Last updated: April 3, 2012 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: December 2, 2008

Gaia Sangha

(LOS ANGELES, California, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2008  Established: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Andrew Rasmussen
  • Address:
    3769 Grand View
    LOS ANGELES, California, 90066
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: No
    Please join our Facebook group and come to one of our events! Or, if you want to help out, we can always use volunteers. Please contact Andrew at

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    when a room becomes available

Mission Statement:

Ecological & Spiritual Health

Community Description:

Gaia Sangha is a residential community for sustainable living, permaculture, transformative healing arts, and the practice of healing ourselves, our community, and the land we live on.

We are carefully cultivating a synergistic community of professionals in complementary fields, supporting each other in our mutual success.

We are lovingly co-creating an environmentally, psychologically, and financially sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just presence in Los Angeles.

Our mission is to provide an affordable, cooperative, synergistic, residential eco-community in Mar Vista for professional healers, artists, eco-entrepreneurs, educators, entertainment/media professionals, and activists.

Features include a large living room, well-suited for dance, meditation, yoga, film screenings, and workshops.

We have ample space, soil, and sunlight for garden and food forest.

Our outdoor deck is well-suited for healing work-space, adjacent to a large fish pond with waterfall.

Gaia Sangha is situated in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, rich in locally owned businesses. Local amenities include bike lanes on the front street and nearest cross street (Venice Boulevard), a weekly farmers’ market across the street, Healing Center, Venice Grind Coffee shop, hardware shop, bicycle shop, post office, surf shop, thrift stores, LA Public Library, restaurants, and Washington Mutual Bank.

About me: I’ve lived in southern California most of my life. While pursuing a B.S. in Engineering, I spent a semester in Nepal and studied appropriate technology. In 1994 I realized the enormous social, ecological, and spiritual benefits that community living can provide . After completing my engineering degree, I visited and experienced living in numerous IC’s around the world, including Findhorn Foundation, Plum Village, Mitraneketan, Auroville, The Bruderhoff, Earthlands Institute, Sirius, Derbyshire Farm, Dancing Rabbit, Earthhaven, Gaia Yoga Gardens, and Quail Springs. I worked in Sacramento for an edible-landscaping company, learning all aspects of organic mini-farming. I introduced my employer to permaculture, and after taking a course she ended up marrying Bill Mollison! I’ve lived in Los Angeles Ecovillage and Topanga Canyon, working as a wastewater engineer/tech, and have been a massage therapist for 10 years. In 2008 I completed an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology, wit


  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: some of us are graduates and students at the Univeristy of Santa Monica, and some of us share and interest in Mindfullness Practice and Zen Buddhisim, particularly Tich Nat Hanhh, and some of us study and practice Integral Spirituality, and some of us study and practice Joyology, the cultivation of Sustainable Joy

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Buddhist, Paganism/Earth Religions, Eastern, Quaker, Roman Catholic, Sufi, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Muslim, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: although I am legally the Owner/Landlord, all stakeholders and included in decision making processes to the best of my ability

    everyone is a co-leader

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Area: 0.2 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 1

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Join Fee: No


  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: we are just getting gardens started

    will are primarily vegan/ raw

Photo Gallery

Community Affiliations

Los Angeles Eco-Village

Fair Housing Laws

Our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.

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.