Last updated: July 24, 2013 (8 months ago)
Listing created on: September 15, 2008

Living Well Community

(Franklinville, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2008  Established: 2013
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.livingwellcommunity.webs.com/
  • Contact Name: Harvey Harman
  • Phone: 919 799 6819
  • Address:
    1108 Callicutt Rd
    Franklinville, North Carolina, 27248
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please contact us at 919-799-6819 or by email at the address listed above. This will allow us to give you directions and get an idea of exactly what you are looking for.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Sustainability, Wellness, food

Community Description:

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

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

The community has a mixture of housing types all based on the co-housing model, Green Businesses under development, a future Integrative Health Center, an organic farm, a community garden, neighborhood park and orchard, and 53 acres of natural area buffering the creek and river. We also have a regional greenway/bikeway crossing the property and connecting to the towns of Franklinville (1/2 mile away) and Ramseur (1 mile away) on an old abandoned rail bed.

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.).

Population

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Honoring of the Sacred. Ecumenical. Inclusive

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We all are leaders and we all are followers

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Small Town, Small Town
  • Area: 124 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current number of residences: 90
  • Additional Comments: 53 Acre Conservation Area + other community areas

    A variety of land ownership

    depending on interest

    for part of the community

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: We do contribute to common community projects

    HOA fees have not been established

Diet

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: To be increased as we move to the land

    Community garden, wild edibles, kitchen gardens, etc.

    Healthy, local food a priority

Community Affiliations

Deep River CoHousing at Living Well Community

Keywords

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.