Last updated: March 15, 2010 (5 years ago)
Listing created on: June 11, 2007

PAZ Ecovillage

(Terlingua, Texas, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2007  Established: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: PAZ Ecovillage
  • Address:

    Terlingua, Texas, 79852
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please contact

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Permanent Autonomous Zone

Community Description:

A seed is planted in the magical Chihuahuan Desert near the old mining ghost town of Terlingua and located not far from Big Bend National Park, the Rio Grande River, and the border of Mexico.

PAZ Ecovillage is an oasis of biodiversity that represents a Permanent Autonomous Zone, or PAZ, dedicated to self-reliance, self-expression, sustainability, peace, and freedom from the conventional standards of society by utilizing the path of least resistance: the natural environment, conserving its resources, and living with the Earth in cohesion in a consensus-based community.

Our overall intention and creative objectives are directed towards
1. co-creating several sustainable structures;
2. incorporating environmental values and sustainability into the broader community;
3. expanding on the ability to accommodate many diverse groups of people;
4. hosting conferences, retreats, workshops, and educational training sessions on the following aspects of sustainability: permaculture, organic gardening, sustainable living, ecosystems, and renewable technologies like biofuel, wind power, and solar energy. We also plan to promote specific eco-construction training programs on adobe, earthship biotecture, autonomous building, and various other sustainable dwellings.

There will be dedicated areas around the property for outdoor art installations and art showings, as well as a school building, a holistic and naturopathic healing arts center, an events amphitheater for music and dance performances, and an independent travelers’ hostel, all in the planning stages for the near future.


  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Open to All faiths & beliefs or non-belief systems…

    Our intention is to hold educational programs and to eventually build a school…

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Buddhist, Paganism/Earth Religions, Eastern, Roman Catholic, Sufi, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Muslim, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions), Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, at least partially.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 168 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: Our plan is to gain Non-Profit status and donate this project to the NPO…

    Currently there are no structures as of yet, however, our plan is to begin building an Earthship…

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Additional Comments: Equal energy exchange


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • 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 occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: It is in planning for a family style meal every week…
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.