Dry Gulch Ecovillage

Denver, Colorado, United States

  • Last updated: August 18, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: June 1, 2018

Mission Statement

Dry Gulch Ecovillage teaches individual responsibility for self, society, and nature via the School of Intentioneering.

Community Description

The Dry Gulch Ecovillage began in 2014 with the intent to grow a cooperative and ecological urban community. While many people have come and gone, a few have stayed, creating a partial income-sharing core-group. While our transient residents are less involved, we hope to eventually have all our rooms occupied by people who affirm their participation in the Dry Gulch Ecovillage. Our partial income-sharing results in a class-harmony cofamily, creating an urban community while planning two rural ecovillages, a community land trust and a land cooperative, providing options for living increasingly ecological lifestyles.

The Dry Gulch Ecovillage is home to an educational initiative called the School of Intentioneering, presenting and explaining the intentional communities movement of gifting and sharing cultures via print and soon also video media.

Other Dry Gulch initiatives include the Utopia Writer’s Guild for collaborative media productions, and Partnership Spirituality evolving patriarchal religions toward egalitarian religion, incorporating women’s spirituality by deifying Mary of Magdala the same way as was Jesus of Nazareth, by simply saying it is so, then for believers, so it is!

The School of Intentioneering affirms 2027 as a convergence year of two-millennia of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, and of two centuries since the invention of the term “socialism,” first printed in the Owenite journal “The London Cooperative Magazine” of 1827. 19th and 20th century Christian Socialism evolves in the 21st century into Partnership Spirituality, affirming class-harmony community as Jesus taught and as the Owenite communities practiced, opposed to the class-conflict of Marxist communism. Partnership Spirituality affirms the “co-family” of 3-to-9 unrelated adults with or without children, different from single-parent, nuclear, and extended families.

Dry Gulch initiatives support people in designing and enjoying the cooperative-ecological lifestyle of their choice.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Planned number of residences: 0
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    If you are interested in visiting please send a letter or email of introduction presenting your interest in community, and we will let you know our current and expected openings.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 11-20%
  • Percent Men: 81-90%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes

Government

  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Members have individual finances. Rents vary depending upon the space.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: 0%, or close to 0%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Workshop, Fire pit
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

In our current urban location in the West Denver Barrio we have improved the energy efficiency, safety, convenience, and attractiveness of our four-unit building, planning to turn more of our lawns to gardens, and to install a solar-power generation system. We are two blocks from an elementary school, one block from a bicycle trail to downtown, and four blocks from two different light-rail commuter stations.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA), Westwood Food Cooperative

Community Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network North America; Fellowship for Intentional Community

Keywords

class-harmony community, ecovillage, cofamily