Last updated: January 17, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Enota Mountain Village

(Hiawassee, Georgia, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1998  Established: 2002
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.enota.org
  • Contact Name: Enota Potential Member
  • Phone: 706-896-9966
  • Address:
    1000 Highway 180
    Hiawassee, Georgia, 30546-5408
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    You can visit as a paying guest or through work exchange. Call us at 706-896-9966 or email enota@enota.org to discuss a date and time. For paying guest options or for work-exchange details, visit our website. We have all different ways to visit: cabins, retreat housing, bunkhouses, and RV and tent camping. Meals can be provided.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    We are looking for drug,alcohol, tobacco free high minded individuals who are aware, conscious, and want to live a service based life.

Mission Statement:

conservation, education

Community Description:

We are an aspiring community living in the beautiful north Georgia mountains on ancient, sacred Cherokee land. Here on the original site of the Enotah tribe & the legendary Camp Pioneer, we have four waterfalls, five streams, and two ponds. We offer work exchange (a stipend is available for those who qualify); and we run an ecotourism site with a retreat center, campground, and certified organic farm with animals.

We are dedicated to conservation of the land, sustainable living, raising healthy animals, and organic farming. The work we gladly give to maintain this retreat facility and farm has been worth our personal dedication as we offer a loving, memorable experience to those who come to enjoy our property.

We have a diverse group who work here, short term and long term. We are committed to working in peaceful, loving, purposeful service as we see the Divine in all of humanity and in nature.

We are looking for sound, responsible individuals for a variety of on-site tasks including maintenance, housekeeping, farm work (including animal care and agriculture), and general duties to take care of daily business. Committed individuals and couples who are passionate about preserving this land, making campers feel welcomed and taking care of day-to-day operations are encouraged to apply!

If you are looking for a place to stay and work just to get by, trying to employment and get a job somewhere, Enota is not the place for you.

Please visit our website(www.enota.org) and complete the online application. We will reach out to you and thank you!

Population

  • Adult Members: 14
  • Non-member Residents: 20
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Experiencing the Divine in all things and giving of ourselves in service to one another.

    Love and Light are our commonality.

    We live in area with a modern small town school with small class two friendly teachers per class. The small town school can do a better job than we can at this time. We home school when best serves the child and community..

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 60 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current number of residences: 27
  • Additional Comments: surrounded on all sides by 750,000 acres of wooded National Forest.

    Placed in Trust for conservation, education and spiritual purposes. As the community matures and is able to caretake the land the trust can be turned over to the community

    We are very blessed with extentive infastructure.

    As part of our Ecospiritual Village concept we have chosen and set aside the site to create a co-housing area on the property with all the benefits of this model including ownership, for permanent community members. We work towards the day we have enough committed members who want this and we can start building .

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Or can work exchange and recieve a stipend if you qualify

    work exchange or pay from independent funds and live on the property as contributor to community

    Can stay as a paying guest or pa y rent

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Food is prepared with love, and we gather for meals with all who are working here that day.

    We work towards the day we are sustainable. We currently have our own chickens and an abundance of eggs, milking goat and cows, large organic garden, new greenhouse, and we eat higher percentage home-grown vegies when in season.

    We eat a diverse diet, much whole foods, some meats, a lot of creative egg dishes and sometimes pasta or pie, There are no personal restrictions on food. Our retreat/camping store offers soda pop, canned foods, candy and so it’s all here.

    Our cook is Vegan but cooks everything. Retreat groups and individuals may be omnivores and we are primarily non-judgemental.

    We are a health minded.

    We support assist in becoming non smokers and have programs and help. We do use tobacco in Native American ceremonies

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation

Fair Housing Laws

Housing in our community is incidental to employment and therefore fair housing laws do not apply (though employment discrimination laws may)., Our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.

Keywords

organic farm, sustainable living, volunteer, conservation, Cherokee Indian land

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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.
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