Making a Living

Earthaven is an independent-income community, which means each community member is responsible for earning her or his own living. Below are some of our businesses and other ways some of our members earn a living.

We are in the process of developing our own village-scale economy, and so encourage Earthaven members to make a living here in the village, by operating their own small-scale ecologically sound businesses, by hiring each other whenever possible, or by telecommuting to outside jobs. We also encourage members, when possible, to invest in other members’ homesite development projects and businesses. We would someday like to establish our own small credit union, through which we could deposit funds and make loans to our members for homesites, home construction, on-site business development, and so on.

Meanwhile, many of our members do earn a living here at Earthaven, often with various part-time incomes. For example, one of our members has three Earthaven-based income sources: woodworking, selling books (in another member’s business), and counseling.


Earthaven-based Businesses

Finding Community Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community.  Written by Earthaven member Diana Leafe Christian with a chapter by longtime Earthaven member Sue Stone. Based on personal experiences of community seekers and communities seeking new members, the book includes how to research communities online; find those that match your vision, values, preferred climate and location, employment needs, and affordability needs; get the most out of your community visits; intelligently evaluate what you've seen; and join your chosen community gracefully.Published by New Society Publishers, 2007. Available at your local independent bookstore, or order from the intentional communities store.
School of Integrated Living (SOIL). Lee Warren and NikiAnne Feinberg. SOIL aims to inspire and empower people to live responsible and creative lives by providing experiential education in integrated living and regenerative systems. In SOIL’s Farm and Ecovillage Immersions, participants are immersed into the village, homes, and lives of hosts and faculty for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience. The Immersions take place at farms and off-grid neighborhood homesteads around Earthaven. Through work and study, participants become intimately familiar with the three-legged stool of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic, with specific focus on organic food production, regenerative systems, and community living.
Southeast Wise Women. Corinna Wood, Ema Carmona, Lee Warren, Renee Conover, Tanya Carwyn, and others living at or near Earthaven. Based in 20 years of handcrafting herbal medicines through Red Moon Herbs in the Wise Woman Tradition, founder Corinna Wood and a web of women of the extended community run Southeast Wise Women, housed at Earthaven Ecovillage. SE Wise Women organizes the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference and the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Immersion . These programs have become renowned opportunities for women to learn, connect, and deepen with the plants, the earth, and their own bodies.
Useful Plants Nursery Useful Plants Nursery. Landscape Design. Chuck Marsh, Debbie Lienhart.
Hardy perennial trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous perennials for food, medicine, and other uses, specifically adapted for soil and climatic conditions of Katuah Bioregion and surrounding regions. Thirty years’ experience designing gardens, landscapes, and other outdoor projects in the Southeast and other regions.; 828-669-1759;
Yellowroot Farm Yellowroot Farm. Julie McMahan and Andy Bosley. Yellowroot Farm is a biodynamic, CSA farm encompassing 1.5 acres at Earthaven, both in the Hut Hamlet Neighborhood and near Hidden Valley Road. It uses an integrated rotational system of animals, cover crops, and annual vegetables. Yellowroot sells produce, eggs, and value-added food products through its CSA and at local farmer’s markets. Yellowroot Farm's pigs provide both meat and soil fertility—they transform waste areas into land ripe for cultivation by efficiently rooting and turning over soil. Yellowroot's animals are humanely raised, free-range, and fed homegrown feed as much as possible. 828-669-6190.


Teachers and Consultants

A number of Earthaven members make their living by teaching classes on various aspects of natural and community living, and by offering consulting services. The skills these experienced and visionary teachers brought to Earthaven are part of what makes Earthaven the success it is today. Nationally recognized, most of these teachers offer their services both at Earthaven and at other locations.

Patricia Patricia Allison. Permaculture Training and Consensus Training. Teaching Permaculture Design Courses, workshops, and seminars at Earthaven and throughout the US since 1994. Teaching workshops in consensus decision-making and facilitation since 1997. Also available for facilitation services and public speaking for groups in the area.  828-664-0067;  .
Diana Leafe Christian. Sociocracy Training, “N St. Consensus” Training, Community Consulting. Author, Creating a Life Together and Finding Community; publisher, Ecovillages Newsletter. Consulting and workshops: (1) Creating successful new ecovillages and other kinds of intentional communities. (2) Effective self-governance methods (Sociocracy, N St. Consensus Method). (3) Ecovillage projects worldwide.; 828-669-9702; 
Mollie Mollie Curry. Natural Building. Nine years’ experience in natural building, including cob, strawbale, straw-clay, wattle and daub, and earth-  and lime-based plasters and paints. Consults and contracts home-building projects, with a special focus on natural paints and plasters. Teaches natural building regionally, with the Natural Building School at Earthaven, and through Kleiwerks (  
Arjuna Arjuna da Silva. Consensus Training. Sixteen years’ training folks and facilitating consensus and group processes. A recent testimonial: “We were impressed with Arjuna’s capacity to assess the group, ask the right questions, and deliver the required information in a way most useful for the group.” TL/GVP. References available. 828‑669‑0114; 
Chuck Marsh. Permaculture Training and Design; Ecovillage Design. Twenty-five years’ experience in permaculture design consulting on large and small projects, at Earthaven and internationally. 1990 North American Permaculture Teacher of the Year. Instructor in Permaculture Design Course leading to certification: Part I (Introduction) and Part II (Practicum). 828‑669‑1759;
Steve Torma Steve Torma. Compassionate Communication and Body-centered Psychotherapy Training and Counseling. Twenty-five years’ experience leading personal growth workshops, integrating ideas and practices from sources including Body Electric School, The Body Sacred, Radical Honesty, and Nonviolent Communication. Certified Cuddle Party facilitator. Training and counseling for individuals, couples, and groups. 828‑664‑0628.
Corinna Wood. Herbal Medicine and Women’s Health. Director of Southeast Wise Women and founder of Red Moon Herbs, Corinna has opened the hearts of thousands to the wisdom of the plants, the earth, and their own bodies. Specializes in herbal medicine, women's health, fertility awareness, nutrition.


Other Goods and Services at Earthaven

Alternative Electric and Water Systems. Greg Geis. 

Bio-Optic Holography. Karen Savage Taylor. Website.

Candle Lanterns made at Earthaven. Clark Goslee, Susan Lathrop. 828-669-2073; 

Carpentry and Home Construction.
Michaeljon Drouin, 828-669-4243.
Todd Edward,
Darren Geffert, 

Chiropractic, Reiki. Gaspar Robles. 828-669-1652.

Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities (New Society Publishers, 2003). Diana Leafe Christian. Available from intentional communities store.

Earthaven lumber sales and installation. VT Ag Coop. Details. 828-545-1899; 

Earthmoving. Paul Caron. 828-669-4625.

Edible Landscape Design & Creation. Sacred Landscapes, (828) 423-7519 or

Energy Efficient Appliances. Greg Geis, 

Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community (New Society Publishers, 2007). Diana Leafe Christian. Available from intentional communities store.

Fine Woodworking. Paul Caron. 828-669-4625.

Hypnotherapy. Arjuna da Silva. 828-669-0114; 

Massage, Reiki, Jin Shin Jyutsu. Melissa Lemoing. 828-669-6861; 

Promotional Design and Layout.  Lee Warren.  

Members’ Goods and Services Available Off-land

Asheville Integrative Medicine, Asheville. James Biddle, M.D., email  or call 828-252-5545.

The Learning Community School. Black Mountain, NC. Holly Baumgartner, Office Manager.;