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.
-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
-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).
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.
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.
Size of project site
People on site
2 - 4
March to October
November to February
- tent camping
- communal kitchen access
- communally cooked meals
- medium: voice calls (no video)
- plant medicinedaily
Howl Mountain Community is currently offering the following opportunities:
- web development
- animal husbandry
- erosion control
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