“When individuals and communities do not govern self, they risk being ruled by external forces that care less about the well-being of the village.” TF Hodge
We take location selection extremely seriously. We’ve seen a number of well-intentioned cohousing and ecovillage projects get into trouble by settling for a building site that ultimately did not generate sufficient interest because a key element was missing.
The purpose of this website is to lay out a vision, attract interested people, and then connect them together and share best practices in an effort to make something happen. It will take time. Like a start-up, it is important to get an good team in place. Based on responses to date, there seems to be building interest in three areas of the world.
- Europe – namely Spain, the UK and Ireland.
- The US East Coast – from the Mid Atlantic to New England.
- The US/Canadian West Coast – From Monterey, CA north to Vancouver, BC.
Assuming a natural environment is a must, there are two options:
Option 1 – Rural Land. The challenge here is to be sure a critical mass of people move together for sufficient synergies around schools, services, etc.
Option 2 – Land Adjacent to a large town. Ideally, especially for families, a location can be found with exceptional walkability and bikeability to both services and schools and yet still be located in a setting with a rural natural feel. Land that meets these criteria is scarce and sets us up for having to find a needle in a haystack – but it is possible, and something we are committed to doing if desired by the forming community.
We are also committed to a critical mass of at least 10-20 residences (and a common house and gardens). We feel it is important to have enough people to share the load of creating and maintaining a community and enough space to meaningfully practice our permaculture principles.
Here’s an example of a piece of land on the US east coast that is adjacent to town, schools, services, and yet has a river, pond and small forest.