Date: June 10-August 11, 2017
Expand your experience and unlock your gifts in this life-changing, community-based learning journey at Earthaven Ecovillage. Learn how to make informed and responsible choices for your basic needs through applied permaculture design and ecological living; forge deep, authentic relationships with yourself, others, and Earth; and contribute to a more sustainable and just world for all.
“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’
Education with Purpose
The Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion is a two-month residency grounded in the integrated life of Earthaven Ecovillage—an ideal experimental classroom in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Through experiential and traditional techniques, you’ll undertake a transformative, eco-cultural learning experience. You’ll gain practical, real-life skills while fostering personal connection and growth in a supportive environment. The immersion lays the foundation for you to experience more happiness, vitality, deep listening, empathy, zeal for life, inner healing, and leadership on a daily basis.
SOIL attracts people from many walks of life who share a vision for a world that is ecologically harmonious, socially just, spiritually connected, personally empowering, and provides true wealth for all. The Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion’s engaging curriculum offers opportunities to expand your awareness, further develop essential life skills, and cultivate your unique gifts and passions. The Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion team is ready to help you know those passions more intimately, step into your fullest expression, and play your role in the courageous co-creation of a new culture and world.
“Empowering people to solve problems in a practical and creative way, regenerate their environments, build resilient communities and create abundance while caring for the earth. Based on the earthcare ethics and ecological principles permaculture can be readily applied and adapted to specific cultures and climates. ― Robyn Francis, Djanbung Gardens
When: June 10–August 11, 2017 (9 weeks). See Schedule & Calendar for details.
Where: Earthaven Ecovillage near Asheville, North Carolina. See Location for details.
Curriculum: Our dynamic curriculum combines ancient social and ecological wisdom with modern techniques, empowering people of all ages to become stewards, mentors, and leaders. See Curriculum for details.
Food & Lodging: Your tuition covers all food. We offer catered meals during tightly scheduled learning times and food for self-prepared meals during all other times. Camping is included in your tuition, and indoor lodging is also available. See Food & Lodging for more details.
Tuition: Full Tuition—$6,800 ($6,400 until February 10, 2017). This cost includes food for the full two months, camping, field trips, instruction, Permaculture Design Certification, and all materials. See Application & Tuition for more details. IMPORTANT DISCOUNT INFO >> Mention “Permaculture School” & you will SAVE $100!
Application: A limited number of spaces are available for the 2017 Immersion. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage interested participants to apply as early as possible. See Application & Tuition for details.
FAQs: For more information, go to our FAQ page, which provides answers to commonly asked questions.
Affiliated Program: Please note that this is not a Permaculture School program. Our affiliate, SOIL, is running this program and we are proud to support them by spreading the word — they come highly recommended!
SOIL Program Director & Founder
“Sitting at our back doorsteps, all we need to live a good life lies about us. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround us. Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos.” ― Bill Mollison, Introduction to Permaculture