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The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US

The Rising Earth Immersion is a residential semester-long program based on ancestral Catawba lands in North Carolina. Designed for 18-28 year olds who are seeking to live in balance with the Earth, the program will focus on tending and transforming relationships: deepening our inner connections to ourselves, healing and caring for our human communities, and cultivating a sense of belonging and reciprocity with the more-than-human world.

Over the course of 10 weeks, participants will engage in contemplative practice, community building, and nature connection all while studying permaculture principles and nourishing our bodies with food from our abundant gardens and kitchen.

With guidance from climate and social justice organizers, ecologists, farmers, renewable energy engineers, natural builders, herbalists, fermenters, alternative economists, elders, and change-makers, participants will catalyze their learning through community engagement and activist projects.

In honoring the past and and future generations, this program will explore the root causes of our current social and ecological crises, critically examine the legacies of colonization and patriarchal white supremacy, and forge a path forward by drawing on traditional ecological knowledge as well as innovative modern theory and praxis.

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