Last updated: September 28, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: March 21, 2008

Kailash Ecovillage

(Portland, Oregon, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2007  Established: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Maitri Ersson
  • Address:
    4311 SE 37th Ave #1
    Portland, Oregon, 97202
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact us via email to arrange a visit.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

sustainable practices

Community Description:

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


  • Adult Members: 54
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have created meditation space in our guest room.

    We honor parents’ wishes.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Democracy (majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Area: 1.8 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current number of residences: 34
  • Additional Comments: 30 one-bedroom units, one 2-bedroom unit, and 1 8-bed male dormitory in one building, adjacent 2 unit house is under renovation

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
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: minimum 4 work parties and 4 meetings per year


  • 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: Vegan (plants only, no animal products)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Endeavoring to have frequent shared meals.

    We’re planning on de-paving half of the parking space for more food production.

    Common room kitchen is strictly vegan.

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

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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.