Statement of Transparency

For the safety and well-being of people of marginalized identities

Although our village strives to create a welcoming environment for all who are in alignment with our mission and vision, we acknowledge that Earthaven’s culture is a product of white, middle-class, heteronormative norms, with associated policies and structures. As in mainstream culture, there were and are unconscious biases that have caused discrimination and unintended racism. We are committed to changing this situation.

In 2019, we revised our goals to include working towards partnership culture, towards racial and gender equity, and against oppression in all its forms (see below). While many of us participate in equity work, we are each in a different place on the journey to understanding and acting on issues of race, privilege, power, and oppression. Like people everywhere, people here sometimes behave with sensitivity, awareness, and skill, and sometimes they do not.

We want people of marginalized identities to have this information in choosing whether to visit or live at Earthaven. If you are interested in our developing ecovillage, we encourage you to explore visiting or living here. 

Earthaven’s Goal 8 (of 13): To work towards partnership culture1, towards racial and gender equity, and against oppression in all its forms

  • We center marginalized voices, knowing that they enrich the health of our community
  • We are aware that we don’t know what we don’t know, and we seek to illuminate our blindspots
  • We commit to continued growth and learning on our individual journeys with anti-oppression work, and practice compassion and accountability for each other in that process
  • We create educational strategies to support individuals in the different stages of anti-oppression work
  • We examine our various types of privilege, power, and resources and actively use them to create access and equity
  • We acknowledge the long history of oppression via economic domination of resources, and we develop cooperative economic strategies to support equitable access to resources
  • We remember that no one is free until everyone is free
  • We become deeply aware of how the traits of dominator culture, including patriarchy and white supremacy culture2 show up in ourselves, our interactions, and our culture. We actively dismantle them and commit to living in accordance with liberation culture3

1Partnership culture is the opposite of dominator culture. In partnership culture difference is valued, power is shared, and people cooperate for mutual benefit. Human relations are based on collaboration, sensitivity, caring, and respect. Economic and social structures are equitable. Nature is highly valued. No one is free until everyone is free.

2White supremacy culture is the idea (ideology) that white people and the ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions of white people are superior to people of color and their ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. White supremacy culture is reproduced by all the institutions of our society. In particular the media, the education system, western science (which played a major role in reinforcing the idea of race as a biological truth with the white race as the "ideal" top of the hierarchy), and the Christian church have played central roles in reproducing the idea of white supremacy (i.e. that white is "normal," "better," "smarter," "holy" in contrast to black and other people and communities of color).

3Liberation culture means no one is free until everyone is free. Those of marginalized identities will be centered in the process of understanding and developing liberation culture.

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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.

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