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Classes & Events

Earthaven Ecovillage’s School of Integrated Living (SOIL) is the nonprofit organization that runs our educational events. Most of the links below will take you to SOIL’s website for more information and registration. 

We offer in-person tours, in addition to the following virtual tours, online and in-person classes, and events: 

Virtual Earthaven Tour

Recording available now

There’s nothing like experiencing ecovillage life first hand, but taking a virtual tour of Earthaven is a close second! 

The tour highlights ways in which Earthaven is striving to be a holistic, sustainable culture. The introductory overview tour examines the concept of sustainability at Earthaven through social, ecological, and economic lenses. Not only will you get a glimpse of what has worked through time, but also hear about what has been challenging. And you will have a chance to ask questions!

REALationship 101 Online Workshop

Saturdays , June 1 & 8, 10 am – 4 pm

Join us for an experiential course in conscious connection, including self-awareness (distinguishing between one’s thoughts and feelings), moving through fear, the power of vulnerability, and heart-centered. Participants will have the opportunity to address issues in their own lives with the group’s support.

Village Terraces at Earthaven Ecovillage

Developing Off-Grid Infrastructure

April 13, 2024

Personal sustainability in a land-based context. This afternoon program includes a presentation and discussion of Earthaven’s off-grid infrastructure systems, including water, waste, power, access, and buildings. Gain ideas and learn what questions to ask to properly assess the land and explore systems appropriate for your project. Because this class is based on a self-inquiry process aimed at exposing what motivates YOU, you can learn a lot even if your project or orientation is different than Earthaven.

Hanging herbs

Bioregional Herbalism

May 11, 2024

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of nature’s pharmacy.  Discover the time-honored traditions of herbal medicine as you explore the unique flora that thrives in these ancient mountains. This course combines traditional knowledge with modern understanding, offering a holistic approach to herbalism

REALationship 101 Online and In-Person Workshop

7 Wednesdays, May 15 – June 26, 7-9 pm

Join us for an experiential course in conscious connection, including self-awareness (distinguishing between one’s thoughts and feelings), moving through fear, the power of vulnerability, and heart-centered. Participants will have the opportunity to address issues in their own lives with the group’s support. Online and in-person in Asheville.

Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Weekend

May 23-26, 2024

Learn skills, gain insights, and get to know the Earthaven community. Get an inside look at the radical social and ecological experimentation that has taken place in this land-based community for over 27 years by joining us for Experience Weekend.

Attachment Repatterning in Community

May 24-26, 2024

In person workshop in Black Mountain, NC.

Attracting healthy, nourishing, and pleasurable relationships by repatterning our nervous systems together.

In this two and a half day workshop, we will explore, in a sacred community context, the healing power of human connection through a deep dive into the repair and repatterning process.
Two people arguing

Working Effectively with Community Conflict — Interpersonal Conflict, “Structural” Conflict, and Especially Challenging Behaviors

September 2024

Learn practical, workable solutions to resolve or contain three types of group conflict.

Join communities expert Diana Leafe Christian in this lively workshop for people in communities of all kinds who may have felt confused, baffled, or even hopeless about ongoing conflict in their group and seek grounded, field-tested solutions. There are things you can do!

Moving firewood at Earthaven Ecovillage

Ecovillage Action Week

May 27-31, 2024

Be an active participant in the everyday rhythm of life and work at Earthaven Ecovillage. In this hands-on, service-based program, you’ll work side-by-side with residents, making meaningful contributions while exploring Earthaven’s neighborhoods, and expanding your ideas of alternative living.

Of Ginseng, Golden Apples, and the Rainbow Fish

Storytelling Concert and Dinner with Doug Elliott

May 31

Of Ginseng, Golden Apples, and the Rainbow Fish.

Enjoy dinner and an evening of stories, songs, and lore celebrating our human connection to some amazing wild critters. The program is flavored with lively tunes, fantastic folklore, natural history fact stranger than fiction, and more than a few belly laughs.

Reaching Nature Connection Conference: Storytelling

Reaching Nature Connection Annual Conference: Storytelling

June 1-2

Storytelling presenters Lia Grippo and Erin Dews will take participants on a storytelling journey to develop capacities for using stories as effective teaching tools for nature connection and beyond.

rows of growing greens

Gardening in Harmony with Nature

June 8, 2024

Growing garden vegetables can be easy and fun.  How can that be?  Soil microbes and farm animals are employed to generate fertility for our growing plants.  Wisdom from the peasant farmers of the world shows us appropriate technology at a human scale.  Following the cycles of the earth and the sun brings rhythm to our actions.

Visions & Reflections with Bird Women

Visions & Reflections

June 7 – 9

A Weekend of Visions of Reflections with Bird Woman. Channunpa (Sacred Pipe Prayer Ceremony), Releasing Trauma Through Laughter, Conscious Dying and the After Life, Cacao Ceremony, and Intro to Animal Communication. Come for some or all.

To register and for more information, click here.

Participants working on their permaculture design

Permaculture Design Certification Course

June 16 – 29

Earn your Permaculture Design Certificate while nurturing connection in this 14-day course grounded in the integrated life of Earthaven Ecovillage. In addition to the core PDC curricula, this special course will include a unique layer of how to approach bringing permaculture alive in your community.

Small group meeting

Sociocracy for Communities, Part One

June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2024

Have better meetings, get more done, be better organized, and create more harmony and connection in your group.

Sociocracy is an especially successful self-governance and decision-making method that instructor Diana Leafe Christian, community consultant and author of Creating a Life Together, now recommends instead of consensus. Learn the concepts and practice the skills in this live, online workshop.

Dr. Monique Mazza teaching about soil

Soil Health, Human Health

July 13, 2024

Delver into the fascinating connections between nutrient-rich soils, plant vitality, and the health impacts on the plants we consume.  Gain insights into gardening practices that not only nurture the Earth but also foster robust human health and ecological harmony. Grow more nutritious vegetables for your family.

Touring Earthaven during Ecovillage Experience Week

Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week

July 21-27, 2024

Join the homesteads, farms, and businesses of Earthaven Ecovillage for a hands-on, skill-building immersion in sustainable and climate-resilient community life. A residential service learning immersion in our unique community laboratory.

Leela dining room

Natural Building Tour

August 10, 2024

See inside naturally built homes and talk with their residents and builders.  Earthaven is known for its wide range of natural buildings. This expanded Earthaven Ecovillage tour will focus on the natural buildings, providing rare access to the interiors of homes. Residents and builders will share their experiences in building and living these buildings.

Compassion Camp

August 15-18, 2024

Our annual event focused on Nonviolent Communication, featuring classes and experiential learning. An experience designed to foster compassion and connection in our hearts, communities and world, and to spread the seeds of justice and love.

Fermented vegetables

Vegetable Fermentation

September 7, 2024

Embark on a flavorful journey of vegetable preservation and probiotics!  Join us for a hands-on experience where you’ll learn the art and science of transforming fresh vegetables into delicious, gut-friendly delights. Explore the ancient craft of fermentation as we cover essential techniques, fermentation vessel selection, and the magic of cultivating beneficial microbes.

End of Life Preparation with Lee Warren

Fall Equinox to Winter Solstice 2024

A 13 week intensive featuring Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Planning for the End of Life Journey

Creating clear end-of-life intentions is important for all stages of life and health. Preparing both internally and externally is a life-long endeavor.

In this journey, we do that together, step by step.

Three women after The Re-membering Retreat

The Re-membering Retreat

October 3-6, 2024

Explore what it means to Belong. An intimate journey reconnecting to the deepest parts of ourselves, to ignite more authenticity, meaning, and pleasure in all our connections. Set aside the hustle and drop into a ritual space where we can re-collect what is most meaningful and tend to our grief, our longings and our relationships in ways that are nourishing, grounded, and life-giving.

Chuck Marsh's wake

Home Funerals, Home Burials

October 26, 2024

A half-day introduction to death care at Earthaven.  After experiencing eight deaths in eight years, along with extensive study with our mentors, we are sharing out experiences with others who want to feel empowered to care for and honor their dead from their homes with their family and friends. Learn your rights and options. Can combine this with a Saturday Earthaven tour.

Corn and sumac mandala

Biochar, Milpa Farming & Exstatic Tortilla Griddling

November 9, 2024

A afternoon of griddling fresh tortillas while discussing milpa culture.  “Milpa” describes an ancient and elegant community-scale indigenous farming way that integrates annual crops, tree crops, fungi and animals through the long-term management of forest succession, creating a nutrient-dense cuisine as well as fiber, medicine, firewood for cooking, building materials and cultural continuity. Get a feel for our ancestral ways through stories and hands-on activities.

Thriving in Relationships — Five Tools for Success

January 2025

Join Steve Torma in this deep dive to learn five key relationship tools: gratitude & appreciation, empathy, honest expression, needs-based negotiation, and relationship repair. These tools can improving all types of relationships, including with friends, family, co-workers, community members, and even within oneself.

