Through Sacred Relating with Self, Land, and Others

A self-paced online course through Earthaven Ecovillage

Place-Based Living at Earthaven Ecovillage

An Overview of our Regenerative Systems

Self-Paced Online Course
Cost: $35

Visitors to Earthaven Ecovillage are often surprised to hear that we are not yet fully sustainable or 100% self-sufficient. This online workshop helps define the context and describe the journey of moving from a consumer culture to a land-based, place-based life.

This course looks at the actual lived experiences of the over 27 years of village building through examining our homes, power, water, and waste systems, and especially our food and medicine. Compare and contrast the concepts of self-reliance, interdependence, permaculture, sustainability, resilience, regeneration when it comes to whole systems design.

This workshop is part of series of courses about Earthaven infrastructure with Lee Warren. This course explores the permaculture ethic of earth care in the creation and life at Earthaven.

Eleven videos totalling 73 minutes.
Each video has subtitles and includes resources and a transcription.

Course Details:


Video 1: Introduction to the course and instructor.

Overview of Place

Video 2: Why place is important.

Video 3: Geographical place aspects and information about the Southern Appalachian bioregion where Earthaven Ecovillage is located.

Video 4: Cultural place aspects and information about the cultural and economic context around Earthaven Ecovillage.

Video 5: Earthaven project aspects related to place, including the definition of an ecovillage, and Earthaven’s mission and vision.

Developing Earthaven Ecovillage

Video 6: Design approach based on ecological design or permaculture used when developing Earthaven.

Video 7: Clearing land and processing wood.

Video 8: Building common buildings and houses.

Video 9: Building roads, paths, and bridges.

Video 10: Utilities, including off-grid electricity, water, and carbon composting.

Wrap Up

Video 11: Thank you and blessings on your journey.


To purchase the Place-Based Living self-paced online course, visit the SOIL website (Earthaven Ecovillage’s education non-profit.)


Lee Warren is reclaiming wisdom through conscious relating with self, land, and other. She has 25 years of experience envisioning, designing, and living innovative solutions to mutually empowered relationships, land-based and community living, regenerative systems, interpersonal communication, and sustainability education. She’s been living in rural intentional community since 1995 and at Earthaven Ecovillage since 2000. She is a co-founder, co-owner, and builder of the Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood, the co-founder and manager of Imani Farm, and the co-founder of SOIL, School of Integrated Living, whole-life skills for a radically different future. She is the principal and founder of Reclaiming Wisdom and a writer, teacher, and activist, with a passion for embodiment practices, rural wisdom, sustainable economics, conscious dying, and community of all kinds.

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Shared Experiences

  • Patrick Davis, MA

    Hospice Chaplin & Leadership Coach

    “After 25 years of coaching leaders and teams, I have found Lee’s Relational Leadership workshop to be a unique and powerful combination of both practical tools and effective leadership  principles. Her proven experience leading different causes makes for an approach that balances both head and heart.” 

  • Evalena Rose

    Meta Therapist & Channel

    "Lee is an experienced and truly competent guide in the vast landscapes of end of life plans. Her thoughtful pacing helps us navigate the territory of decisions to make, who to involve, emotions and choices. Being supported in preparing for this rite of passage by creating our death care team settles a lot in me. I highly recommend. Everyone involved will benefit."

  • Teri Grunthaner

    Re: Thriving in Community Workshop

    "This course covers the vital social-emotional aspects of community that just isn't talked about openly enough. I so appreciated Lee's candid sharing of her own experience and warm encouragement of our own self-reflection. I truly believe that if more folks did the kind of personal and interpersonal work Lee outlines in this course, more communities would thrive!"

  • Keary Jenkins

    Executive Vice President & Wellness Coordinator

    "When I heard Lee say, "functional teams demonstrate communication, transparency, and trust," in her Relational Leadership workshop, it changed everything for me. I'm being that change in my workplace and finding others who resonate with that change. It is having impact with everyone in the entire organization, including the CEO. Employees who felt powerless in the past are now starting to light up. Our work ecology is changing and the transformation is beyond powerful."

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