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The Odyssey Fellowship


A RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM AT THE ECO-INSTITUTE

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The Odyssey Fellowship


A RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM AT THE ECO-INSTITUTE

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A New World Awaits


join the movement.

A New World Awaits


join the movement.

 


ARE YOU FEELING DISCONNECTED FROM YOUR PURPOSE, FROM

COMMUNITY, AND FROM THE EARTH?

 

 

DO YOU DREAM OF THE POSSIBILITIES OF A NEW WORLD?

 

 

ARE YOU READY TO STEP INTO YOUR POTENTIAL AND HELP CREATE IT WITH US?

 
 

 
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FIND YOUR LIFE OF PURPOSE


CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE & A CULTURE OF CARING.

FIND YOUR LIFE OF PURPOSE


CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE & A CULTURE OF CARING.

 
 
 

ABOUT

The Odyssey Fellowship Program is a ten-week residential immersion for people who are longing to restore balance and hope in a time of world crisis.  This semester-long program offers foundational skills in permaculture, nature connection, community building and inner development. We help people to cultivate their unique gifts and passions to be offered towards the healing of our world. 


vision

The goal of this program is to cultivate an authentic, dedicated, growing community of leaders who hold a vision of a future that is ecologically resilient, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling for all beings.

We invite people ages 18 and up who are seeking a gap year program, a mid career break, or a transformative semester-long adventure.  Our community is intergenerational, international, and diverse. 

Fall 2015 Fellowship Group


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Commitment

People who join us see the need to change our current culture and recognize that we each have a role to play. We are eager to explore new forms of living that honor nature’s wise design.  Through the Fellowship program, we work together to help create 'the world that our hearts know is possible.'  We join forces to honor the sacred interconnectedness of life through relationships with land, ourselves and all beings.

 

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Living Simply


Living Simply


YOME HOME

Fellows live in shared Yomes (hybrid yurt & dome) for the duration of their stay. They offer very simple living experiences without plumbing or electricity, which allow fellows to come to know the land more intimately. 

Our barn is the community space which houses the certified kitchen, showers, bathrooms, library and gathering area. 

 
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Cooperative Meals


Cooperative Meals


 

Community meals are cooperatively prepared with consciously grown ingredients, including our chicken and duck eggs, vegetables, and mushrooms grown on the farm. In sharing our resources and responsibilities, we recognize our interrelationship to Earth and to each other as we nourish our bodies, minds and spirits.

 
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Curriculum


Curriculum


CURRICULUM
 

 

Nature Connection 

8 Shields 

 Plant Identification

Herbal Medicine*

Ecology Walks

Mycology*

 

Foundations of PERMACULTURE 

Soil Health

Harvesting

Farm to Table Culinary Arts

Holistic Pest & Disease Management

Seed-Saving

Composting

Mushroom Cultivation

Crop Rotation Planning

Animal Husbandry

 

PERSONAL GROWTH

Morning Spiritual Practice

Reflective Writing Practice

Guided Group Work

Mentorship

Life Visioning & Career Design

 

Community Building

Sharing Responsibilities

Cooperative Meal Preparation

Community Potlucks & Events

Elders Circle

Leadership & Hosting

Group Process

Conflict Resolution & Compassionate Communication Skills

Co-Counseling
 

Other Workshops & Skills

Earthen Building*

Beekeeping*

Fermentation

Dreamwork*

Spiritual Ecology

Yoga

 


 

*These topics rotate seasonally and may be available during the Fellowship program


That is what school is supposed to be like
— Patrick Cox

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A Typical Day


A Typical Day


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A unique blend of classes will be experienced throughout the 10 weeks. The schedule is designed to ensure a balanced life infused with opportunities to create, play and rest. Fellows spend their days working and learning important practical life skills in regenerative agriculture, renewable energy, and ecological sustainability.

