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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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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, Residential 10-week Program in North Carolina, 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 2016 & 2017 sessions. 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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Natural Building Workshops


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Natural Building Workshops


Natural Building Workshops

The Eco-Institute is offering many Natural Building workshops in 2016! Join us to learn more about natural building methods such as Straw Bale and Slip Straw, Natural Plastering, Building with Cob, and more. We will even be touring the Mud Dauber School of Natural Building and local, permitted natural homes!

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Wisdom of the Elements


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Wisdom of the Elements


WISDOM OF THE ELEMENTS

Created in Partnership with the Natural Mystery School
A Series of Five Day-Long Experiences Exploring the Elements
June 4 • July 23 • August 20 • September 17 • October 22

The elements have a quiet and profound effect on our lives.  Connecting with them provides a source of healing, wellbeing and renewal that often goes unrecognized. 
 

We live with them all the time, but how well do we really know...

The Wisdom of Earth,

The Spirit of the Water,

The Mystery of Fire,

And the Force of the Wind?
 

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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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permaculture foundations series


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permaculture foundations series


permaculture foundations series

In this 8-week Permaculture Course, we will follow the teachings of the originators of Permaculture, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, as we learn the basics of designing regenerative landscapes that mimic natural patterns. We will discover how to become resilient beings by building natural homes, creating healthy water systems, yielding an abundance of food, fiber and energy, and fostering community life. 
 

Our spring permaculture foundations series has ended.

Our Events Page is Up & Running

VISIT TO LEARN ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS & HOW TO REGISTER!