Hopland is a beautiful place to get away from it all and immerse yourself in educational experiences in sustainable living, natural resources, agriculture and mindfulness.
Established in 1998, the Solar Living Institute is a prestigious nonprofit organization that provides professional solar training and sustainability courses with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably. The Institute manages the Solar Living Center, a 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site that is visited by 200,000 people annually.
The University of California’s principal field research facility for agriculture and natural resources in the North Coast region, the Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) focuses on animal science, rangeland management, wildlife, plant science, entomology, and public health projects. With 5,358 acres, the site is used for long-term, controlled research on native rangelands, watersheds, and wildlife. Plantings of wine grapes and pears provide opportunities for variety trials, plant productivity studies, and development of strategies for controlling insect pests and plant diseases. The Center is also home to a research sheep flock of 600 to 1,000 breeding ewes that graze the majority of the Center’s rangelands. Lambing generally occurs between November and February, and shearing takes place in April.
At the nearby City of 10,000 Buddhas, the Dharma Realm Buddhist University, founded in 1976, offers students of Buddhism and lay people meditation, Dharma talks and other education opportunities.