Lanark Ecovillage

Last updated: February 23, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: September 16, 2011

Lanark Ecovillage

(Lanark, Ontario, Canada)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2010
  • Start Living Together: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Lanark Eco-Village
  • Address:
    2799 McDonalds Corners Rd.
    Lanark, Ontario, K0G 1K0
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact Mike: sustain5(at)

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

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.

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


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Some consensus around earth-centred spirituality and ethics. Not clearly defined

    Not applicable yet

Social Factors

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


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Based on those consistently active.


Land and Buildings

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

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • 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



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Additional 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.


Additional Comments

A few residents as of 2011


Sustainability Project, Life Money and Illusion

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge