Transformative Permaculture Immersion
Transformative Permaculture Immersion
A 10-week residential program at The Eco-Institute for change-makers between the ages of 18 and 28
The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
We are living in a time of great change, climate disruption, social inequality and unrest, and ecological degradation. Visionary cultural transformation is needed to restore balance and to create a thriving, just society that supports the planet as well as the people. Confronting change must happen at every level, and understanding the relationships between ourselves and the world around us provides ample opportunity to collaborate for what our friend Charles Eisenstein calls “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”
Permaculture is a holistic approach for human and environmental design based on principles found in nature. It goes beyond sustainable living into the creation of regenerative systems that have a net positive impact. By adopting and applying ecological principles such as minimizing waste, embracing diversity, and creatively responding to change, we can learn to be responsible producers rather than dependent consumers, and gain tools to build a planet in which all members thrive.
A deep dive into a whole new way of living will change the way you think about the path of your life. Surrounded by diverse and inspired community in an Earth Sanctuary and Learning Center, you will be supported and held accountable on your path to connect with a deep sense of purpose and connection.
The Rising Earth program was designed to help you develop a vision for contributing your gifts to the healing of our world. Through a holistic curriculum, integrated workshops, and farm-side living at The Eco-Institute, you will leverage a permaculture perspective to foster resilient systems of abundance on the farm, in your community, and in your inner life.
Click here to learn more about the curriculum.
Deepen your understanding of ecosystems, economy, and sustainable living
Gain a Permaculture Foundations Certificate while caring for our educational permaculture farm
Collaborate with a group of inspired allies in planning activism trips on a regional and national scale
Learn homesteading skills from farmers, fermenters, ecologists, natural builders, and more
Join conversations with leading thinkers in alternative economics and climate justice
Step into a deeper sense of purpose and direction with who you are and what your life is for
Come into closer relationship with your body, mind, heart, and spirit
Explore the beautiful lands of the Piedmont region, the dynamic community of Chapel Hill, and the academic district of North Carolina’s Research Triangle
Between the ages of 18-28
Concerned about the future of our planet’s communities and ecosystems
Committed to planetary healing by engaging in not only environmental action but also social, cultural, and spiritual transformation
Socially engaging, charismatic, and open-hearted individuals
Excited about being a part of a diverse, engaging, and intergenerational community
Wondering how living simply can enhance their well-being
The Eco-Institute recognizes diversity, solidarity, and allyship as critically important pieces of healing the human-Earth relationship. To read more about our commitment to inclusion, click here.
We have had the opportunity of providing significant scholarships in the past to make this program accessible for people in many financial circumstances. Click here to download information about our scholarship program.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to
apply before May 1st to secure your spot!
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Rising Earth Immersion is a program of The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, an educational nonprofit dedicated to healing the human-Earth relationship.
8519 Pickards Meadow Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516