Casa Colibri Catholic Worker A.C.

Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco, Mexico

  • Last updated: January 22, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 21, 2016

Mission Statement

We are a community that advances the integral development of the families of Hostotipaquillo, Jal, who are in vulnerable situations, by accompanying them in processes to improve their conditions of life by means of their active participation.

Community Description

Casa Colibri is part of the Catholic Worker movement started by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. If you are unfamiliar with it, check out the national website to become familiar with the philosophy:

www.catholicworker.org/communities/directory.html

At Casa Colibri there are five areas that enrich the community experience:

Children:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday we have 40 kids, ranging from 4-17 years old. First there is an hour of class, and then we serve them a homemade meal. These days the work consists of preparing and cooking the food, teaching or playing with the kids, serving the food, and cleaning the house.

Sustainability:
Tuesdays and Thursdays consist of a variety of activities around the house, especially working in the garden where we have chickens, compost worms, medicinal herbs, and vegetables. Extra activities include the soap project in which the kids learn how to make soaps from herbs grown in our garden.

Community Life:
This is a big part of living at Casa Colibri. The house also has many other activities that we do within the community, such as group check-ins, meditations, and excursions to the pueblo and surrounding areas. Every Friday we have a “happy hour” in which we do something fun as a community.

Community development:
We also work with the community of Hostotipaquillo by giving extra classes and workshops (depending on the number of volunteers and their skills) involving the families of the children as well. We also work to create a culture of art and creativity in the house and with the greater community of Hostotipaquillo.

Spirituality:
This includes a monthly Mass, when friends and the families come to the house to gather, as well as weekly group meditations and discussions. The house is open to people of all spiritualities.

The day starts with breakfast at 7:30 am, and on average we work about 6-7 hours, including the mid-day meal. The evening time, after 5:00 pm is personal time. Saturday and Sundays are free, with the exception of the monthly community Mass or special events.

Previous experience working with children, farming, and/or living in community is a plus. However these skills are not required, as long as you are open to learning, experiencing new things, and being challenged. Knowledge of basic Spanish is required.

The house asks that you make a minimum 6-month commitment.

In exchange for working with an open and generous heart, one will receive room and board. Extra personal expenses should be covered by the community member.
In addition to community members we also have national and international short term volunteers.

If you have further questions don´t hesitate to contact us.

About

  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Small Town

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 2 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    We ask all visitors for help in the daily life of our community. This includes work with or for the children who come to our house three times a week for class and food. The work contains, for example, preparing class, preparing food, washing up, etc. Moreover, the visitor should be open to work together with the members of the community in organic gardening.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    The candidate for membership will first live in our community as a volunteer for three months. After this time the candidate and the leader of the community will decide together whether they fit together or not. If they decide that, yes, the new member will have more rights but also more duties in the community.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    After 10 years of presence and work in Hostotipaquillo, our community had become a non-profit organization on July 2015 so we are still on the process of defining some of the members’ roles as well as other matters; fundraising, promotion, finances, etc.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 40
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: No
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian, Catholic
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Keywords

community life, spirituality, infant education, mutual trust, intercultural exchange, rural life,art