Bean Creek

Last updated: January 9, 2016 (8 months ago)

Listing created on: August 20, 2012

Bean Creek

(Scotts Valley, California, United States)

Mission Statement:

Peace, love, unity, respect 😉

Community Description:

We are a group of spiritual and creative individuals who share common goals of personal wellbeing, holistic balance, communication, regenerative practice, and consciousness expansion. We enjoy the company of individuals who can spark creativity in those around them. We all help with regular household tasks and are active with projects around the house.

There are usually between 10-15 people living here. Because there are few bedrooms, we share space; but there is lots of room to be by yourself up a tree, by the creek, in a hammock, in our garden. Often there are no more than four or five people around, cats and dogs included. The house is on three acres in Scotts Valley, five miles from downtown Santa Cruz. A creek runs right along the property and traverses relatively rugged forested lands, the locus of important fossil bearing formations. These fossils include Astrodapsis spatiosus, Thais cf. lapillis (a rare species of gastropod), and shark teeth.

The property is a space for relaxation, creation, and learning. We utilize a solar shower and a compost toilet and are always looking for ways to become more sustainable.

We make music and art together as often as possible! Ask us if you need to know more or would enjoy a tour of of hearts and minds as well as our living quarters. Please keep in mind we have A LOT of travelers-through, so notice is required before you roll in looking for a place to crash.


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Location: Small Town


  • Area: 3 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 15
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: -3 days are cool for travelers-through to come crash… extra hands around the plants and animals are always appreciated. Sleep gear helps too; we try to avoid tents outside but there’s a bunch of crash space in common areas.

    -After three days’ stay we ask for an $8/day contribution to the house. This should be financial and not as work-trade since all the housemates also do chores besides paying rent.

    -You should arrive with a prospective leaving date, no later than two weeks from when you get here — unless you plan on filling out a housing application 🙂

    Please contact us with plenty of advance notice if you’re planning to stay. We get a lot of folks traveling through and there’s not always space / time to connect immediately!

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Housing application + one-month probationary period.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)


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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.