School of Integrated Living (SOIL) is an educational organization and social enterprise that teaches whole-life skills for a radically different and sustainable future. We bring together an experienced team of permaculture practitioners, conscious communicators, and unconventional leaders to provide classes that transform our students' inner and outer worlds. Based out of the Western North Carolina mountains at Earthaven Ecovillage, SOIL has the unique ability to host hands-on, skill-building immersions in a living laboratory for physical, economic, agricultural, and social sustainability. We envision a world where self-reliant, interdependent, and nature-connected people are deeply engaged in their local and global communities.

Programs topics range from permaculture, farm and gardening, renewable energy, natural building, creative discipline with young children, nature connection, shoemaking, storytelling, village building, to grieving rituals.

The mission of SOIL is to inspire and empower people to live responsible and creative lives by providing experiential education in integrated living and regenerative systems. We invite you to come join our community of sustainability-seekers and change makers!

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
  • plant medicine
    1-2 times per week
  • breathwork
    1-2 times per week
  • yoga
    1-2 times per week
  • meditation


School of Integrated Living is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Internships
  • Work exchangers
  • program/curriculum design
  • media
  • leadership development

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