Gypsy Cafe

Last updated: March 2, 2013 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: May 16, 2011

Gypsy Cafe

(Sunny Valley, Oregon, United States)

Mission Statement:

Permaculture, music and art!

Community Description:

We are 4 queer identified women residents, plus a family of three part time residents, living on 46 gorgeous, partly wooded acres near the scenic Rogue River north of Grants Pass/Ashland Oregon. We have a small organic garden for household consumption, some fruit trees, cob greenhouse and artists studios. We are artists, musicians, farmers, natural builders interested in sustainability, community, activism, permaculture and good times. We brew beer, and other fermented goodies, wildcraft blackberries, mushrooms, herbs and hazelnuts, and love to eat good food. Fair Warning: at Gypsy Café we work laugh drink smoke and carouse, play lots of music, and occasionally howl at the moon.
Our livestock consists of a flock of 13 chickens, primarily raised for eggs.
We produce and ship We’Moon from our home office. (
We host sunnytime volunteers and visitors during the months of June through September, and we are seeking new members. We encourage folks who may be interested in joining our ecovillage to visit during the sunny times of the year for an initial introductory stay of two weeks, after which longer stays can be negotiated. We ask all visitors to donate $25 per week to offset extra food casts, and for those who plan on staying for more than a day or two to participate in activities and work on the land for an average of 4 hours per day, fluctuating with the season and current activities.
We have 3 dogs and 4 cats on the land, and we ask visitors to leave their pets at home.
Projects we are involved in include plastering light-clay-straw pottery studio, finishing a small pond/greywater reclamation system, rebuilding the party deck, creating a cob oven, maybe an outdoor kitchen, building maintainance, gardening and landscaping, tree planting.
You can find up to date information and photos on Facebook by searching “Gypsycafe Oregon”

Mission Statement:

The Gypsy Café is a land-based intentional community committed to ecological and feminist values, with a mission to foster creative and artistic expression and land stewardship—permaculture principles, natural building, homesteading, sustainability—and to provide space for collaboration and skills sharing in these areas. The Gypsy Café is an inclusive and welcoming community, engaged in mutual respect, kindness and support, with open, honest communication. Our group decisions are made using consensus. We are committed to constant improvement and growth in all aspects of this mission.



  • Area: 46 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: We have one main gathering house with a guest room, a wooden cabin, one cob studio, with another in the making, and a pimped out school bus.


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please email us to set up a visit. We welcome visitors from April through the end of September for up to two weeks initial visit. Longer stays are are negotiable if we are a good social fit. Please do not bring pets during your visit. During the warmer months, we ask visitors to camp. In cool and rainy weather, we have some indoor spaces available. We also ask for a donation of $3 per day to offset grocery costs and a labor exchange of about 4 hours per day, depending on the season and current activities.
  • Membership Process: Not Actively seeking new members


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We all help with household chores, land maintainance, and special projects. This amounts to somewhere between 20 and 40 hours per month, depending on the time of year and projects that are underway.

    We share electricity and grocery expenses, and pay in to a land payment and maintenance fund. Depending on the number of residents, the total amount fluctuates between $400 and $600 per month.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • 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 often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Paganism/Earth Religions

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


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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.