We welcome those who are inspired to collaborate and create this collective vision! We believe this project will not only provide a beautiful place to live for those involved, but it will also be an example of the possibility of human potential and community synergy.
The success of Living Roots is very important to all of us, and we recognize that it’s the people within our community who will lead to our success. Our process towards membership reflects this as it allows plenty of time for us to get to know each other before deciding whether or not to proceed with full membership. This process involves being a 3 Month Temporary Resident (minimum), which is moreless a trial period, and a 15 Month Prospective Membership (minimum) before obtaining Full Membership status. If Temporary Residents are not ready to move towards a Full Membership, then they may choose after 3 months to become Resident Members indefinitely (as long as accepted by EcoVillage). All members are accepted into the community after a consensus decision of the EcoVillage. If you are ready to start the process, please complete one of the online applications listed below. If you’re not quite ready to commit to EcoVillage living, but want to support what we do, consider becoming a Supporting Member.
Steps to Membership
Step 1: read this website, particularly our FAQs, and visit, if possible. Email the new member coordinator at newmember (at) indianacommunity.org for additional questions. We also recommend reading 'Finding Community' or 'Creating a Life Together' both by Diana Leafe Christian as many of our processes were developed after reading her books. Free online version of 'Creating a Life Together' is found at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/61565393/Diana-Leafe-Christian-Creating-a-Life-Together-practical-Tools-to-Grow-Eco-Villages-and-Intentional-Communities
Step 2: Complete the Temporary Resident Application.(please make sure to download the pdf application to your comuputer, fill it out, then save) and email completed application, along with a current photo of yourself, to: michael1 (at) indianacommunity.org The visiting membership is designed to give you a taste of EcoVillage life. Housing is based on availability and is either camping (tent, camper, yurt, tiny house on a trailer, etc.), bunkspace or tiny cabins. In addition to monthly housing fees each temporary resident provides 8 work hours per week as assigned within the EcoVillage. Occasionally we have someone who is transitioning to the EcoVillage from the local community and needs to live off site during their Temporary Resident trial period.. For off-site visiting members, the monthly fee is $25/month in addition to 8 work hours per week.
Monthly housing/member fees for Temporary Residents, Resident Members, and Prospective Members (also include $25/month for each additional person):
- Starplate Dome - $400/month
- Wood Cabins - $370/month
- Bunkhouse - $300/month
- Campsite/Tiny House Site - $170/month
- Off-site - $25/month
Step 3: After being a temporary resident for 3 months (or more), you can apply to become a Prospective Member in which you will get a more in depth experience about what it’s like to be a full member.Complete a Prospective Member Application. (Or if you aren't ready for Prospective Membership, you can become a Resident Member indefinitely, until you decide to move towards Full Membership). During the Prospective Member period you will be assigned a mentor who will guide you through the process. You will complete a footprint process, set goals and integrate yourself more fully within the community. Prospective members continue to work 8 work hours per week as assigned within the EcoVillage. In addition, after finishing your 3 month Temporary Residency, you also now have the option to build in the tiny house village, if you choose this housing option.
Step 4: Apply for Full Membership! Once you’ve been living and working with us for at least 18 months, you can apply to become a Full Member. After a consensus decision by the EcoVillage you become a full member of the community and gain access to a 1/4 acre or larger plot of land on which you can start to build your own home. There is no longer any join fee to become a Full Member at Living Roots (there only continues to be monthly fees). Monthly Housing fees for full members are $300 per month plus $25 for each additional person living on the plot. After 20 years of full membership the monthly housing fee is waived for the individual.
What can you do to prepare for EcoVillage Living?
We often get asked this question. Generally speaking, you should simplify your life and at the same time, increase your personal power (in a healthy non-egotistical way). EcoVillage Living isn't a piece of cake and it will take focus, commitment, and dedication. It's not necessary to master all of the following before coming but a head start definitely helps the learning curve. We do have workshops and are all here to work together and teach each other, but anything you can learn beforehand would be helpful. Some more specific suggestions are:
- Learn to cook naturally, organically, and in season
- Learn some sustainable living skills/Change your Lifestyle- build a fire, use a solar oven, start using a clothes line, etc.
- Build strong personal finances - while lots of cash is not necessary to join our Village, it helps to pay off debt and increase your personal savings, since any transition requires cash.
- Study or practice any number of pertinent Ecovillage skills, such as consensus decision making, gardening, entrepreneurship, team building, leadership, animal husbandry, sustainable living, carpentry, etc.
- Let go of anything in your life that is no longer serving you - living in an EcoVillage is a significant and positive change for many and beginning to let go of the old will help you transition to the new
Who is a good fit for Living Roots?
In general, we are looking for – Dedicated individuals with heart skills and head skills who are interested in participating in an EcoVillage. Those who: have vision, have dreams, can take action and are grounded, knows or are willing to learn how to make fair, participatory group decisions, speak genuinely, have ability to cooperatively craft fair agreements, have emotional maturity (have done some inner personal work), are focused, are flexible, can hold ownership in this project (many ways to do that), are ready to commit, can work through challenges keeping the goal in sight, have resources (money and/or time are necessary in creating a village), etc.
Currently we are specifically looking for:
- Those with Leadership/Managerial Experience
- A Property Maintenance Leader (general maintenance, including mowing, fence maintenance, building/equipment maintenance, etc)
- Builders (natural building or conventional building)
- Organic Farmers (we have lots of fields with good soil, water sources, barns, fences that are ready for both vegetable and animal farmers)
- Those with the creativity and follow through to complete various sustainable living projects (solar showers, compost toilets, etc.)
Current work exchange opportunities-we are offering to waive join fees, membership and housing fees for the following positions:
- Maintenance leader
- Building leader
If you are interested in applying for one of our work exchange positions, please fill out the following application and email it to: work_exchange (at) indianacommunity.org
To Download the Application: Click here
Supporting Membership: If you aren’t quite ready for EcoVillage living, but want to support what we do or become a part of or greater community, consider becoming a Supporting Member. A supporting membership includes attendance at gatherings, work parties, EcoVillage events, weekly events (such as yoga if class has space), discounts on grass-fed beef (currently 20% off), and any discounts offered to EcoVillage members at workshops, retreats or for accommodation.
The cost is $200 for a lifetime supporting membership or 8 work hours per month. Either mail us a payment or pay via Paypal.
We are excited to have you join our community!