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Read more about the transformation of Bethesda UMC and Haw Creek Commons in the Fall 2017 edition of Duke University's Divinity Magazine:

Haw Creek Commons

Haw Creek Commons (HCC) is a common space located in East Asheville. We understand the importance of community and are dedicated to providing a container to create it. We observe that most of us build community around our work, our passions and recreation, our food, and our family.  

We practice this philosophy: we can do more together than alone.  

Whether you're a creative/maker looking for studio space, an entrepreneur or remote worker looking for a kinetic work environment, a gardener or teacher looking to grow and share, or a curious neighbor, we would love to have you.

We offer indoor and outdoor expressive spaces.

Our indoor space looks like...

  • coworking office space for up to twenty individuals at a time (coming soon)
  • rentable meeting spaces
  • community commercial kitchen (coming soon)
  • studio art space (coming soon)
  • community wood-working shop
  • textile shop
  • ceramic shop (coming soon)
  • retreat space (hosts up to twenty, sleeps up to nine)
  • yoga, dance, exercise space
  • performance stage (coming soon)

Our outdoor space looks like...

  • community garden space (community share of vegetables and manna food bank donation)
  • bee hives, also home of haw creek bee club
  • food forest and orchard space along perimeter of property
  • edible, medicinal, native plant educational corridor
  • educational and community gathering space
  • greenhouse and seed starting facilities
  • playground and natural playground space

We are powered by Missional Wisdom Foundation and located on Bethesda United Methodist church grounds as an example of an adaptive reuse of a historic space.

 

It is imperative that Haw Creek Commons is a field education placement next summer. The lessons I learned there, the experiences I had, and the people I met have truly changed my life and the life of my families in a beneficial way. My understanding of ministry and outreach is forever changed for the better, and I cannot stress enough the importance of this place as an educational hub for seminary students going through field education.
— Patrick Neitzey Duke University M.Div.'18 (via Duke Divinity Magazine Fall '17, pg 9)