Laytonville Ecovillage

Last updated: January 18, 2015 (10 months ago)

Listing created on: February 22, 2009

Laytonville Ecovillage

(Laytonville, California, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Dan Antonioli
  • Phone: 7070 984-6536
  • Address:
    PO Box 914
    Laytonville, California, 95454
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Email or call us with times you’d like to visit. We’ll host monthly tours starting in April, after which visitors should come expecting to pitch in with help. We’re busy and don’t have time to drop what we’re doing for visitors.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    We don’t currently have a formal membership process. We are a diverse group of renters, developers, work-traders, and prospective buyers.

Mission Statement:

Sustainability and Community.

Community Description:


A semi-rural ecovillage-in-the-making on ten acres of beautiful Northern California land, one mile out of the town of Laytonville. Ten acres have been subdivided into four parcels which allows for the development of new green homes and community space. We partner with the Solar Living Institute ( to host workshops in sustainability.

The vision is to create an “intentional neighborhood” where people live in private homes, next to neighbors they want to live with, and with whom they share community gardens and community structures. One of the visions is to create a “net zero energy” community.

Unlike a lot of rural homesteads, we’re walking distance from town, which lowers our carbon footprint and allows us to be more self-sufficient. Ten acres offers abundant space for agriculture, housing, and workshop space. Cultural diversity and the arts are priorities. 2015 work trade opens in Spring. See website for details.


  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: To each their own.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.)
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Additional Comments: In-coming members and owners will assume leadership roles.

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 10 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar
  • Additional Comments: Similar but zoning won’t allow for clustering. Each parcel can support two single-family homes.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: No



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.


Additional Comments

Neighborhood Scale. Net zero-energy future. Permaculture inspired. Private dwellings within a community setting.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

611 Ecovillage

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