Whole-Systems Living for Social and Ecological Healing

September 8th-November 17th, 2019

The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain is thrilled to announce this next evolution of our beloved young adult program, formerly known as the Odyssey Fellowship. Rising Earth is a 10-week residential immersion for change-makers ages 18-28 concerned about the well-being of our world’s ecosystems and their inhabitants. Through a holistic curriculum, integrated workshops, and community living on an organic farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, we leverage the design principles of permaculture to confront the social and ecological challenges of our time.

How is the Rising Earth Immersion similar/different from the Odyssey Fellowship?

Rising Earth takes all the best elements from the Odyssey Fellowship and combines them with new and transformed systems and structures. To borrow a garden analogy, many of the best features from the Odyssey Fellowship have been reseeded to form Rising Earth—yome living, food-growing, activism trips, and more—while others have been composted—or transformed—into new elements. We planted brand new ideas to sprout, as well as weeding out old ones that have already given their season of service to the program. We think you’ll be pleased with the results!

We are looking for participants who:

  • Are between the ages of 18-28

  • Are concerned about the future of our planet’s communities and ecosystems

  • Believe that the effort for planetary healing must be approached not only environmentally, but socially, culturally, and spiritually as well

  • Are socially engaging, charismatic, and open-hearted individuals

  • Are excited about being a part of a diverse, engaging, and intergenerational community

And are interested in:

  • Gaining a Permaculture Foundations Certificate

  • Deepening their understanding of ecosystems, economy, and sustainable living

  • Learning more about social and climate justice movements on a local, regional, national, or international scale

  • Learning to communicate more boldly, effectively, and nonviolently with both like-minded thinkers and those who come from different paradigms and perspectives

  • Building skills and endurance for embodying their commitments and values

  • Bonding with a group of other young, inspired allies about these topics in dynamic, experiential, and totally unexpected ways

Is this you or someone you know?

Sign the Rising Earth Interest List:

Name *
Would you like more information on our scholarship program? *

Dates: September 8-November 17, 2019 (10 weeks)

Investment: $10,000 — SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

*Includes all programmed activities, double occupancy yome accommodation, delicious and organic meals.


Join us this fall in cultivating an authentic, diverse, growing community of millennial leaders who believe in a future that is ecologically resilient, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling for everyone!

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