Familia Feliz (ESP1)

Cervera del Maestre, Castellon, Spain

  • Last updated: November 27, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 12, 2014

Mission Statement

One main mission is to create a contemporary version of community structure, which implies sustainability, international exchange (we speak Spanish, English, German, French) and socio-cultural projects like our colour garden (featured by UNESCO) and several activities around art. The focus also is on establishing ways of self-supply (bio garden, fruit farming).

Community Description

Familia Feliz is a decentralized living community with shared economy. Decentralized means those people live together who want to do so. The community does not dictate where a member should live or that all members have to live in one place at all times. Instead, it is part of the concept of Familia Feliz to live in different countries and different places. We start in Spain and Germany as these are the countries we already live and call our homes. Our community life is based on a shared economy, decisions by consensus, veto for each and solidarity with each member. We respect and develop private property and focus on life in peace and freedom.

Familia Feliz is organized in units. A unit can be a working unit like “bio garden” or a company run by members, as well as a a home unit, a group of members living in one house.


  • 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, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 8 hectares
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 8
  • Planned number of residences: 64
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Part of our concept is, to establish a “powerless community” with powerful members. Property as an interface to the classical society and economy is part of our goals. A powerful member is someone who has her/his own property and is probably economical independent from the community. Therefor she / he is member because she / he like and no, because she / he need…

    Actually the group around the spanish homeunit is growing. We have now 3 home units in the vilage of Cervera del Maestre.


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Chose the country and apply for a visit via www.familiafeliz.eu.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    1. info day
    2. 2 workshops (we do NOT take money for workshop, only for accommodation!!).
    3. volunteer/candidate year
    4. final decision among all members (plenum)


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

    We published our charta online. You could download the final draft following http://www.familiafeliz.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/AC-final-draft-2017-01-09.pdf ( www.familiafeliz.eu > service > documents > final draft


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    The main economic principle of our community can be described as “making gifts”. Every member offers power, money and ressources to make contributions. But they decide for themselves on every single occasion how much they can or are willing to contribute or donate. So there is no rule to exchange this for that, no comparison in value of any gift between members. And there is no “right to take” or “fee to contribute”.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Hydro-Electric, Biomass, Geothermal
  • 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: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: No
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We have no rules for diet or alcohol or tobacco, its up to each member. We try to use the given form here carefully, but it seems that a DECENTRALIZED living community does not fit in the pattern… We eat together, but mostly in the home units (subgroups). The members are living in different European countries…

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

The community offers guest accommodation. We run artist residences with a lot of cultural activities. Check out the homepage and apply for detailed information.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Community Affiliations

www.el-drac.org (community of artists), www.sevengardens.org (community of dye gardens)


europe, art, gardening, permaculture, education, dye, culture