20th Annual Food for Life Conference June 8-10 at SVI!


Place:  Sequatchie Valley Institute 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 37397–between Dunlap and Whitwell, 45 minutes from Chattanooga.

Cost:  The income-based sliding scale for the three-day event is $100-$300.  Saturday only:  $75-$150. Children under 9 yrs free, 9-17 yrs $20-60/day.  This includes nutritious meals, all workshops, children’s programs, and rustic camping.  Work trade is available. Please contact us for details ASAP.

Bring the family for 3 days of camping in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by forest, bluffs, nature trails, and hand-crafted solar-powered homes and meeting places.  For our 20th year celebration, we welcome back Sandor Katz, the award-winning author of “The Art of Fermentation” as our keynote speaker. Share a sustainable outdoor lifestyle and help prepare then eat delicious meals under the forest trees.  Take part in workshops on food preservation, cooking methods, diet choices and nutrition, the truth about fats, native forest foods, mushrooms and medicines, wood stove and cast iron cooking, and fermented foods including kefir, kombucha, mead, sauerkraut, sour dough, and more, taught by instructors from a wide background of expertise and experience.   Explore the political, social, and ecological implications of food, nutrition, and agriculture including

Urban and High Tunnel food production, and community development.  Explore your body through Movement and Awareness and Qi-Gong and Embodiment.

The immersive outdoor children’s program will include planting a

Three Sisters Garden, hiking on forest trails, outdoor Highland games, a Kid’s Trade Blanket, and learning about good food, plants, critters, and the forest.

In the evenings we will share Fire circles, including mead, music, and a variety show. Come prepared with instruments and skills!

For more information, contact: 423-949-5922/4598;  (770) 241-3958; education@svionline.org or see our Facebook page for information and reservations.  We are located at 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 37397.

Workshops and programs at the Sequatchie Valley Institute are intentionally affordable using a scale based on income.  For more information, contact SVI, 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 37397; 423-949-5922/4598; email education@svionline.org.







 The Sequatchie Valley Institute is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization  promoting education and research in sustainable green living, ecology, and art.  We offer opportunities to experience and learn about living in harmony with nature by providing:

  • tours for kids, scouts, and adults: permaculture gardens, forest trails and solar hand-crafted homes
  • workshops and programs emphasizing healthy natural and sustainable living                  
  • education, research, and art programming
  • three hundred acres of forest with trails, protected forever by the Land Trust for Tennessee
  • a tree-top retreat center available for meetings, weddings, and other events
  • Liquidambar Art Gallery presenting fine art by local artists, hiking and picnicking


research and education in sustainable living