A tour of Maitreya, an "eco-village" in West Eugene

Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers
Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers
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Maitreya Ecovillage

882 Almaden St · Eugene, OR

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We'll gather at the decorative gate to the gardens. I'll be wearing a fetching pink cap.

Location image of event venue


Join us for a tour of a unique ecovillage in west Eugene, led by its creator, "natural builder" Robert Bolman. (Rob says, "The more the merrier," so feel free to come even if you haven't RSVPed.)

Maitreya houses several dozen people on adjoining lots at the corner of Broadway and Almaden, one block west of Taylor. It includes straw-bale structures, a cob guest cottage, gardens, a courtyard with a fire pit, and much more!

From its web page: "Welcome to the web presence of Maitreya Ecovillage, a community of builders, gardeners, foodies, herbalists, activists, academics, musicians, artists, and just plain folks....

"It’s an ecovillage because we try to support each other in living lives that respond to the ecological crisis. Often there are so many projects and ideas happening in one space, things can get a little wild at times!"

For a preview, check out photos at
... or take a peek at this 2006 video tour, chock-full of details about the many natural-building methods used:

We'll gather at the decorative gate to the gardens, and I'll be wearing a fetching pink cap.


Optional event a block away, 2-4pm (I'll be there):

A TreeWalk led by horticulturist and landscape designer Whitey Lueck leaves from 10th & Almaden (a block from Maitreya) at 2pm and should wrap up at 4pm at the same spot.

Whitey designed the water-wise landscaping at the Collegian (the site of our first meetup) and has led monthly TreeWalks in different neighborhoods of Eugene since 1994. More info and a PDF brochure for his 2019 TreeWalks are at