TerraSante Village & Terrasante Community/Sacred Earth neighborhood

Tucson, Arizona, United States

  • Last updated: February 13, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 18, 2004

Mission Statement

TerraSante Village is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated as a living laboratory for sustainability.
Earth architecture, native plants, permaculture, gardens, water & energy harvesting, and creativity

Community Description

TerraSante Village (TSV) is a nonprofit community located on 8.4 of 160 acres of Terrasante/Sacred Earth community/neighborhood.
At our local community, other neighbors include: Harmony and Health Foundation (harmonyandhealth.org), Kokopeli Gardens, and a variety of individuals and groups variously experimenting with sustainable practices and creative endeavors.
We are at 2450 ft(735m) elev. in the Sonoran desert about 25 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona.
Our winter census swells and our summer shrinks.
Summer highs approach 110, winter lows drop below freezing.

TSV mostly can accommodate campers and we have some limited RV connect.
Several toilets and solar showers exist on site.
We have a communal kitchen, living spaces, workshops, gardens, and library with internet.
Current projects include: earthbag building, ferrocement water tanks, geodesic dome creations, solar reflectors/ovens/water heaters/water distillers, berm works, funnel gardens, native flower farm, bees, chickens, experimental musical instruments

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2004
  • Start Living Together: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.terrasante.org
  • Contact Name: Bruce Scher
  • Phone: 520-812-5984
  • Community Address:
    TerraSante Village
    13535 W. Sacred Earth Pl.
    Tucson, Arizona, 85735
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, dome coop, musical instrument lab
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 8.4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: 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
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 7
  • Planned 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
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 20
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visit website, email- we can talk later

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Membership in TSV is determined by vote of the TSV board and membership.
    There are presently 3 resident members and a scattered handful of nonresident members.
    We also host a variable number (2-8) of guests who help on a variety of projects.
    We seek people of substance and vision to join us in our mission.
    You would need to spend time here, and be harmonius with the mission and the people.
    Members of TSV are expected to contribute $150 monthly to TSV if they reside here.
    Members of TSV that reside here often have a part of the property to experiment with.
    There is no formal existence for “Terrasante Community”, and thus only informal members.
    The number of informal members of Terrasante Community is perhaps 25.
    Sacred Earth neighborhood association is composed of the local landholders.


  • Decision Making: We ahve aboard that directs the nonprofit comprised of 3 resident members, many issues default to concensus
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    TSV projects, land use, events, etc are guided by the board, but informal consensus governs much of the day to day.
    Our local Terrasante Community periodically informally gathers for decisions and concerns.
    Generally consensus governs, and we try to be inclusive.
    Land holders are ultimately responsible/liable


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $150
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    TerreSante Village has guests who come to work/help.
    Resident members of TSV contribute with work and $ to TSV as well.
    Terrasante Community/Sacred Earth neighborhood Assn all share in road, well, and community maintenance concerns.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, some folks eat meat, eggs
  • 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): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Hare Krishna, Rainbow Family, Ananda Community, Atheist, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

we are 30 minute drive to downtown Tucson

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)