Earthaven Ecovillage

 

 

Nestled in the Southern Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina’s temperate rain forests, Earthaven Ecovillage is a 329 acre off-the-grid community dedicated to caring for people and the Earth by learning, living, and demonstrating a holistic, sustainable culture.

Earthaven is home to ~80 full time residents, and a variety of educational programs and sustainability focused nonprofits, programs and businesses.

 

 

Dancing Shiva is an Earthaven Neighborhood and a healing sanctuary for all people looking to discover the essential teachings of Indic tantra with its emphasis on the dance between Shiva and Shakti within themselves.

This ownership of ones “bisexuality,” common among LGBTQ folk, provides a foundation for the men who live in community providing transformative workshops, programs, and events with a focus on sexuality and spirituality.

The event venue is Dancing Shiva, a neighborhood of Earthaven Ecovillage. Some lodging and the registration check-in will be located at other Earthaven locations. All of earthaven’s neighborhoods are within walking distance (or a 1-5minute shuttle car/shuttle ride).

About Earthaven

Earthaven Ecovillage is home to about 80 residents and is off-the-grid, meaning it generates all its own electricity, using only sustainable technologies, like solar and micro-hydro systems. At Dancing Shiva, there is only a solar microgrid and no wireless.

There is no pavement, NO cell service and limited internet access. Being off the grid means that large draw electrical appliances (like hair-dryers or any heat-generating electrical devices) are NOT usable here (as they consume too much eletricity).

There will likely be a fair bit of walking! Dancing Shiva is a neighborhood within Earthaven ecovillage. The festival events will be held both at Dancing Shiva and the Earthaven Council Hall, about a 10 minute, hilly walk from one another. Shuttles will be available.

The community primarily uses composting toilets, although there is one flush toilet at the Earthaven Council Hall available for use.

Lodging

For Touch&Play Asheville: Emerging Seeds, we’ve arranged a variety of lodging situations from camping at Dancing Shiva and the Earthaven Campgrounds to both dorm style shared lodging and private rooms at both Dancing Shiva and other Earthaven villages.

Dancing Shiva, a nieghborhood of the Earthaven Ecovillage, is a ~10 minute walk or ~2 minute drive up a gravel road (all roads at Earthaven are gravel) from the Earthaven Council Hall and Camp Grounds, which are all a few minutes walk from other neighborhoods.

If you need internet access beyond basic email via a wired connection, be sure to connect with the registrar in advance about that, as special arrangements will need to be made.

Food

Meals are all provided. We will have vegan and omnivore options with accommodations for common dietary sensitives including gluten and diary diets. While the meals will be ample and amazing, there are no stores nearby, so special snacks or supplementary food should be prearranged. Our goal with our food provisions is that no supplementary food will be needed except for exceptional dietary needs/desires.

Arrival & Departure Schedule

To attend the event you should arrive and check-in before 9am Thursday morning (April 25th). Check-in times are 12pm-10pm Wednesday (April 24th) and 7am-9am Thursday.

The event’s opening must be attended by all participants and begins at 9:30am.

Our event closing and cleanup is Sunday afternoon, and will complete by 5pm. Please do not plan to leave earlier than 5pm.

More schedule details (like class times!) will be provided to registrants and at the event!

To find out about the event schedule, click here.

Travel

Earthaven is nestled in the heart of the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains, 30 miles outside of Asheville, NC on curvy mountain roads and within two hours of three airports.

Earthaven Ecovillage on Google Maps

Flying

Closest Airports: (In order of proximity and preference)

  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – 1 hour drive from Earthaven (30min to Asheville)
  • Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) – 1½ hours from Earthaven (~1hr to Asheville)
  • Charlotte Airport (CLT) – 2 hours from Earthaven (~1.75hrs to Old Fort (closer than Asheville), which is ~20 minutes to Earthaven)
Travel To/From Airports (to Asheville/Earthaven)
  • Pre-arranging and confirming a ride-share via our ride share sheet (shared with registrants) either from the airport or from Asheville proper
  • Uber/Lyft
  • Renting a Car
  • Arranging a shuttle service through the airport (there are no shuttles services to Earthaven directly)
Travel from/to Earthaven (from Asheville)

There is no public transportation to Earthaven from Asheville. Be sure to pre-arrange your plans to get to Earthaven! We suggest either:

  • Pre-arranging and confirming a ride-share via our ride share sheet (shared with registrants) either from the airport or from Asheville proper.
  • Arrange pick-up with T&P well in advance ($50/one way, for Asheville Airport).
  • Uber/Lyft – probably $45-75
  • Renting a car at the airport (though this will likely mean paying for the rental for the duration of the festival with no to minimal car use over the 4 days)

Driving

Earthaven Ecovillage is located at 5 Consensus Circle, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Be advised that some mapping systems don’t have Earthaven Ecovillage listed by name or address.

Earthaven Ecovillage on Google Maps

From Asheville (I-40 E)

  • Take I-40 E for 25 min
  • Take exit 73 Old Fort
  • Turn right on Bat Cave Rd aka Old Fort Rd – 16 min (9 miles)
  • Turn left on Camp Elliot Rd – 5 min (1.5 miles)
  • SLOWLY continue onto Another Way at Earthaven Ecovillage sign (road turns to gravel) – 2 min (.5 miles)
  • Follow signs for Touch&Play Parking & Registration

From Hickory (I-40 W)

  • Take I-40 W for 1 hour
  • Take exit 73 (Old Fort)
  • Turn left on Bat Cave Rd aka Old Fort Rd – 16 min (9 miles)
  • Turn left on Camp Elliot Rd – 5 min (1.5 miles)
  • SLOWLY continue onto Another Way at Earthaven Ecovillage sign (road turns to gravel) – 2 min (.5 miles)
  • Follow signs for Touch&Play Parking & Registration

From South Carolina (I-26 W)

  • Take exit 49A (Hendersonville)
  • Turn right on US-64 E – 20 minutes (12 miles)
  • Turn left on NC-9/74-A – 1 minute (.3 miles)
  • Turn right on NC-9 – 10 minutes (7 miles)
  • Turn right on Old Fort Rd aka Bat Cave Rd – 6 minutes (3.2 miles)
  • Turn right on Camp Elliot Rd – 5 min (1.5 miles)
  • SLOWLY continue onto Another Way at Earthaven Ecovillage sign (road turns to gravel) – 2 min (.5 miles)
  • Follow signs for Touch&Play Parking & Registration