Eugene, Oregon, United States

  • Last updated: December 25, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 1, 2004

Mission Statement

The mission of Duma is to demonstrate a more sustainable and fulfilling way of living.

Community Description

Du•má is a close-knit group of seven to nine people living together in a beautiful old home on a quiet residential neighborhood in Eugene just south of the University of Oregon.

People of all ages have lived at Duma–from newborn to seniors. During the day people are typically at work or school and in the evening come together to enjoy vegetarian dinners. We share our living expenses (but not our incomes), nurture our relationships with one another, and share the joys and responsibilities of taking care of our large home.

We have a large lot with an impressive garden that includes fruit trees, berry vines, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. We also have solar panels, a sauna, hot tub, beehive, cob oven, and a chicken coop.

Du•má began as a vision of several people who lived together collectively in the late 1980s. They aspired to buy a home that could be a model of both sustainability and community. The first eight members began living together in 1990. Over the years dozens of people have lived at Du•má–-some for just a few months and others for many years.

One-by-one every room in the house was renovated, windows replaced, and wood floors re-finished. The gravel parking lot in back was removed and replaced with fruit tress, vegetables, and a deck.

Visitors often remark that we are neat, well organized, and accountable to one another. They notice the many little touches that make our home beautiful and notice that we usually get along well with each other. Visitors who share dinner with us comment on our scrumptious meals.

While the founders aspired to have everyone become a co-owner, the responsibility and stamina required to hold a collective vision, nurture community, and be a homeowner was more than most people were able to commit to. Over time, members of the core group moved on to other things and by 2009 only one member of the core group remained.

Du•má is now a unique private/collective hybrid with private ownership and shared day-to-day decisions about food, events, etc. With one owner there’s a clear line of accountability, less work, and shorter meetings, but the trade-off is less group autonomy.

Visitors are welcome to stay on a night-by-night basis for up to 3 nights. Please contact us at least one week in advance to make arrangements.

From time to time we are looking for people to live with us. We have a strong preference for people who will live here for a year or more. If this arrangement appeals to you please be in touch.


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Location: Urban


  • Area: 0.3 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please write or call us at least one week before you wish to visit us.

  • Membership Process:

    Not actively seeking new members (owners), however from time-to-time we seek new housemates.

  • Open to new Members: No


  • Decision Making: See additional comments
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Decisions about day-to-day matters such as chores and our food budget are made by consensus. Decisions related to homeownership are made my the owner.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    Contact us for current information about the monthly expenses.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Internet, Sauna
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: 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, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Shared food is vegetarian however some people are omnivores and eat meat outside the house.

  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Northwest Intentional Communities Association

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].


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