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Speaker Series at Laughing Waters Retreat: Sustainable Living in Hickory Nut Forest

March 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Date: March 11, 2023

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Laughing Waters Retreat

Speakers: Jane Lawson, Tia Wackerhagen, and Alys Campaigne


The Hickory Nut Forest Eco Community is located in Gerton, NC and is an intentionally planned community.  The pillars of the community are Earth Stewardship, Green Built Homes, Renewable Energy, Healthy Food, and Education.  Hickory Nut Forest (HNF) was founded by the late John Myers and his wife Jane Lawson in 2006.  HNF has 20 homesites on 25 acres with an additional 35-acre conservation-easement common area, which is protected through Conserving Carolina. Community members also have access to 60 acres of adjacent property which includes Laughing Waters Retreat Center and an organic orchard and gardens. Currently, the community has 8 completed homes with several more in the planning stages.

Three members of HNF, Jane Lawson, cofounder, Tia Wackerhagen, and Alys Campaigne, homeowners in Hickory Nut Forest, will share information about the history of this community, what life is like there, and how living a sustainable lifestyle is vital and doable.

The event will take place in the indoor retreat center on the property. Expect a short walk on uneven ground to reach the retreat center.

If you can spend more time with us, there will be an optional tour of both the micro – hydro system (which powers all the buildings of Laughing Waters from Hickory Nut Creek) and the Lubbers’ home in Hickory Nut Forest (which is a total solar home) after the presentation for those that are interested. The walk to the hydro intake is on uneven ground and takes less than 10 minutes and the walk to the turbine shed is an easy walk.  The Lubbers’ house will be a drive to Hickory Nut Forest, less than half a mile up 74A.


For more information about Hickory Nut Forest, visit hickorynutforest.com.

For more information about this event, contact [email protected].


March 11
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Laughing Waters Retreat Center
3963 Gerton Highway
Gerton, NC 28735 United States
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