Ecovillage

We are building a network of people that want to build Ecovillage’s.

Down-to-Earth EcoShire

Mission Statement

Conservation and cutting edge sustainability applications for the the purpose of education funded through light recreation is what Down-To-Earth EcoShire is all about.

Community Description

We own a 35 acre EcoShire in Southern California and plan to expand to 80 acres as we grow to a target membership number somewhere between 10 and 25 of the right people. We are on the electrical grid but getting alternatives installed as soon as can be afforded. We are rural, but have quick and easy access to major cities. All of our development is and will be made to integrate into the environment as seamlessly as possible. We currently have campsites with community bathroom but are busy building Earth-Integrated cabins (combined super adobe walls with foamcrete roof), a community center, food forest, permaculture gardening, natural swim pool, and too many other things to list here. Full members pay for a membership fee to co-own all the company’s property, pay low monthly dues to cover taxes and insurance, and contribute a minimum of 4 hours per week toward community determined projects. Full members also receive an adjacent lot with it’s own parcel number for building a private residency. The land is being restored from many years of neglect, but it is beautiful and we own it outright, along with a 2015 small Kubota tractor and a 14ft dump trailer. We have two functioning wells and have put in main irrigation lines all over the property. Our huge community garden is something worth your visit. We can expand to adjacent properties as we grow in membership. We also allow volunteers and invite guests to visit the “Shire.” We have open house on the second Sunday of each month. Check our website and calendar or contact us for more information!

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Permia Community

Mission Statement

Our Focus is to start a healthy and sustainable living community movement with no impact on natural resources, where people come together and celebrate life in peaceful environment.

Community Description

Permia is a concept Project that is in process of forming an intentional community combined with future holistic retreat center with massive food forest and can be located anywhere in the world. Permia named after Permaculture, The community aspires to be a sustainable farming community with a eco-village mentality of around 60 Domes, “Sand Bag style” where people live in peace and harmony with the land and each other.

The Land of Permia is residing on 52 Acres to cater 40 to 50 residents and we also in process of building a 50 Acres for holistic and Retreat center called “Integral Serenity” that will caters 40 single or 80 couples or anyone who like to come and stay for a week and enjoy and rejuvenate we will also build an 20 acres for Food forest, Running water is a plus on land, but well will be utilized and community captures all rain water from every dome, This project requires total of 122 acres of land with trees, vegetation, pond or a small creek that runs through the property and man made lakes.

Permia is aspires to create a small eco-friendly community with a working farm. Community has a Common Big Dome 20’x40’ “Community Center”, Restaurant 40’x40’, Theater 20’x40’, Library 20’x40’, Doctor office 20’x40’, Office 20’x40’, Soccer field, Basketball court, 2 Chicken coop 20’ in diameter, Student Dorms 20’ in diameter to cater up to 48 students and 5 dome classes 20’x40’ of 25 student in each dome at any given time, community garden of 200’x100’ within the community close to kitchen area, Outdoor concert stage.

The Permia has selected a basic dome design for the habitat and adopted guidelines around sustainability, efficiency, regenerative, renewable, off-grid with zero waste, everything is used from the land or shop local.

Finally, Permia is looking for a good people to help-out either as volunteer, Member or Resident to move this awesome and huge project to the next level the community is working diligently on questions of financing the development. The goal is to find an anthropologist investor who think and believe the same and like to take the idea to next level and live on the property and be part of the family or Grants and donations. Permia will require around 40 active residents, who work and live on the property and each resident/member must attain 3 trade and/or specialty to be able to join the community and pay one time refundable fee to kick off the project. The group will combine of many backgrounds diverse and has ongoing conversations about how to increase diversity of age and ethnicity.

Permia uses a Sociocracy governance system, and while Sociocracy has proven to be quite efficient in making certain decisions.

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The Lavra

Mission Statement

We serve as a gathering space for the wider community. We enjoy supporting sustainable farming methods, the arts, educational initiatives, and creative building models. We also enjoy celebrating change and transitions, including through solstice celebrations and other gatherings. We hope to encourage a more reflective and cooperative society.

Community Description

We are located on 5 acres outside of San Luis Obispo, CA. Our community feels rural, but is only a few minutes away from town. We host WWOOFERs and other volunteers from around the world to help on our organic farm and learn small-scale farming and building methods. We offer workshops, lectures, and celebrations throughout the year that are meant to connect the wider community to each other through positive and educational interactions.

The kitchen and living area of the main house acts as a hub open to friends and visitors to the Lavra. We also hold events in our multi-use room in the main house, in which we do yoga/movie nights/music nights/public lectures. We also have a large vegetable garden, vineyard, and an animal area with chickens and milking goats.

