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
DIY Electric Vehicle
Dates: 08/21/17 - 08/23/17
Location: Sebastopol, CA  $1,795
The SWITCH Lab - 3 Day SWITCH EV project Build entire vehicle including Battery Management, basic wiring and component discussions   3 Day program to learn EV wiring and component installation Less lecture, more hands-on let's just build this thing! EV component functions and installation parameters Install all wiring, relays, batteries, motor e...
Camp Back to your Roots
Dates: 08/25/17 - 08/28/17
Location: Hopland, CA  $695 - $895
Check in and registration begins at 11:30am on Friday.  The camp ends at 2:00pm on Monday. You’ll find a sense of renewal as you share adventures and activities with your camping guides and co-horts.  Dream deeply under the stars after action-packed, nature-based, and wellness activities taking place both on the grounds of the Center and at near...
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...


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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