Last updated: September 14, 2009 (5 years ago)
Listing created on: January 22, 2009

Comunidad Permacultural Na Lu’ Um

(San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico)

Mission Statement:


Community Description:

Based in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, we are a community working around the principles and ethics of permaculture. For now, this occurs in a Hostal Educativo, which is located on Numero 35A Caille 16 de Septiembre (cerca Real de Mexicano).


  • Adult Members: 20
  • Child Members: 10
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Madre Tierra

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Paganism/Earth Religions
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Area: 0.5 acres
  • Land owned by: Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
  • Current number of residences: 2
  • Additional Comments: 2

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
  • Additional Comments: 50$ a night


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation

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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.