Place-Based Living at Earthaven Ecovillage: An Overview of Our Regenerative Systems

Self-Paced Online Course

What does the journey from consumer culture to a rural, place-based life look like? This self-paced course explores the actual lived experiences of the past 25 years of building the tangible elements of our village. Discover where we live, the context of our project, and the many ways we’ve approached the complexities of land-based living.

Two women tending a baby at Earthaven Ecovillage

People Care at Earthaven Ecovillage: An Overview of the Social, Emotional, and Relational Aspects of Village Life

Self-Paced Online Course

Culture at Earthaven Ecovillage is both intentionally and organically created based on both the people who come together and the purpose they hold dear. This course exposes the invisible infrastructure that binds us to each other, to the land, and to the ecovillage project.

Display of Earthaven LEAP alternative currency

Village Economics: The Ins and Outs of Money and Wealth at Earthaven Ecovillage

Self-Paced Online Course

A viable economy is a key component to the success of all ecovillage and residential community projects. Yet, in stark contrast to the predatory, industrial, and highly consumptive nature of our world economic systems, Earthaven looks towards a more elegant, fair-share design for economics that includes right livelihood, living wages, sustainability, cooperation, and village well-being.

Growing Women’s Circle or Red Tent — Creating Community With Women

Class Recording

Women’s Circles are an important way for women to connect with each other and with themselves. The Red Tent is a multi-generational woman-only space where women can honor the cycles of our lives. After taking this class, you will feel equipped to offer Women’s Circles and/or Red Tent Circles for the women in your life and have more structure for your own personal practice. Join Kaitlin Ilya Wolf in the Red Tent!

Plastering a wall in a natural built house

Introduction to Natural Building

Online Recording

Explore natural building methods and materials.

Inspired by the idea of building or remodeling with more natural and sustainable materials but don’t know quite where to start? In this workshop, you will gain an appreciation and understanding of what is possible with natural materials. There are no “cookie cutters” here — each place is different and each project reflects our best attempts to balance all our desires with realities.

 
Flowing creek with statue at Earthaven Ecovillage

Nature as Medicine — Gaia and Your Health, Vitality, and Spiritual Unfoldment

Video Recording of a Live Program

Learn how to take care of your body in a way that enables spiritual unfoldment and supports joyful living.

As our lives have become more complicated and organized around technological advances, our health has faltered. This series will look at how interlinked the health of our bodies is with the health of Gaia, and the ways in which genuine healing can address both.

 

Sobonfu Somé

Sobonfu Somé: On Grief, Forgiveness, and Ritual

Online, Recording

Hear one of the foremost voices in African spirituality speak about grief in her culture.

Renowned teacher and mentor Sobonfu Somé was one of the foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West. Mentored by her Dagara elders, she brought ancient indigenous African wisdom to our Western culture in a compassionate, loving, and joyful way. Sobonfu was in Africa when she died in 2017.

The Other Yoga

The Other Yoga — Beyond the Postures

Video Recording of a Live Program

Learn a systematic and life changing practice that can transform your consciousness and open doors into a new world of possibilities.

What is this “Other Yoga” that the vast bulk of the Yoga Sutra describes and explains? This workshop is based on new and more accessible commentaries and will uncover this neglected and powerful science that has guided the spiritual path of aspirants on their journey for eons.

 

Doug Elliott with Groundhog

Wild Tales — Strange But True Tales of teh Natural World

Recording of Live Concert

Concert with Storyteller and Naturalist Doug Elliott.

Have you ever had a swarm of bees fall on your head, been swallowed by a snake, dined on coon, or read God’s handwriting on the back of a trout? Well, Doug Elliott has and he tells you all about it. This program is flavored with natural history, traditional lore, outrageous personal narratives, regional dialects, soulful harmonica songs, and more than a few belly laughs.

Recurring Events

Thursday Afternoon Dance Wave
5-6:30 p.m., Every Thursday

Free, at Earthaven Council Hall.Contact Julia Taylor at (828) 419-0907 or  juliaanntaylorart~at~gmail.com.

 

Incident Report Form. At Earthaven, we are striving to create a safer space for everyone. If your personal boundaries are crossed or you experience harassment or assault of any kind while at Earthaven and would like to make a report and/or receive support, please contact the Consent Culture Team at or fill out our incident report form, which can be submitted confidentially.