laSenda Ecovilla

Last updated: April 27, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: April 27, 2011

laSenda Ecovilla

(San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2010
  • Start Living Together: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Rick and Barbara Welland
  • Phone: 978-431-7079
  • Address:
    Principle El Batan #12,SMA
    PO Box 61, SMA 37700
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO, 37790
  • Location

Mission Statement:

Sustainable community. We now have large bio-intensive organic growing areas and also a small aquaponics section in our greenhouse. Between these we have a potentially 100% sustainable situation.

Community Description:

LaSenda Ecovilla is a model of an ecologically and socially sustainable community. Located in a beautiful valley beside a river on the 6000’ high central plateau of Mexico, with mild year-round climate, very high solar hours, year-round supply of fresh water, and ample area to grow organic food, laSenda is just 20 minutes from the art and vibrant culture of the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Miguel de Allende. Because San Miguel offers a wide range of healing modalities, laSenda could easily evolve into an Eco-Retreat, since it will be off-grid and self-sufficient.

LaSenda is located along the banks of the Rio Laja in Canyon de Allende, where it widens out into a pleasant valley – with 6 acres of gently sloping land, 200 yards of underground-fed ponds with clear flowing water, a bamboo forest along the edge of the river, and expansive flat land prime for growing organic vegetables and fruit trees.

Aquaponics has been an exciting development for us. We believe that as vegetarians, vegans and pescatarians we can come close to 100% sustainability by solar pumping the nutrient-laden water from our fish pond up to our major growing area and gravity feeding the clean aerated water back in a ‘closed-loop’ win-win system. The water circulates through the protected south-facing bank of growing trays, allowing the plants to grow twice as fast! We have the possibility of achieving a very high level of sustainability, while doing away with many of the major drawbacks of gardening in general.

If sustainable community is beginning to sound good to you in light of the recent disturbing economic and environmental news, then consider laSenda as a possible new direction. We are looking for a few of the right folks that can see our potential for ‘living the good life’. Ideal folks to join with us would be substance, pet, drama/ baggage free and seriously interested in living sustainably in community.

We are living here now with many exciting advancements occurring daily. See our blog for information and to watch our progress.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)


  • Area: 6.5 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: We are working with a Mexican lawyer to design a community-owned situation

    We have 6 living units and a community kitchen and dining room, all in one building complex.

    Our community is based on the ecovillage model.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: If you would like to visit our community, please send us an email with your request. In your request, please tell us some information about yourself and why you are interested in sustainable community. We also encourage you to Skype with us.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: 6 month provisional membership- then if a fit both ways a share can be purchased.


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: We strive for consensus, and use the method of consultation to arrive at decisions.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debts)
  • Additional Comments: Very few hours per month.

    Prospective members first live at laSenda for a 6-month trial lease with subsequent option to buy in via mutual consent. Contact us for detailed information.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Almost All~ up to 90%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All~ up to 90%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Other
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Our aim is to produce close to 100% of our food on-site.

    vegan / vegetarian / pescatarian

    vegan / vegetarian / pescatarian

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

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