Earthaven Ecovillage Tours

Most Saturdays
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (arrive at 9:45)

Near Asheville, NC 

Want to get a feel for an ecovillage in your body? 

Only have a little bit of time for a visit and you’re on a shoe-string budget? 

Join one of our tours! Tours are a great entry point into learning the history, purpose, and development of Earthaven Ecovillage. These tours are designed to provide learners with a deeper understanding about living in community as well as the strategies and solutions possible for doing things another way.

In just a couple of hours, you’ll get a very informative introduction to this 27+ year experimental journey of social, environmental and economic sustainability. You’ll not only learn of things you might want to do, but also what you might NOT want to do.

Would you like a tour but can’t make it to Earthaven? Check out our virtual tours. There’s even a recorded tour you can enjoy right now!

Zev Friedman leading a Permaculture tour at Earthaven Ecovillage

Experience the magic of Ecovillage living in the Blue Ridge

Masked up for an in-person tour at Earthaven Ecovillage

In-Person Tours

Nothing beats being able to actually walk the land, see the Council hall, tour some dwellings, and enjoy interacting with the residents and teachers at Earthaven.

After registering, you’ll be enrolled for a tour and directed to a page with additional information.

Touring with Young Children

Tours are designed for adults and we welcome families with children. Children enrich life at Earthaven. And… we’ve found that tours can be quite challenging for families with young children because much of the content involves focused dialogue.

Health & Safety Regarding COVID-19

To foster safety for all, Earthaven requests that you stay home and not attend your tour if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Although masks and social distancing are not required, we will be fully supportive if someone chooses to wear a mask or take space from others.

Refund and Cancellation Policies

For Customized Tours:

If SOIL cannot schedule a customized tour that meets your requests:

  • If the registration was made at least 14 days before the requested tour date, you will receive a 100% refund.
  • If the registration was made fewer than 14 days before the requested tour date, there will be a $25 service fee and receive a refund for the balance.

If you need to cancel:

  • 90% refund for cancellations prior to 30 days before the tour.
  • 50% refund for cancellations prior to 10 days before the tour.

If SOIL cancels the tour, you will have the option to reschedule your tour, change to a virtual tour, or receive a 100% refund. If SOIL denies your registration for any other reason, you will receive a 100% refund.

Beyond these provisions, SOIL has a No Refund Policy on all of our registrations. If you cannot attend the tour, your registration fee can be considered a donation to our nonprofit to support our continued work. Please contact us if you would like a receipt for this donation.

For Regular Saturday Tours:

  • 90% refund for cancellations prior to 30 days before the tour.
  • 50% refund for cancellations prior to 10 days before the tour.
  • You may transfer your registration to another person or convert your registration to a virtual tour prior to 3 days before the start of the tour.

If SOIL cancels the tour, you will have the option to reschedule your tour, change to a virtual tour, or receive a 100% refund. If SOIL denies your registration, you will receive a 100% refund.

Beyond these provisions, SOIL has a No Refund Policy on all of our registrations. If you cannot attend the tour, your registration fee can be considered a donation to our nonprofit to support our continued work. Please contact us if you would like a receipt for this donation.

Walking tour of Earthaven Ecovillage

Scheduled Saturday Tours

Saturday Tour Cost

$25 per adult. Kids are free.

Fall Saturday Tour Schedule

  • October: all Saturdays
  • November 5, 12, 26
  • December 10

The tour starts at 10 am and lasts 2-2.5 hours.

Customized Tours

Schedule a tour on your schedule, tailored to your interests. You can register for a customized tour with this registration form. At least 2 weeks advance notice is recommended. We might not be able to find a tour guide without advance notice. To ensure that we can accommodate your schedule and any special needs, feel free to contact us before registering.

Customized Tour Cost

$120 for 1-2 adults. $25 for each additional adults. Kids are free.

Camping

The Earthaven campground is generally open April through October. To register and for offsite camping options, see the Earthaven Campground page.

NO Dogs or Other Pets

You will be excused from the land if you bring a pet with you.

We allow service dogs on a case by case basis. Please contact us directly for more details.

Registration for Saturday and Customized Tours

Complete the registration form once for your party of up to six adults with the same schedule. It takes less than 5 minutes, and you will complete your enrollment with a credit card authorization.

After your enrollment is processed in our office, you will receive several email messages…

  1. An automatic confirmation of receiving your registration form
  2. A payment confirmation from our card processor
  3. Additional information from our registrar as the time approaches

Note: The October 1 tour is cancelled due to hurricane Ian.

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