Forming Formed: 1988 Established: 1989
This page last updated:10/20/2013
Tofino, British Columbia,
(There are about 5000 resident people in Tofino.)
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Symbiosis is being planned as a cohousing style ecovillage on 17 acres within the old-growth forest. A Coho salmon stream is protected on the property.
Since 1988, I have offered camping and hoped the location can be a permaculture school. To organize, we are using Basecamp, on line for $60 per month, after learning that only 10% of forming ecoVillages succeed by starting with definite Agreements concerning finances, governance, (consensus) among 28 other headings, to avoid legal battles and difficulty.
We are panning to a rezoning to allow for 17 to 28 units of housing, cabins and campsites according to bio-regional perma-culture, for sustainability. Common buildings will allow resident managers to offer year-round workshops and spa luxury, yoga and other skills.
The project is being designed by a team of professionals including future residents and the people of Tofino to help define the needs and abilities of the community and potential business activities for a strong local economy.
It is a short walk or bike ride to the Pacific Ocean Long Beaches. Food security is best by an ocean.
Our village can be a pedestrian community, with houses built from environmentally sound materials.
A development plan offering 17 to 24 homes, in a range of housing styles and costs can create an ecovillage resort with residential and commercial zoning. We want to show the best sustainable living and rethink how we live on this earth, concerning food, power, garbage, sewage and housing for ethical and survival reasons, to respect all.
The land is predominantly forested, facing south, with three acres of rocky hills at the back of the property. Most of the land is flat and gently rolling. There are an acre of gardens near the 4 ponds.
Many home sites have ocean views. Tall homes can fit into the forest on small footprint foundations. Strata-titled ownership precludes the cost of building a municipal road. Each owner family may have a home site with an equal share of the common lands and an equal vote in our community. Management team-work between owner shareholders may create a sustainable local economy and educational options for visitors. Let's organize a car share including electric vehicles, tools, and boats.
On-site systems are essential. What are we capable of creating ? Please email or call to discuss options.
kindly, ... Michael Poole
Status: A sole ownership by M. Poole to be shared or sold in 2009.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Former/Other Names: Talking Cedars
This page last updated:10/20/2013
(We offer camping for 30 and tours of the property.)
Visitor Process: Just phone, write, email, or drop in while in Tofino. We would like visitors to join our nonprofit society to support social change.
GEN - Global Ecovillage Network
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(summerIn winter there are usually about 10 residents.)
Open to new members:
(The land needs new investors.)
(An elected Board of Directors. ... OR ...To Be Decided by future members)
(I have been, but need to tavel seeking sustainable cultures.)
Leadership Core Group:
(There are 5 friends now managing the property. M. Poole is also a director. I am also an ordinary member.)
Labor and Money
Partial income sharing
(A cooperative sustainable economy is an ideal to live from, by educating about On SIte Systems of energy, water, food and other needs.)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(may be possible)
(Cash and or work hours are honored.)
(Purchase of a homesite share for $50k - $500k Includes contribution to all common buildings.)
(Strata fees, taxes, water and other bills can be shared.)
Land and Buildings
(Tofino, B.C gets a million visitors per year.)
17 acres (6.9 hectares)
(Half the land is protected salmon habitat. Homes are to be farthest from the stream within the forest on rocky outcrops.)
Land Owned By:
Individual community member(s)
(M. Poole is the sole owner. I need to have partners or sell all.)
Number of Residences:
(We have only one 18 x 24 foot building and big plans.)
(depending on wishes of future co-owners.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(In the future we will fish and grow 80 % of our food.)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all dinners
(We plan to gather much more when established.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
Common Spiritual Practices:
(Care for the property, sustainable culture, salmon and all earth are the principles. Hopefully a diverse group can perform this responsibility.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
(We are open to an already formed group purchasing the property.)
(This is a wish for the future of this development.)
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Current editor(s): poole
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