Arca Verde, Ecovila e Instituto

Sao Francisco de Paula, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

  • Last updated: March 1, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 24, 2011

Mission Statement

Permaculture, community values and deep ecology

Community Description

The Instituto Arca Verde was fouded in 2005 by a group of people with a common vision, and since then have build one of the strongest ecovillage in south Brazil. It’s a collective experience of a complete different way of living, that is still developing coerently in accordance with the local environment.

Is part of our vision working with all principles of permaculture, agroforestry, bioconstruction, conscious consumption, social tools as forum and non-violent communication, local economy with our own currency, empowerment and consense, libertary education, deep ecology, alltogether in a relaxed and harmonious social environment.

We have no leaders or spiritual guides. In these way we care about a more horizontal and human scale commmunity, open to diversity and conflict, as part of life. Not contradicting that, there is leadership in some way, as everyone is good in something. And we do make rituals and spiritual celebrations, aiming to connect with nature/cosmos, with others and with oneself, but without dogmas.

At the moment we work all in the community, sharing food, infrastructure and a good time togheter. The economy is partially shared, that mean that part of the income goes to the community, for food and materials, and part goes for the individuals, as they work there. Still our main income is through workshops, visitors and sells, but we aim to diversify more the economic projects, both for community and individuals.

The community area is divided in comunal area and “private” area, that mean, each member of the association can buy and have a piece of land to build house, grow food and have private life, according to our vision and principles. But the owner is the association.

We offer courses and accept visitors and volunteers. See in our website


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 61.8 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 16
  • Planned number of residences: 20
  • Planned Residence Types: Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    Members can purchase part of the land for the right to build on it.


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact per phone or e-mail

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    FIRST STEP: be as visitor or volunteer for a period of more than 1 month, than apply for the membership, first as colaborator member. The new member pays a membership fee and start to participate slowly.
    SECOND STEP: approximately after 6 month of integration process, the community can integrate the new member as effective associate, who now can participate in all levels, decide together and purchase part of the land and build a house.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    collective work at the mornings

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric, Biofuel
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    meat at private houses only

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community, Public Schooling

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), CASA


permaculture, community, deep ecology, consense, ecovillage, Brazil