School of Integrated Living (SOIL)

Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States

  • Last updated: December 1, 2016 (5 months ago)
  • Listing created on: August 30, 2013

Mission Statement

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.

Community Description

The School of Integrated Living (SOIL) is based out of Earthaven Ecovillage 50 minutes outside of Asheville, NC. SOIL has been providing quality education since 2013.

2016 Experiential Education Offerings at Earthaven Ecovillage >>>

* Kudzu Camp (March 16-19)
* Shoemaking with Michael Ismerio (April 27-30)
* Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion: Ecological Design and Living Skills (June 10-Aug 11)
* Permaculture Design Certification Course (June 12-30)
* Earthaven Experience Week (May 22-28)
* Grief Ritual with Sobonfu Somé (November 10-12)
* Reaching Nature Connection Conference (March 11-12)

Based out of Earthaven Ecovillage, SOIL offers dynamic and profound experiential education programs 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 programs take place at the farms and off-grid neighborhood homesteads within and near Earthaven Ecovillage, a 21-year-old developing ecovillage. This village and land-based 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 heritage crafts, organic food production, regenerative systems, and community living.

The Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion is a 3-month residential experience near Asheville, NC at Earthaven Ecovillage. Dive deep into gaining skills and knowledge in Design Systems & Projects + Organic Gardening + Generative Foodsheds + Food As Medicine + Herbal Medicine & Botany + Ecological & Natural Building + Renewable Energy + Wise Water Practices + Personal Growth & Communication + Vision & Leadership.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship
  • Location: Rural


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


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


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet, Sauna, village green
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

If you are interested in living at Earthaven without enrolling in a SOIL program, please contact them directly at or (828) 669-7299.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Valhalla, Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA)

Community Affiliations

Earthaven Ecovillage, Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood


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