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Living Well Community

Last updated: February 9, 2016 (3 months ago)

Listing created on: September 15, 2008

Living Well Community

(Franklinville, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Start Living Together: 2014
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.TheLivingWellCommunity.com
  • Contact Name: Harvey Harman
  • Phone: 919 799 6819
  • Community Address:
    Rising Sun Way
    Franklinville, North Carolina, 27248
    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 community/ecovillage focused on health/wellness, sustainability, service to the greater good, 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 has a combination of private and shared spaces with additional mixed-uses 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.).

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Small Town

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 124 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Planned number of residences: 100
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on, Alternative Structures
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • 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

Membership

  • 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

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We all are leaders and we all are followers

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • 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

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Hydro-Electric
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Waterfront access
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • 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), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices: Healthy Living
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Photo Gallery

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Coho/US

Community Affiliations

Living Well Earth Stewards

Keywords

Ecovillage, conference center, education center, sustainability, wellness center, Service, Community

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.