Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador

  • Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: May 27, 2015

Mission Statement

Our focus is to create an environment where human beings can THRIVE. Food forests, arts & entertainment, happiness and rainbows. we are exploring, living in freedom and love.

Nuestro objetivo es crear un ambiente en donde los seres humanos puedan prosperar. Bosques de alimentos, artes y entretenimiento, la felicidad y el arco iris. exploramos viviendo en libertad y amor.

Community Description

Welcome to Ecoaldea Chambalabamba, a space community development experience. You can spend time participating in the volunteer program that includes organic garden management-permaculture, agroforestry implementation, bioconstruction of natural buildings, art workshops, making crafts, creative projects, alternative schoolhouse, carpentry, vegetarian cuisine, hatha yoga, jewelry, etc. You can also experience the dynamic organization of the living cell, in which we are creating a caring and sustainable culture. Living near each other, cooperate and share resources so that we can live more lightly and joyfully on earth.
We are currently under construction and development of homes, gardens and educational projects, which daily physical effort is conducted and intellectual and spiritual work, where you’ll find a balance for a fuller life.
We will wait for you!!!

[email protected] a Ecoaldea Chambalabamba, un espacio de experiencia comunitaria en desarrollo. Aquí puedes pasar un tiempo participando del programa de voluntariado que incluye, manejo de huerta orgánica, implantación agroforestal, bioconstrucción, talleres de arte, elaboración de productos artesanales, proyectos creativos, escuelita alternativa, carpintería, cocina vegetariana, hatha yoga, joyería, etc. También podrás experimentar la dinámica de organización de esta célula viva, en la que estamos creando una cultura afectuosa y sostenible. Viviendo cercanos entre nosotros, cooperando y compartiendo recursos para que podamos vivir más ligera y alegremente en la tierra.
Actualmente estamos en proceso de construcción y desarrollo de viviendas, huertas y proyectos educativos, por lo cual diariamente se realizan trabajos de esfuerzo físico, como también trabajo intelectual y espiritual, en donde podrás encontrar un equilibrio para desarrollar una vida plena.
Te esperamos!!!


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 16 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 12
  • Planned number of residences: 29
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Volunteer house with kitchen and dining room. Clothes washing machine, hot showers. we are always constructing new homes for members, usually bioconstruction. we have also 6 teepees, all with internet, water, and electricity, and one yurt.


  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 10
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please email for a visit! For better integration and learning, we suggest a stay with us for a period of one month as long as there is harmony between the two sides. After a month of residence, if you intend to remain, a meeting will decide on the matter to be, with a limit of 3 months time spent here. We are also open to the possibility of new residents — families with children, couples and singles.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    volunteer initially for one month or more, then if it feels right on both sides, one can become a member. we are mostly a latino community of artists, so its good to speak spanish and have artistic or other kinds of skills.

  • Additional Comments:

    we all agree to live by 3 principles: harmony, unity, and personal integrity


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

    we are a living example of anarchy. that is, consensus decision making process, all are equal, no rules, only agreements, self organizing.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
  • Additional Comments:

    we are looking for ways for the community to make money, like retreats, workshops, festivals, concerts, growing spiralina, making things in our wood and metal shop. if anyone reading this can help bring people here for a 10 day retreat, please contact us. and also, people currently must spend about $20 per week for us to buy food at the market.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • 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 Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Raw or Mostly Raw
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    As a volunteer, we ask that you provide $ 20 weekly or $60 in case you stay one month. This gives you
    Delicious vegetarian lunches from Monday to Friday. Oats, brown sugar and whole wheat flour for your breakfast and snacks.
    You are welcome to harvest food from the land at any time.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Hare Krishna
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

This is a family space, where we hold a quiet and peaceful life in harmony with nature and purity. We ask you to please respect this harmony and not engage in activities that are at odds with our lifestyle, always in consultation with residents before deciding to take initiative in other projects or events.

Este es un espacio familiar, en donde se lleva a cabo una vida tranquila y silenciosa en armonía con la naturaleza y su pureza. Pedimos por favor respetar esta armonía y no realizar actividades que van en desacuerdo con nuestro estilo de vida, consultando siempre con los residentes antes de decidir tomar iniciativa en otros proyectos o eventos.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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


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