(Enota) Mountain Retreat

Hiawassee, Georgia, United States

  • Last updated: September 15, 2015 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

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 www.enota.org and www.enota.com 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 enota.com and enota.org and your info is received.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.), Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization, Volunteer~ Internship~ Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing, Land Trust
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing


  • Area: 60 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 27
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • 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 .
    Surrounded by 750,000 acres of National Forrest


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

    You can visit as a paying guest or through work exchange. Call us at 706-896-9966 or email [email protected] 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.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We are looking for drug,alcohol, tobacco free, service-minded and open heart individuals.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 50
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debts)
  • 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

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, up to 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All~ up to 90%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • 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 Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Raw or Mostly Raw
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet 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.

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

Additional Comments

We are in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains surrounded on all sides by Chattahoochee National Forest. There are four waterfalls and six streams on site. We are centerly located between four small towns on the bottom of the mountain Helen, Hiawassee, Blairvsville and Young Harris. We have the best of rural and urban.

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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


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