Author: Melanie Rios

Melanie Rios is a permaculture teacher and Executive Director at Lost Valley Center. She is also an activist, gardener, and musician, and has lived in intentional community for 35 years.

Articles by Melanie Rios include:

  • Network for a New Culture Camps (Issue # 142)
  • A ""Wife Swapping"" Adventure (Issue # 137)
  • How to Add Zest to Your Sustainability Education Program (Issue # 147)
  • Sociocracy (Issue # 153)
  • Bringing Home Lessons from Community Living (Issue # 159)

Five Tools to Help Groups Thrive

Posted on December 21, 2016 by

A clearly articulated evolutionary purpose, a welcoming of the whole self, and governance through self-management are keys to collective success.

It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

Posted on September 21, 2015 by

After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.


Posted on December 7, 2011 by

Lost Valley Educational Center avoids collapse and reinvigorates itself by applying a new approach to governance combining the best of diverse models.

How to Add Zest to Your Sustainability Education Program

Posted on June 7, 2010 by

A permaculture teachers hits upon a gold mine of effective methods for enlivening her teaching—by drawing from the principles of permaculture itself.

Network for a New Culture Camps

Posted on March 7, 2009 by

Participants in NFNC’s Summer Camps explore intimacy, transparency, freedom of choice, personal responsibility, sexuality, and new ways of being, teaching, and learning.

A “Wife Swapping” Adventure

Posted on December 7, 2007 by

Can an ecovillage gal live for a week in a mainstream household–with a microwave oven, processed food on paper plates,five SUVs, and six tiny pedigreed show dogs–and make a difference?