SOIL Curriculum

Teachings, wisdom and philosophies.

The foundation of our curriculum.

Your online guide to integrated living.


The School of Integrated Living (SOIL) offers a distinctively broad curriculum of whole-life skills for a radically different and sustainable future. We embody the metaphor of the SOIL and think in terms of planting the seeds of change in the soil so that something inspired and real can take root and grow. 

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Our goal is to empower people to live a fully integrated life, to become fully alive humans, to be community members simultaneously held by and feeding the healthy village. We hope for this change to spiral outward, with each healthy village being held by and feeding a more healthy world.

We offer this summary to quickly introduce the wide range of philosophies, wisdom, and teachers that have influenced us. We acknowledge that these summaries do not do justice to the depth and complexity of many of these teachings and teachers. In the spirit of mentoring and lineage, we also acknowledge these powerful mentors and teachers we have learned from on our collective journey. You have shaped us. We are forever indebted to you.

These teachings are the foundational narratives which we use — mixed with our own collective and individual life experience, strengths, and wisdom — to create our program offerings. These people, concepts, and works are sometimes visibly and oftentimes invisibly woven into and upholding our curriculum from the root level.

Spiritual Ecology and Embodied Gratitude

  • Eco-spirituality
  • Spiritual polyculture
  • Holistic birthing
  • Dagara traditions
  • Rites of passage
  • Coyote mentoring
Summer potluck supper at Earthaven Ecovillage

Thriving Relationships and Resilient Community

Leading a water connection ceremony

Creative and Responsible Living

  • Green building
  • Regenerative systems
  • Primitive skill
  • Energy alternatives
  • Three-legged stool of sustainability
  • Anti-racism
  • Herbal medicine
  • Handmade life
  • Permaculture

Nature Connection

  • Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers
  • Eight shields
  • Story telling
  • Bird language
  • Place-based education
  • Nature schoole
Woman connecting with the forest

Grief Tending and Conscious Dying

  • Home funeral
  • Green burials
  • Death care
  • Positive deathing
  • Ancestral medicine
  • Death doula

Regenerative Culture

  • Mutual aid
  • Restorative justice
  • Ecovillages
  • Educational tourism
  • Skill sharing
  • Savings pools
  • Intentional community
  • Alternative education