About Southeast Wise Women

Earthaven Ecovillage

2014 honeysuckle SEWW office doorThe Southeast Wise Women headquarters are based at Earthaven Ecovillage, an aspiring ecovillage of about 80 people living on 329 forested acres half an hour south of Black Mountain, NC.  Earthaven was founded in 1994, and Southeast Wise Women Director, Corinna Wood, was part of the "second wave" of early members involved with manifesting the vision of the community.

While the events of Southeast Wise Women currently take place at local venues in the mountains of North Carolina--and not at Earthaven Ecovillage itself--the organization is integrally connected to this rural intentional community.

Many the women on our staff live in the extended Earthaven community, where the beauty of the 2006 carmen pokeberryland and the dedication of the people continually inspire us. At Earthaven, green business and sustainability aren’t just buzz words: they are the way of life we’ve chosen. Like all the buildings at Earthaven, the Southeast Wise Women offices are completely off-grid, powered by solar electricity and housed in a green building built with timber from the land. We are dedicated to caring for people and the Earth by learning, living, and demonstrating a holistic, sustainable culture.

cici-kali-julia-walkingFor almost twenty years, Earthaven was also home to Red Moon Herbs, Southeast Wise Women's sister organization which has now moved to a new home in nearby Asheville, NC. You may visit their website at www.redmoonherbs.com

More About Earthaven Ecovillage

2004 o l bridge loresEarthaven is located in culturally rich, biologically diverse western North Carolina, about 40 minutes southeast of Asheville. 

We intend to become a village of at least 150 people on 56 homesites, so we still have room to grow. Our permaculture site plan includes residential neighborhoods and compact business sites, as well as areas suitable for orchards, market gardens, and wetlands.

Much of Earthaven is still under construction. Physical infrastructure so far includes roads, footpaths, bridges, campgrounds, ponds, constructed wetlands, off-grid power systems, gardens, our Council Hall, a kitchen-dining room, many small dwellings, and several homes.

Mollie drillWe value sustainable ecological systems, permaculture design, natural building, elegant simplicity, right livelihood, and respectful and responsible communication. We are spiritually diverse. We have both vegetarians and omnivores; some members raise livestock. Some women gather in women's circles, and men in men's circles. Almost two dozen children run free on the land, amidst residents of all ages, from young adults to great grandmothers.  

To learn more visit www.earthaven.org


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