Live and Work at Earthaven

 

Live and Work at Earthaven positions are by arrangement with various hosts—Earthaven members who are working on their site development, buildings, businesses, or gardens. Positions are arranged privately between you and the host (at this time, Earthaven does not have positions sponsored by the community). We also sometimes have rentals available that involve less work and more money. Workers and renters are part of Earthaven’s New Roots program, which includes orientations, regular check-ins, and other activities for support and accountability.

Earthaven members expect a lot of themselves and they expect a lot of you too. Earthaven is a working, building, living environment, and most of the work is hard, physical labor outdoors—digging, hauling, building. Learning by doing (work study), in a service role, is very different from today’s formal education. Like many hands-on experiences, you may not realize what you have learned and the value of your experience until months or years later!

A standard position at Earthaven is 24 hours a week: 20 hours a week in exchange for hosting, food, and camping, plus 4 hours a week for Earthaven. There are, however, a wide variety of arrangements, depending on what the host expects and offers. See below for positions that may be currently available. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, please contact the host directly.

 

MEDICINE WHEEL WORK EXCHANGE

Dates: Ongoing; 3-month minimum stay (prefer 6 months)

Medicine Wheel Collective (MWC) is a Permaculture-based collective neighborhood, housing up to a dozen people. Work includes gardens, orchards, natural building, greenhouses, ponds, rainwater catchment, poultry care — and sometimes just plain housework, or hauling trash, or chopping firewood or putting up fencing for days!

Contact: Deborah or Lyndon at (828) 669-0027 or

You Receive You Give
Food Discounted MWC Kitchen food plan Work 20 hrs/wk for MWC
  4 hrs/wk for Earthaven
24 Total hours per week
Shelter Private room; use of house, office, gardens, phone
Classes Discounts available for MWC events Money $180 MWC food plan
$50 MWC utilities fee
$30 Earthaven fees
$15 vehicle fee (if you bring vehicle)
$260 – 275 Total per month
plus $25 one-time Earthaven fee
Experience Live and work at Earthaven

 

 

TRIBAL CONDO PERMACULTURE WORK EXCHANGE 2018

Dates: May 7 – October 15, 2018

Tribal Condo is an 18-year-old homestead in Earthaven’s oldest neighborhood, the Hut Hamlet. Projects will be facilitated by resident permaculture professionals Zev Friedman and Courtney Brooke. Projects include household maintenance tasks, annual crop production, agro-forestry and biochar, water systems, integrated poultry, food preservation, natural building and light carpentry.

Contact: Zev at (828) 669-1792 or More information.

You Receive You Give
Food Not included Work 12 hrs/wk for Tribal Condo
  4 hrs/wk for Earthaven
16 Total hours per week
Shelter You bring tent, stay on large sheltered wooden platform
Classes Not included Money Approx. $260 Food plan
$30 Earthaven fees
$15 vehicle fee (if you bring vehicle)
$290 – 305 Total per month
plus $25 one-time Earthaven fee
Experience Live and work at Earthaven

 

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