The School of Integrated Living (SOIL) is the educational branch of Earthaven Ecovillage and is a 501(c)3 educational organization that teaches whole-life skills for a radically different and sustainable future.

SOIL’s mission is to populate the world with empowered, skilled, and conscious leaders dedicated to creating regenerative change and healthy relationships.

We offer online and in-person education with a broad curriculum ranging from Deep Ecology to Non Violent Communication, from Nature Connection to Grief Tending, from Ancient Wisdom to Renewable Energy.

Earthaven is an ongoing experiment where – for over 27 years – the skills we teach have been developed, refined and lived. Connect with nature, meet the village, and exhale deeply in the Blue Ridge mountains outside of Asheville, NC.

Explore Earthaven with our upcoming in-person and virtual tours, Experience Weekend and Action Week

Customized Programs

We also offer customized, nature-based, team-building and educational programs that inspire creativity and empower authentic leadership with connection to place, others, and self.

Come learn with SOIL, where village life and the natural world come together for a group experience like no other.

Educational Programs

Our style of experiential learning perfectly complements traditional academic programs. Get off campus for some place-specific, hands-on experiential learning.

Our connection specialists will have students connecting with themselves, within the group, with nature and the world around them. We teach critical thinking, intrapersonal skills, embodied knowledge, and getting more fully engaged. We’ll work with you on the specific curriculum that fits your group.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

330 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English

People on site

60 - 100

Dry season

March to October

Wet season

November to February

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • entire house
  • private room
  • hammocks

Omnivore Food

  • over 80% locally sourced
  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals


  • slow: emails only

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    1-2 times per week
  • dance
    1-2 times per week
  • yoga
    1-2 times per week
  • meditation


Earthaven's School of Integrated Living is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Internships
  • Work exchangers
  • leadership development
  • education
  • media

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