Hobbitstee (De)

Wapserveen, Drenthe, Netherlands

  • Last updated: January 22, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

We live together as a group, focus on personal growth, organic gardening, local and simple living, sustainability.

Community Description

Community De Hobbitstee, in the Netherlands, was founded in 1969, so it already has existed for 45 years. The desires to change society, to stimulate personal growth, to get rid of bourgeois mentality were important aims for the initiators in the late 1960s. Times change, just as people do, and their social environment changes.

But the primal ideas of seeking love, harmony, and simplicity are still the drives, the wells from which present inhabitants draw their energy to form and re-form daily community life and our relation toward society. Besides the promotion of organic/biological agriculture, we organize volunteer days, have a small scale bakery, a campsite, a teepee, sweatlodge area and a couple of tiny houses for guests to stay.

We have plans for a new sustainable house where 2 of our families are going to live.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership


  • Adult Members: 11
  • Child Members: 7
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    First contact us by letter, phone or email.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Landscape. garden and building maintenance one collective day a month

    A fixed amount every month for public services and maintenance

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Workshop, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Recreational vehicles, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    most of us are vegetarian

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


Organic gardening, personal growth, sustainability