Living Roots Ecovillage

Last updated: August 2, 2015 (3 months ago)

Listing created on: May 8, 2011

Living Roots Ecovillage

(French Lick, Indiana, United States)

Mission Statement:

Art – Centered Permaculture

Community Description:

Mission Statement:

We are creating an intentional, sustainable, and integrated community. We support each other in fostering physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well being through conscious entrepreneurship and art-centered permaculture design, which includes building, food, energy, education, and wellness systems.

We welcome those who are inspired to collaborate and create this collective vision!

Ecovillage Intentions
The following are a very basic list of what we are in the process of creating. For a more details please check out the Goals page on our website.

-Land-we own a beautiful 75 acre farm outside of French Lick which we are developing with permaculture design principles. The property has a small house and several barns and workshop spaces, lots of fenced pasture, a pond, and a spring. We have started building our 1st three cabins for visiting members and we plan to build 3 more in the Spring. Our long-term goals for development include:
—Shared community space including community center, workshop/art studio, campground, and community land
—Support Individual Businesses through availability of low-cost rental space in the form of offices, farm, workshop or retreat center
—Individual homes on community land
—Create rituals such as meditation, solstice/equinox gatherings, drum circles, shared meals and traditional holidays.

Community Agreements

We believe that good communication is essential for a thriving community. For this reason we have developed written community agreements for our EcoVillage. The following is a brief synopsis of our agreements:

– Decision Making by consensus
– Monthly Meetings
– Non-violent communication

Membership Levels & Fees:
– Visiting-varies based on housing $150-$300/month
– Provisional-$1000 join fee and $300/month
– Full-$5000 join fee ($1000 Provisional Membership + $4000) and $300/month
– Supporting-$200 lifetime or 8 work hours per month

Work Requirements:8 hours per wk

Children or Dependents of full members are extended the benefits of membership without additional cost to the parent/s. Parent/s and/or guardian/s maintain overall responsibility for their children.
Land Development and Building Guidelines designed to make a small footprint on the environment and will be approved by consensus of EcoVillage.
No smoking, illegal drugs or excessive alcohol in community space
Fishing and Conscious Animal Farming may be permitted with Consensus of EcoVillage


  • Adult Members: 18
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Open spiritually, members are supported in individual spiritual practices. Opportunity for spiritual practice within community based on member interests.

    we are open to all spiritual traditions

    planned home school cooperative using Waldorf foundation; public school also available locally

Social Factors

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


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.)
  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Founding Members and Leadership Team

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 75 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 7
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 25-50%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Biomass

Labor and Money

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


  • Required Labor Contribution: 8


  • Join Fee: 5000
  • Regular Fee: 300
  • Additional Comments: working toward vertical integration and self reliance

    minimum 8 work hours per week

    $1000 prospective member fee plus $4000 full member join fee

    $300/month which entitles member to lease on a plot of land



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%


  • Planned food produced: Almost All, up to 90%


  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


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


  • Additional comments: in privacy of own home



Indiana ecovillage, Indiana organic farming, Indiana community

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