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
CC101 Green Your Grow - How to Grow More Sustainable Cannabis Cultivation
Dates: 07/28/18
Location: $195  Hopland, CA  $165 early bird discount
  Learn how to get started in greening your growing projects. The class covers, water, soil, heating, cooling, ventilation, pests, fungus and more. In this 1-day Intro workshop Master Growers Max Meyers and Casey O'Neill will teach you the basic concepts of growing cannabis using ecological design. Topics include: How to Save U...
Intro to Aquaponics - the Holistic Design Approach
Dates: 08/11/18 - 08/12/18
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 an...
NB 102 Build a Straw Bale House
Dates: 09/08/18 - 09/09/18
Location: Cancelled - lack of enrollment - we'll run this again late next Spring. 
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 ...
Permaculture Convergence
Dates: 09/20/18 - 09/23/18
Location: For tickets go to http://permacultureconvergence.com/
Go to Event Website to purchase tickets or to get more information. We are facing an urgent need to build resilience in our homes, neighborhoods and communities in the wake of climate change, drought and social injustice; encouraging individuals and organizations to tackle actions as a community that allow us to get our basic needs taken care of while we re...


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 20 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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