8th Life EcoVillage Project

La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

  • Last updated: March 3, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: September 30, 2004

Mission Statement

We believe that stopping the destruction, working to build soil, restore ecosystems, heal our addictions, change organizational structures of the global economy & learn to live in community starting locally … are the most important & urgent jobs to do now.

If you are clear for yourself that supporting the transition of our destructive society to a sustainable world is your first priority, you will love this & we are looking for you.

Community Description

8thLife is an EcoVillage project starting in the Canary Islands & a unique opportunity to invest in a healthy future: for you, for your family, for future generations & for all species.
We are repopulating a rural farmstead and establishing a community to do more effective work in facilitating the global and local Transition, and also researching in action, from the basis of Integral Permaculture, what is needed for EcoVillage projects to be truly successful and thrive, and how civilized western humans can create community and the seeds of a new culture.

You can see much more about the project, us and what has been going on here since the beginnings in our website: www.8thlife.org


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Student Housing or Student Co-Op, Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 2 hectares
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues, Lots to build on, Hobbit Domes (built with recycled materials)
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Planned number of residences: 50
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues, Lots to build on, Hobbit Domes (built with recycled materials)
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Community-managed land trust
  • Additional Comments:

    We already have various kinds of buildings in our current land, and are planning to build more light structures with recycled materials in it, and there’s space for tents, caravans, etc.
    Also, with future members we will buy more surrounding properties, which already come with buildings on them that can be retrofitted, so the amount of accommodation will increase to adapt to the population very easily.


  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    If you want to visit us, please see http://en.8thlife.org/when

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    If you’re interested in joining as a resident member, please start by filling our application form http://en.8thlife.org/how/application


  • Decision Making: Distributed leadership and Meritocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Each person here is expected to take a leadership roles in some area, and to be proactive in making sure that whatever needs to happen gets done. At the same time, we all are also expected to ask for help whenever we need it and to take decisions together in the most rational way possible, always having Integral Permaculture as the common basis.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $200
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 7
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    We all contribute to the living expenses from our EcoBusinesses, and expect to be on equal footing by all of us having invested in the land with shares, so we can have as equal responsibilities as possible instead of having some people parenting the others.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: 100%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Gym or sports area, Internet, Many musical instruments
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Crafting a healthy human diet from what this land can offer us sustainably, and also learning how to make edible and palatable whatever is abundant locally
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Leaving the world better than we found it
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    To do whatever makes most sense in each circumstance, and to keep ourselves as healthy as we can so we can better do our work in the world.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Integral Permaculture Academy, EcoEscuelas Network


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