Date: August 16-20, 2017
Earthaven Ecovillage | near Asheville, NC ~ USA

**DISCOUNT CODE >> Use the code “SOILENB25” & SAVE $25**

Hands-on Education

Learn about the most common natural materials and techniques for designing ecologically sound buildings. Gain hands-on experience with natural building techniques such as cob, earthen plasters, and paints. Tour natural buildings constructed using these techniques to see sustainable possibilities for foundations, roofs, and wall systems, as well as site selection and passive solar design. This introductory course to natural building empowers students to create energy efficient, beautiful, and Earth-friendly structures.


Tuition includes catered organic meals for 5 days (14 meals total) included. Our cooks prepare mostly omnivorous meals that provide simple, unprocessed, home-grown deep nourishment. As much food as possible is sourced from Earthaven and its surrounding organic farms and gardens, with some ingredients sourced from local grocery stores. Grains, beans, and nuts are often pre-soaked; vegetables are served raw, fermented, and cooked; soup stocks are made from the bones of our livestock; fats are high-quality animal fats (butter, lard, and tallow), coconut oil, and olive oil (with no trans fats, synthetic oils, or processed vegetable oils); and sweeteners (raw sugar, molasses, honey, and maple syrup) are used minimally.

This meal plan is gluten free. Vegetarian and vegan meals are available upon request. We can also accommodate any other dietary needs if needed.

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 4.15.36 PM“One of the most important things about permaculture is that it is founded on a series of principles that can be applied to any circumstance—agriculture, urban design, or the art of living. The core of the principles is the working relationships and connections between all things.” ― Juliana Birnbaum Fox, ‘Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms & Communities Worldwide’

Accommodations & Amenities

Participants will camp in the Earthaven campground. Most campground sites are for two-person tents; some can accommodate larger tents. Several RV spots (no hookups) are also available.  The campground offers clean drinking water, a tarp-covered kitchen with propane burners for cooking and heating water, and an outhouse with composting toilet and hand-washing station. A flush toilet is available in the Council Hall nearby. (Other private or dormitory housing may be available).

Earthaven Ecovillage is off-grid and therefore not supplied by public utilities. However, electricity is available from solar panels and two small hydropower stations. There is minimal internet access and no cell phone reception, although landline phones are available for short phone calls or emergencies. Living at Earthaven offers a balance between comfort and adventure.


Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. SOIL expects to fill this course. Register by June 1 and save $50.

Tuition is $750 ($700 until June 1). This cost  includes food for the entire program, camping, field trips, instruction, certification, and all materials. Indoor lodging is available for an additional cost. Transportation is not included.

Visit SOIL’s official web page for all Calendar, Location, Curriculum, Food, Lodging & Application details.


  1. Apply: Please visit the official Ecological & Natural Building web page and click the “apply” button at the bottom. Be sure to use your discount code!
  2. Acceptance: You will receive a registration confirmation within one week. Payment is required within one week after acceptance to reserve your spot.
  3. Payment: Tuition can be paid by check, money order, PayPal, or credit card.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel, you may transfer your place in the program to someone of your choosing (they will need to register online), or you can donate your place to someone to someone who would not otherwise have been able to participate.

  • If you have paid tuition in full, 50% is refundable until June 1, 2017
  • If you have partially paid tuition with a payment plan, 30% is refundable until June 1, 2017
  • After June 1, 2017, there will be NO tuition refunds.
  • Indoor lodging fees are 100% refundable, minus a $100 office fee

If SOIL cancels the Ecological & Natural Building Workshop for any reason whatsoever, 100% of your tuition will be refunded.

Contact Gabriel at with registration questions.


NikiAnne Feinberg
SOIL Program Director & Founder

Visit SOIL’s official web page for all Calendar, Location, Curriculum, Food, Lodging & Application details.

Affiliated Program: Please note that this is not a Permaculture School program. Our affiliates at the School of Integrated Living & Earthaven Ecovillage are running this program. We are proud to support them by spreading the word. They come highly recommended by us!