SVI FALL Calendar 2017


Come out and enjoy springtime in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley. We are only 45 minutes from Chattanooga by car, but an infinite distance in peace and quiet with the opportunity to enjoy the natural world, hike on trails in a pristine forest, and experience a sustainable lifestyle. Plan to visit Liquidambar Art Gallery at SVI to shop for exquisite handmade art and crafts produced by staff and regional artists. All sales help benefit SVI non-profit educational programs.  All times are CT, 1 hour behind Chattanooga time.  Watch our Facebook pages and websites for added events!


 Liquidambar Art Gallery, Nature Trails, and Arboretum 

The  gallery and trails are closed from Oct 1 until Dec. 16 as the artists will be away at Art Shows.

We are open most weekends from February through September with special events, including snacks and teas, hikes, workshops, and other outdoor activities. Open other days by appt.  See for details.



Dates to be determined

Watch our websites and Facebook for updates



                                    Spring Wildflower Hikes

Hiking begins at 1 PM Central time.  Please arrive by 12:30 CT.  For a tour of the solar hand-crafted homes and gardens arrive at 11 am.  All ages welcome, no pets please. The hikes will be accompanied by naturalists, foresters, and bio-enthusiasts familiar with the geography, ecology and biology of the area. There will be 2 hikes each day, one a moderate 2 hr hike, the other a 4-hour rugged mountain trail hike.

Donation of $8-$20 requested.

Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week                                        

We’ll be open for hiking and other outdoor activities for all, with special emphasis on kids.  Homeschoolers welcome!


 Food for Life Conference

The 19th Annual gathering for skills-building around permaculture, organic gardening, food preservation, methods of cooking and diet choices, discovering native medicinal and edible plants, and health and nutrition. We will also focus on the social and ecological implications of agriculture, including factory farming and local small-scale agriculture.  Kids’ sessions will emphasize health, food, and outdoor adventure. Sliding scale of $100-$200 includes all meals and rustic camping.

National Trails Day

SVI will host guided hikes and trail maintenance on National Trails Day® which brings together outdoor enthusiasts across the country to promote healthy living, protect green spaces, and reinforce the importance of trails in our community.   This event is for all ages, and will bring kids into contact with the wonders of our forest and mountain.  Learn more at



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 Valley Institute


 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