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Oak Creek Commons

Mission Statement

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Community Description

<div> Oak Creek Commons is a cohousing community dedicated to creating a sense of community through joint activities and meals. Our homes are on 4.4 acres, with adjoining 10 acres of California oak woodlands. We have thriving gardens and an orchard. Community members built a children’s play structure and contributed to building a workshop. We have common meals two days a week, as well as Saturday-morning bagels and TGIF parties. In addition to enjoying pool and spa, we have big meals for Thanksgiving and solstice and have a (more or less!) fabulous 4th of July parade.
Many members are highly active in local sustainability and other green efforts, and some are politically active locally. We welcome having more children in the community.
Paso Robles, the site of Oak Creek Commons, is a charming and growing town of 29,000 in the heart of the Central Coast wine country (as in the movie “Sideways”). We have bright clear sunny days most of the year. We are midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and 30 minutes from Pacific beaches on the coast. There are great bicycling and hiking opportunities nearby, as well as a large amateur arts community, good musical opportunities, and many interesting activities year-round, such as antique car shows, wine and olive festivals, a country fair, etc. Our community is surrounded by a countryside of gorgeous rolling hills with vineyards, oaks, wild grasses, and a springtime wildflower heaven nearby. We are 27 miles from the “big city” of San Luis Obispo, a charming college town (California Polytechnic) with fun shops and bistros.

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Vivante

Mission Statement

Who is Vivante? It start’s with an Expanded Vision of Home Love through Evidence! Purpose To create cohesive systems, accentuating the whole-human as a standard of living. Inspire a three-hundred-and-sixty degree view of the individual, a group and the world. To identify “what is” as accurately as possible. Our mission includes Establish models for “living it at home”: Who am I, who are you, who are we? Develop models that include all human parts: economic, intellectual, physical, psychological, sexual, social, and spiritual. Research strategies – gathered from the experience of living with a group – for human intentional evolution which have shown specific outcomes for personal and group awareness: to see “what is”, with the intent to further Life. Document and share discoveries for a “whole” vision of humanity as we live with each other: “The way to peace is by knowing ourselves, a lifelong examined life.”

Community Description

Accelerating humans into their potential

Changing your view of you The Vivante Community is both a location and a decade-plus selected and developed group of social structures. These social structures, and the group of individuals whom reside together or participate, are referred to as Vivante.

Through experience, this group chooses and engineers systems that have the best results to discover what our personal inner condition “is”.

What might be possible as we become more aware of who we are individually and who we are in relationship to others?

We recognize this awareness springs forth from moving in the direction of self-responsibility, transparency, and compassion; while living together, finding strategies that might reveal Love as a state of being.

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The Farm

Out To Save The World: Farm DNA is a pure remnant strand of 1967 White Lightning

In 1971, a caravan of 80 brightly painted school buses and assorted other vehicles carrying more than 320 hippie idealists landed on an abandoned farm in central Tennessee. They had a mission: to be a part of something bigger than themselves, to follow a peaceful and spiritual path, and to make a difference in the fate of world.

Today The Farm is one of the largest and longest-lasting intentional communities in the United States. The Farm continues as a school of change, demonstrating ways to operate collectively in terms of:

Land, water and stewardship
Health care, building and infrastructure
Local, national and global activism
Cooperation, compassion and spiritual values.

For humans to survive as a species, we must re-learn the skills needed to work together and to live lightly on the Earth. The lessons of The Farm can be applied in any community or organization.

In 1974 the Farm founded Plenty International, its relief and development arm, working primarily to preserve indigenous peoples’ lands, rights, and culture, and Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology, to advance the tools and methods needed for constructive transition. In 1980 The Farm received the first Right Livelihood Award for its work with indigenous rights. It won the award a second time in 2011 for re-establishing legal midwifery in North America. Since 1994 the Farm has operated the Ecovillage Training Center, teaching permaculture, natural building, renewable energy and other skills for ecovillage living to people on six continents. For ten years this was the headquarters office of GEN in the Americas. Students from more 50 countries have come for permaculture apprenticeships and immersion experiences in ecovillage living.

The Farm is always looking for a few good souls to help in its work, and new members are always welcome.

Membership & Visitors

  • Current members: 220
  • Open to new members
  • Open to visitors

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East Wind Community

We are a 70-member collective located on 1,045 acres of rural Ozark Hills in southern Missouri. We are a member of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities, and as such, we put great value in cooperation, nonviolence, and sharing. We support ourselves through two industries: East Wind Nut Butters and Utopian Rope Sandals. Our membership is very diverse, we have no central leadership, and we practice democracy. Our work lives are busy and varied, but we always find time to relax and enjoy community meals, music jams, and Ozark sunsets. Our land is one of a kind, very rural, and filled with all sorts of wildlife. We encourage individuality and diversity in our members. We are looking for skilled, hardworking, responsible and self motivated individuals that share in our values. Prospective members are encouraged to contact membership; currently we are most in need of plumbing skills, electrical skills, and carpentry. Drop ins are not accepted, you must contact membership to visit.

