Aldeia Coletivo de Familias

Itacare, Bahia, Brazil

  • Last updated: January 26, 2017 (4 months ago)
  • Listing created on: February 13, 2013

Mission Statement

Our goal is to create a space where we as individuals, and we as families, can flourish, where physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth is fostered and encouraged.
We do not follow any one path, any one school of thought, but rather, try to maintain an open space where each individual can express him or herself in his or her own unique way, and grow in his or her unique direction

Community Description

We are a group of friends and families attempting to live together, and in harmony with nature. We believe in having a relationship with the land we live on.
We believe in community, in the sharing of resources, skills and ideas. Each member of our community has a skill to teach and a perspective to share, but we more than anything else, seek to be students; students of nature, of our common history, and of community living.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 83.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 15
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    All of our members have contributed with a share of the land, and we seek people to join that are willing to commit to this arrangement.

    We have a communal kitchen for guests, volunteers and collective gatherings, but our members live in separated houses.


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 10
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    If you are interested in visiting Aldeia, please get in touch with us by email.

    We are happy to welcome visitors, but since we have limited space, we need to organize visits in advance.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We all have our own sense of spirituality, but we don’t follow any religion nor engage in frequent spiritual practices. But we are open for people who believe in positive vibrations in general.

    We don’t want to be associated with any specific spiritual tradition, but we are open for all of them.

    Unschooling, Free Schooling, Active Education and Life Learning.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 25
  • Additional Comments:

    We do share costs and also create projects together.

    We don’t work with a specific timetable, but we expect members to engage in communal activities.

    We don’t charge a fee for joining, but we do expect members to share costs and work.

    We have communal expenses that are shared fairly and equally.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Vehicle Share, Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • 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)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Our goal is to increase the amount of food we grow for our own consumption.

    We believe every person is able to chose their own dietary practices, but we do encourage healthy diets that may or may not include meat, milk and eggs.

    We neither encourage nor discourage alcohol use.

    Non of us use tobacco as an habit, but we don’t believe in strict prohibitions.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


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