Ecoaldea Huehuecoyotl

Last updated: January 24, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Ecoaldea Huehuecoyotl

(Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1982
  • Start Living Together: 1973
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Andres, Svante, Giovanni, Toña
  • Phone: +52-(01)739-39-55021-19
  • Address:
    A. P. 111
    Tepoztlán, Morelos, 62520
  • Visitor Process

    Get familiar with the visitor’s information on the website and contact us for availability of space. Limit first visit to three days/nights and be willing and able to pay modest fare.

  • Membership Process

Mission Statement:

Ecology and Arts Center

Community Description:

Huehuecoyotl is an ecovillage in the mountains of Tepoztlan, Mexico, founded by a group of adults and their children–artists, ecologists, artisans, and educators from seven different nationalities. The community was established at the present site in 1982. Over the years it has developed into an extended family; an experimental center; a model of rural, simple community living; and an important site where different traditions, cultures, and visions blend harmoniously with each other. There are low-cost guest facilities and extensive gardening as well as the use of renewable materials and sustainable designs for construction and water management.

Ideal communities exist only in the imagination of visionaries, but real communities are a long daily process of understanding, hard work, patience, and love. Our village reflects both the frustrations of not being able to materialize our ideals and also achievements that are beyond description in terms of solidarity, cooperation, harmony in diversity, and an example of libertarian, ecotopian visions functioning since the early 1970s.

We are now facing a new cycle of our growth, which implies moving into a more balanced relationship with our environment and with our collective cultural center, which is rapidly becoming an alternative educational center for new communities, the arts, networking, and information. We try to bring together the best of all worlds, and we live a fairly happy life. Our members live in a combination of private and common property ownership. We each have our personal economy resolved individually and contribute to the upkeep, maintenance, and improvement of the community through dues and income generated by our services to guests and groups. We offer training in leadership development, sustainable practices, health and healing, shamanism, and community design. All our members speak Spanish and English and some speak at least five additional languages. Many have dual residencies in Europe, the US and Mexico. We are also stewards of the Chichinautzin natural preserve, a protected forest that stretches for approximately 30 miles east and west of Huehuecoyotl.


  • Adult Members: 26
  • Child Members: 6
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Conversatorios

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 7.4 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current Number of Residences: 14

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution:


  • Additional Comments: varies on conditions

    monthly and periodic dues



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • 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 seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


Additional Comments

Nomadic from 1973 to 1982

Nomadic until 1982

Photo Gallery

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Ecovillage Network of the Americas, The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


Ecoaldea, ecovillage

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge