Last updated: July 15, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: October 2, 2007


(Columbus, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1997
  • Start Living Together: 1998
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Facebook:
  • Contact Name: Jackie Woods
  • Phone: 828-894-0124
  • Address:
    PO Box 1549
    Columbus, North Carolina, 28722
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Call 828-894-0124 ext. 1 or send an email to and we will be glad to welcome you with a guided tour.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Synergistic Health and Healing

Community Description:

The 125-acre Adawehi campus is the home of around 60 people. It is a community of individuals who are raising their consciousness around health and healing in four areas—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. The residents support each other in getting past any emotional attachments that block expression of their heart gifts in the physical. After everyone gets clear about the heart gift they can bring, ways of bringing those gifts are defined together. This four-part process is experienced in all ten community houses. New homes are under construction to give more people an opportunity to join in community.

The population of the community is a multi-racial mix of old and young, singles, couples, and families. While everyone is expected to contribute in maintaining the Adawehi buildings, grounds, and activities, jobs must be secured away from the land. Healthy eating and healthy living are expected, and personal growth is the accepted norm.

The Adawehi Institute and Wellness Center is home to ten wellness practitioners and offers a whole array of classes, both onsite and online. Offerings include personal growth classes and workshops, community events, Beneficial Foods Market featuring fresh-baked, organic, gluten-free, and locally-grown grocery items, fitness facility, online continuing-education courses for healing arts professionals, plus books and CD’s by the founder, Jackie Woods.

For visitors who want to experience the Adawehi healing energy overnight, the Adawehi Wellness Retreat has three gorgeous rooms available for rent. Each room is beautifully decorated and features lovely views.

The Adawehi Mission: Our mission at Adawehi is to empower the heart for extraordinary living. We believe that everyone is entitled to live life in a passionate and creative way. To reach this state, we support people in healing the unproductive, the unchanging and wounded parts of their lives so that they can inherit their birthright of empowered living. We believe that when people have the support to heal on all levels of their being, their hearts can touch other hearts and the world is changed.

For more information about the Adawehi community, its mission, and its offerings, please visit


  • Adult Members: 50
  • Child Members: 7
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: non-denominational spirituality

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Jackie Woods is the founder and director.

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 125 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 14
  • Additional Comments: We have four new single-family townhomes that will be ready for occupancy in Summer of 2014.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)


  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional comments: Biodynamic community garden



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Community Affiliations



alternative healing, personal growth, spiritual growth

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge