“Ecovillages are human-scale, full-featured settlements in which human activities are harmlessly integrated into the natural world in a way that is supportive of healthy human development, and which can be successfully continued into the indefinite future.”
—Robert and Diane Gilman, Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities, 1991
Earthaven is an aspiring ecovillage in a mountain forest setting near Asheville, North Carolina. We are dedicated to caring for people and the Earth by learning, living, and demonstrating a holistic, sustainable culture.
“Earthaven is where the human community is bonding with the Earth in a manner capable of healing the devastation of the past and inspiring a new grandeur for the future. At Earthaven, even for a brief while, we experience what it is to return to ourselves.”–Thomas Berry author of The Dream of the Eart
Imagine it’s summer at Earthaven, an aspiring ecovillage settlement nestled in the forested slopes of the Southern Appalachians. Along with murmuring streams and birdsong, you hear the sounds of human activity, of people building their common future together, of children at play…
You hear the sound of power tools and home construction, often with lumber from trees felled on the land. This is the sound of liberation. Using our own lumber and hiring each other to build our homes frees us from banks and the timber industry while keeping materials and money within our village economy. These are radical acts. We’re learning to practice ecologically responsibile forestry and agriculture; to develop natural building systems that sustain forest health, create jobs, and generate renewable energy through good design. We intend to become empowered, responsible, ecologically literate citizens, modeling bioregionally appropriate culture for our time and place.