Earthaven Ecovillage

Last updated: September 24, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Earthaven Ecovillage

(Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1994
  • Start Living Together: 1996
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Visitor Outreach Coordinator
  • Phone: 828-669-3937
  • Address:
    5 Consensus Circle
    Black Mountain, North Carolina, 28711
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact us at Earthaven. We have regularly scheduled tours. Visits are by appointment only.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Learning sustainable culture

Community Description:

Earthaven is an aspiring ecovillage founded in 1994 on 329 acres in the mountain forests of western North Carolina, about 50 minutes from Asheville. We are spiritually diverse, and value sustainable ecological systems, permaculture design, elegant simplicity, right livelihood, and healthy social relations. We have both vegetarians and omnivores, and some of us raise livestock for food. We hope to become empowered, responsible, ecologically literate citizens who model bioregionally appropriate culture for our time and place.

We intend to become a village of at least 150. We use consensus decision making, and have paid for and own title to our land. We lease home sites from the community and pay annual dues. As of 2012 we have 54 members. While much of Earthaven is still under construction, we have built roads and bridges, community buildings, members’ homes, multi-household residences, gardens, constructed wetlands, and off-grid power and water systems.

We are developing a small village-scale economy, and most of us work in small, onsite businesses or nonprofits, including The Trading Post, Yellow Root Farm, Useful Plants Nursery, Round Mountain Builders, the School of Integrated Living (SOIL), or by offering services such as visitor campground lodging, carpentry and home construction, child care, and healing arts.

As a learning community dedicated to sharing our resources with the public, we offer workshops in permaculture design, natural building, consensus, creating new ecovillages, herbal medicine, health and healing, and women’s mysteries. We also host large events such as the Continental Bioregional Congress in 2005, the annual Southeast Regional Permaculture Gathering 2002-04, and the annual Village Harvest Festival. We welcome students and other learning groups, and support homeschool parents of children at Earthaven and nearby. We are seeking hardworking, entrepreneurial people, including but not limited to organic growers and farmers; people with solar system, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical skills; healers, artists, and families with children.


  • Adult Members: 50
  • Child Members: 6
  • Non-member Residents: -8
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Spiritually eclectic. Most members share ecospiritual values.

    Elementary-aged children are homeschooled at Earthaven; some parents collaborate on homeschooling programs.

Social Factors

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


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 329 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 43
  • Additional Comments: Two of our neighborhoods are based on the cohousing model.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: 2-4 hours/week; 1500 hours in 1st 10 years

    The joining fee amount for 2013 is $4,400 per adult; the fee is adjusted up or down each year to reflect the consumer price index. There is a one-time Site Lease fee (renewable, transferrable site lease). In 2009, a full site (which can be shared by up to 4 members & children) is $21,000; a compact site (which can be shared by up to 2 members & children) is $12,600; and a Single Common-wall Site (which can be shared by up to 2 members & children) is$10,500. These joining and site lease fees have been raised periodically over the years.

    Annual dues & fees range between approximately $600 to $900 per year.



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Additional comments: Most members eat dinner with others in their neighborhood; we currently have about five different neighborhoods with shared meals.

    Most members are omnivores; some are vegetarians.


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Ecovillage Network of the Americas, The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

School of Integrated Living, Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood


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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