Based in the Western North Carolina mountains at Earthaven Ecovillage, the School of Integrated Living's (SOIL) residential programs have the unique ability to host hands-on, skill-building immersions with the physical, economic, agricultural, and social infrastructure necessary for featuring some of the most exciting aspects of whole-life education. SOIL is an educational organization and social enterprise focused on promoting life-skills and sustainability education through experiential education programs. Earthaven, paired with the educational reach of SOIL, can host visitors year-round.

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

Dry season

March to October

Languages spoken

  • English

People on site

60 - 100

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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