Rainbow Cottage

Last updated: February 1, 2016 (8 months ago)

Listing created on: August 19, 2009

Rainbow Cottage

(Phoenix, Arizona, United States)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 2007
  • Start Living Together: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Contact Name: Brian

Mission Statement:

sustainable urban living

Community Description:

Rainbow Cottage consists of progressive, open-minded individuals who love Nature, and who wish live a sustainable, simple, life-style in an urban area. Former experience in sustainable living and/or Permaculture a plus but not necessary. Although all the amenities of city life are readily available, the small garden creates an oasis of greenery for those seeking a slower, more balanced pace of life.
The small 1948 brick house has been made more energy efficient with insulation, dual-pane windows, and solar tubes. There are two bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a living room, dining room and a kitchen. In the garden is a gazebo with a sitting and eating area, washing machine, and outdoor shower used warmer weather. Limited camping space for one or two people is available in the garden for short-term visitors. An extended community of non-residential members is also encouraged.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Urban


  • Area: 0.3 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: First email
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: 1) getting to know you via email and then phone, followed by an interview in person, then short visit.
  • Additional Comments: Quaker, Earth Religions, Native American, Buddhist


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 4
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Outbuilding(s), Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Tobacco allowed toward back of yard; prohibited in or near the house.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • 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


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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.