Some Eco-Village Members

There are many talented and skilled folks who live in Los Angeles Eco-Village. Please consider their professional services, arts, crafts, performances, products, and consultant services when you need to make such purchases.

    Carrie Lincourt

Carrie Lincourt has lived at ecovillage since 2013. She is an interdisciplinary artist with an MFA and has taught at colleges and public schools. She also has a background in development and community relations and most recently served as Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at School of Visual Arts in New York City. Carrie's interests also include co-counseling, birth advocacy, cranial sacral work, cooking and yoga.





        Adriana Swain

Adriana Swain is passionate about economic and environmental justice and aims to expand community control over the vital resources of land, labor and housing. She works to build capacity for worker ownership in L.A. as Project Steward for the L.A. Co-op Lab, advance rent control and housing justice policies as a campaigns and communications strategist for the Uplift Inglewood Coalition, and expand access to permanently affordable land and housing as Board Secretary for the Beverly Vermont Community Land Trust. She holds a MS in Environment, Politics and Development from SOAS, University of London and a BA in International Development from the University of Sussex.





              William Warrener

William Warrener is the Lead Producer of USC Arts in Action, a program which plants seeds for positive social change by activating intensive community arts projects between faculty, students and partners. He is in his element creating spaces for other people to realize their potential and power, with art as a catalyst for the process of discovery. William's experience spans London and Los Angeles, and has included producing, facilitation and fundraising roles for King’s College London, Clore Leadership Programme, Clockshop, Center for Cultural Innovation and the University of Southern California. He loves hiking, tennis, group singing and Turkish food.



       Natali Gracia

Natali Gracia is an alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. There she became a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and also attended study abroad programs in Brazil and South Africa. Though Natali is originally from Chicago, Illinois she’s considered Los Angeles, California her home since August 2015 and is currently employed at the P.F. Bresee Foundation, in the south end of the L.A. Eco-Village two block neighborhood, as their Data and Evaluation Manager. Some of her favorite things to do include: visiting Museums, amateur photography, and learning new life skills!
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               Philip Armstrong

Philip Armstrong: Philip serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member/Data and Research Associate with the Los Angeles Promise Zone (  His role there is to support data collection efforts and develop protocols for information sharing and data visualizations on impacts and outcomes and his passion is to work on solving youth homelessness.  He also conducts homeless outreach with the SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition ( After retiring from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked in the Superfund site assessment program in San Francisco, Philip served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania and The Gambia in West Africa, received a Master of Planning degree from the University of Southern California, and served in other AmeriCorps programs.  These included serving as a VISTA Leader with the Virginia Housing Alliance and as a VISTA Member with the Fullerton Homelessness Collaborative. Contact Philip at:

             Sam Bode

Sam Bode is a film and television maker living in the Los Angeles Eco-Village where she actively demonstrates low impact living patterns and a high quality of life. Throughout the 10 years of her media career, she has had the wonderful opportunity to be creative in a range of programming, from shows about Africa and it’s descendants, to short news pieces produced by under served girls in the Los Angeles area, to documentaries about creating your own reality through open source projects and urban farming.  She recently finished her first feature length documentary, "The Longest Straw," which won the 2017 New Urbanism Film Festival Best Healthy Cities Film. When not making films or attending Eco-Village meetings, Sam can be found exploring the vast landscapes of North America (stay tuned for her next documentary about paddling the Yukon River in Alaska!).


Autumn Rooney: Autumn is co-founder and treasurer of the Arroyo Sustainable Economies Community Organization (Arroyo S.E.C.O) a non-profit built to educate and create greater access to Time Banking, Micro lending and the
Solidarity Economy in Los Angeles.
Autumn Rooney & son, Nelson   

Her most important work is being a mother to her young son Nelson.


Anaisabel Merez
L.A. Eco-Village community member Anaisabel is an artist, producer and permaculture designer, currently developing an ecosystem restoration project in Colombia ( She enjoys using her design skills to transform spaces in order to beautify them and make them more efficient, utilizing the existing elements and repurposing others. In a similar way, she enjoys designing experiences, having curated art exhibits as well as dinners, where resourcefulness and creativity take center stage. Her cooking is plant-based and inspired by local and in-season foods. Enjoy!

