Rhiannon Community

Malchingui, Pedro Moncayo, Ecuador

  • Last updated: January 21, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 3, 2009

Mission Statement

Another World is Possible

Community Description

We are trying to live sustainably through applying permaculture principles, organic farming, grey water and waste recycling, composting toilets, bicycle powered machines, natural building techniques and generating our own electricity with solar panels.

We’ve already planted over 4000 trees and are eating our own vegetables from the garden.

Volunteers work 5 hours per day. In your free time there are many interesting places to visit nearby.

For accommodation we have 2 converted trucks, a yurt, 3 earthbag houses and 4 tipis. We provide sheets and blankets. There is also enough space to camp for those who have their own tent and prefer privacy.

We do yoga, meditation and sweat lodges at various times during the month and we regularly host shamanic ceremonies.

Our community is vegetarian/vegan. Everyone takes turns in cooking and washing up, and all meals are eaten together. Please bring your own snacks as we provide 3 meals per day but not snacks.

We hope to be a place of healing where people can live and work together, in harmony with the environment, and also have the space and time to develop their own skills, dreams, and desires.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.rhiannon-community.org
  • Contact Name: Helen Bicknell & Nicky Rothon
  • Community Address:
    Comuna de Rhiannon
    Barrio San Juan,
    Malchingui, Pedro Moncayo,
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 37.1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 25
  • Planned number of residences: 10
  • Planned Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 25
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    we are interested in long term members, but require them to come short term to begin with


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

    Helen and Nicky are the owners of the land and manage the finances of the community. Community Members have made Rhiannon their permanent home and we work together on a consensus basis regarding big decisions. Longer term members may also be invited to discuss major decisions.
    We meet once per week to discuss issues of importance with the whole community including short term members.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 25
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Volunteers contribute 35-85 dollars per person per month for the first 6 months of stay, after this one becomes a permanent member and no longer contributes financially in this way.

    The contribution is 35-65 dollars per month, exceptions are made for permanent/ long term members on an individual basis

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Smoking is outside only.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Wiccan, Native American
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


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