metasofa artists community

Last updated: June 13, 2016 (4 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 –

We’re facilitating Tucson’s community timebank –
and the (international) Timebank Knowledge Commons Library –

For current projects and latest news, please see –


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: To be Determined


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Additional Comments: We are currently in search of land, or an existing land trust to join. Currently based in urban Tucson Arizona, ideally to be both urban and rural, and in northern New Mexico and other areas also. Some projects are non-location-specific or mobile.
    also see –


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Currently we do not have overnight accommodations for travelers, but if you’re in the Tucson area, we’d love to meet you and talk with you. Please contact us well in advance by email.
    also see – –
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: membership process similar to FIC & FEC


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Additional Comments: all contributions of money and labor are voluntary as needed
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Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: re Dietary Practice – organic vegetarian, vegan, cooked, raw, live, yum yum
    re Alcohol – may be incidental in fermented foods
    re Alcohol Tobacco TV etc – no drugs
    also see –
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community
  • Expected Healthcare Practices: Consciousness, appreciation, and responsibility for one’s self, and one’s community and environment.
    also see – –
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments: re Common Facilities – some are proposed / planned
    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 –

Additional Comments

More about the community design –

Current projects and latest news –

Timebank Knowledge Commons Library –
Tucson Community Timebank –

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.