EcoVillage of Loudoun County

Last updated: March 2, 2012 (4 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

EcoVillage of Loudoun County

(Lovettsville, Virginia, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1990
  • Start Living Together: 2001
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: EcoVillage of Loudoun County
  • Address:
    PO Box 507
    Lovettsville, Virginia, 20180
    United States

Mission Statement:

Environmentalism; cohousing; shared resources

Community Description:

The mission of EcoVillage of Loudoun County combines the cohousing ideal of people living together in community with the ecovillage ideal of people living in harmony with Earth and its inhabitants. We aim to restore nature and expand human potential by creating a lifestyle that nurtures the human spirit and offers hope for future generations.
The ecological goal is to preserve and restore biodiversity, quality, and abundance of natural resources. Balance natural systems so that each generation acts to benefit future generations.
The social goal is to maintain a community lifestyle that protects individual rights; fosters a spirit of community; and facilitates activities that benefit individuals, enrich the community, and promote positive relations with the larger world.


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)


  • Area: 90.8 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 14
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments: This is the total acreage of the EcoVillage subdivision. It contains 25 smaller lots (totalling 11.9 acres) and 3 large parcels approximately 10 acre lots (totalling 30.76 acres) and a common area of 40.06 acres. All lots are privately owned. Lots and the common area are governed by the Declaration of Covenants of the community. There is also a privately owned 88.85 acre conservation property with shared paths adjacent to the EcoVillage subdivision.

    The land is privately owned.

    There are 27 buildable lots in the EcoVillage subdivision that can support houses.


    The community uses a number of cohousing principles.


  • Adult Members: 46
  • Child Members: 10
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact the EcoVillage by email.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: This community is open to people of various religions as well as those with no religious affiliation.

    Some residents home school or private schools. Most use public school. Childcare is provided by a teacher resident in the community on a limited basis.


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Through an election process.

    Through an election process.

    We use Sociocratic (aka Dynamic Governance or Reslient Business Design) Method for decision-making. It is a consent-based model developed in the Netherlands after WWII, and used there in many profit-making corporations as well as cohousing communities.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Members purchase lots/homes fee simple and become members of the EcoVillage Community Assocation. The EVCA collects an annual assessment to support common amenities and activities.

    An additional community assessment is charged to those not contributing approved labor.

    Lot and home owners pay a community assessment to the EcoVillage Community Association

    Yes, the annual community assessment levied by the EcoVillage Community Association

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Some of the residents grow food on their lots.

    The community has some vegetarians and vegans.

    There is one adult smoker in the community.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

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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.