School of Integrated Living (SOIL)

Last updated: April 4, 2015 (7 months ago)

Listing created on: August 30, 2013

School of Integrated Living (SOIL)

(Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States)

Mission Statement:

Experiential Education Program

Community Description:

Summer Farm and Ecovillage Experience: June 14-21, 2015
Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

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 the Farm and Ecovillage Experience, 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 20-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.

An array of other classes are offered year-round. Please check out our website for current offerings.


  • Adult Members: 80
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.), Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.)
  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 329 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 80

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


Additional Comments

If you are interested in living at Earthaven without enrolling in a SOIL program, please contact them directly at or (828) 669-3937.

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Cohousing Info

    • Shared common building: No

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Community Affiliations

Earthaven Ecovillage, Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood


community, life skills, off the grid, service learning, cooperative living, permaculture

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge