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  • Locations: Goldendale, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Overviewhills and a horse

This course is an amazing opportunity to spend 7 beautiful days exploring earth, self, and community at the beautiful Ekone Ranch near Goldendale, Washington. This is truly a time to slow down, retreat, and engage in deep learning.  We'll learn first-hand about regenerative earth-care by exploring the land, plants and animals at Ekone, and by engaging in activities such as gardening, forest bathing, and sit spots. We'll engage in regenerative self-care practices through stories, daily reflection, guided contemplative activities, open time for resting and pondering, and discussion of the book The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.  We'll have time for journaling, art,  and movement such as swimming, and hiking. Morning yoga and 3 delicious locally-procured meals a day will also contribute to our regenerative practice.  We’ll learn about people-care and social and cultural regeneration through meaningful time together in community, and by learning about a local green burial site, youth education, and horse therapy at Ekone.  This experience will also include camping---a chance to connect deeply with the land and sleep under the stars.
This class will be fully in person and we will adhere to Covid-19 protocols such as physical distancing and mask wearing when together as a group.

We’ll be exploring questions such as: How can we engage in regenerative practices that contribute to long-term resilience and abundance in ourselves and in communities? What do regenerative practices look like in ourselves, and in vibrant ecosystems?  How can regenerative practices contribute to social and ecological justice? How can we create regenerative practices and systems in our work and lives?

This  course is open to degree and non-degree seeking graduate students, and certificate students (you don’t have to be currently enrolled in a grad program). In particular, this class counts toward the Graduate Sustainable Food Systems Certificate.

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Faculty Leader Heather Burns, Associate Professor
  • Coordinator of the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) Graduate Program
  • Educational Leadership and Policy department
Dates July 5 - July 11, 2021
Areas of Study All Majors welcome, however, this course is
especially relevant to the following fields of study:
  • Anthropology
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Food Systems
  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Sustainability Education
Course & Credit ELP 510: Soil, Soul, Society (4 credits) 
Language of Instruction  English
Housing Bunkhouses and camping
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Non-PSU students, community members
**Preference is given to PSU students
Minimum GPA Requirements Graduate: 3.0

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
  • This program takes place in a rural area
  • Participants can expect significant walking or hiking over uneven or hilly terrain throughout the program. 
  • Participants may be exposed to heat or sun during this program. 
If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate due to these considerations, please contact the Education Abroad Advisor responsible for this program. 
Application Process
(PSU Students)
  • Unofficial Transcript (from Banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
  • $50 Application Fee. This is billed to your student account after the deadline when your application is reviewed.
Application Process
(Non-PSU Students)
*These prices will not be finalized until 5/14/2021
$2,320 $170 $2,490
  • 4 PSU credits (ELP 510)
  • Accommodations in bunkhouses and campground at Ekone Ranch
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner included 
  • Daily Activities
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • Transportation: 
    • Cost of gas for 132 miles to Goldendale, WA each way
  • Meals on the way there of back

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.