Kailash Ecovillage

Portland, Oregon, United States

  • Last updated: February 29, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: March 21, 2008

Mission Statement

sustainable practices

Community Description

Kailash Ecovillage is a 32-unit apartment complex and a two unit house in inner southeast Portland, Oregon, with a sustainable orientation. We are a community promoting sustainable practices such as extensive recycling, organic (emphasizing veganic approaches) gardening and composting, including humanure composting, permaculture, bicycle and public transportation use, vehicle sharing, and rainwater and solar energy harvesting. Financially we use a rental model for our housing.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1.8 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 34
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments:

    30 one-bedroom units, one 2-bedroom unit, and 1 6-bed male dormitory in one building; adjacent 2 unit single family house with accessory dwelling unit, remodeled in 2013 using passivhaus principles


  • Adult Members: 56
  • Child Members: 5
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Monthly public tours the first Saturday of the month, 3pm.
    Contact us via email to arrange a private visit.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We rent units through Craigs List. Applicants have a tour and interview before proceeding with application and rental agreement.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    minimum 4 work parties and 4 meetings per year

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), 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 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.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Endeavoring to have more frequent shared meals.

    Common room kitchen is strictly vegan.

    Vegan community room gatherings, Omnivorous in individual private units and outside the community room.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Wiccan, Protestant, Catholic, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Atheist, Agnostic, Eclectic
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): 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)


intentional community, veganic gardening, humanure composting, rainwater harvesting, solar