Collectif Creatif du Castellas

Besseges, France

  • Last updated: June 23, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: June 6, 2010

Mission Statement

Community in village, France

Community Description

Our community is five years old with 3 adults. It was founded March 2012. There are openings for 10 to 15 members.

We have purchased a huge building in Besseges, France (Gard), have begun the first phase of renovation and have started our veggie garden. We have bees and 10 chickens. We have also started an artist residency and our cantine is open for organic, vegetarian noon meals for the public.

We have weekly work days and organizational meetings every weeks based on consensus.

Our community offers living and work space for permanent members or only work space for members living in the area.

We have a sewing workshop, metal/wood workshop and a forge is being developed. We are searching for ideas to have cottage industries.

Private quarters will remain small and the community spaces will include a kitchen, a laundry room, bathrooms, library, two multi purpose spaces for exhibits,workshops meetings, theatre, concerts, office space for the association…

The founding members have created an association which owns the building.

Permanent members loan money to the association while living and working within the community. If they decide to leave they will be reimbursed without interest after leaving.

Supporting members also loan money which enables us to auto finance the renovation. But we will also be looking for various subsidies. We have been able to purchase the building with membership loans so far. We do not intend to use bank loans.

Permanent and active members pay a monthly contribution to the association to cover expenses : food, water, electricity, insurance, taxes …
And of course we renovate ecologically : wood burning furnace, solar, natural insulation…

For more information please consult our site (in French). If you are interested in our project please e-mail [email protected]

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Small Town or Village

Housing

  • Area: 0.5 hectares
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 15
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    0,4 hectare

    Propriété publique ou propriété de la communuaté ou d’une structure juridique ayant de nombreux actionnaires de soutien, ou autre …

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us by e-mail or phone.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Coopting through consensus of members after trial visiting of a week, a month, three months then a year.

  • Additional Comments:

    Mind fulness = Présence dans le moment.

    Humanisme universel

    Le mieux serrait que l’education soit assumé par le groupe mais cela reste de la responsabilité des parents

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $200
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 15

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: 100%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We will purchase land in the future for food growing

  • Healthcare Options: Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Keywords

co-housing/community, ecology, partnerships with local associations, greenbuilding, social threefold