Rhiannon Community

Last updated: October 29, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: January 3, 2009

Rhiannon Community

(Malchingui, Ecuador)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Helen Bicknell & Nicky Rothon
  • Address:
    Comuna de Rhiannon
    Barrio San Juan,
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Email us at

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    we are interested in long term members, but require them to come short term to begin with

Mission Statement:

Sustainable Organic Vegetarian

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 and a wind turbine.

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

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, 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.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 12
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Yoga every day, regular sweat lodge ceremonies, occasional group meditations, hosting of shamanic ceremonies

    We are open to all traditions but are against prosyletisation

    There is a local primary school 5 minutes walk from the house

Social Factors


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Helen and Nicky as the owners of the project and currently the only permanent members

    Longer term members are often invited to discuss all major decisions with Helen and Nicky

    We meet once per week to discuss issues of importance as a community, but financial decisions are mostly made by Nicky and Helen

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 37.1 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: There is the main house and 2 tipis

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: Volunteers contribute 35-65 dollars per person per month to help the project with basic needs such as food and toilet paper

    25 hours a week

    All volunteers contribute 35-65 dollars each month

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



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegan


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.


  • Additional comments: All meals are communal and individuals cooking for themselves is not permitted

    We grow the majority of our own vegetables!

    Dairy produce is permitted, but rarely provided all other animal or fish products are not permitted on the property

    Smoking is not permitted in bedrooms


Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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


vegetarian, organic farm, volunteer, sustainable

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge