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What Makes an eco-village?

The personal and collective healing experienced when living in a symbiotic relationship with nature, each other, and ourselves is right before us. The Sage Valley eco-village is an intentional community project that serves to lead by example and also to support the work of the non-profit. Started in 2016, the building of this intentional community is ongoing, and we are committed to using sustainable practices and holding space for a family focused environment. We are currently seeking residents and visitors who share this dream of living close to the land, within a web of support, to join us in the creation of a community we can grow with.

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Permaculture Design principals

Solar Energy


Sage Valley Ecovillage is committed to off-grid living and is working to harness the energy of the sun! Currently, our community kitchen and bathroom lights are powered by solar panels. We plan to expand usage of solar energy to many other areas of our lives.

Water Catchment


Water is life and a necessary part of village living. Sage Valley is surrounded by water, from the rolling creeks, bubbling springs, and the garden pond. Still, water security is a priority and catchment systems help to keep us supplied.

Chemical Free

Harmful chemicals can leach into the water systems surrounding us and create a ripple effect with a big impact. Living in harmony with nature means adopting the use of natural products for our cleaning, hygiene, eating, and gardening needs. These choices are healthier for the Earth and for us.

Solar Showers



Hot water is something many of us take for granted, but without it our quality of life declines. Solar water heaters are a great way to use the energy generated by the sun to heat our water, and therefore keep us clean!

Sustainable Materials

Building an ecovillage requires a lot of materials! Making good choices for the environment means choosing scavenged and repurposed materials whenever possible. It also means looking at the natural world around us for everything we need. At Sage Valley, we use pallets, tires, sand and clay, bricks, and reclaimed materials whenever possible.

Organic Farming

Healthy soil grows nutrient dense plants which feed thriving humans! Organic farming practices within a balanced ecosystem makes sense for a community living close to our food sources. We believe food forests, perennial plants, companion planting, heirloom seeds, no-till, and other permaculture techniques are the future of farming.

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Our Values

The values of the Sage Valley Ecovillage are the ideals shared by residents which guide policy design, decision making, and create a foundation for group cohesion.

I. We acknowledge that our actions have consequences, which impact our own lives, the lives of the people around us, and the world we share.

II. We acknowledge that it is more constructive to focus on what we have in common, rather than what separates us.

III. We acknowledge that we share the planet earth which provides resources for all life that resides on it. Because earth is the home that we share, everything it provides should be shared between us. To be able to sustain our lives, we must also sustain the life support systems of Earth.

IV. We acknowledge that children are our future and that it is essential that every child has their needs met while they are developing, so they are able to express their highest potential.

V. We are dedicated to learning and growth, which require failure and success, and so in the pursuit of expressing our highest potential we will be resilient, forgive ourselves and those around us for our mistakes, and do our best to coexist.

VI. We accept that in order to be a powerful collective which is capable of effecting positive change we must each take responsibility for our personal needs, while recognizing our interdependence, and supporting the needs of those around us.

VII. We believe that all people have the right to be seen and heard, and that we have freedom to choose what is right for us. In this, we empower ourselves and others to live in full authenticity.

VIII. We will strive to make the world better for all life by taking loving, peaceful, constructive, action towards solutions, each for their own reasons and because this is what is optimal for all life.

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Eco-Village Resident Types

Visitor

  • Everyone is welcome to visit the community for up to two weeks. Anyone seeking residency in the community will first need to come as a visitor. This is a great way to get to know the people, the land, and the culture and for the community to get to know you! Visitors will need to provide their own sleeping space (tent, rv, etc) and are asked to contribute in some way to the community during their stay. All visitors are required to fill out a visitor application form.
Join Us

Intern



We occasionally offer internship opportunities for students or trainees to join the community for a specific amount of time for a focused project. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills in off-grid and communal living.


Ambassador

Sage Valley is a hub for the traveler community. Ambassadors serve to bridge the rooted community and the nomadic community that we serve. An Ambassador is a resident traveler who has intermittent stays in the community of varying lengths but with no immediate plans to become a permanent resident. When traveling, they spread the message and mission of Sage Valley.

Villager



A resident of the community who lives at Sage Valley and is a steward of the land. Villagers have decided to root down and make a home here, have gone through the application and approval process, and are full members of the community.


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Community Standards

Sage Valley is a place for families, and where children are raised. All residents are expected to take part in this vital process by setting a good example for all young ones, treating them with kindness, and giving attention when needed.

It’s simple: leave the place you visit the same or better than you found it. Recycle bins are available in community areas, please be sure to use them! We strive to live as sustainably and minimally as possible, we want to reduce our footprint.

Only biodegradable and earth friendly soaps, cleaners, and chemicals should be used at Sage Valley. Let us all be kind to the delicate ecosystems around us. Be responsible in harvesting natural resources, take only what you need, and try not to leave any area scarred. The main sacred fire should be honored, cared for, and enjoyed with respect. Entry into this space should be mindful. Offerings to the fire are encouraged and permitted items include tobacco or other organic materials. Please do not cook at this fire or burn trash in it- there is a fire in the dining area that can accommodate these needs.

Cigarette butts should be properly disposed of and never left on the ground. Smoking should be done away from others and outside of any sacred spaces or family spaces. Ceremonial tobacco use is respectfully permitted within sacred spaces.

Sage Valley and other community members are not responsible for the care and well-being of pets. Pets are allowed, but please be responsible. Take care of your pets, keep them safe, and don’t bring aggressive animals. There are farm animals on the property, DO NOT allow pets to disturb the other animals who call Sage Valley home.

Daily AM check-ins are held for all Eco-Village visitors and residents. We ask that all available people attend these check-ins. Everyone is encouraged to participate in community meals and activities. Behaving in illegal, offensive, or disorderly activities are cause for removal from the community.

Be responsible for your actions. Bring good vibes and be kind. Utilize non-violent communication techniques to express needs and feelings.

Alcohol consumption is limited to only brews made on the property with ingredients sourced from the land here. We strive for clarity of mind and body and therefore illegal drugs are not permitted in the community.