Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States
- Last updated: February 22, 2016 (1 year ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
Learning sustainable culture
We intend to become a village of at least 150. We use a modified form of the N Street Consensus Method for decision making, and have paid for and own title to our land. We are in the process of restructuring our legal arrangements, and we pay annual dues. As of 2016 we have 51 members. 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. Some of us work in small, onsite businesses or nonprofits owned or run by members, including Useful Plants Nursery; Culture’s Edge, an educational nonprofit; the School of Integrated Living (SOIL), an educational nonprofit); or by offering services such as tours, campground lodging, carpentry and home construction, home care, 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 decision-making, Sociocracy, creating new ecovillages, herbal medicine, health and healing, and women’s mysteries. We also host large events such as the Continental Bioregional Congress (2005), the annual Southeast Regional Permaculture Gathering (2002-04), and a Village Harvest Festival (2008-2009) 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.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1994
- Start Living Together: 1996
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.earthaven.org/
- Contact Name: Visitor Outreach Coordinator
- Phone: 828-669-3937
- Community Address:
5 Consensus Circle
Black Mountain, North Carolina, 28711
- Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
- Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: No
- Additional Comments:
Our decision-making method is a combination of the N St. Consensus Method and an 85% supermajority method, and we choose annual officers in a process derived from Socicoracy’s “Selecting People for Roles” (elections) process.
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
- Additional Comments:
Community labor requirements are 2-4 hours/week; 1500 hours total in first 10 years.
The joining fee amount has been changed and will be divided between an amount to the community itself ($8,000 total), and another amount, depending on which neighborhood a new member joins.
Annual dues & fees range between approximately $600 to $900 per year.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
- Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric
- Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
- Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
- Planned food produced: From 50-75%
- Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Outbuilding(s), Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
- Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
- Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
- Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
- Shared meals: About once a week
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Additional Diet Comments:
Most members eat some dinners sometimes with others in their neighborhood; we currently have about five different neighborhoods with some shared meals.
Most members are omnivores; a few are vegetarians.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Buddhist, Wiccan, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Up to each family or individual
- Expected Healthcare Practices:
Most Earthaven members choose holistic health, complimentary medicine methods, and also Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and so on. Few members use regularly allopathic doctors, perhaps except for emergency room care when needed, or help with broken bones, etc.
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, GEN-US
School of Integrated Living, Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood, Culture’s Edge
organic, sustainable agriculture, work exchange, internship, students, organic farming