Get a taste of Earthaven’s living laboratory in a Saturday Session. Come out to Earthaven for the afternoon or augment a Saturday in-person tour to glean insights and learn new skills in our villager-led programs. When our forested campground is open April through October, you can extend your Earthaven visit to the weekend. In most programs, you can join residents in a late Sunday morning work party related to the program topic.
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Developing Off-Grid Infrastructure
April 13, 1–4 pm
Personal sustainability in a land-based context. This afternoon program includes a presentation and discussion of Earthaven’s off-grid infrastructure systems, including water, waste, power, access, and buildings. Gain ideas and learn what questions to ask to properly assess the land and explore systems appropriate for your project. Because this class is based on a self-inquiry process aimed at exposing what motivates YOU, you can learn a lot even if your project or orientation is different than Earthaven.
May 11, 1–4 pm, with optional Sunday work party
Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of nature’s pharmacy. Discover the time-honored traditions of herbal medicine as you explore the unique flora that thrives in these ancient mountains. This course combines traditional knowledge with modern understanding, offering a holistic approach to herbalism.
Gardening in Harmony with Nature
June 8, 1–4 pm, with optional Sunday work party
Growing garden vegetables can be easy and fun. How can that be? Soil microbes and farm animals are employed to generate fertility for our growing plants. Wisdom from the peasant farmers of the world shows us appropriate technology at a human scale. Following the cycles of the earth and the sun brings rhythm to our actions. Learn how to increase the productivity of your vegetable garden with minimal external inputs!
Soil Health, Human Health
July 13, 1–4 pm, with optional Sunday work party
Delve into the fascinating connections between nutrient-rich soils, plant vitality, and the health impacts on the plants we consume. Gain insights into gardening practices that not only nurture the Earth but also foster robust human health and ecological harmony. Grow more nutritious vegetables for your family.
Natural Building Tour
August 10, 10 am–4 pm
See inside naturally built homes and talk with their residents and builders! Earthaven is known for its wide range of natural buildings. This expanded Earthaven Ecovillage tour will focus on the natural buildings, providing rare access to the interiors of homes. Residents and builders will share their experiences in building and living in these buildings.
September 7, 1–4 pm, with optional Sunday work party
Embark on a flavorful journey of vegetable preservation and probiotics! Join us for a hands-on experience where you’ll learn the art and science of transforming fresh vegetables into delicious, gut-friendly delights. Explore the ancient craft of fermentation as we cover essential techniques, fermentation vessel selection, and the magic of cultivating beneficial microbes.
Home Funerals, Home Burials
October 26, 1–4 pm
A half-day introduction to death care at Earthaven. After experiencing eight deaths in eight years along with extensive study with our mentors, we are sharing our experiences with others who are looking to feel empowered to care for and honor their dead from their homes with their family and friends. Learn your rights and options.
Biochar, Milpa Farming & Ecstatic Tortilla Griddling
November 9, 1–5 pm
An afternoon of griddling fresh tortillas while discussing milpa culture. “Milpa” describes an ancient and elegant community-scale indigenous farming way that integrates annual crops, tree crops, fungi and animals through the long-term management of forest succession, creating a nutrient-dense cuisine as well as fiber, medicine, firewood for cooking, building materials and cultural continuity. Get a feel for our ancestoral ways through stories and hands-on activities.
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