Last updated: March 13, 2010 (4 years ago)
Listing created on: January 26, 2009

Sundog Ecovillage

(Potomac, Montana, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2003  Established: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://sundogecovillage.org
  • Contact Name: Penelope Baquero
  • Phone: 406.244-2247
  • Address:
    1090 Mecate Lane
    Potomac, Montana, 59823
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    On the first Sunday of each month between 3.00pm and 8.00pm Sundog is open to people interested in learning about, and/or hanging out with, Sundog, its members and friends. Please RSVP (406) 244-2247
    Outside of this time, and depending on available space and time, Sundog is happy to welcome anyone interested in learning about ecovillages and about Sundog. Anyone wanting to visit Sundog and/or to stay overnight needs to make a reservation, preferably in writing or by email, to Penelope Baquero at sundogecovillageATgmailDOTcom.
    Anyone interested in staying for a period of time at Sundog should read our Volunteer and Intern Policy document available on the web site.

    What do I need to bring?
    We ask that all guests planning to spend a night or more at Sundog bring their own
    camping and sleeping equipment, their own food and suggetst a donation of
    $5.00 per night to defray costs. Children can stay free.

    What facilities do you have?
    We have a beautiful un-serviced campsite for tents, and a community house. We also
    have roadways and spaces in front of the house and shop where camper vans and cars should be parked. Vehicles are not permitted in the camping area. On rare occasions guests can be accommodated in the house.

    All guests are welcome to use the bathroom on the top floor for a maximum of .5 hours
    once a day between the hours of 7.00am and 9.00pm.

    All guests are also welcome to join Sundoggers for the main daily meal which happens in the evening… if they are willing to bring food, help prepare it and help clean up after.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    All ages welcome

Mission Statement:

Ecovillage community

Community Description:

In September 2008, Sundog Ecovillage members purchased 40 acres of beautiful land in Montana, 30 minutes east of Missoula, in the Potomac Valley. There are presently seven founding members, and we are actively seeking additional people of all ages to join us in creating a village-based culture that heals, serves, and celebrates humanity and the planet.

There is an existing house and large shop on the property, and we plan a number of family units. The process for exploring membership, as well as information on costs, is available on our website.

We have worked for over four years to find and buy this property together, and we are excited to say that we have not only bought land, but have the organizational structures and decision-making processes in place for growth and the realization of our dream. We look forward to hearing from you.

Population

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Child Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We do not discriminate based on religion, race, gender, ethnic background or sexual preference.

    To be created!

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Buddhist, Paganism/Earth Religions

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Anyone completing the membership process becomes a core member with equal decision-making responsibility.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 40 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: The land and community infrastructure are owned by a corporation which is in turn owned by the full members.

    1 existing home, projecting an unknown number of units.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: See our financial structure document on our web site.

    See our web site for financial policy.

Diet

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: We plan to grow much of our food as soon as possible.

    We have no members who smoke, and smoking is not allowed in community buildings.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Keywords

Montana west Missoula

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.