Emerald Earth is an intentional community in Mendocino County, California. We are located on 189 beautiful acres of mixed forest and meadows, which is owned by our non-profit corporation Emerald Earth Sanctuary. We make decisions by consensus, and value direct, open communication and conflict resolution. We are currently looking for new members, and hosting work parties in May (info here), August (this one), and October, and a Natural Building workshop in August, and other gatherings late in the year.
We've been and highly recommend this kind of hands-on experience to "try before you buy" community, whether you are considering living at this community, creating a similar one, or becoming part of a more-urban cohousing-type neighborhood. Get to meet the people, see the land, and build your skills. And it can help you build community in this group if you go together to gatherings like this. -- Betsy & Raines
On our somewhat remote rural site, we practice sustainable living skills such as organic gardening, permaculture, herbal medicine, natural building, and home power generation. We teach workshops on these topics and our members have written books on natural building and green spirituality. We also have occasional work parties and are sometimes open to short-term visitors and longer-term work traders.
If you want to come visit Emerald Earth, help out with our projects, meet interesting people, and learn something new at the same time, a Work Party may be your best option. Work Parties have been a huge benefit to the community over the years, helping us accomplish difficult tasks like moving big logs, plastering buildings, turning garden beds, and building cob and straw bale walls. This year we are offering 4 work parties, each running 2 days. Participants camp on the land, swim in the pond, help prepare meals, tour the buildings and other projects, and get their questions answered about Emerald Earth and our membership process. Expect a rich combination of hard work (we generally have several projects going at once), good food, and fun.
Bring what you need to camp out (we have very little indoor sleeping space), work clothes (you are likely to get muddy), rain gear if coming in the spring or fall, a flashlight, musical instruments, $10 per person per day to help cover food costs, and if you want, food or other items to share (see our wish list). Please register in advance, as we have a maximum size and sometimes have to turn people away. Let us know how many people are coming and when to expect you. Also let us know where you're coming from so we can help arrange carpooling.
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