About.

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!

Experiences

$700/person
June 09 - 13, 2018
  • Renewable Energy
  • permaculture
  • community projects
  • food
  • natural building
  • Soil Science
  • yoga
  • dance
  • Water Systems
  • Meditation
SOIL's Earthaven Experience Week is a residential service-learning program that immerses participants in the life of Earthaven Ecovillage. Students join the homes, lives, businesses, and farms of the Taylor Creek Watershed community for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience. The Earthaven Experience Week curriculum examines social, ecological, economic, and eco-spiritual sustainability. Through hands-on experience, SOIL instructors build important skills, foster awareness...
$2050/person
July 05 - 26, 2018
  • Renewable Energy
  • permaculture
  • community projects
  • food
  • Soil Science
  • Meditation
  • dance
  • yoga
  • Water Systems
The Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course at Earthaven Ecovillage incorporates the internationally recognized two-week PDC curriculum into an extended exploration of community-scale design for climate resilience. SOIL's instructors place permaculture practice in the context of the emerging global climate reality, all through the 23-year-old living classroom of Earthaven.This 21-day intensive course offers 130 hours of instruction and...

Bookings.

$250/person

Reaching Nature Connection: Fire, Knives, Sticks, and Bones

Apr 14 - Apr 15, 2018
Food Not Included
Join us for hands-on learning in Nature's playground! Gain educational tools, songs, games, and much more while learning the importance of risk to healthy childhood development of confidence, competence, and self-regulation. Visit http://www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/programs/reaching-nature-connection/risky-play/ for more information.
$400/person

Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training

Jun 15 - Jun 17, 2018
Food Not Included
Home-based celebrations bring death out of the shadows and into the light of life. To care for a family's loved ones by lovingly tending to them in their own homes is a gift and remains an option for those who want to honor this important life transition. This three-day workshop provides an intensive introduction to home funerals and death celebrations. You will learn the practical, legal, and spiritual necessities for accompanying a family along the journey of dying. Visit http://www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/programs/home-funeral-training/ for more information.
$180/person

Advanced Care and After Death Care Directives

Mar 03 - Mar 10, 2018
Food Not Included
Death is a journey that all must take, and establishing your path before the time arrives can make that journey easier for you and your loved ones. Perhaps you have thought about starting, completing, reviewing, or even finding your end of life documents. This workshop offers a casual group setting where you will work to complete your advance care and after death care documents. Over the course of two five-hour classes, you will produce a notarized set of end-of-life documents and determine your next steps. Visit http://www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/programs/advanced-care-after-death/ for more information.
$2050/person

Permaculture Design Course

Jul 05 - Jul 26, 2018
Food included
The Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course at Earthaven Ecovillage incorporates the internationally recognized two-week PDC curriculum into an extended exploration of community-scale design for climate resilience. SOIL's instructors place permaculture practice in the context of the emerging global climate reality, all through the vibrant, 23-year-old living "classroom" of Earthaven. Visit http://www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/programs/permaculture-design-course/ for more information.
$700/person

Earthaven Experience Week

Jun 08 - Jun 13, 2018
Food included
SOIL's Earthaven Experience Week is a residential service-learning program that immerses participants in the life of Earthaven Ecovillage. Students join the homes, lives, businesses, and farms of the Taylor Creek Watershed community for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience. Sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community. Visit www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/programs/earthaven-experience-week/ for more information.
$50/person

Service-Learning Week

Apr 26 - Apr 30, 2018
Food Not Included
Participate in the everyday rhythm of life and work at Earthaven Ecovillage while learning new skills and getting to know the community. Visit http://www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/programs/service-learning/ for more information.
$300/person

Compassion Camp

Jun 07 - Jun 10, 2018
Food included
This immersive exploration of nonviolent communication (NVC) is meant to foster community among the growing number of people in Western North Carolina who are passionate about living and promoting compassionate consciousness. Visit http://www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/programs/compassion-camp/ for more information.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2013

Size of project site

330 hectares

Dry season

March to October

Languages spoken

  • English

People on site

60 - 100

Wet season

November to February

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

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

Omnivore Food

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

Internet

  • 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
    daily

Opportunities

School of Integrated Living is currently offering the following opportunities:

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

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