Laurel Nest

Horse Shoe, North Carolina, United States

Disbanded Community
  • Last updated: March 13, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: February 28, 2017

Mission Statement

sustainability, yurts, healing retreats

Community Description

We started our community about 4-5 years ago, and it is an act of faith everyday. We have about 4.5 acres of woods, with several yurts, a few community spaces including large 30′ yurt for healing ceremonies and classes, large kitchen for gatherings, crafting reading space and “bedroom yurts” scattered throughout the woods as well as tiny house pads. Our goal is to live sustainably, grow food and provide a living model to inspire people in the form of a healing retreat center.
For now, we have a growing garden, and various sustainable building projects. We have hosted various gatherings and ceremonies, and find that the land invites prayer and healing. Besides that, we have a yurt company, Laurel Nest Yurts (, down the road from our community, where we hope to invite shared ownership. Community members can work at Laurel Nest Yurts, participate in sustainable projects or organize healing retreats.
We enjoy nature, music, crafting, beauty, and healthy local organic foods … we enjoy sharing space and making progress towards making the land more beautiful and sustainable.
We are open to short and long term members, and would enjoy living with hard working, light hearted and grateful people. Our goals are that the place serves as a source of inspiration, and that everyone who lives with us participates at a high level, possibly investing in its growth and sharing ownership.

  • Status: Disbanded
  • Started Planning: 2005
  • Start Living Together: 2006
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Business, Project, or Organization:
  • Contact Name: Laurel Nest Yurts
  • Community Address:
    49 Watagnee Trail
    Horse Shoe, North Carolina, 28742
    United States
  • Location

  • This Community has Disbanded

    Year disbanded: 1

    Over the last several years, we’ve come to a place where we feel that living so far out in the forest, having a young daughter, we send lots of time in the car… unsustainable and not much fun. so, we’ve decided to move abroad where we can live with better access to public transportation… and are looking for community to join now!!


  • Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, long term shared land living, personal dwelling (yurt, tiny house)
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 4.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, bring your own tiny house or RV
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 2
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    We have a few yurts scattered about for living spaces and one deck where a yurt or other portable structure can be built. We have two tiny house pads open to your tiny house, RV or mobile home. Each community member has their own kitchen, for daily use, while a large community kitchen is shared for retreats and larger kitchen projects like canning and preserving foods. In addition there are guest spaces, crafting and reading space, laundry and shower, and other amenities that can be shared.


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Pleas email us for information about our opportunities. [email protected]

  • Membership Process:

    We invite people who resonate with what we’re doing to live with us for several months so we can get to know each other. We are open to currency or sweat equity to cover costs. If everyone is living in harmony, there is possibility to stay long term, with buy-in or long-term rental or caretaker position. Each person is unique and so each agreement is unique.

  • Open to new Members: No
  • Additional Comments:

    We are encouraging this community to have a focus on nature connection, healing, simple need based living, and sustainability.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    As we are just re-forming, this will evolve. We are open to community leadership changing, but at the moment only permanent members have leadership roles.


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

    All members work between 1-3 days a week

    All new members give a donation to help offset startup and maintenance cost. There is some exceptions, however, in the case of very skilled individuals who can offer their skills and work as a donation.

    All members pay $100/ month to pay bills.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We encourage sustainable eating and, as such, prefer to use organic, GMO-free, earth- and human-friendly foods.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Buddhist, Jewish, Native American, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual


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