Last updated: August 20, 2009 (6 years ago)

Listing created on: June 14, 2008


(Visby, Gotland, Sweden)

Mission Statement:

VoluntarySimplicity Ecovillage

Community Description:

Suderbyn was established during the summer of 2008 and has had year-round residents since August 2008. The old five-hectare farm is bicycling distance from the World Heritage town of Visby, and walking distance from pristine Baltic Sea beaches, on the Island of Gotland. Suderbyn Cooperative Society plans to establish a large permaculture forest garden on the property and establish a community-built eco-village in its center with local natural materials. For social and ecological reasons we wish to have a high proportion of collective facilities complemented by very simple private housing. We will work towards increased self-sufficiency in energy (solar, wind, and wood) and food. We have chosen to have only dry toilets and natural purification of our greywater.

We hope employment in the village will be possible. The location is excellent for tourist-related businesses such as artisan products, holistic treatments, courses, food-processing, book café, cultural and social centre, and offices and hostel to be located in our “eko-torg,” the former barn. We expect that residents who are not self-employed will have location-independent jobs or seek employment in Visby. Until the ecovillage is built, the old farmhouse serves as a collective for the first 8 to 10 pioneers.

We are at this time seeking contact with others who could help make Suderbyn a vital community with its own unique cultural identity and social cooperation. From the start, we see Suderbyn as part of the global intentional community movement and wish to attract a broad spectrum of people from Sweden and abroad to join us.


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


  • Area: 12.4 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: The Community


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Overnight visitors need to make prior contact to establish availability and details for a visit. Visitors are asked to contribute in work or money to cover their room and board.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We expect all to be interested in individual paths to personal development

    Both public/priv schools used now


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Cooperative Board

    Until now consensus has been possible. We may have to consider have qualified majority decision-making if a vital issue was to arise where consensus could not be reached.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: tbd

    100 000 SEK for full membership

    200 SEK annual fee 2009

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Just starting, will be 50% we hope

    Vegetarian meals based on local organic foodstuffs is the norm

    Mostly vegetarian

    Smoking is restricted to a smoking area outside

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual

Additional Comments

7 km from town centre

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Community Affiliations

Emerald Earth, Damanhur, Federation of Communities, Auroville, Lost Valley Educational Center, Sieben Linden Ecovillage, Svanholm, Torri Superiore Ecovillage

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