Membership & Visitors

  • Current members: 70
  • Open to new members
  • Open to visitors

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Earthaven Ecovillage

Caring for people and Earth by learning, living, and demonstrating a holistic, sustainable culture.

Earthaven is an aspiring ecovillage founded in 1994 on 329 acres in the mountain forests of Western North Carolina, about 50 minutes from Asheville. We are spiritually diverse and value sustainable ecological systems, permaculture design, elegant simplicity, right livelihood, and healthy social relations. We have both vegetarians and omnivores, and some of us raise livestock for food. We hope to become empowered, responsible, ecologically literate citizens who model bioregionally appropriate culture for our time and place.

We intend to become a village of at least 150. We use a modified form of the N Street Consensus Method for decision making, and have paid for and own title to our land. We have a homeowners’ association to manage our common lands, with housing coops and LLCs owning our residential areas. As of 2021, we have 70 adult residents. We have built roads and bridges, community buildings, members’ homes, multi-household residences, gardens, constructed wetlands, and off-grid power and water systems.

We are developing a small village-scale economy. Some of us work in small, onsite businesses or nonprofits, including Useful Plants Nursery; Culture’s Edge, an educational nonprofit and its School of Integrated Living (SOIL). Some of us offer services such as carpentry and home construction, consulting, house cleaning, home care, child care, and healing arts. Others telecommute or work in town.

To further Earthaven’s mission as a learning community dedicated to sharing our resources with the public, the School of Integrated Living offers in-person and online workshops and tours.  We welcome students and other learning groups, and support homeschool parents of children at Earthaven and nearby. We are seeking hardworking, entrepreneurial people, including but not  limited to organic growers and farmers; people with solar power, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical skills; and healers, artists, and families with children.

Membership & Visitors

  • Current members: 70
  • Open to new members
  • Open to visitors

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Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community

Protecting the land and fostering sustainable community living

Hickory Nut Forest is an eco community near Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Located on over 100 acres in beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge, we are a sustainable community where adults and children live and work among caring neighbors, sharing their inspiration and enthusiasm with each other. As well as protecting the land’s biodiversity, we are growing vegetables and fruits, designing green homes, and using renewable energy from water and sun.

We have kept the special places wild for all to enjoy: cascading streams, tumbling waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and distant vistas. Over 15 miles of hiking trails exist to the adjoining 800 acres in the Florence Nature Preserve. Chimney Rock State Park is down the gorge with another 3500 acres of waterfalls and cliffs.

Laughing Waters is our community center and gathering place as well as a retreat site and educational center. We host workshops, weddings and private retreats. We have a large fire circle for bonfires, potlucks, and social gatherings.

Hickory Nut Forest has 20 lots. Community members purchase their own lots and design and build their homes. Community members may serve on committees to help with particular community aspects: land protection, trail building, renewable energy, growing organic foods, and green building. Currently, 6 homes have been built, 3 are being designed, and 9 lots are still for sale.

In addition to the magic of living in the abundance of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we are a 25-minute drive from Asheville, NC which is a cultural mecca. Restaurants, arts venues of all kinds, farmers’ markets, and opportunities for environmental activism provide an urban experience if and when the residents of Hickory Nut Forest want to participate in these types of activities.

We are continually expanding and growing and invite you to visit and learn more!

Membership & Visitors

  • Current members: 17
  • Open to new members
  • Open to visitors

 

 

 

 

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Earthen Heart

Community Homestead and Re-Learning Center in Southwest Michigan, USA

Geographically speaking, Earthen Heart is a 20 acre homestead in Bangor, Michigan, USA. Located within the fruit belt and the heart of blueberry country with mostly a sandy loam soil, near many small lakes and 10 minutes from the Great Lake Michigan. It is within an hour or two of many cities, including: Chicago, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Holland, St. Joseph; and there is an Amtrak passenger train passing through Bangor daily on the Grand Rapids – Chicago line.

Earthen Heart is looking for short or long term guests who are interested in living in and creating a low-impact, high quality of life human habitat in a natural setting.  Our intention is to generate an increasing portion of our food and energy needs on site and to learn with each other as we are doing so. Fresh and value added processed foods are being produced and marketed in order to generate income.  There is a strong need for additional members who are interested in staying long term.

Membership & Visitors

  • Current members: 4
  • Open to new members

Looking for people to come for short or long term stay to participate in the Earthen Heart project. Room and board will be offered in exchange for the visitor working on various food, land and home related tasks during the stay. After 2-3 weeks future possibilities can be discussed such as: longer stay, income generating possibilities through the farm, collective land ownership, etc.

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