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The Eco-Institute


Pickards Mountain
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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The Eco-Institute


Pickards Mountain
Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Healing the Human-Earth Relationship

The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain is dedicated to healing the Human-Earth relationship. Our educational farm and sustainability learning center reside on 38 acres in the Piedmont of North Carolina, eight miles west of Chapel Hill.


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As the world grows more and more out of balance, we urgently need to regain a relationship with the planet based upon the understanding of the world as a sacred and living whole, and to reclaim a consciousness that is centered in that understanding. Only if we redeem the problem at the root can we hope to heal and come back into balance with our environment.
— Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth

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We Stand with Standing Rock


PROTECT THE WATERS!
TRIP TO STANDING ROCK, NORTH DAKOTA

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We Stand with Standing Rock


PROTECT THE WATERS!
TRIP TO STANDING ROCK, NORTH DAKOTA

Trip to standing rock

 

We are traveling to Standing Rock, ND in response to an invitation to work in solidarity with indigenous tribes gathered there in protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline.  We will stand for indigenous rights, renewable energy, environmental justice, climate stewardship, clean air and clean water. 

 

ways to participate

Thanks to a generous local sponsor, all of our travel expenses are completely covered. Every dollar donated here will be used to purchase supplies requested by the Water Protectors on the ground at Standing Rock. 

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Donate supplies

Good quality sub zero sleeping bags

Good quality sub zero coats,
gloves, & boots

Dense nutrition camping foods

Emergency medical supplies

Lowe's gift cards for building materials

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fundraise

Funds are needed for supplies to winterize & support the water protector's camps.  Funds are also needed for legal defense. 
 

 
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Heart-Based Environmental Educators Training


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Heart-Based Environmental Educators Training


April 2017

Does being outside in nature sooth you, stimulate you, inspire you?  Do you strive to be part of healing our collective wounds and connecting back to something deeply true?  Encouraging young minds and opening young hearts is a powerful piece of bringing about the change you wish to see.  

This program was created to empower you to take the next steps in the heartfelt path of teaching and learning. The world needs more people who carry these skills.  You can be ready to inspire the next generation to walk a path of ecological literacy and leadership.

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Odyssey Fellowship Program


a 10-week residential intensive for young adults ages 18-28

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Odyssey Fellowship Program


a 10-week residential intensive for young adults ages 18-28

Something new is happening, a new vision, a new energy, a new sacred story is coming into being in the transition from one era to another.
— Thomas Berry

Explore this life-changing, 10-week  residential program dedicated to healing the human-Earth relationship.  Created for 18 to 28-year-olds who long for purposeful community, we are working together toward the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible!

Please consider this for yourself and other young adults in your life. Pass the word far and wide, as their applications are being accepted NOW for the Fall 2017 session. Scholarships are available and tuition/room & board is on a sliding scale.  Age exceptions are always considered if someone outside the age range is interested. 

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Permaculture foundations series


Sign up for your permaculture foundations certification today!

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Permaculture foundations series


Sign up for your permaculture foundations certification today!

sign up for your permaculture foundations certification today!

In this 5-Session Permaculture Foundations Course, we follow the original teachings of co-founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren as we learn the basics of designing regenerative landscapes that mimic natural patterns. We will discover techniques that inspire resilience, including: natural building, creating healthy water systems, yielding an abundance of food, fiber and energy, and fostering community life. 

Students who complete all 5 sessions of this course will be awarded a Permaculture Foundations Certification. This course takes place on 5 Saturdays this September, October, and November. 

Register now to participate in community-based solutions to global issues. Take part in the foundations of restoring the Human-Earth relationship and learn about the various ways in which to apply Permaculture on any scale.

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Now Offering Scholarships


ASSISTING PROMISING YOUNG ADULTS IN THE TUITION COSTS OF THE ODYSSEY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

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Now Offering Scholarships


ASSISTING PROMISING YOUNG ADULTS IN THE TUITION COSTS OF THE ODYSSEY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The Eco-Institute is now offering scholarship opportunities to assist promising young adults in the tuition costs of the Odyssey Fellowship Program. Thank you to our donors and supporters who have given of their time, their gifts, and their dollars in service to our shared work and who are committed to making this program accessible for young adult changemakers.

 

We are living in a time of great change, when creating a new story for our world is crucial. 
People all over the world are reclaiming their power and responding to the cry of Mother Earth.

Every day we help define the direction of our collective course. 


 

Are there young adults in your community who you feel would thrive in the Odyssey Fellowship Program?

Help transform our culture, one heart at a time by nominating a young adult who is helping to redefine our culture!

 

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Deep Renewal Retreat


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Deep Renewal Retreat


Deep Renewal Restorative Retreat

Stay tuned for 2017 Dates

Nature is the greatest of healers and the best of teachers.  In this busy world of working towards collective change, we all need time to reconnect with the gift of life and see the purpose behind our work. When we connect with nature, with ourselves and with community, personal renewal happens naturally.

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