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
 
Making Compost Teas & Vortex Tea Brewer Construction
Dates: 05/27/17 - 05/28/17
Location: Hopland, CA  $195
Compost tea is not what you buy at the garden supply center and mix with water. The most powerful and effective compost teas are made from real live compost! In this course you will learn how to make specialized “true compost teas” for specific crops, needs, purposes and uses. Learn how to make compost teas that are balanced, living and effective. Learn...
 
NB 102 Build a Straw Bale House
Dates: 06/03/17 - 06/04/17
Location: Hopland, CA  $275.00
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 ...
 
Intro to Aquaponics - the Holistic Design Approach
Dates: 06/10/17 - 06/11/17
Location: Hopland, CA  $275
What if there was way to produce an abundance of organic food using up to 98% less water, while producing up to ten times more food in the same amount of area? What if you could achieve this using 1/4 the amount of energy, in a system that is totally scalable, does not require fertile soil, saves you lots of time and labor, makes you a good living and is inc...
 
LEV05 Sustainability Immersion
Dates: 06/19/17 - 07/14/17
Location: Laytonville, CA  $1200
Note:  The course can be taken as a whole for the entire month, or in week long increments.  (Look for the LEV 01-04 classes in the class listing to register for individual weeks) This 4-week long sustainability immersion course will take you through a multitude of topics relating to the larger paradigm of sustainability.  We cover a wide ran...
 
LEV01 Permaculture Immersion
Dates: 06/19/17 - 06/23/17
Location: Laytonville, CA  $350
The first of the Sustainability Immersion Series, Introduction to Permaculture, includes an expanded section on social permaculture.  Taught by leading experts in the field, we will also examine: Greywater Soil Building Site Analysis Food Forests  Check out the Laytonville Eco-Village Website for more information, then register through SLI...
 
LEV02 Natural Building & Rocket Stoves
Dates: 06/26/17 - 06/30/17
Location: Laytonville, CA  $350
The second installment of the Sustainability Immersion Series is an introduction to cob building and rebuilding a rocket stove hot water heaters using adobe contruction.  Check out the Laytonville Eco-Village Website for more information, then register through SLI.  Note:  You are responsible for providing most of your food and performi...
 
LEV03 Green Building & Solar Technologies
Dates: 07/03/17 - 07/07/17
Location: Laytonville, CA  $350
Our third week in the Sustainability Immersion Series is a busy one.  We'll be retrofitting an off-grid Solar PV system and upgrading an existing solar hot water system.  We'll go over energy conservation, green building and building science while integrating solar energy with energy efficient buildings, focusing on maximum energy efficiency. ...
 
LEV04 Intentional Communities
Dates: 07/10/17 - 07/14/17
Location: Laytonville, CA  $350
$350  Our final week in the Sustainability Immersion Series is centered on Intentional Communities.  We'll begin with an overview of existing intentional communities, co-housing and ecovillages and explore the legal structures for owning and sharing land and resources including zoning, codes, permits, and Class K Owner-Builder permits. We also spe...
 
Camp Back to your Roots
Dates: 07/13/17 - 07/16/17
Location: Hopland, CA  $695 - $895
Check in and registration begins at 11:30am on Thursday.  The camp ends at 2:00pm on Sunday. You’ll get creative with arts and crafts, participate in a scavenger hunt, get your hands dirty in the garden, share your talents, and dream deeply under the stars. Adventure, nature-based, and wellness day activities take place both on the grounds of the Cen...
 
Camp Solar - Kids Summer Camp
Dates: 08/01/17 - 08/03/17
Location: Hopland, $150 for all 3 days, or call (707) 472 2456 to book individual days at $50 per day.
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 6-12 year olds. Please bring a packed lunch and a healthy snack. 10% discount available to sibli...
 
NB 102 Build a Straw Bale House
Dates: 09/09/17 - 09/10/17
Location: Hopland, CA  $275.00
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 ...
 
Intro to Aquaponics - the Holistic Design Approach
Dates: 09/16/17 - 09/17/17
Location: Hopland, CA  $275
What if there was way to produce an abundance of organic food using up to 98% less water, while producing up to ten times more food in the same amount of area? What if you could achieve this using 1/4 the amount of energy, in a system that is totally scalable, does not require fertile soil, saves you lots of time and labor, makes you a good living and is inc...

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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