Formed: 1994 Established: 1996
This page last updated:9/24/2013
Black Mountain, North Carolina,
(Blue Ridge Mountains)
Earthaven is an aspiring ecovillage founded in 1994 on 329 acres in the mountain forests of western North Carolina, about 50 minutes from Asheville. We are spiritually diverse, and value sustainable ecological systems, permaculture design, elegant simplicity, right livelihood, and healthy social relations. We have both vegetarians and omnivores, and some of us raise livestock for food. We hope to become empowered, responsible, ecologically literate citizens who model bioregionally appropriate culture for our time and place.
We intend to become a village of at least 150. We use consensus decision making, and have paid for and own title to our land. We lease home sites from the community and pay annual dues. As of 2012 we have 54 members. While much of Earthaven is still under construction, we have built roads and bridges, community buildings, members' homes, multi-household residences, gardens, constructed wetlands, and off-grid power and water systems.
We are developing a small village-scale economy, and most of us work in small, onsite businesses or nonprofits, including The Trading Post, Yellow Root Farm, Useful Plants Nursery, Round Mountain Builders, the School of Integrated Living (SOIL), or by offering services such as visitor campground lodging, carpentry and home construction, child care, and healing arts.
As a learning community dedicated to sharing our resources with the public, we offer workshops in permaculture design, natural building, consensus, creating new ecovillages, herbal medicine, health and healing, and women’s mysteries. We also host large events such as the Continental Bioregional Congress in 2005, the annual Southeast Regional Permaculture Gathering 2002-04, and the annual Village Harvest Festival. We welcome students and other learning groups, and support homeschool parents of children at Earthaven and nearby. We are seeking hardworking, entrepreneurial people, including but not limited to organic growers and farmers; people with solar system, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical skills; healers, artists, and families with children.
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Former/Other Names: none
This page last updated:9/24/2013
Visitor Process: Contact us at Earthaven. We have regularly scheduled tours. Visits are by appointment only.
Ecovillage Network of the Americas
:: Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(2-4 hours/week; 1500 hours in 1st 10 years)
(The joining fee amount for 2013 is $4,400 per adult; the fee is adjusted up or down each year to reflect the consumer price index. There is a one-time Site Lease fee (renewable, transferrable site lease). In 2009, a full site (which can be shared by up to 4 members & children) is $21,000; a compact site (which can be shared by up to 2 members & children) is $12,600; and a Single Common-wall Site (which can be shared by up to 2 members & children) is$10,500. These joining and site lease fees have been raised periodically over the years.)
(Annual dues & fees range between approximately $600 to $900 per year.)
Land and Buildings
329 acres (133.1 hectares)
Land Owned By:
(Two of our neighborhoods are based on the cohousing model.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
(Most members eat dinner with others in their neighborhood; we currently have about five different neighborhoods with shared meals.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Most members are omnivores; some are vegetarians.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(Spiritually eclectic. Most members share ecospiritual values.)
(Elementary-aged children are homeschooled at Earthaven; some parents collaborate on homeschooling programs.)
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