Below is information on ecovillages where feminism is a core value. There is also a list of resources for finding wimmin’s lands around the country. Many are open to all women, and some only to lesbians. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or need more information.
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, living in harmony with the earth is the heart and soul of our community. The members at Dancing Rabbit adhere to six ecological covenants including a commitment to living without a personal vehicle, organic gardening practices, producing electricity from sustainable sources, using reclaimed and bio-regional lumber, and adhering to waste disposal systems that reclaim organic and recyclable materials. We live, work, and play together, with cooperation and feminism as two of our basic principles. We strive to communicate with each other from the heart, listening with open minds.
We currently have about 70 members ranging from babyhood through elderhood. Although Dancing Rabbit is still a small community in the pioneering stage, we call ourselves an ecovillage because our goal is to grow to be a self-reliant town of 500 to 1000 residents who are committed to radical environmental sustainability. In addition to members, work exchangers and visitors live here as well. We take pride in stewarding our 280 beautiful acres of rolling hills, streams, prairies, and woods.
We are actively seeking new members. If you’re looking for a nurturing home where you can live more sustainably and make a difference in the world, come visit us – help make our ecovillage grow!
Mailing address: Dancing Rabbit,1 Dancing Rabbit Lane, Rutledge, MO 63563
E-mail: through contact form at http://www.dancingrabbit.org/contact-dancing-rabbit/ (preferred) or directly at [email protected].
Earthaven was founded as an intentional ecovillage in 1994 and established on 329 forested acres in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, about 40 minutes southeast of Asheville. Here, amid some of the most diverse plant life in the world, with flowing creeks and fresh mountain springs, live around 50 brave and adventurous souls, dedicated to broad cultural transformation.
We have staked our time and assets on the importance of providing living examples of sustainable, regenerative eco-spiritual culture. In our brief history, we have accomplished the first stages of learning and demonstrating natural building techniques, appropriate technologies, permaculture gardening and forestry, and consensus decision making.
Healthy, multicultural, economically viable, spiritually diverse, ecologically responsible- this is the vision that calls us forward into the new millennium.
Tours, work exchanges, internships, membership opportunities, educational programs and more are available. You can sign up for our e-newsletter on the website as well.
Is there a place where people are working to create an alternative culture?
Where I can live with diverse and interesting people?
Where I can feel comfortable walking home at night?
Is there a place
where i can choose my own work?
Where i don’t have to worry about bills
or hassle with commuting to work?
There is such a place, and you could live there.
Twin Oaks is one of the oldest, largest ecovillages in the US. We are 100 people income-sharing on 450 acres in rural Virginia. Since the community’s beginning in 1967, our way of life has reflected our values of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, feminism, equality, and ecology.
We grow much of our own food, run several community-owned businesses and don’t use money internally. We offer a wide range of work including gardening, construction, making tofu and hammocks, indexing books and more. We enjoy a flexible work schedule and people of all ages live here. We live sustainably by sharing resources in an environment that is safe for people of all ages, genders and sexual orientations. Twin Oaks is a secular community which has no rigid dogma and embraces diversity.
SuBAMUH Womyn’s Land Trust
This womyn’s intentional living and educational community is known by the initials formed from its very long name ‘Susan B Anthony Memorial Unrest Home’, pronounced Suh Bam’ Uh.
It has three purposes:
- Provide feminist and ecological education for womyn, workshops, special events and skills education.
- Offer scenic and economical space for womyn to live or stay short term, exploring membership and full residential membership.
- Make available safe rest and recreation space for womyn, camping for individuals and group events, day use of land, retreats, swimming pond, hiking trails.
The Susan B. Anthony Memorial Unrest Home Womyn’s Land Trust is a 151-acre womyn’s intentional living and educational community in rural Athens County, Ohio. The trust is a non-profit corporation governed by a board of nine womyn, most of whom do not live on the land.
Resources for Wimmin’s Lands
Shewolf’s Directory of Wimmin’s Lands and Lesbian Communities contains the philosophies and contact information of over 100 wimmin’s settlements and gathering places in the USA (mostly), Canada, Scotland, France, Australia, Sweden, West Wales, and New Zealand.
Price per copy: within the U.S. $16; Canada $20 USA currency; elsewhere $25 USA currency
Mail check to: Wimmin’s Land Directory, P.O. Box 1515, Melrose, Florida 32666. Make check to out to JRB. Your book will be mailed to you the next day and should arrive in 3 to 5 days.
email: [email protected]
Maize- A Lesbian Country Magazine is a great networking resource for wimmin living on land or wimmin looking to visit lands, and has a directory in each issue of wimmin’s lands.
Yearly subscriptions: in USA, $25/$15 low income; Canada $30/$25 USA currency; International $40/$30 USA currency. Contributing more is helpful. Maize is always “send whatever you can when and if you can.” 4 issues a year. Send subscription payment check made out to to Maize/Woman, Earth & Spirit.
Mailing address: PO Box 130, Serafina, NM 87569
E-mail: [email protected]
Lesbian Connection Magazine sometimes lists “Women and the Land” information. While LC is free to lesbians, they do have a suggested donation of $42/year- more if you can, less if you can’t. To start receiving LC, email [email protected] with your full name and complete (snail mail) mailing address.
If you prefer to sign up through the postal system, send your request with your full name and mailing address and donation check to: Elsie Publishing Institute, PO Box 811, East Lansing, MI 48826
You can also find updated information at the Fellowship for Intentional Community’s website by searching for keywords like “lesbian” “women” etc.