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Fiopa Community/Fiopa Consensus Collective

Last updated: February 13, 2016 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: October 23, 2013

Fiopa Community/Fiopa Consensus Collective

(Mahalia, California, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2013
  • Start Living Together: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Contact Name: Wren Tuatha
  • Phone: 410-458-2310
  • Community Address:
    13616 Nimshew Road
    Mahalia, California, 95954
    United States

Mission Statement:

consensus, communication, non-violence

Community Description:

We are Fiopa Consensus Collective, aka C.T. Lawrence Butler and Wren Tuatha. we are seeking to add members to our residential collective who will learn Value-Based Consensus and join us in our work as consultants to the Intentional Communities movement.

We plan to establish a consensus institute that will be an Intentional Community for both educators and students of Value-Based Consensus and consensus (cooperative) culture generally.

We’re currently located in a log cabin on some land near Chico, California.

Our collective is income-sharing and vegetarian. We’re currently 2 adults, 3 dogs, a cat and several brush goats.


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 40 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: currently renting; seeking land for land trust


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Email well in advance.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: First visit, then fill out an application. We have a 1 year provisional membership period.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Value-Based Consensus, from On Conflict and Consensus, by C.T. Lawrence Butler


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 15
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: vegan, ovo-lacto vegetarian
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC)


consensus, process, vegetarian, vegan, egalitarian, feminist,

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