Last updated: May 26, 2014 (9 months ago)
Listing created on: July 8, 2011

metasofa artists community

(Tucson, Arizona, United States)

Mission Statement:

Artists community, experiential school, off-grid eco-village, appropriate technology development, alternative media production, resource network support

Community Description:

Design and proposal for support of transcendent creativity…

Cultural diversity with spiritual consciousness is essential – welcoming each other with respect, kindness, learning and understanding. This also includes people of all ages and abilities, and of any economic status.

Living and working together in community is a spiritual practice, where co-operation means with each other… and with guidance from each person’s inspiration (co-operation with spirit, as any artist knows), and then also verified by consensus among members of the community. Depending on viewpoint, there are no leaders, or everyone is a co-leader.

Each person’s time is equally valuable, by definition. Maximum ‘free’ time for healing & creative work. Minimal overhead of all types, including community meetings & chores.

Ecological appropriate technology, and off-grid independence from conventional ‘resources’.

Proposed resident population of 10 to 50, including students, with additional capacity for hundreds of visitors during public events. Non-resident membership is limited by the size of the universe.

Proposed community resources, projects, businesses – theatre & art gallery, restaurant & bakery, greenhouse, gardens & housing around the community.

Proposed experiential ‘non-school’ open educational environment – including music/dance/theatre, media-art production, ecological & appropriate technology, holistic health…

More about the community design at

We’re facilitating Tucson’s community timebank at

For latest news, please see


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: [ hello webmaster :) these notes should be under Social Factors ]

    re Spiritual Traditions – whatever people bring with them, cultural diversity with spiritual consciousness is essential, welcoming each other with respect, kindness, learning and understanding…

    re Education Styles – the community is a school

    also see

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan, Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, at least partially.
  • Location: Rural, Urban, Mobile, Online
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar
  • Additional Comments: We are currently in search of land, or an existing land trust to join.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Close to all income
  • Shared Expenses: Close to all expenses
  • Additional Comments: all contributions of money and labor are voluntary


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, up to 90%
  • Food produced locally: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Mostly Vegan
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: re Dietary Practice – organic vegetarian, vegan, cooked, raw, live, yum yum
    re Alcohol – may be incidental in fermented foods
    re Alcohol Tobacco etc – no drugs
    also see


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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.