Last updated: September 24, 2013 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999
(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: http://www.earthaven.org/
- Contact Name: Visitor Outreach Coordinator
- Phone: 828-669-3937
5 Consensus Circle
Black Mountain, North Carolina, 28711
Visitors accepted: Yes
Contact us at Earthaven. We have regularly scheduled tours. Visits are by appointment only.
Open to new Members: Yes
Learning sustainable culture
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.