Forest Moon Ecovillage is a concept created by the Black Mountain Druid Order. The idea of the village is to provide a permanent home for residents, built from natural green materials. Such tiny homes would be sustainable and renewable.
Back in 2005 our Order attempted to create Forest Moon Ecovillage. At the time, Black Mountain Druid Order was located near Black Mountain, North Carolina. What we found back then that the people who were interested in Forest Moon Ecovillage didn’t have the money, and the people who had the money to invest weren’t interested in Forest Moon Ecovillage. A lot of time and energy went into planning the original vision of the ecovillage, so we’re posting that information here.
In 2020 the Black Mountain Druid Order relocated to the Seattle-Tacoma area. While western North Carolina was a conservative Christian area, Washington is a blue state with much more liberal ideas about sustainable communities. Washington and Oregon are currently hotbeds of the green building movement. With this in mind we’re putting this information out here again to see if there may be any interest in our vision here on the West Coast in the Cascadia region.
This section of our website describes the concept of Forest Moon Ecovillage in detail. Whether or not Forest Moon becomes a reality and where the final location will be depends upon the number of people who express an interest. The concept would be to offer 1/4 acre lots for $5000 each on a 99-year lease, renewable. As more infrastructure is added, this price may go up for future members. And of course, since we’re in the early planning stages, these terms are subject to revision based on what the majority of residents want and need.
While 1/4 acre might seem small, it’s more than adequate for a tiny home. A 1/4 acre site is approximately 100 feet x 100 feet. Tiny homes are usually 1000 square feet or less, so such a home would take up one-tenth of a 1/4 acre lot.
If Forest Moon becomes a reality, we would be building infrastructure first. Such infrastructure would include a bathhouse, a community laundry, a community kitchen, and a council house/town hall. All residents would have access to all the amenities and would be able to use them while building their own homes. If Forest Moon becomes a reality we would have several natural builders on staff who would be able to help you with building your own home out of natural materials.
The initial land purchase would depend upon the number of responses we get. The smallest plot of land under consideration would be a little over ten acres. This would be located somewhere in Washington or Oregon. We’d have to have people interested in over half of the lots before going through with the purchase. This means that we’d need 20+ people/families to express an interest in leasing 1/4 acre in Forest Moon for 99 years at a rate of $5000 per 1/4 acre lot. If you don’t contact us, we don’t know you’re interested. If we don’t know people are interested, we won’t proceed with the land purchase! So it is vital that you contact us using the form below to let us know you’re interested. No money or deposits would be required prior to us going through with the purchase of the land. When and if we get enough interest, we would first wait until over half of the lots were spoken for. Then we’d notify all the people on the list to see if they’re still interested. At that point we’d get everyone’s deposit and purchase the land.
A Note on Contacting Us
We’re not a ‘high pressure sales’ organization. We’re a family. If you contact us to express an interest in joining the Forest Moon family, we won’t bug you to death with sales literature. At this point we’re just gathering information on interest. We’ll contact you once to thank you for expressing an interest, and once we get the required number of people interested to move forward with the land purchase, we’ll contact you again to let you know and to see if you’re still interested. At that point, if you’re still interested in the land, we’ll request your deposit and a site will be reserved in your name.
We won’t sell your information to any third party. We respect your privacy.
Forest Moon would be an off-the-grid community. We follow the tiny homes concept, with homes being 1000 square feet or less. Such homes can be powered using a combination of wind, solar, and other alternative energies. When searching for properties for Forest Moon we are not concerned with access to a public power grid, as the intention is to provide our own stand-alone alternative sources of energy.
Potential residents should be aware of this when considering whether Forest Moon would be right for you.
The community property will have several buildings held in common for the benefit and use of the entire community. The list below isn’t all-inclusive, and as things progress and more members join in the development process, it will probably evolve. Consider this just a place to start. So far, the Design Committee suggests the following buildings/facilities:
- A Community Building which could be used for community meetings and councils, and a resource library
- A campground for festival visitors
- A bathhouse for the campground
- A laundromat for use by all members
- A co-operative grocery/farmer’s market
- A community school manned by volunteers
- A coffee house/restaurant that would be open to the general public as well as to the community
- A playground area
- An outdoor stage and festival arena including an amphitheater
- An outdoor chapel/sacred space/grove for handfastings, weddings, and other rites of passage
- An art studio/gallery and an artist’s market
- A ‘yoga yurt’
- On outdoor gym with biking and hiking trails
- A botanical/sculpture garden incorporated into the hiking trails
- Two or three tiny homes used for homeless families or people in transition
- Cottages available for rental for retreats, vacationers, and visitors
All of these facilities need not be built at once. They could be ranked in order of priority and built accordingly. The Community Center would have to be built first, since it would be the central hub of the community. Since the community center and the ecovillage will be an educational facility for sustainable living techniques, at least two seminars per year on sustainable building would be held in and around the community center. As a project for each of the seminars, one of the above facilities could be built using natural building techniques like cob building, straw bale, earth bags, etc. This process would continue until all the needed facilities have been built. Funds for materials to build each facility could be raised through a combination of seminar fees and other fundraising projects and/or grants. As a nonprofit whose two primary focuses would be art and education, the Forest Moon Ecovillage might also be eligible for many grants for both the arts and education.
Most intentional communities fail within the first year due to poor planning. Because of this, we are in no particular hurry to make this community a reality. We’re doing our best to make sure that all plans are made deliberately after careful consideration. As things develop, we will post notes here and in the newsletter, informing interested parties of our progress. Whether or not Forest Moon becomes a success depends entirely on you and the other members of our Order.
If you are interested in serving on the Design Committee, contact us using the form below to be put on the mailing list for our online rap sessions. We don’t have a regular schedule as yet, so we just send out emails when there’s an issue to be resolved. The only obligation to serve on the Design Committee at the present time are an interest in joining the community once construction begins, and a willingness to share your input. You don’t have to be a member of our Order to serve on the Design Committee.
The pictures below demonstrate some natural-built homes from around the world so that people interested in Forest Moon Ecovillage will have an idea of the types of structures we’re aiming for.