Member Endeavors

There are many talented folks wh0 live in Los Angeles Eco-Village. Please consider their arts, crafts, performances, products, and consultant services when you need to make such purchases.   Check the drop-down menu above for further information or watch for more details below.

Angel Orozco:  Fair trade organic locally roasted coffees from  the Cafecito Organico: 

Arisha Smolarksi, M.A
., Therapy for individuals and couples.   Details here:

Carol Springer:  Carol is a retired nurse, licensed massage and trauma touch therapist, helps people feel better with bodywork sessions that engage the individual in their self care.   The subtle, intuitive  Cranial / sacral and Myo-fascial approaches help balance the nervous system, improve function and flexibility. Trauma Touch Therapy™ is a series of body-centered sessions for people with any kind of trauma history, post traumatic stress or the compassion fatigue that caregivers and first responders often experience. Working at the Eco Village makes the cost of this work more affordable. Please see Carol’s website: for more information, or email:


Ianne Lavigne is an integral artist, writer, illustrator of children’s books and teacher committed to a sustainable future for children, herself and the planet.  With the help of community members and friends, she led the development of, and now stewards, the Los Angeles Eco-Village Art Studio.  Located behind the Bimini Terrace apartments, and previously a garage used primarily for storage, it has recently been transformed into a multi-use space providing not only a personal work studio for Ianne, but also a creative workspace for the Eco-Village community members and children.  Plans for future events to be held at the studio include: art workshops using recycled materials, film showings, oetry readings, studio openings, and art exhibits.  Ianne is currently writing and illustrating several books for children, including:

–  GET FRUITY! My Green Grannie’s First Book of Fruit
–  GO GO VEGGIE! My Green Grannie’s First Book of Vegetables, and
–  FOREVER DOOR: A Fantastical Tale That Sings for the End of Hunger (which is also presently under development as a musical theatre work).

To learn more, please visit Ianne’s website at:

Jimmy Lizama:
Relampago Wheelery is a source for custom wheel builds, dynamo lighting, and a forum for the continuing dialogue of why bicycles are so important for the health and future of Los Angeles.  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.  Contact:


Josey Sarria and Zoe Rawson: Beautiful handmade tote-bags and other arts and crafts made in the L.A. Eco-Village Sewing Studio with recycled materials from Cafecito’s burlap coffee sacks and other local materials.  They have also been recently accepted to sell their handicrafts at the upcoming Renegade Crafts Fair.    Visit their website at

Past EcoMaya Festival at LAEV

Julio 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:

Laura Allen, co-founder Greywater Action (formerly Greywater Guerrillas) .  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

Lois Arkin:  Public tours of L.A. Eco-Village, consulting and public talks for transforming urban neighborhoods into more sustainable communities:
or 213/738-1254

Melba ThornMelba Thorn: Artist/Art Therapist
Handmade mosaics, jewelry, crafts:
Art Therapy
Functional Art Store

Michelle Wong: Healing teas and Certified Acupuncture.  Contact Michelle at:

Somerset Waters and Aurisha Smolarksi Waters:  Telematique, a unique classical music duo (cello and violin), more information.

Somerset Waters Housebuilding Project.  Looking for people interested in learning about the construction processes of building a sustainably built cabin which includes progressive framing strategies and roofing, solar thermal and controller electronics.   Location: Crestline, CA 92325 (1- 1/2 hr from downtown Los Angeles).   We have a series of weekends throughout the summer 2014 when we will be building. Vegetarian food/beverage will be supplied. Camping on property available for overnight or extended stays.  Email if you are interested,  and we will get you more information.

 Somerset Waters. Pacific Electric Worker Co-op LLC.  We are a full service electrical and solar contracting firm based in Los Angeles committed to serving our clients, supporting our workers, creating jobs, and practicing environmental sustainability.  Contact:






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