A living laboratory for a sustainable human future.

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

Saturday, March 4 @ 2 – 4 pm Eastern Time

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 10-4 ET, February 4 & 11

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.

Walking Towards A Good Death —An Invitation for Internal Preparation

4 Weeks. 2/19 & 2/26 & 3/5 & 3/12 2023. 4 – 6 PM Eastern

This four week introduction to the internal process of preparing for a good death is a contemplation of four sacred ingredients: Letting Go, Soulfulness, Presence, and Receiving.

We have everything we need for a positive and conscious death experience. It is our birthright. In truth, it’s standard internal equipment for all humans–we are wired for it. Yet we must nourish the components of our infinite selves in order to access and enhance this birthright.

Doug Elliott with Groundhog

Storytelling Concert and Dinner with Doug Elliott

March 31, 2023

Buzzard Wrestling, Turtle Chasing, and Other Wild Tales

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.

Playing tag on the village green

Reaching Nature Connection Annual Conference: Fields of Play

April 1-2, 2023

With this year’s theme, Fields of Play, presenters Lia Grippo and Sharon Buczaczer will immerse participants in joyful singing and the freedom of play in the spirit of the young child.

Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Weekend

May 25-28, 2023

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.

Moving firewood at Earthaven Ecovillage

Ecovillage Action Week

May 29 – June 2, 2023

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.

Preparing a healthy meal together

Healthy Living & Yoga Retreat

June 21-25, 2023

Experience Nature and Connection as a Path to Wellness. Facilitated by Naturopathic Physician Monique Mazza, this four-day retreat invites participants to experience and embody the basic pillars of a healthy lifestyle, including connection, nourishment, movement, and rest.

Compassion Camp

July 13-16, 2023

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.

Touring Earthaven during Ecovillage Experience Week

Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week

July 30 – August 5, 2023

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.

Boys with chickens

Eco-Explorers Adventure Week

July 30 – August 4, 2023
Bring your 6-12 year-old kids to Eco-Explorers Adventure Week for day camp or an age-appropriate ecovillage experience while you participate in Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week. This day camp is designed to develop ecological literacy, gain practical life skills, and build meaningful friendships, and is also open to commuters.
Participants explaining their permaculture design

Permaculture Design Certification Course

September 10-23, 2023

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.

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

September 9, 2-5 pm

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!

The Re-membering Retreat

The Re-membering Retreat

October 19-22, 2023

Explore what it means to Belong — to Belong to Oneself, to Each Other, to a Lineage, to a Place, to this Life — within the arms of the forest and a dynamic facilitation team. Explore the competencies of belonging so that we can journey further into our understanding of community and belonging… regardless of where we call home.

Thriving in Relationships — Five Tools for Success

January 2024

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.

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.

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Upcoming Events

Virtual Earthaven Tour

Saturday, March 4 @ 2 – 4 pm ET

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!

Doug Elliott with Groundhog

Storytelling Concert and Dinner with Doug Elliott

March 31, 2023

Buzzard Wrestling, Turtle Chasing, and Other Wild Tales

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.

Playing at the Reaching Nature Connection Conference

Reaching Nature Connection Conference

April 1-2, 2023

East Coast Outdoor Conference for Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Counselors, Parents and Mentors.

With this year’s theme, Joyful Play, presenters Lia Grippo and Sharon Buczaczer will immerse participants in joyful singing and the freedom of play, all in the spirit of the young child.

Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Weekend

May 25-28, 2023

Do you want to 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.