Living Well Community

Last updated: July 3, 2015 (7 months ago)

Listing created on: September 15, 2008

Living Well Community

(Franklinville, North Carolina, United States)

Mission Statement:

Sustainability, Wellness, Local Food, Neighborhood self-reliance, Community, Green Building, Environmental Conservation, Service.

Community Description:

The Living Well Community is a mixed-use neighborhood/ecovillage focused on healthy living, sustainability, community, and honoring the sacred.

This is a 124-acre property bordered by a mile of frontage on the Deep River on one side and almost a mile of frontage on Sandy Creek on the other side.

The community uses the cohousing model for residential structures and also includes a variety of other features under development including green businesses, an integrative health center, an organic farm, a community garden, a neighborhood park and orchard, and 53 acres of natural area buffering the creek and river.

The property is beautiful with mountain-like topography, the river, rock outcroppings, high areas with vistas, the creek, trails, beautiful woods, and abundant wild edible and medicinal plants.

Our community is located near major highway corridors, just two miles from Highway 64 in the town of Franklinville, North Carolina. This property has regional appeal and access, being only a half-hour from Greensboro, 15 minutes from Asheboro and Siler City, and an hour and 15 minutes from RTP (Research Triangle Park), Raleigh, Durham, and Charlotte. We are centrally located between the mountains and ocean, and at the midpoint on the eastern seaboard between New York and Florida. We are also approximately a 6 hour drive from Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia.

The Conference and Retreat Center, located on the 50-foot-high bluff overlooking Sandy Creek and the Deep River, features the lovely, historic McIver-Faulk House, built in the 1850s and relocated to this site in 2004. The partially completed Conference and Retreat Center will be available for retreats, classes, and events (weddings, reunions, etc.).


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.), School~ Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer~ Internship~ Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing, Ethical Business~ Investment Group~ or Alternative Currency
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency


  • Area: 124 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 14
  • Planned number of residences: 100
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: 53 Acre Conservation Area + other community areas

    A variety of land ownership

    depending on interest

    for part of the community


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please contact us at 919-799-6819 before visiting. We do not have housing for visitors set up yet, but we welcome day visits.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Our application process tries to help people determine if the mission and values of Living Well fit their own values and lifestyle. We provide information and activities to help you decide whether you want to become a member of our community.
  • Additional Comments: Honoring of the Sacred. Ecumenical. Inclusive


  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We all are leaders and we all are followers


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: We do contribute to common community projects with both labor and donated additional funds.

    In addition HOA fees presently are $300/year

    We encourage the development of “Green Businesses”

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: 25-50%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Wind, Hydro-Electric
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 25-50%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Food produced locally: Between 25-50%


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Food Production to be increased as we further develop the gardens, edible landscaping, wild foraging, and organic farm.

    Community garden, wild edibles, kitchen gardens, etc.

    Healthy, local food a priority.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Agnostic, Other
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations


Community Affiliations

Living Well Earth Stewards


Cohousing, ecovillage, conference center, education center, sustainability, wellness center

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