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
 
Mushrooms – Introduction to Cultivation, Uses, Mysteries & Magic
Dates: 04/01/17 - 04/02/17
Location: Hopland, CA  $235
Growing mushrooms for food and medicine. An introduction to growing mushrooms in your homes, backyards, farms, schools and more. Myco-remediation, how to use mushrooms to help clean up pollutants and the environment. Growing medicinal mushrooms and so much more. In addition to the knowledge & experience you will gain, everyone will leave this course with...
 
Master Composting – Making and Using Incredible Compost
Dates: 04/08/17 - 04/09/17
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 ...
 
Making Compost Teas & Vortex Tea Brewer Construction
Dates: 04/22/17 - 04/23/17
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...
 
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.

ACCREDITED BY IREC - Registered Provider of NABCEP

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