EVO: The Emerald Village in Vista, CA

Vista, California, United States

  • Last updated: December 23, 2016 (5 months ago)
  • Listing created on: January 20, 2014

Mission Statement

The Emerald Village is a chosen family of healers, educators, and creators building space for heart centered community. Our vision is the creation of a home for our members in which everyone contributes, utilizing natural abilities while developing new skills, and sharing the responsibility to maintain the sacred nature of the space. As a group we strive to support each other’s personal, spiritual, and economic growth, to be in service to our greater community, and to be good stewards of our land. We do this because we are passionate about creating a sustainable, conscious environment in which to raise families and deepen our connections with each other, because we believe in the importance of innovation, and because we wish to live a life in which celebration and love are important components of our work.

Community Description

Community Culture Statement and Application Process

The Emerald Village is a multi-generational community whose focus is a practice of living from higher guidance to be of greatest service to ourselves, our families, our greater community and the planet.

We practice the following as part of our personal and spiritual cultivation:
Non-violent/ compassionate communication and radical responsibility
Mindful meditation
Qi gong, yoga, dance and flow arts
Monthly men’s and women’s groups
Regular sweat lodges
Sharing community meals
Regular group process meetings
Land and Animal Care

Those who intend to stay with us should be prepared to participate fully in the aforementioned activities as a part of integrating into the fabric of our lifestyle.

Application Process

For those who are serious about wanting to become a seasonal resident (due to the rigorous nature of living communally- physically, spiritually and emotionally), we have compiled a comprehensive list:

Must be 21 or older (we currently do not have housing for families), no substance abuse or active recovery (min. of 5 years sobriety).
No pets
Complete the online application including $50 application fee (to cover background checks)
2 professional/academic references
Willingness to undergo background check and Livescan
Interview either in person/Skype/Hangout
Attendance at 2 community meals*
Pre-payment of two week trial stay at $375 (includes room, food, laundry, utilities and administration)
Attendance at one of our monthly work days*
Proof of Driver’s License & Car Insurance (if you have vehicle)
Non-violent communication intro*
Attendance at one of the following: sweat lodge, men/women’s group, qi gong/ yoga/ movement class*
*Can occur during trial stay


  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2011
  • Start Living Together: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.theemeraldvillage.com
  • Contact Name: Amy Saloner, Nick Heyming, Jessica Shinners
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2016
    This Community is an FIC Member


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 9 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments:


    4 main structures, several outbuildings


  • Adult Members: 10
  • Child Members: 9
  • Non-member Residents: 15
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visit the website and call or email the contact there prior to visiting. www.emeraldvillage.com/participate

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Accepting seasonal resididents

  • Additional Comments:

    Open-minded and tolerant.


  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    There are ten original founders.

    We have experimented with consensus and resonance but default to majority and are currently developing a Sociocracy model of governance.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 10
  • Additional Comments:

    Everyone contributes a minimum of 10 hours per week toward the operations of the community in garden, animal husbandry, cooking, marketing, management and project based contributions.
    We all buy into a community food purchasing program as well.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • 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)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    3 Community meals a week

    Mostly omnivore, vegetarian and gluten free options.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist, Jewish, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), NuMundo, Tribal Convergence Network

Community Affiliations

EVO: The Emerald Village


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