Todos Santo Ecovillage

Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

  • Last updated: March 23, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: February 10, 2017

Mission Statement

Connecting to one another in our neighborhood by creating a space where we can come together to create and have a caring community.

Community Description

Todos Santos is a small Mexican town on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula near the end. We are over one hour away from the two larger towns of Cabo San Lucas and La Paz. Todos Santos is an artistic community with many art studios and yoga classes.

I have friends in our neighborhood that bought land around 2004 and built houses of all kinds…big, little, some sustainable and made with alternative building materials. There is a mix of gringo and Mexican people. We live in a neighborhood where the lots are reasonably priced so that the co-housing/neighbornet idea can take hold easily. (Also, there are some rentals available off and on.) This proposed ecovillage is a loosely defined geographical area comprised of privately owned households.

Our vision is that people buy their own piece of land whether they are a family, single person or group. Then everyone will donate some money to buy collectively a piece of land where we can build whatever we want to do collectively….share meals, share child-rearing, elder care, garden, ecological projects, art projects, natural building, alternative energy projects, etc. The vision is to help each other in the details of living, while we create a community that emphasizes sustainability, living sacred with the earth and supporting each other. Members participate when they want to. There are no mandatory activities. We are just forming, so the details are yet to be created.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1
  • Start Living Together: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Contact Name: Christina Douglas
  • Phone: 5216121037021
  • Community Address:
    La Ahorcadita Barrio
    Damiana St.
    Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, 23305
    Mexico
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About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: buy your own lot and put whatever you want on it.
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 40
  • Planned 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, Natural built structues, Lots to build on, our neighborhood may have houses for sale, or rent if you don’t want to buy.
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: each person owns their own property and all members own the community property.
  • Additional Comments:

    Our vision is to let everyone buy their own property and build their own house or have someone build it for them. We are not looking for developers! We love unique houses and we are all individualists, but we would like to come together for collective pursuits, on a piece of land that is everyone’s.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email me or call me.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We have not figured that out yet. We are just forming.

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Economics

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

Sustainability Practices

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

Lifestyle

  • 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: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

This community is in its formative stages so we welcome others who like to start things. We need more young people who have a lot of energy, skills, and ideas on how to create this ecovillage. Our neighborhood is very close to our small town and we have a lot of creative people doing art, bodywork, music, etc. We are not isolated. Our vision is of the whole town becoming an ecovillage.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Keywords

co-housing, ecovillage, sustainability, recycling, natural building, shared meals, elder care