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
 
MM172 Introduction to Permaculture Design
Dates: 04/21/18
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...
 
CC101 Green Your Grow - How to Grow More Sustainable Cannabis Cultivation
Dates: 04/22/18
Location: $149  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...
 
Master Composting – Making and Using Incredible Compost
Dates: 05/05/18 - 05/06/18
Location: Hopland. CA  $175
In this class you will learn how to make great living compost. Hands-on compost building, types, recipes, methods, maintenance, testing, tips, tricks and microscope basics. This class will focus on making high quality compost that you can NOT buy at the nursery. Unlike store bought, good homemade compost is fresh, in balance, full of oxygen and teaming with ...
 
How To Farm Worms
Dates: 05/12/18
Location: This class will teach you how to raise your own worms at home. Learn how to turn kitchen waste into black gold! In addition to learning about the many benefits worm farms provide, this information packed class will give you several successful methods you can use to build one for yourself. Learn how to care for your worms while producing nutrient packed castings that can be used to grow larger, healthier plants or sold for top dollar! Worm casting sell for as much as $50 per small bag. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind class. Everyone goes home with their own under sink kitchen worm farm!
This class will teach you how to raise your own worms at home. Learn how to turn kitchen waste into black gold! In addition to learning about the many benefits worm farms provide, this information packed class will give you several successful methods you can use to build one for yourself. Learn how to care for your worms while producing nutrient packed casti...
 
CC201 Green Your Grow 3 Day Intensive - Learn How to Grow More Sustainably
Dates: 05/18/18 - 05/20/18
Location: RATE: $795.00  EARLY BIRD RATE:  $595.00  Hopland, CA
  Ready to Green Your Grow? Are you interested in learning how to grow clean and green Cannabis? Would you like to improve the quality of the cannabis you grow by moving beyond organic? Want to learn how to produce it using more sustainable, even regenerative practices? Well then, join us for this one of a kind class and learn how to Green Your Grow! ...
 
Evolving Insights in Landscape Biocontrol
Dates: 05/26/18
Location: Hopland, CA,  $149.00  
  Its a bug eat bug world. Learning to work with naturally occurring enemies of the insect pests in your landscape will reduce the time and expense of maintaining it. This session will help you set up the landscape to supply pollen and nectar that are supplemental food for many insect predators and parasites. Mulch, compost, water and artificial honeyd...
 
Reading Weeds, An Introduction to Plant Indicators
Dates: 05/27/18
Location: Hopland, CA,  $149.00
            Weeds, those pests in your fields, are going to become your most valuable tool for testing your soil.             Most fields have weeds. They are there day and night, rain or shine, experiencing the forces that shape plant growth. Wee...
 
NB 102 Build a Straw Bale House
Dates: 06/02/18 - 06/03/18
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 ...
 
Making Compost Teas & Vortex Tea Brewer Construction
Dates: 06/02/18
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...
 
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...

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 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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