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Field Trip to an Intentional Community that practices Permaculture!

The term Intentional Community is inclusively used for eco-villages, co-housing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives, alternative communities, and other projects where people strive together with a common vision.

We'll have a day visit to the Santuario Sisterfarm intentional community. This will be an awesome opportunity to see some permaculture in practice! Just remember, every permaculture site is different. "Santuario Sisterfarm is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by Latina women and Dominican Sisters and co-directed by Adrian Dominican Sisters Carol Coston, OP and Elise D. García, OP. Located in the Hill Country of south-central Texas and rooted in the rich multicultural legacy of the Borderlands, Santuario Sisterfarm is dedicated to inspiriting the work of transforming human relationships with Earth and among ourselves, from dominance to co-creative partnerships."

Please visit their website for more information:


I've visited several eco-villages and intentional communities around the world. Most that I've visited were composed of people from diverse social-economical, ethnic, professional, religious, and cultural backgrounds, who share the common goal of living sustainably.

In my opinion, "sustainable living" needs three functional elements:

Economic Sustainability - Micro-Industries (small business that can be established utilizing local resources and community member's skills, educations, professions, and talents).

Cultural Sustainability - Events and activities that address social needs of every member of the community.

Enviromental Sustainability - Use of rainwater catchment, solar and wind energy, organic gardening, and recycling etc.

Permaculture is often practiced by Intentional Communities because it's ethics and principles can easily be applied to address all of these needs.

During our visit to Santuario Sisterfarm, I recommend you to look for evidence of these three elements and assess their levels of functionality.

Santuario Sisterfarm requests a $10 per person donation for the tour of their permaculture site. So, please RSVP as soon as possible so we make car-pool arrangements and we may get a group package!


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  • erica

    A delicious oasis of bliss. Perfection.

    October 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great event. Beautiful property with great people. Had a great time. Lots to learn. Would do it again for sure.

    October 19, 2009

  • Wayne Stevenson T.

    Even better than anticipated.

    October 19, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The field trip was awesome. I enjoyed every minute and it was so enlightening to see permaculture at work for so many years. I have some good ideas from the trip to Santaurio Sisterfarm and the sisters were so gracious. Thanks Doddi!

    October 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was awesome spending the afternoon with you all. The sisters were awesome hosts! Thanks everyone for comming out.

    October 18, 2009

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