Rancho Sol y Mar

Mayto, Jalisco, Mexico

  • Last updated: November 1, 2016 (6 months ago)
  • Listing created on: June 25, 2013

Mission Statement

EcoVillage + Educational Center

Community Description

Rancho Sol y Mar is a working ranch and Permaculture based education center, located on one of the most beautiful, pristine, beaches in Mexico (on the Pacific coast near Puerto Vallarta). At RSM (Rancho Sol y Mar) we use the power of the sun to create electricity, heat, pump and recycle water, run electric fencing, as well as cooking and dehydrating the organic foods we grow! We have chickens, horses, mischievous burros, and a rollicking herd of happy goats from which we produce artisanal cheeses. We build with adobe, compressed earthblock, stone, and other natural, locally sourced building materials. We also have a terrific relations with the local community with many options for cultural exchange. RSM has various levels for involvement from workshops & retreats, to experiential educational programs, to ocean view lot purchase with communal agricultural land.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2010
  • Start Living Together: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://www.ranchosolymar.com
  • Contact Name: Dan & Holly
  • Phone: 52-1-322-104-9576
  • Community Address:
    Calle Estrella
    Mayto, Jalisco, 04800
  • Location


  • Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 100 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Planned number of residences: 6
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Currently constructed accommodations for 3 families.


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please provide at least 24hrs notice for tours. Guest stays require reservation and pre-payment.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Application for apprenticeships or other openings are available at our website “Opportunities” page. Write us with additional specifics if you would like to become involved but do not fit the opportunities currently on offer. One year of involvement with our project is required before you can be considered for a lot purchase or other permanent affiliation.

  • Additional Comments:

    Yoga & Meditation. Nothing mandatory

    Respectful of all


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


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

    We have various options for contributing to the general ranch account, some involve work share, however some means of financial self sufficiency, including sufficient resources to cover potential health care & emergencies, is required.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • 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), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist, Sufi, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Agnostic, Humanist, Paganism/Earth Religions
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA)


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