Space is given for freely created discussion groups that will clarify the vision of what’s possible for the future of humanity. Fellows are empowered to help collaborate on our schedule. Leadership opportunities allow Fellows to bring the their unique gifts to the learning community. They are encouraged to develop a morning spiritual practice which may include meditation, exercise, yoga, reading or writing. Morning farm chores operate on a rotating schedule as we share the responsibilities of caring for the other living beings. Fellows enjoy meals together and ensure a tidy space before the day’s learning begins. During many afternoons and evenings, a variety of workshops are offered based on the interests of the group and learning objectives of the program. 

Check out a Sample Week Schedule in the life of a fellowship student from our Fall 2016 session.

 
 
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Tuition & Scholarships


Tuition & Scholarships


 

Tuition, room & Board

The Odyssey Fellowship program is valued at $6,000.  This includes room and board, all meals and all workshops.  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, including the Kalliopeia Foundation, who are committed to making this program accessible for young adult changemakers.

Scholarships program

The Eco-Institute recognizes Solidarity and Allyship work as a critically important part of healing our human-earth relationship. A variety of scholarships is just one of the ways we continue to open space for all walks of life. We encourage young adults to apply who bring diverse perspectives, a passion for environmental justice, a love of the Earth, and who inspire action through creative expression.

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DETAILS

We offer scholarships that typically range between $1,000 and $3,000. Upon acceptance, participants will be required to send in a $500 non-refundable deposit. Tuition payment plans are available.

The aim of our scholarship program is to build bridges between future leaders of diverse cultures and identities, to experience the powerful connections between personal and planetary health, and to heal the aspects that divide us so that we may unify. 

offerings

  • Environmental Educator or Activist
  • Young Adult Person of Color
  • Artist in Residence
  • Genderfluid Young Adult
  • First Nations/Indigenous Young Adult
  • Social Justice
  • Spiritual Activist
  • Human Rights Activist
  • Culinary Expertise
  • Primitive Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Young Farmer
 
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Upcoming Sessions


Upcoming Sessions


We are currently accepting applications for the following seasons. We welcome you to apply before the corresponding deadline.

 

fall 2017 session

September 5 - November 14

Application Period Closed

SUMMER 2018 session

June 6 - August 15

Deadline to Apply: April 30, 2017

 
 

Truly beautiful.
And what is amazing is these young people will come away deeply connected from within and with a greater fabric of community with other young people who truly wish to connect. So many great things can come from a model like this. We applaud you!
— Sustainable Human

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Apply to the fellowship


Apply to the fellowship



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Apply

Applications are accepted at any time until the deadline.

Please read directions carefully and send your application in PDF format to Brenna at info@eco-institute.org.


We still have little understanding of the spiritual dimension within the natural world, or how our individual soul relates to the larger dimension of the world soul (what the ancients called the anima mundi)... Instead we are caught within a contemporary consciousness that focuses on the individual self, no longer even aware of our deep bond to the sacred within creation.
— Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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Meet the Fellows


Meet the Fellows


 

Jimi Eisenstein

“What I have learned here is vastly diverse, encompassing practical skills in agriculture, interpersonal skills, philosophical ideas, and spiritual practice. Most importantly however, I have begun to learn nature’s language and how to directly communicate with the magnificent spiritual essence of what we call the Earth.”

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Taylor Westbrook

“Work as a way to Create
Play as a way to Release
Share as a way to Connect
Receive as a way to Appreciate
Open as a way to Relate
Vibe as a way to BE
All ways to endless possibilities...”

Brenna Carpenter

“I carry the stillness now to be able to listen.  This may sound nice and neat, but my head had to explode a few times, and my notion of the world obliterated.” 

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Will Gehrman

 

"This space allows for rehabilitation of the soul, renewed connection with one’s self, nature & the universe."

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Jamila Versi

 

“It is often easy to lose ourselves in the external world, but an important first step to igniting any change is to ground ourselves so that we can become that change we wish to see in the world.”

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Flora Kaye

“This program calls us to look clearly at that which holds us back from our greatest potential.”

Shane Hawkins

“I have learned tools to help me step into life with authenticity and greater fullness.”

Check out this video by former fellow, River Bourne:

 
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Stay Connected


Stay Connected


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Our Location

8519 Pickards Meadow Rd. 
Chapel Hill, NC 27516