Laytonville Ecovillage

Last updated: February 9, 2016 (1 day ago)

Listing created on: February 22, 2009

Laytonville Ecovillage

(Laytonville, California, United States)

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.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 10 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: Similar but zoning won’t allow for clustering. Each parcel can support two single-family homes.


  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: 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.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: We don’t currently have a formal membership process. We are a diverse group of renters, developers, work-traders, and prospective buyers.
  • Additional Comments: To each their own.


  • Decision Making: Forming
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Additional Comments: In-coming members and owners will assume leadership roles.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling

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