Heritage Center for Sustainable Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina


United States

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    This is a small but growing educational center/Intentional Community for sustainable living. We produce most of our own power from water and the sun. We teach self-reliant skills such as gardening, aquaculture, building skills, wildcrafting, and crafts. Paul welcomes folks from around the world. My goals are to help preserve the cultural and natural history of our area in the Appalachian Mountains. I promote back-to-basics living which relies on local resources to survive lightly on the land. I am currently trying to establish an Intentional Community but will accept short-term work/stay volunteers. Lots of on-going projects including an earth bermed house. Learn to mill wood and build! I look forward to meeting and working with you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They can experience a rural setting, off-grid, organic gardening, nature and much more, as well as learn valuable skills for sustainable living.

  • Help


    We are developing infrastructure (buildings, gardens, water systems, alternative energy systems: solar and hydro) so I can provide more opportunities for folks who come here. You would be involved in any number of projects of this nature as well as day to day tasks or chores.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, a little spanish

  • Accommodation


    I have travel trailers for guests. If there is no room you can camp.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Come see us! You will need basic safety equipment (eye, ear, respiratory, and gloves, good shoes/boots). Hours vary based on what we provide (housing vs camping, food/no food, length of stay, etc). Contact us for more info about our programs, policies and reviews of others who have stayed with us. We look forward to having you with us and getting to know you!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    maximum 4-5 hours, 5 days a week

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