EVENTS:    MAY – JUNE 2022


Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, 2022, My Green Building Conference & Expo (MyGBCE):  Accelerating Action Together:  at Los Angeles Trade College and Hybrid event on-line.

Industry Day – Friday, May 20th, 2022 – fees
Inspiring Keynotes
Virtual Exhibition Hall
Workshop Sessions
Civic + Product Awards
Innovative Start-Ups

Community Day – Saturday, May 21st, 2022 – FREE

Educational Demonstrations
Informative Speakers
Committee Showcases
Interactive Presentations
Music + Art

at LA Trade Technical College and on-line.

Visit the Los Angeles Ecovillage Institute (LAEVI) booth in person on Sat., 5/21/22 from 9am to 2pm plus dozens of other local community organizations

Event sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles.|

More info and Register here: 


Sat., May 22, 2022  Neighborhood Karaoke Bike Ride and Street Fair at L.A. Ecovillage – FREE

11:00 am: Karaoke Bike ride meets at the LA Ecovillage Community Hub,
3554 W. 1st St., Los Angeles 90004

11:30 am to 1pm: Karaoke bike ride to local neighborhoods

Your host organizations: the Los Angeles Ecovillage Institute (LAEVI) and Re:Ciclos, in conjunction with a grant from the LADWP

THIS PART CANCELED:  1 to 5 pm:  Street fair in L.A. Ecovillage on Bimini Place, south of W. 1st St.


Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 2 to 6pm
Work Party at Ecovillage Community Hub

WHEN: SUN., May 22 from 2 to 6pm

WHERE: LA Ecovillage Community Hub, 3554 W. 1st St., LA 90004 (enter thru chain link gate on Bimini)

WHAT TO WEAR: Old clothes, closed toe shoes, sun hat, garden gloves,

WHAT TO BRING: Water bottle, curiosity, good energy, snacks (optional)

Limited to 8 volunteers:  Let me know if you plan to join us:  Lois:  crsp@igc.org or 213-738-1254

Friday, May 27, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00pm VITUAL
Claremont’s 15th Annual Eco-Forum: Building Regenerative Communities of Communities; Ecological Civilization in Relational Context.
– LA Ecovillage Institute’s Lois Arkin will be among the panelists
More info and Register here: www.claremontecoforum.org/


May 28, June 4, June 11, June 25
Reservations required.  Details here



Talent Show at the LA Ecovillage Community Hub: Sat. Dec. 11, 2021 from 2 to 4:30pm Free

C’mon out and enjoy some music, poetry, comedy, fun and schmoozing:

WHAT:   Talent Show.  A variety of acts with talented neighbors.

WHEN:   Sat., Dec. 11, 2021 from 2 to 4:30pm (show starts at 2:30)

WHERE:  LA Ecovillage Community Hub, 3554 W. 1st St. at the corner of Bimini Place

WHY:  For fun and connection, event is held outdoors, but please be vaccinated, We’ll also share some of the latest tips for saving energy and water.


brought to you by a grant from the LADWP


NEW COHORT STARTS APR. 8, 2021: Courses,Upcoming Radio Calls and News from Gaia University

A new vision of higher education: Gaia U is an on-line university training leadership for ecosocial regeneration
As we celebrate the turn of the new year, it has also become apparent that the challenges highlighted by 2020 are not over yet. At Gaia U we have weathered the storms, and been able to provide guidance, inspiration and mentorship to our communities; in large part due to the designed-in resiliencies that have made us more adaptable to the pandemic and economic crisis. The design tools that we teach have served us well, but each day brings new challenges as we are reminded that we need to remain mindful, open and flexible if we are to remain helpful to this Great Turning.    More than ever, the past year has made me believe in the power of Gaia U and organizations like it to help communities transition by design. With this vision of uncertainty ahead and the tools of Gaia U in hand; I invite you, our community once more to this years February Cohort. I hope that many more of you will join us and pass it on to those who need it. I invite you to a journey we will co-design in reclaiming our power as citizens and custodians of our planet and communities; through getting in touch with our head, heart and hands capacities. 

I look forward to seeing and meeting many of you at our Gaia Radio Calls, our Open Houses and our courses. We have some exciting news to share in the coming weeks about our bigger projects unfolding! Indeed some of you reading this may become peers, collaborators and friends in this year. Many more of you will continue to quietly but effectively do the work of planting, healing, educating, designing, imagining and building which is so needed for our planet and our people. I give thanks for it all!

