Last updated: December 4, 2013 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: August 4, 2008


(Itamonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 2006
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Ely Britto
  • Phone: 55 11- 38149195
  • Address:
    Morro Grande s/n Zona Rural de Itamonte
    Caixa Postal 68
    Itamonte, Minas Gerais, 37466000
  • This Community is Re-forming

    Projeto Sem Mente – O Tao das Artes

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    It is necessary to send an email and make an appointment. We are opened to receive visitors for some months by renting one of our cottages, or volunteers below 25 years old for ex-change.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Taoist ecovillage

Community Description:

Ecovillage Viver Simples is a project designed by Brazilians and by foreigners that is being established in the region of Morro Grande, south of Minas Gerais. It is a new community that has as its goal an alternative way of living, with better quality of life and focus on spiritual growth. We look for more integration with nature, through sustainability and by learning and respecting nature, using Taoist techniques and others. We will develop and disseminate knowledge to society, always in harmony with the neighboring communities, conserving their culture and wisdom. In order to preserve the biodiversity and to offer to the local landowners alternative means of subsistence, the Ecovillage Viver Simples counts on the artistic, technical, and scientific knowledge of its founders. To reach its goal, the Ecovillage established itself in a privileged place in nature, predominantly rural, lacking technological and cultural initiatives. In this environment, a common area is being built: a place for meditation where courses of Taoist and other philosophies will be given as well as courses on ecology and arts; therapeutic rooms that will offer natural techniques for treatment; a technological center, dedicated to research and dissemination of knowledge; and a chalet for lodging.


  • Adult Members: 7
  • Child Members: 7
  • Non-member Residents: 20
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Taoism

    Free School

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 39.5 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 13
  • Additional Comments: 29

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: No


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: one hour at least per day

    The fee is for the classes and workshop

    necessary money for the basic care



  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


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