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whole-life skills for a radically different future

Study Away

Many colleges offer study abroad programs to provide an understanding of different cultural, socioeconomic, religious, or political beliefs. These courses often take students around the world, but SOIL believes that there are rich, diverse, and mind-broadening cultures within the US. Our partnership with Earthaven Ecovillage allows students to experience a new culture without leaving the country—to study away, rather than study abroad.

SOIL education at Earthaven exposes students to the cutting edge of sustainability education, ecological and social design, and holistic learning. This ecovillage offers a permaculture-based design system, hand-built homes, renewable energy production, conscious relating skills, do-it-yourself health care systems, self-governance approaches, and cooperative businesses—a culture radically different from the mainstream in many industrialized nations.

SOIL helps students achieve the goals of multiculturalism, off-campus living, experiential learning, community-based education, and opening of minds and hearts within their own country. The benefits include lower costs, easier localization, and greater contribution to cultural transformation in the US. Domestic programs also minimize issues such as visas, immunizations, illnesses, language barriers, and international travel concerns.

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Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week

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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