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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!

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We Stand with Standing Rock


PROTECT THE WATERS!

Standing rock action

 

Your supplies & support were graciously received at Standing Rock!  

The seventeen group members representing our community participated in nonviolent action, prayer ceremony with native elders, cooking for camp, organizing supply donations, supporting medics, repairing solar energy systems, and shelter construction. The last of the group members have returned home. 
 

story share about the trip to standing rock


An Interview with Megan Toben

 

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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prayer

This is an indigenous-led movement, and the first request is for prayer.  Every day in your own way.

DIVEST your money

Divest your money from banks funding the Dakota Access pipeline, and help your friends, families, colleagues, universities and workplaces to do the same. Non-violent direct actions to disrupt business as usual are also underway at banks across the U.S. and the world.

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CALL the Obama Administration

Tell them their work isn't finished yet! Demand a full and permanent rejection of this pipeline and make it known that rerouting is not an acceptable solution - (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414.

Photo by Rob Wilson, via Yes! Magazine

Photo by Rob Wilson, via Yes! Magazine

 CALL POLICE DEPARTMENTS

Call police departments across the United States to demand they stop sending officers to defend corporate interests.

 
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Heart-Based Environmental Educators Training


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Heart-Based Environmental Educators Training


April 19-22, 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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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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Upcoming Events


Learn about what's coming up at the Eco-Institute

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Upcoming Events


Learn about what's coming up at the Eco-Institute

events

VISIT our events page TO LEARN ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS & HOW TO REGISTER!