 nights $85; 5 nights $100

More about Accommodations

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

Photo of pasta and sliced tomatoes served on a bed of greens in a bowl

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, Monday lunch through Friday lunch.


Cost

Full Week
Tuition Sliding Scale: TBD -
$625

Tuition includes meals, camping, instruction, and all materials. Private indoor lodging is available for an additional cost. Transportation is available for an 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

Registration opening soon.

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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