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
SL142 Intro to Aquaponics using Applied Permaculture
Dates: 07/25/15 - 07/26/15
Location Hopland, CA  $250.00
 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 and time? 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 time and labor, makes you a good living and...
SL140 Permaculture Intro
Dates: 08/01/15 - 08/02/15
Location Laytonville, CA  $250
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED PERMACULTURE: CREATING AN ECOVILLAGE Permaculture is a comprehensive ecological design system for living within our means.   The foundation for permaculture is based on three principles: care for the earth, care for people, and sharing natural and social resources (fair share). This workshop will introduce you to how food, shelter, ...
Camp Solar - Kids Summer Camp
Dates: 08/04/15 - 08/06/15
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...
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 ...
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...
LT230 Build a Rocket Stove Water Heater
Dates: 09/26/15 - 09/27/15
Location Laytonville, CA  $250
This is going to be a fun and innovative workshop demonstrating how a rocket stove can efficiently heat water. The weekend will be followed by a three-day rocket stove/natural building gathering. Stay tuned for more details....
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 co...


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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