About.

Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week immerses participants in the life of Earthaven Ecovillage. Our ecovillage provides the ideal living laboratory to see regenerative systems in practice, food production in action, and community living on a personal level. Participants connect with the people, businesses, and farms for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience.

The Experience Week curriculum encourages participants to examine sustainability through social, ecological, economic, and eco-spiritual lenses. The learning journey weaves large-group discussions & classes together with intimate hands-on experiences in the village & farms alongside community members. SOIL instructors, together with the community at large, support you to build important skills, foster awareness for global issues, empower the self, increase connection, and develop the resources required for daily life.

Program.

Classes, discussions, and activities will explore the following:

Organic Food Production and Natural Buildings

  • Green homes (tiny houses, stud-frame, cob, straw-bale, earthship)
  • Small-scale farms and home gardens (permaculture gardens, integrated farms, compost)
  • Service-learning projects and farm harvest work parties
  • Nourishing, local, sustainably-grown, organic, and wild food

Renewable Energy and Off-Grid Utilities

  • Off-grid renewable systems in practice (photovoltaic, micro-hydro, radiant-floor heating, hot water diversions, wood-fired boiler)
  • Biochar, a charcoal fertilizer with energy-positive production
  • Development of energy alternatives to meet the world’s impending energy crisis

Resilient Community and Regenerative Culture

  • Earthaven and other successful ecovillages and land-based endeavors (both rural and urban)
  • The three-legged stool of sustainability—the social, environmental, and economic factors necessary for sustainable projects to succeed
  • Earthaven legal structure and governance 101

Personal Growth and Empowerment

  • Personal goals and resources through Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects
  • Connection to yourself, others, and the natural world
  • Designing an authentic, meaningful, and responsible life in the modern world
  • Earth-based spirituality at the Summer Solstice celebration

In addition to classes, discussions, and activities, you’ll enjoy meals and rituals with community members as well as the option to participate in yoga, meditation, and hiking.

Learning Environment and Schedule

This week-long educational experience consists of expert lectures, fireside conversations, community celebrations, hands-on projects, journaling, tours, and interactive activities to provide an intimate, well-rounded, and powerful learning experience.

Friday, June 19
1:00–3:00pm Arrival and Camp Setup
3:00-4:00pm Welcome and Orientation
4:00-6:30pm Tour of Earthaven
6:30–7:30pm Dinner
7:30–9pm Opening Circle

Saturday, June 20 through Wednesday, June 24
7:30–8:30am Breakfast
9:00 am–12:30pm Morning Session
12:30–2:00pm Lunch and Independent Time
2:00–5:30pm Afternoon Session
5:30–6:30pm Independent Time
6:30–7:30pm Dinner
7:30–9:30pm Evening Activities

Thursday, June 25
7:30–8:30am Breakfast
9:00 am–12:30pm Final Session and Closing Circle
12:30–1:00pm Lunch and Departure

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If these dates don't work for you, consider our shorter Visitor Weekend, September 4-7, 2020.

Highlights.

  • "Nothing in advanced-level education has prepared you for this experience! Get ready to leave what you know and step into a firestorm of techno-, anthro-, bio-, socio-, politico-consciousness." Robert J. Merritt Jr., 2017 Participant
  • "This experience has made me realize that although I have reduced my worldview to accommodate what I thought were the limits it had to offer, magic is real and it is cultivated by a community (of people & the land) who value gratitude and the expression of that gratitude. ~ Dashiell, 2019 Participant
  • "This experience provided me with a new way to look at energy, food production, and the cycle of life including the consumption patterns of these basic building blocks of life." ~ Mary Rock, 2015 Participant

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • private room
  • hammocks

Omnivore Food

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

Internet

  • fast: streaming video

Getting here.

Earthaven is nestled in the heart of the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains, 30 miles outside of Asheville, NC on curvy mountain roads and within two hours of three airports. Visit our website for more Travel information: http://www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/location/travel/

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