About

Sustainable Living

At the Solar Living Institute, we teach practices, skills, and philosophies that allow individuals and communities to live more sustainably. Producing and preparing organic food, raising animals and using their byproducts, building and maintaining a home, using natural and earthen materials for building, reusing and conserving water, cultivating herbal medicine, and using primitive technologies are just a few of the many ways to live sustainably.  

Current Courses
 
Camping Reservation
Dates: Ongoing
Location Hopland, CA Workshop students and other travelers may camp at the Solar Living Center, Hopland CA from April 1 to October 31. All campers are required to register, and must complete a camping reservation form, including Parking Pass, Camping Pass and Policy Agreement.
CAMPING FEES:  $25 per night/tent and $35 per night for RV (limited space available NO HOOKUPS). Bathrooms with toilets and sinks, an outdoor shower, and rustic, outdoor kitchen facilities are available. Call ahead of time for availability and set-up info.  Please bring a flash light or headlamp. DISCOUNT RATES for SLI MEMBERS AND WORKSHOP ATTEND...
 
UB103 Brew Your Own Beer
Dates: 03/21/15
Location Hopland, CA  $65
"BEER! Did that catch your attention? If so, then this class is just for you! This class will teach you all that you need to know to start brewing your own beer from home. From the history of beer and brewing, to ingredients, equipment, beer styles, and brewing sciences, this class will cover it all. The comprehensive, 4 hour class will take you from the ba...
 
SL118 Wild Mushrooms
Dates: 03/28/15
Location Hopland, CA  $60.00
This class is taught by local, wild mushroom expert, Eric Shramm, owner and operator of Mendocino Mushrooms and a mushroom enthusiast since the 70’s. Eric will share his knowledge of hunting and how to identify and determine which mushrooms are edible and poisonous, and which are top grade versus inferior quality.  He’ll recommend simple cooking me...
 
UB103 Brew Your Own Beer
Dates: 06/20/15
Location Hopland, CA  $65
"BEER! Did that catch your attention? If so, then this class is just for you! This class will teach you all that you need to know to start brewing your own beer from home. From the history of beer and brewing, to ingredients, equipment, beer styles, and brewing sciences, this class will cover it all. The comprehensive, 4 hour class will take you from the ba...
 
Camp Solar - Kids Summer Camp
Dates: 06/23/15 - 06/25/15
Location Hopland, $150 for all 3 days, or call (707) 472 2460 to book individual days.
Harness the Sun this Summer! Our summer camp will be putting the sun to work baking, making and racing... Over the 3 days you will get chance to make a sculpture from natural building materials, race solar cars and run your own farmers market! {more}Suitable for 7-11 year olds. Please bring a packed lunch and a healthy snack. 10% discount available to sibli...
 
Camp Solar - Kids Summer Camp
Dates: 07/07/15 - 07/09/15
Location Hopland, $150 for all 3 days, or call (707) 472 2460 to book individual days.
Harness the Sun this Summer! Our summer camp will be putting the sun to work baking, making and racing... Over the 3 days you will get chance to make a sculpture from natural building materials, race solar cars and run your own farmers market! {more}Suitable for 7-11 year olds. Please bring a packed lunch and a healthy snack. 10% discount available to sibli...
 
UB101 DIY Soap-making
Dates: 08/08/15
Location Hopland, CA  $55 includes materials
Create your own homemade cold-process soap! In this half-day class we’ll learn the secrets of the soap-making process from choosing the right ingredients to drying and packaging. We’ll cover the chemistry of soap; how and why it works, (why good home made soap does NOT contain lye even though it’s a necessary ingredient!), and how these chemical rea...
 
UB101 DIY Soap-Making
Dates: 08/08/15
Location Hopland, CA  $55.00
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UB101 DIY Soap-Making
Dates: 08/08/15
Location Hopland, CA  $55.00
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NB 102 Build a Straw Bale House
Dates: 09/12/15 - 09/13/15
Location Hopland, CA  $250.00
This popular course will give you both the knowledge and practice you need to tackle your own straw bale construction project.  The instructor, a leading expert in straw bale construction and a building inspector in Sonoma County, will teach you the latest innovations in this constantly evolving building technique. Course topics include: Design for s...
 
UB103 Brew Your Own Beer
Dates: 09/19/15
Location Hopland, CA  $65
"BEER! Did that catch your attention? If so, then this class is just for you! This class will teach you all that you need to know to start brewing your own beer from home. From the history of beer and brewing, to ingredients, equipment, beer styles, and brewing sciences, this class will cover it all. The comprehensive, 4 hour class will take you from the ba...
 
SL118 Wild Mushrooms
Dates: 10/17/15
Location Hopland, CA  $60.00
This class is taught by local, wild mushroom expert, Eric Shramm, owner and operator of Mendocino Mushrooms and a mushroom enthusiast since the 70’s. Eric will share his knowledge of hunting and how to identify and determine which mushrooms are edible and poisonous, and which are top grade versus inferior quality.  He’ll recommend simple cooking me...

ABOUT SLI

The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for over 15 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

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