About.

Howl Mountain Homestead is an intentional community currently based on 3 acres of mountainous land that intends to stay small and focused on self-sufficiency through farming, developing a connection to nature, and working towards an anti-capitalist shared lifestyle. We want to build strong connections between members of the community for mutual aid and support without having to commit to a full income-sharing model or limit our member’s individuality and autonomy.

We also want to find a balance between communal interaction and privacy so that members grow both on their own and together. We are primarily looking for members who have their own interests and goals they want to achieve while helping the community reach its goals as well. We don’t want to subsume all personal interests and desires to the group’s needs, nor do we want a collection of unconnected people striving for their goals separately.

Land stewardship is also a major focus here. We plan to take the best care we can of the land we inhabit and foster strong connections with other communities to support them as well. We aspire to offer a community that is welcoming to people of all races and identities, including people with little wealth or who are living in poverty that are traditionally excluded from many intentional opportunities. The founders and current members of the community all live at or below the poverty line, so we lack many of the resources other communities have at their disposal.

INTROVERTS WELCOME! Many intentional communities are hard on introverts because of shared living accommodations and social interaction driven by extroverts. Since all of the current members identify as introverts, we’re focusing on private individual housing (that is still low impact) and plenty of private time for members while still encouraging socialization and interaction on a daily basis.

As of 2018 we are a small three acre homestead that is the basis for an intentional community looking to expand. We have limited options for long-term housing on this property, so we’re working with people interested in buying and renting nearby properties or building tiny homes, yurts, and other less permanent alternative housing structures. We want to work together on developing an intentional community with shared business ventures, resources, and more. We also have a strong spiritual focus that is mostly an animistic approach to land-centered paganism. Organic farming and permaculture is another major focus.

Eventually we hope to operate multiple small worker-owned businesses to create income for the community without having to create a full income-sharing arrangement. This means you don’t necessarily need an existing income source or a large amount of savings to start living here, only a willingness to learn new skills and work hard. We also want to create numerous optional cooperatives for sharing farming equipment and work, vehicles, housing, and more.

Bookings.

Free / Work-Trade

Learning homesteading skills while helping grow our community

Sep 01 - Nov 05, 2018Minimum stay: 5 nightsMaximum capacity: 2 people
Food included
Our work exchange guests are expected to work around 15-20 hours a week, less if they provide their own food. Guests are invited to stay in a tent in one of our beautiful creekside or sheltered ridge campsites and are fed three omnivorous meals a day. Guests are also welcome to request one-on-one training in any of the activities we practice here at Howl Mountain, including but not limited to:
-Foraging for edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms
-Fishing and crayfish trapping
-Seed starting to seed gathering
-Gardening permaculture, no-till, and low input style
-Orchard establishment and organic upkeep
-Meditation and animistic/pagan spiritual practices
-Altar building and tending
-Creek and forest restoration
-Hugelkultur
-Mushroom cultivation on logs and soon in bags
-Cooking and baking from scratch

We have an indoor bathroom located in the cabin with a standard shower/tub and toilet guests can use 24/7, along with a kitchen that is completely outdoors and 24/7 access to the indoor refrigerator (gotta keep the bears out).
$30/night

Camping Retreat with Creeks, Mountains, and More

Sep 01 - Nov 05, 2018Minimum stay: 2 nightsMaximum capacity: 2 people
Food included
If you're seeking a retreat experience in which you can commune directly with the forest and mountains while everything else is taken care of, we can accommodate you. Bring your own tent or use our three-season tent with air mattress (supply your own bedding), choose a creekside or sheltered ridge campsite, and design your own activities from guided meditations, hikes to special places with unique energies, soaks in the creek, and much more.

Your daily fee includes the right to enjoy everything we have going on here with no work exchange required, three (omnivorous) meals a day cooked when you usually eat and to your specifications. Vegetarian or vegan meals can be provided for an extra $5 per day. You're also entitled to 2-3 hours of one-on-one interaction or spiritual guidance from one of our experienced members.

Keep in mind we live on a property that borders the National Forest on three sides, so we can't guarantee silence or a complete absence of human presence.
$20/night

Appalachian Trail Drop-Off Service

Minimum stay: 1 nightsMaximum capacity: 2 people
Food included
We're located just 6 miles away from the start of the AT (as the crow flies), so we're happy to host campers who are interested in hiking part or all of the trail. We're a few miles down the road from the Springer Mountain entrance, but we can also drive you directly to Amicalola Falls if you prefer to start there.

Your stay includes your choice of camping spots, 3 (omnivorous) meals a day, and a ride to either drop-off point for the start of the trail. Long-term parking on our property is not available, but hikers who are only doing a section hike and have an idea of when they'll return may be able to pay us a few dollars a day in exchange for parking.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2011

Size of project site

1.2 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German

People on site

2 - 4

Dry season

March to October

Wet season

November to February

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • hammocks

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals

Internet

  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    daily
  • nutrition/cooking
    daily
  • plant medicine
    daily
  • meditation
    daily

Opportunities

Howl Mountain Community is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • construction
  • gardening
  • web development
  • animal husbandry
  • erosion control
  • NVC
  • Sociocracy

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