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Maharishi Universityof Management

Living Soils Course

Restore the Soil, Renew the World

May 2017

It’s time to go beyond conventional, beyond organic and far beyond sustainable agricultural practices and propel ourselves forward to create growing systems that regenerate our planet.

Lace up your boots, bring your gloves, and don’t forget your notebook when you join us for this 3.5 week soil health intensive.

Why Soil?

Healthy soil stores massive amounts of carbon, filters water, feeds plants, and replaces vital nutrients into our ecosystem. Healthy soil means a healthy planet.

What do increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, dead zones in the ocean, polluted waterways, soil erosion, and low-nutrient-containing foods have in common? They are all results of poor agriculture practices and the poor soil they have created.

It’s time to work with the environment instead of against it. By helping the soil, you will help create a healthier, more sustainable world.

Course Topics

The foundation of the course is built on the combination of three regenerative agricultural tools: organic matter building, mineral balancing, and soil food web methodologies.

Topics you’ll study in our course include:

  • How to build soil, create biological inoculums, apply biology to growing systems and analyze life in soil and biological products through bright field microscopy
  • The basics of creating soil armor to stabilize soil and feed soil organisms
  • Principles of balancing calcium and magnesium, as well as addressing mineral excesses in soils

The course also includes an emphasis on the expressions of intelligence, order, and integration found at different levels of biological organization.

Hands-On Projects

Our course goes beyond classroom learning and integrates hands-on projects. You’ll leave with the experience you need to apply the knowledge in our own life.

Projects include:

  • Building compost
  • Creating composts teas and extracts
  • Assessing biology through microscopy
  • Site assessments and appropriate applications of composts
  • Creating liquid composts and mineral amendment
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Transcendental Meditation

As part of the Living Soil course you’ll practice the Transcendental Meditation technique daily. This evidence-based technique has been proven to have mental, physiological, behavioral, and physical benefits that enable you to learn more efficiently and effectively.

The TM technique allows your active mind to easily settle inward, through quieter levels of thought, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own awareness.

Instructor Bios:


Molly C. Haviland:

Molly has consulted and offered courses in 20 states throughout America and recently began traveling the world to teach to compost operations, farmers and students. Molly earned her B.S. degree in Sustainable Living from the Maharishi University of Management where she is an affiliate professor of the Living Soil course.


Loida Vasquez:

Loida obtained a BS in Sustainable Living and a Living Soils consultant certification under the guidance of Dr. Elaine Ingham. She is now the owner of Regenerative Soil Services out of Los Angeles, CA. She is a professional Living Soils consultant focused on healing soil and producing healthy food for humans and animals to consume while reducing climate change via carbon sequestration.


Course tuition costs $1650, which does not include room and board, meals, and other expenses.
No, you don’t. In fact, if you don’t know the technique already, you can learn it for free as part of your tuition cost!
Visit to find a center near you. If it is not possible for you to learn TM before you arrive, you will learn the TM technique on campus. This four day TM course at MUM starts a few days before the soil course begins (please contact our faculty for more information).
Fairfield is located in SE Iowa, an hour south of Iowa City, 2 hours from Des Moines, and 4-5 hours from Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, Madison, and the Twin Cities.


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