A living laboratory for a sustainable human future.

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, 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.

Butterfly House Permaculture Work Exchange

Dates: Spring-Fall 2020

Butterfly House is a 19-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 natural-built home tending, annual crop production, agro-forestry and biochar, water systems, integrated poultry, food preservation, natural building and light carpentry, and much more

Contact: Courtney Brooke at (828) 669-1792 or
Hours: 12 hours/week for Butterfly House plus 4 hours/week for Earthaven
Costs: Approx. $260/month food plan. Bathhouse fee: $10/month.
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. Use of phone and office.

Garden and Maintenance Worker

Dates: Spring 2021.

Feathervev neighborhood is home to the Hobbit House, built with seven vernacular construction methods from Rod Rylander's 50 years of experience. We’ll make repairs and upgrades to the Hobbit House and plant gardens in Spring. Seeking responsible, happy, self-managed folks who love to learn and share skills, work hard, and cooperate.

Contact: Amy Belanger and Rod Rylander at 


Hours: 16 hours/week for the Hobbit House plus 4 hours/week for Earthaven.
Costs: Shared food costs. Earthaven fees are $30/month, plus $15/month per vehicle, plus a $25 one-time administrative fee.
You Receive: A space to sleep (may be a tent, trailer, hut, or room in house), kitchen access, education in vernacular building and gardening.

Medicine Wheel Work Exchange

Dates: we are not taking any new applications at this time.
Medicine Wheel is particularly open to people who have an interest in joining Earthaven, and who are committed to a vision of collective, permaculture-based living. Work exchange pays for private room, shared telephone. Shared spaces include family rooms, office, kitchen, gardens, showers, and toilet facilities. $200 security deposit required.
Contact: Deborah at .
Hours: 15 hours/week for Medicine Wheel plus 4 hours/week for Earthaven.
Costs: Monthly: $50 maintenance fee, $200 food, $20 Internet.
Earthaven fees are $30/month, plus $15/month per vehicle, plus a $25 one-time administrative fee.
You Receive: Discounted Medicine Wheel food plan; private room; use of house, office, gardens, phone

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Upcoming Events

Earthaven Ecovillage Visitor Weekend

September 3-6, 2021

This service-learning program introduces participants in the community life of Earthaven Ecovillage. The class gives participants an inside look at the radical social and ecological experimentation that has taken place in this land-based community over the past 25 years.

Virtual Earthaven Tour

Sunday September 14 @ 2 – 4 pm EDT

There’s nothing like experiencing ecovillage life first hand, but taking a virtual tour of Earthaven is a close second! 

The tour highlights ways in which Earthaven is striving to be a holistic, sustainable culture. The introductory overview tour examines the concept of sustainability at Earthaven through social, ecological, and economic lenses. Not only will you get a glimpse of what has worked through time, but also hear about what has been challenging. And you will have a chance to ask questions!

Deep Ecology & Yoga Retreat

September 16-19, 2021

In this retreat, we will draw on the work of Deep Ecology and The Work That Reconnects to ground into our ecological identities, and the practice of yoga to integrate the work into our bodies. We will spiral through the 4 stages of The Work: Coming from Gratitude, Honoring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth.

Virtual Earthaven Tour

Sunday October 13 @ 2 – 4 pm EDT

There’s nothing like experiencing ecovillage life first hand, but taking a virtual tour of Earthaven is a close second! 

The tour highlights ways in which Earthaven is striving to be a holistic, sustainable culture. The introductory overview tour examines the concept of sustainability at Earthaven through social, ecological, and economic lenses. Not only will you get a glimpse of what has worked through time, but also hear about what has been challenging. And you will have a chance to ask questions!

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