Plenitude Ecovillage

Last updated: January 21, 2016 (9 months ago)

Listing created on: December 6, 2011

Plenitude Ecovillage

(Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States)

Mission Statement:

Sustainable Living Off Grid

Community Description:

Plenitude Ecovillage goal is to establish a community with a foundation or mantra found in the book ‘Plenitude’ by Juliet Schor. A community that will build social capital, become and teach self-reliance and balance work and life. Sustainability is the core value as with most ecovillages but also a desire to build alliances with the community outside Plenitude. The area currently to establish the Ecovillage as a sub community within the Ecovillage Dancing Rabbit.

Establishing an internal and external economy focusing on ‘green’ economy skills and tradesman skills.
The population goal is 50 permanent villagers with additional interns and visitors calling Plenitude and Dancing Rabbit home.
If interested in building a home, life and community contact us or Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage to begin the adventure.
We wish to start having meetings once a month to share information and share with other like-minded individuals.

Join us for the MREA fair in June. If you need a ride from Madison we have a space for two and will allow second tent on our site next to the MREA fair….cheers


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 325 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Planned number of residences: 15
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-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: Land Trust
  • Additional Comments: Locating to Dancing Rabbit, which has numerous homes already established and approximatley 90 full time villagers


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: If interested in joining contact Joseph Rothschild by email
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Contact Dancing Rabbit and read about their Visitor Program and on how to become a member
  • Additional Comments: Parental choice – home school and there is a quasi school program on the Ecovillage and public school option with bus transportation.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Income sharing group(s) accepted as part of the community

    Membership can be earned by internships and community hours worked

    No fee at this time until the community is formed

    Annual dues will be between 0.25% and 0.75% of gross income or through community hours worked

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Biomass, Biofuel
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Dancing Rabbit

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