Rancho La Salud Village

Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

  • Last updated: December 4, 2017 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 18, 2011

Mission Statement

We are creating an international cohousing community in a village where we are connected to our neighbours; where we are using renewable resources to the fullest extent while enjoying life, and having an adventure while taking care of ourselves. We are living together in harmony, being healthy, exercising and constantly learning from ourselves and others. We are committed to the cultivation of body, mind and spirit in self, culture and nature.

Community Description

A new gated community is being created near Ajijic, Mexico, a sustainable Cohousing village. The Lake Chapala area has long been touted as one of the best retirement places on earth, and now comes a new kind of place to retire, Rancho La Salud Village. This is “community by design” where the residents themselves work together to create their village.
This community will be the first Cohousing community in Mexico, and one of the most comprehensive. It will consist of an international neighborhood of 11 homes, 20 townhomes and 6 residential suites that concentrates on sustainability (total on-site solar energy and water generation, on-site disposal of water and waste, organically growing our own food), health and wellness (following the guidelines established by AARP in the Blue Zone), adult learning and teaching, organic farming and permaculture, aging in place, and longevity. The land is purchased, the common house is built, and the lots are approved. We are ready to move onto the next step, that of forming community with the people who will live here. All residents own their own lot and home and a percentage of the common ground.


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 3.3 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned number of residences: 37
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    11 garden-homes (1,938 sf), 20 townhouses (1,507 sf) and 6 pool suites (1,050 sf) .
    CommonHouse, OrganicOrchard, Conference Center, Spa, Gym, Pool, Cohousing with Staff.
    check our website for our flavor of cohousing in Mexico: www.rancholasaludvillage.com


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Through a set of interviews with current owners we explore each other´s compatibility and determine if the interested person or family is a serious candidate for the Cohousing experience. We explain the Legal, Financial, Social, Ethical and Cultural aspects of living and adapting to Mexico and why/how to create a difference in the world.

  • Additional Comments:

    We train ourselves in Non-Violent Communication (NVC) as a means to achieve consensus (ultimately 66%) in the common management of the village.

    Members follow our Honor Code to fully capture: ET PLURIBUS UNUM, (from many, one).


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Learning curve towards consensus and compassionate governance.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Fees and dues are determined by the Community.
    check our website´s current policy on fees and dues

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Emphasis is on Organic Food.
    Our Multiversity, on-going educational mode,l will contribute in serving the community towards integral healthy life style and issues.
    The Multiversity on-going education will depend on members interests.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Our focus is on a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis. We have a 16 meter lap pool and hydrotherapies (salt water jacuzzi and temascal), assisted care a la carte in owners homes, Multiversity (Ongoing education) and Transformational learning practices of energy medicines.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We are a community by design with members willing and capable to continuously foster Community, Multiversity, Sustainability and Longevity.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Asociacion Mexicana de Asistencia para el Retiro (AMAR), Mexico

Community Affiliations

Lake Chapala Society, Ajijic, Mexico


Longevity, spirituality, multiversity, multigenerational, multicultural