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Aurisha Smolarksi, MA, LMFT., Therapy for individuals and couples.   Details here:



Bruce Dobb: Bruce is a partner of Concerned Capital, a boutique investment firm in downtown Los Angeles that helps businesses find government incentives and transition to new ownership. He holds an MBA in finance and served as Chief Credit Officer for the Valley Economic Development Center.



Jessica Ruvalcaba

Jessica Ruvalcaba is a Mom, Waldorf teacher, artist, craftsperson, chef and award winning filmmaker.  She lives with her husband Devon Fitzgerald and their sons Eli, and Charley William.




Jimmy Lizama: Relampago Wheelery is a source for custom wheel builds, dynamo lighting, personalized bicycle designs, and upgrades, and a forum for the continuing dialogue of why bicycles are so important for the health and future of Los Angeles.  Jimmy also works with youth on cargo bike design and a variety of other bike topics.  He produces monthly karaoke and fund raising events in LAEV.  Contact:  

Painting by Joe Linton

Joe Linton:  Art and notecards, posters, flyers, paintings:
Joe's blogs about the L.A. River here:
Joe consults on transportation, water conserving gardens, bicycling and more.  Joe also is the editor of StreetsblogLA, a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities..   Contact:



EcoMaya Festival at LA Eco-VillageJulio Santizo, EcoMaya Festival producer. EcoMaya Festivals have been happening in L.A. since 1992 produced with the endless energy of Eco-Villager Julio Santizo.  Volunteers are welcome to get involved in planning and helping to manifest the Festival.  Contact Julio at
or 323/377-0973.  Watch for Festival details.  The Festival is free and open to everyone.



Julio R. Santizo (a different Julio Santizo from EcoMaya Festival Producer):  Computer repair: hardware and software, troubleshooting:

lara photoLara Morrison is a co-founder of the Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana (USTU) Limited Equity Housing Cooperative, the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust and its multi-school White House Place Learning Garden.   She is a board
member of the USTU and helps manage the BVCLT
     Lara Morrison         properties along with being a full time volunteer on a variety of other environmental issues.  A 20 year resident of the Los Angeles Eco-Village,  she holds a Masters Degree in Bioethics and lives with her two cats.  She enjoys cooking, gardening, keeping  on top of progressive politics, and working on legislative issues for more sustainable communities.


Laura Allen, co-founder Greywater Action (formerly Greywater Guerrillas), former LAEV member now living in Eugene OR .  Using water from sinks, showers and washing machines to irrigate plants is a way to increase the productivity of sustainable backyard ecosystems that produce food, clean water, and shelter wildlife.  Workshops, consulting, public talks, installations.
Greywater recycling    Rainwater harvesting    Composting toilets    New Water Cultures

Sadly, Laura has relocated with her husband, Peter Ralph and child Arlo, to Eugene Oregon where she will be continuing her work with Greywater Action and working on a new book.  Read about or order her first book,
The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape

lois photoLois Arkin is the founder and Executive Director of CRSP, the initial developer of the Los Angeles Eco-Village.  She provides public tours of L.A. Eco-Village, consults with intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing communities on process and development issues, and gives public talks on Los Angeles Eco-Village for a diverse number of organizations, conferences, fairs, and festivals. She is also a passionate advocate for reducing auto ownership and dependency in Los Angeles and helping groups to transform their urban neighborhoods into more sustainable communities.  Contact her at or 213/738-1254


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Michelle Wong LAc is a Physician of Chinese Medicine, and holistic skin care specialist and permaculture enthusiast. She co-authored the book Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West with noted authors Dr. Jams Adams PhD, and Enrique
    Michelle Wong         Villasenor. She believes in  nourishing the whole person, mind, body and community - so she founded Inspiration Café - a mobile tea cart to spread the joy of sharing tea with all of Los Angeles.  You can find out more at and @Inspiration.cafeLA


Watch for info on more of our LAEV intentional community members in the future.

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