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

Hours: 20 hours/week for MWC plus 4 hours/week for Earthaven
Costs: $180/month MWC food plan plus 80/month MWC utilities fee.
Earthaven fees are $30/month, plus $15/month per vehicle, plus a $25 one-time administrative fee.
You Receive: Discounted MWC Kitchen food plan; private room; use of house, office, gardens, phone


Tribal Condo Permaculture Work Exchange
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.

Hours: 12 hours/week for Tribal Condo plus 4 hours/week for Earthaven
Costs: Approx. $260/month food plan.
Earthaven fees are $30/month, plus $15/month per vehicle, plus a $25 one-time administrative fee.
You Receive: You bring tent, stay on large sheltered wooden platform.



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