Lanark Ecovillage

Lanark, Canada

  • Last updated: February 29, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: September 16, 2011

Mission Statement

Model for sustainable living

Community Description

We are a forming community near the village of Lanark, Ontario. We have 160 acres, mostly rock and trees, but with two established gardens, a 3 bedroom home and a well-equipped woodwork shop.

The property is currently owned by one of the members. We aim to establish a collective ownership.

Our goal is to be a model for sustainable, low impact living. We intend to practice, learn and teach permaculture as well as sustainable forestry.

Plans and pictures linked at:

Inquiries are welcome. You can also check our open discussion board at


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 160 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Hope to establish a multi-stakeholder co-operative soon which will own the land. Some members have contributed to purchase.

    We hope to build sustainable housing–possibly cob, earthship etc.

    We favour clustered housing, similar to cohousing.


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact Mike: sustain5(at)

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Some consensus around earth-centred spirituality and ethics. Not clearly defined

    Not applicable yet


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

    Based on those consistently active.



  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Details yet to be decided–probably partial income sharing in future

    Details not worked out yet.

    $60 per year to be a member of our association. To become a resident member, one is expected to buy a full share. This can be done on a monthly basis, non-refundable for the first 3 years. These details may change.

    Depends on the level of membership

Sustainability Practices


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    This should change as we progress

    Those living on site grow a good part of their own food.

    We are working on decisions about dietary choices. Some members are vegan.

    Not decided yet. Alcohol is not likely to be prohibited but inebriation will be discouraged.

    Not decided yet. Smoking will probably be prohibited or restricted to certain areas.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Paganism/Earth Religions

Additional Comments

A few residents as of 2011


Sustainability Project, Life Money and Illusion, 7th Generation Initiative