Searching for intentional community?
Explore whether life at EcoVillage Ithaca is right for you.
We have designed a learning process to help you decide if EcoVillage is a good fit for you. The steps in the Membership Exploration process are:
1. Once you see the ad and are interested, you will want to see the space before you make a decision. Ecovillage requires a membership process for all residents, including renters, and taking a few initial steps can help speed the process for you. Before you make plans to come, contact our Prospective Resident Coordinator, who will provide an educational package for renters.
2. Browse our website thoroughly and get a feeling for the people, the place, the requirements, and the educational programs which are an integral part of living here.
3. You may want to plan on completing some of the membership process requirements during your visit. These would include a tour, participating in a meeting, and contributing to a work party.
A. Contact our visitor liaison, Ellen Friedman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask for the Prospective Resident Questionnaire.
B. If you want a private tour, these require notice 2 weeks in advance so one
can be arranged. There is a fee for a private tour. Please contact Arlene Muzyka to arrange one (email@example.com). There is a free public tour the last Saturday of every month, and you may want to time your visit to take advantage of this opportunity.
C. Arranging overnight accommodations at Ecovillage will also require advance notice. There is other accommodation available in Ithaca.
If you want to see the space before committing to any part of the membership process, please know that unless you are planning a longer visit, you will need to make a return trip to complete the process.
3. Ask to be put in touch with someone on the Membership Team in the neighborhood where the space is located. This person can go over the materials and help you get answers to your questions.
4. If you are ready to rent the space, you will need to sign a lease that needs to be approved by the neighborhood Board.
5. If your landlord lives here, s/he will be your buddy to orient you and help you settle in. If your landlord lives at a distance, you will be assigned a buddy who lives in your new neighborhood.
We look forward to meeting you!