Deep Ecology & Yoga Retreat


7:00-8:00 Morning Yoga
8:15-9:15 Breakfast
9:30-12:00 Morning Session
12:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 Afternoon Session
3:45-4:45 Afternoon Yoga
4:45-6:45 Independent Integration Time/Free Play
6:45-7:45 Dinner
8:00-9:30 Evening Activities

About This Event

We find ourselves alive in an extraordinary time; a time of uncertainty and disconnection, but also a time of great possibility where cooperation, courageous action, and collective movement can cultivate the world we’re longing to live in. In these times of ecological, political, and social catastrophe looming on the horizon, it is essential that we dig deep to find our creative will and power to help life jump up and live. Join us for a weekend of reconnecting with self, other, sacred purpose, and earth. Opening up our hearts and minds to the love, joy, and deep grief we feel for life on our planet allows us to find the strength and wisdom to act on behalf of Earth as catalysts for positive change.

In this retreat, we will draw on the work of Deep Ecology and The Work That Reconnects to ground into our ecological identities, and the practice of yoga to integrate the work into our bodies. We will spiral through the 4 stages of The Work: Coming from Gratitude, Honoring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth. We will leave with a re-nourished connection to our bodies, our planet, and our sacred purpose as leaders, changers, and activists.

"Coming from downtown Raleigh, the journey to Earthaven was a much needed escape - escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, but also an escape back to nature, back to self." ~ Eva Moss, School of Integrated Living student

What's Included

  • Instruction. Yoga. 3 nights camping. 9 meals. Parking. Nature connection. Access to private hiking trails. Community experience.

What's Not Included

Travel. Indoor lodging

Venue Highlights

This program takes place at Earthaven Ecovillage. This permaculture-based community offers a unique living classroom where participants will engage with the natural world, eco-infrastructure, and the intimate experience of rural community living.


Several accommodation options are available at Earthaven Ecovillage and in the surrounding area. See specific program page for pricing.

Camping: Participants can camp in the forested Earthaven campground. Most campground sites are designed for two-person tents; some can accommodate larger tents. A few camper van/RV spots (no hookups) are also available (max. length 28ft). The campground offers drinking water, a tarp-covered kitchen with propane burners for cooking and heating water, and dining tables. There is an outdoor shower, outhouse with a composting toilet, and hand washing station. A flush toilet is available nearby. The campground itself has minimal electricity for charging small devices such as phones and mp3 players. The Council Hall is also available for charging small devices, including computers.

Indoor Lodging: Provided by Earthaven community members, options range from solitary huts and cabins to dorm rooms to private rooms in a community member’s home. Although the spaces may differ, all are simple, hand-built ecospaces that will have at least a bed and a composting toilet nearby. Some spaces will be centrally located, while some will be within a 5–15 minute walk of the village center. An outdoor shower in the campground will be available if your accommodations do not have their own shower. Both Private and Shared are usually available. Please indicate your choice in your registration and online shopping cart.

Off Site: Most visitors who choose not to stay at Earthaven find lodging in Black Mountain, roughly 30 minutes to the northwest, which is the closest town providing standard rental options. Situated between Black Mountain and Earthaven, approximately 20 minutes away, is The Light Center, which offers modest accommodations and a guest kitchen. Other possibilities for traditional lodging include Bat Cave (25 minutes from Earthaven), Lake Lure (35 minutes from Earthaven), and Asheville (50 minutes from Earthaven).

In addition to the many hotels and motels that are available, you may want to consider Air B&B or VRBO if you’re looking for something closer to Earthaven than a city center can provide. Greybeard Realty may also be able to help in finding a fitting accommodation.


  • Sauna
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Delicious, omnivorous meals are prepared by talented culinary artists from the Earthaven community. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available. Snacks and beverages (tea, coffee) are provided. Participants are invited to help with meal clean-up. Many hands make light work.

As much food as possible is sourced from Earthaven and its surrounding farms and gardens, with some ingredients sourced from local grocery stores. Our meals are created with seasonal, local, fresh, wildcrafted, humanely-raised, and organic ingredients.

Nine meals are included, Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch.


Earthaven is nestled in the heart of the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains, 30 miles outside of Asheville, NC on curvy mountain roads and within two hours of three airports.

Earthaven Ecovillage is located at 5 Consensus Circle, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Be advised that some mapping systems don’t have Earthaven Ecovillage listed by name or address.

From Asheville (I-40 E)

Take I-40 E for 25 min
Take exit 73 Old Fort
Turn right on Bat Cave Rd aka Old Fort Rd - 16 min (9 miles)
Turn left on Camp Elliot Rd - 5 min (1.5 miles)
SLOWLY continue onto Another Way at Earthaven Ecovillage sign (road turns to gravel) - 2 min (.5 miles)
Follow signs to Campground
From Hickory (I-40 W)

Take I-40 W for 1 hour
Take exit 73 (Old Fort)
Turn left on Bat Cave Rd aka Old Fort Rd - 16 min (9 miles)
Turn left on Camp Elliot Rd - 5 min (1.5 miles)
SLOWLY continue onto Another Way at Earthaven Ecovillage sign (road turns to gravel) - 2 min (.5 miles)
Follow signs to Campground
From South Carolina (I-26 W)

Take exit 49A (Hendersonville)
Turn right on US-64 E - 20 minutes (12 miles)
Turn left on NC-9/74-A - 1 minute (.3 miles)
Turn right on NC-9 - 10 minutes (7 miles)
Turn right on Old Fort Rd aka Bat Cave Rd - 6 minutes (3.2 miles)
Turn right on Camp Elliot Rd - 5 min (1.5 miles)
SLOWLY continue onto Another Way at Earthaven Ecovillage sign (road turns to gravel) - 2 min (.5 miles)
Follow signs to Campground
Closest Airports: (In order of proximity and preference)

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) - 1 hour drive from Earthaven
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) - 1½ hours from Earthaven
Charlotte Airport (CLT) - 2 hours from Earthaven
Travel from/to airport
There is no public transportation to Earthaven. Plan to rent a car at the airport, or arrange pick-up with SOIL well in advance (from the Asheville airport only, $60/one way). It’s possible that we could connect you with another participant traveling similarly, but we can not guarantee that.

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