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
Introduction to Permaculture Design
Dates: 07/09/16 - 07/10/16
Location: Hopland, CA  $149
Discover the design science of “Permanent Culture”! This course will give you an in depth introduction to Permaculture Design. Permaculture is a whole systems design process based in observation and pattern thinking. It empowers people to create ecologically sustainable and socially just human settlements based in natural patterns and processes. It is hu...
Advanced Permaculture Design
Dates: 07/23/16 - 07/24/16
Location: Hopland, CA  $169
Have you taken a Permaculture design course, workshop or training and wondered what now? Where do I go from here? How can I gain more experience and understandings about Permaculture design? How do I become a Permaculture professional or run a design business? What methods, practices and techniques can I use to improve my designs and projects? How can I cont...
Camp Solar - Kids Summer Camp
Dates: 08/02/16 - 08/04/16
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 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: 09/10/16 - 09/11/16
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 ...


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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