Fiopa Community/Fiopa Consensus Collective

Mahalia, California, United States

  • Last updated: February 13, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: October 23, 2013

Mission Statement

consensus, communication, non-violence

Community Description

We are Fiopa Consensus Collective, aka C.T. Lawrence Butler and Wren Tuatha. we are seeking to add members to our residential collective who will learn Value-Based Consensus and join us in our work as consultants to the Intentional Communities movement.

We plan to establish a consensus institute that will be an Intentional Community for both educators and students of Value-Based Consensus and consensus (cooperative) culture generally.

We’re currently located in a log cabin on some land near Chico, California.

Our collective is income-sharing and vegetarian. We’re currently 2 adults, 3 dogs, a cat and several brush goats.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2013
  • Start Living Together: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Contact Name: Wren Tuatha
  • Phone: 410-458-2310
  • Community Address:
    13616 Nimshew Road
    Mahalia, California, 95954
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 40 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: currently renting; seeking land for land trust


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email well in advance.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    First visit, then fill out an application. We have a 1 year provisional membership period.


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

    Value-Based Consensus, from On Conflict and Consensus, by C.T. Lawrence Butler


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 15
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • 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 Vegan
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    vegan, ovo-lacto vegetarian

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

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC)


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