Interview with NikiAnne Feinberg, Director of the School of Integrated Living


| 3/26/2017 1:41:00 PM


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The School of Integrated Living (SOIL) inspires people to live responsible and creative lives by providing experiential education in integrated living and regenerative systems. Its programs educate empowered, skilled, and conscious leaders dedicated to creating radical change and healthy reciprocal relationships.

SOIL was founded in 2013 by NikiAnne Feinberg and Lee Walker Warren, two experiential education leaders and residents of Earthaven Ecovillage near Asheville, NC. NikiAnne builds cultural health and resilience by helping people discover their gifts and match them to community needs. She sees School of Integrated Living as one node in a web that connects us to ourselves, each other, nature, and the resources we need for village building. She is also a nature-awareness facilitator, outdoor educator, project manager, community leader, and village builder. She builds cultural health and resilience by helping people discover their gifts and match them to community needs. NikiAnne coordinates, facilitates and leads educational experiences emphasizing service learning, nature connection, and building community for groups of all ages in the U.S. and abroad.

You “build cultural health and resilience by helping people discover their gifts and match them to community needs.” Can you elaborate on what you mean by cultural health and offer some examples of how you help people discover their gifts?

I believe our modern world is suffering from disconnection disorder. We are disconnected from the sources of our lives (our food, electricity, building materials, water, etc.), the impact of our choices, our emotions, our bodies, our relationships, and ultimately ourselves and our inherent unique gifts. A healthy culture is connected — to ourselves, each other, and the natural world.

My work is devoted to increasing authentic connection in the world.




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