Last updated: November 23, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: January 30, 2013


(DETROIT, Michigan, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2009
  • Start Living Together: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://fireweeduniversecity.org
  • Contact Name: MARS NOUMENA
  • Phone: 3136439526
  • Address:
    DETROIT, Michigan, 48203
    United States

Mission Statement:

Fireweed Universe-City is a grassroots movement to realize a sustainable, eco-friendly community of Universal Consciousness.


Sustainability is the ability to meet the present needs of a population while living within the capacity of supporting environments. To be sustainable, the sustenance of life must be provided by means that ensure the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; so that all of Life on Earth may be.

In terms of community, sustainability is achieved when its members collectively contribute as much energy as they extract. When more energy is extracted by the members than is contributed, there is a deficit within the community; which must be filled from external sources or else the community faces decline or collapse. If the community’s members contribute more energy than they extract, then an excess is produced that permits expansion of the community. Localizing our economy in this way is to be distinguished from isolationism, as we seek a constant renewal of social interaction, community membership and cultural infusion from diverse walks of life.

In creation of the Fireweed community, we are resolving many fundamental socioeconomic challenges of today’s world by implementing a model of holistic sustainability. This model encompasses all aspects of human life: love, health, economy, ecology, community, culture, social justice, art/beauty, and spirit. We endeavor for these elements of living to be integrated so that to develop any one of them is beneficial to all of them, in turn creating an environment conducive to humanity’s development and perfect existence.

Fireweed’s intent is to exist harmoniously with the natural world. Improving the quality of life for humanity cannot come at the expense of the ecological welfare of the Earth. All human consumption is provided for by plants, animals, and the natural resources of our planet. Our very lives are interconnected and interdependent upon all Life on Earth. Having an abundant life of sustenance necessitates a reverence for our environment. We seek to ensure the availability of resources for future generations.

Fireweed continuously develops lifestyle habits conscious of our environmental footprint and the welfare of the Earth. Through practices of prevention, reduction, reutilization, and recycling, we strive to ultimately have zero waste. By living within the balance of nature we realize harmonious existence.

CommunityFireweed Universe-City is creating an environment that encourages and inspires all of its members toward self-actualization. Fireweed recognizes the beauty and sovereignty of the individual as well as the diversity and strength of community. We facilitate the progress of both entities by developing and nurturing synergetic, interpersonal relationships.

Being rooted in an abandoned and desolate neighborhood in Detroit at Woodward and 7 Mile, we are creating from the ashes a consciously evolving community; proving that unity and conscious awareness are prominent tools for implementing positive change in a community that lacks substance. Detroit is becoming a place of real change and hope as Fireweed and other communal, grassroots movements act locally with a global awareness. Uplifting humanity is a process of healing, empowering, and transforming one person, one family, one house at a time.

Universal Consciousness
It is Spirit, the essence of being human, that connects us to each other, and to all of Life. Spirit is and is of everything in the Universe—the Oneness of Life.

Spirit, if it is at all effable, may be described by the self-evident, universal principles of Love, Peace, Wisdom, Joy, and Sovereignty—bestowed upon us by the Great Spiritual Teachers throughout the ages. Being conscious, aware, and living by these universal principles, humanity realizes perfect existence. Fireweed Universe-City accepts all humanity; is conscious of these universal principles in our daily lives; and reveres the Oneness of Life.

To serve the common interests of visitors, friends, and the inhabitants in our primary field of operations, located on West Golden Gate, Detroit, MI Fireweed Universe-City will do the following.

1. Assist in the redevelopment of the community through providing

resources to allow for growth, social justice and economic stability.

2. Our activities may include but are not limited to housing co-operatives, art galleries, and artist lofts/studios, performance spaces, social meeting places, community supported agriculture, community bicycle shops,

3. Develop and distribute quality educational and interpretive materials and programs, and assist the community in the delivery of educational experiences.

4. Host local and international artists, musicians, travelers, healers, and activists and fostering exchange of between our community and the world at large.

5. Promote the proper ongoing care and maintenance of historic assets, including buildings, service facilities, farmsteads.

6. Serve as a central communication point to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information with in the community.

7. Establish and sustain special funds sufficient to accomplishment of these purposes and to the support all expenses incidental thereto.

Fireweed is a flowering herb that is famous for colonizing land burnt by forest fires. It is a pioneer species that helps to revitalize an ecosystem. Quite fittingly, we are the FIREWEED OF DETROIT! For more information…ask!

Community Description:

WHAT? Fireweed Universe-City is a grassroots, not-for-profit movement to transform a devastated, burned-out Detroit city neighborhood into a sustainable, eco-friendly, intentional community that will be the grounds for urban farming, residential and creative space for artists, healers, musicians, and like-minded, forward-thinking, progressive individuals, families, small businesses, and the surrounding community already in place.

WHO? Fireweed Universe-City stems out of Innate Healing Arts Center and is inspired by and for local artists, musicians, and healers, however, we are open and accepting of all people, regardless of race, gender, religion, etc. Collectively, we agree that we must have respect for each other, and, respect for our planet.

WHERE? We are working on the area just South of 7 Mile and Woodward, across from Palmer Park, in Detroit, Michigan.

WHY? We can no longer turn our backs on our own neighborhoods. All across Detroit, it’s the same story; abandoned house after abandoned house, children at high risk for street involvement and drug use, high crime and violence. We have been named “The Murder Capital of America” one too many times, and we realize that it is time to step up and do something about it, time to unite ourselves and focus on the solution, so that Detroit may rise again into the beautiful city we co-create it to be.

HOW? Fireweed Universe-City works one day at a time, coming together one by one to lift the 7&Woodward community out of poverty, into sustained abundance. We work from the heart, because we love what we are doing and we are passionate doing it. We recognize the diversity amongst us, and we each use our own unique talents, strengths and connections to create something much larger than any of us could individually.

WHEN? There’s no time like the present!


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.), Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities.), Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization, School~ Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer~ Internship~ Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing, Ethical Business~ Investment Group~ or Alternative Currency, Organizations~ Resources~ or Networks
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organizations, Resources, or Networks


  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Land owned by: Other


  • Adult Members: 30
  • Child Members: 10
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please contact us to arrange for a tour. We are also listed on couchsurfing if you would like an extended stay. 🙂
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution:
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Between 25-50%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Other
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional Diet Comments: flexitarian
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each individual

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Permaculture, Anarchist, Radical, Evolution, Eco-village

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