(Enota) Mountain Retreat

Last updated: September 15, 2015 (3 weeks ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

(Enota) Mountain Retreat

(Hiawassee, Georgia, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1998  Established: 2002
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Business, Project, or Organization:
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  • Contact Name: Donna
  • 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 to discuss a date and time. For paying guest options or for work-exchange details, visit our website. We have several different ways to visit: cabins, retreat housing, bunkhouses, and RV and tent camping. Meals may be provided.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    We are looking for drug,alcohol, tobacco free, service-minded and open heart individuals.

Mission Statement:

conservation, education, preservation and sustainability.

Community Description:

We are a group 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, service-minded 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!

We are a conservative, family-based organization. There is no smoking, drinking or drug use allowed on site by our volunteers. No visible tattoos or piercings, men must be clean shaven with short hair.

Please visit our websites both and and complete the online applications with a current photo attached. YOU can contact us at 706-896-9966 for a skype interview once you fill out an application at and and your info is received.


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Non-member Residents: 20
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 60 acres surrounded by 750,000 acres of National Forrest
  • 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 extensive infrastructure.

    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: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debts)
  • Required Labor contribution: 50
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Can do work exchange and receive a stipend after probation period

    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


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, up to 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, up to 90%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan (plants only, no animal products), Mostly Vegan, Raw or Mostly Raw
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: We work towards the day we are sustainable. We currently have our own chickens and an abundance of eggs, milking goat an.d cows, large organic garden, new greenhouse, and we eat higher percentage home-grown veggies when in season.

    We eat a diverse diet, much whole foods, Hopefully little meat and more plant based yet it is up to each individual. Maybe one day everyone will choose to be vegan. There are no personal restrictions on food. We don’t buy junk food with group funds. Our retreat/camping store offers soda pop, canned foods, candy and so it’s all here.

    We are a health minded.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation


organic farm, sustainable living, volunteer, conservation, Cherokee, preservation, conservation

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