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Mission Statement

Core Organizational Values

Our values describe how we see ourselves and how we want to be perceived as an environmental organization

Inspiring: We are innovative, imaginative and committed to environmental conservation. We are committed to delivering a unique resort or retreat experience for our customers. In fulfilling our passion, we have the ability to inspire ourselves and our guests.

Spiritual: Enota is Cherokee for "land that nourishes"; and was historically sacred Cherokee land. Enota is committed to preserving this sacred, spiritual land through conservation and environmental education

Passionate: At Enota, we are passionate, conscientious and proactive protectors of the environment.

Trustworthy: To our guests, friends and staff we act with integrity, honesty and deliver on our commitments. We respect the environment and social responsibility is at the core of our values.

Nourishing: Enota is committed to providing its staff and guests with fresher, better tasting and healthier foods. The majority of the food served on our site is either grown at our organic farm or grown locally by family farms. Farming has long been a way of life in north Georgia and is a central part of our community; we are committed to helping such farms stay profitable, and thus preserve the rural landscape.


We are a unique 501(c) non-profit charitable, educational, and spiritual organization operating an eco-resort and educational facility located at the foot of approximately 750,000 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest in Hiawassee, Towns County, Georgia, United States of America, and situated approximately two hours north from the City of Atlanta metro area. Enota operates its resort on sixty (60) +/- acres and is transected by five pristine mountain streams and four waterfalls. On-site activities for guests and staff include: Fishing, waterfalls, trout ponds, biking, hiking, animal sanctuary and a playground. During the 2008 reporting period we served numerous guests and hosted several retreats, including groups from the following organizations: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Church of St. Andrews, First Baptist Barnesville, Boy Scout troops, Alpine Program and David Wolfe Raw Foods.

Enota operates a multi-occupant eco-resort, which allows guests from the southeast region and beyond to experience the tranquility of the north Georgia mountains and witness our environmental stewardship in action. Enota is unique in that it has never been used for cattle grazing and has never had any pesticides or chemicals used on it, thus enabling us to offer our guests some of the cleanest air and water available. Rated as one of the best 100 retreat facilities nationwide by Woodall’s campground directory, Enota can house large and small groups with a choice of lodging, meals and meeting spaces. Additionally, Enota has a USDA certified organic farm on the site (discussed in detail infra), which allows guests to observe traditional agricultural practices and taste the produce produced on-site in meals prepared in our multi-staged kitchen (traditional, vegetarian, vegan and raw).



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