Earthwise Valley

Thames, New Zealand

Disbanded Community
  • Last updated: March 12, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: September 4, 2008

Mission Statement

ecological sustainable living

Community Description

Important notice: Earthwise Valley closed in 2010 due to the unexpected passing of one of its founders. This listing is maintained as-is in tribute to the many volunteers who lent their time and energy to the Valley.

Earthwise Valley offers an opportunity for members and visitors to step out of the mainstream world and explore ways of living sustainably, to lighten our ecological footprint—a way for travelers to give something back to Nature, while still experiencing some of the best adventures and sharing life with locals.

We are located next to the sea where the rainforest meets the deep blue Pacific Ocean.

Our efforts to live more sustainably include permacultural food production, with organic gardens and fruit trees, and ducks and geese; experiments with earth building techniques; timber plantations; and renewable energy—micro-hydro generation and solar panels.

  • Status: Disbanded
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Community Coordinator
  • Mailing Address:
    Earthwise Valley
    PO Box 5
    Thames, 3540
    New Zealand
  • Location

  • This Community has Disbanded

    Year disbanded: 2010

    Due to unexpected death of one of the founders.


  • Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 35 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Write to us by email or physical mail.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: From 50-75%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals

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