Last updated: March 28, 2014 (12 months ago)
Listing created on: April 21, 2013

Echo Hills Cottages

(Asheville, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2011  Established: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Laurie Czecholinski
  • Phone: 828-778-0461
  • Address:
    10 Shamby Drive
    Asheville, North Carolina, 28806
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact Laurie at

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Conscious Relationships

Community Description:

Our intentional neighborhood will be located in Asheville, NC on 3.25 acres of park like setting with rolling hills and 50 year old trees. We will have 9-10 houses of creative design and a strong emphasis on sustainability and conscious relationships. Homes will range from 500-1500 sq. ft. with plans that offer room for your own creative design. Our primary vision includes awareness practice, compasionate communication and Sociocratic decision making. Vision for community garden and the hope to “seed” an urban ecovillage. Email for more information.


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Open/Simple mindfullness based spirituality

    Home school or public

Social Factors

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


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Consent Process of Sociocracy

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban
  • Area: 3.2 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current number of residences: 10
  • Additional Comments: 9-10 plus rental opportunities

    a light version

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • 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 seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: open to what works for all-and to spontanity

    plans for garden as we develop with more people

Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Forming
  • Shared common building: No (1200 square feet)
  • Architect: Wilson’s Arcihitects
  • Developer: Habitat Re-Imagined
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.