Last updated: August 6, 2013 (8 months ago)
Listing created on: April 23, 2009

BTR Ecovillage

(Dale (an hour outside of Austin, 15 minutes to Lockhart and Bastrop), Texas, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2008  Established: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Contact Name: Physical Location
  • Address:

    Dale (an hour outside of Austin, 15 minutes to Lockhart and Bastrop), Texas, 78616
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: No
    If you’re interested in finding out more about BTR Ecovillage and/or getting to know the current group members, please send an email telling us a little bit about yourself using the “Email This Community!” button on this page. We will be giving a workshop on intentional community this fall at Art Outside 2013, Apache Pass October 18th to 20th

    We are not open to the public, but are starting to mature in our housing, processes and people skills. We may in the future invite folks for a visit to see what we have created and how we live.

    For now though, send us an email and we will respond. We are considering buying more land nearby and starting another Ecovillage, so if you are interested in THAT, email us and we can correspond.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: No
    All our shares are presently allocated.

Mission Statement:

Do No Harm, Live with the Land

Community Description:

We are different from the majority of intentional communities in that we are not exclusive. The common theme of the group seems to be: “Do what you want, but do no harm.” It does seem like a sort of synchronicity that the group has attracted such great people already.

Basically, we wish to live WITH the land…not ON it by keeping it as natural as possible.

We wish to live with a close-knit group of people who are joined by the spirituality of Oneness…

We are ONE with the land and with each other. We will squabble, we will complain on occasion, but in the end, we are family and take care of each other.

We wish to reduce our consumption of energy by relying on nature and technology to develop, pioneer, and adopt technologies that reduce energy consumption and reduce repetitive labor.

In the long term, we’d like to create a
place that has sustainable modern conveniences. Eventually we envision a 100%-renewable electricity grid.

January 2013 UPDATE: There is a lot of NEW work currently underway on the land!
Lot of amazing structures coming online with the MAJORITY of the structures build from reclaimed, recycle and free. Pallets and Pallet Pallets shed are everywhere. We make decks out of them barns, houses, goat shed, fenced, chicken pens, and so much more. It’s shocking to see the Geodesic domes going up from reclaimed pallet.

We are entering our 5th year and our farm, livestock, housing and land is starting to look like ( and function like ) a real ecovillage.

We recently bought another 4000 watts of PhotoVoltaic panels and are working on a new barn. The Rabbitry is supposed to break ground in March and we hope to have some of our amazing Flemish giants for sale by fall.

Our Goat herd as tripled, and we are lucking to share pasture with a brother down the road.

Our gardens are maturing, and we are starting to grow enough food we can the visit farmers markets and share with our neighbors.

Our highlight for 2011 was getting our new pond dug, complete fencing of the property as well as new houses.

We hope to add several wells in the year 2013 along with a new barn and more rainwater storage.

BTR Ecovillage is not open to the public at this time, but we envision a time in the coming year, we might invite visitors to see what we have created as a community.

In addition, we are considering buying 10 more acres nearby and starting ANOTHER village… so if you are interested, send us an email and wi

Population

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: No

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)

Government

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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 10 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current number of residences: 4
  • Additional Comments: BTR Land Trust

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Specifics have not yet been decided.

    Yes

    Recurring group expenses are shared.

Diet

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: There will be shared meals, but we haven’t committed to a frequency.

    We have an established garden area with some livestock. We have a recently dug pond we hope to grow fish and plants in.

    Mainly beer and wine.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Austin Area Ecovillages

Keywords

Austin, Ecovillage, BTR, Bodhi, Bodhi Tree, Bodhi Tree Ranch, McMahon, Lockhart, Texas, farm, sustai

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.