Last updated: March 3, 2014 (12 months ago)
Listing created on: August 30, 2013
School of Integrated Living
(Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States)
- Status: Established
- Formed: 1993 Established: 1994
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/schoolofintegratedliving
- Contact Name: NikiAnne Feinberg
- Phone: 828-664-0268
19 Benchmark Road
Black Mountain, North Carolina, 28711
Visitors accepted: Yes
Open to new Members: Yes
Experiential Education Program
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
School of Integrated Living’s (SOIL) mission is to inspire and empower people to live responsible and creative lives by providing experiential education in integrated living and regenerative systems.
Based out of Earthaven Ecovillage, SOIL offers Farm and Ecovillage Immersions, in which participants are immersed into the village, homes, lives, businesses, and farms of their hosts and faculty for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience. The Immersions take place at the farms and off-grid neighborhood homesteads within and near Earthaven, a 19-year-old developing ecovillage. This village and farming community has 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. Through work and study participants become intimately familiar with the three-legged stool of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic with a specific focus on organic food production, regenerative systems, and community living.
The Farm & Ecovillage Immersion is intentionally designed for a maximum of 12 students. Small groups enable us to provide a high quality learning environment in which we can best address the personal needs, interests and goals of each student. The flexibility of small groups enables us to take advantage of a myriad of unique opportunities, like circling for around a campfire or piling into the back of a tractor. All experiences are more personal, interesting, and fun.
Farm & Ecovillage Immersion are offered three semesters per year–fall, spring, and summer. All Immersions are designed for young adults and life-long learners alike.
Certification and College Credit:
SOIL, in partnership with Gaia Education, offers Certificates in Ecovillage Design Education upon completion of all requirements for the Farm & Ecovillage Immersions. These Certificates of Completion verify that students have received training in sustainable design of human settlements and organizations.