For a Regenerative Future!

Gaia U Outreach Coordinator

Gaia University – Transition by Design

4-Week Online Plant Medicine Class starts Feb 11, 2021 at The Birdhouse Los Angeles

A Brand New Plant Medicine Series from Elegant Alchemy
Exclusively for the BirdHouse!

The BirdHouse Community Apothecary Presents

Plant Speak, Winter 2021: Rooted
Working with the Earth & Medicine for Your Root
with Clinical Herbalist, Roxanne

Thursday evenings, starting February 11th, 7 – 8:30  PM PST

Suited for beginners and experienced plant lovers alike,
this virtual 4-week series will be held on Zoom.

This Winter we can create opportunities to fall in LOVE with the Earth.

As a participant, you’ll have access to the class recordings and the private Plant Speak online community where you can post pictures, ask questions, and get to know your classmates. 

  • Week 1: The Language of Plants
  • Week 2: The Root Chakra
  • Week 3: Medicinal Plants for Your Root
  • Week 4: More on Roots & Closing Circle

Cost (includes materials)
$115 for BirdHouse Members // $140 for non-members


More info on The Treehouse: Home – At The BirdHouse

Sociocracy for Ecovillages, Cohousing, and Other Kinds of Intentional Communities start Mon. Feb 8, 2021with Diana Leafe Christian

10-week online Sociocracy Webinar, Mondays, Feb 8 – Apr 12, 2021, with short watch-ahead videos & handouts, live sessions for practice. Register here. My mission is to help intentional communities get started successfully, function effectively, and achieve their goals.

I have learned what works well from founders and long-time members of more than 170 communities worldwide — ecovillages, cohousing neighborhoods, housing co-ops, shared group households, income-sharing communes, and more.

Here are two videos I’d love you to see. First, an 11-minute presentation, Three Aspects of a Healthy, Thrivng Community. Second, a 45-minute slide show (with slides embedded in the video) How Ecovillages Benefit the Wider Culture. My books are Creating a Life Together, (2003), (now translated into six languages) and Finding Community (2007) Here’s a 1-minute video from Bay Area Permaculture trainer Kevin Bayuk recommending my work.    

I teach workshops, offer consultations, and present keynote addresses and breakout workshops for conferences internationally. In 2017 I received the Fellowship for Intentional Community’s Kozeny Communitarian Award, a lifetime achievement award for contributions to the US communities movement.

     My workshops and webinars include Starting a Successful Ecovillage or Intentional Community, Helping Your Community Thrive, and Sociocracy for Intentional Communities. I’m an Associate Member of The Sociocracy Consulting Group (TSCG).  I also teach the N St. Consensus Method for groups who like to use consensus. 

I’m working on my third and forth books now: one on how groups can use Sociocracy for better meetings, get more done, be better organized, and feel more connected; the other on helping your community become more healthy and thrivng.

I’m a certified as a trainer for Gaia Education’s Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course, a Board Member of GEN-US (Global Ecovillage Network-US) and formerly a board member of GENNA (GEN-North America). I contributed chapters to the Gaia Education/EDE books Beyond You and Me and Gaian Economics, and the GEN book Ecovillage: 1001 Ways to Heal the Planet. I’ve written articles for Communities magazine, GEN Newsletter, the Communities Directory, GEN Newsletter, Permaculture Activist, Permculture Design, and Permaculture magazines. I was editor of Communities magazine (1994-2007) and publisher of Ecovillages newsletter (2010-2012). I live at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.

Please email me here.

“Your workshop was fantastic! You truly are a master at taking complex material and making it simple — at putting together workshops, teaching, and facilitating. The way you engage participants is brilliant.” —Gaya Erlandson, co-founder, Lotus Lodge Community, North Carolina

“Your presentation at the Permaculture Voices conference was one of the best I’ve seen. . . . down-to-earth, humble, extremely knowledgeable, realistic, practical, insightful, inspiring (and funny). I learned so much!”  —Laura Allen, Los Angeles Eco-Village; author, The Water-Wise Home

“You are a sparkling trainer and a joy to work with. L.A. Eco-Village was energized for a year following your workshop.”  —Lois Arkin, co-founder, Los Angeles Eco-Village

“I love the way you teach — supporting the questioner and question, being totally honest, and keeping a smile and positive, hopeful attitude about everything!”  —Dave Henson, co-founder, OAEC Community, Sonoma County, California

I was riveted — your conference keynote was an awesome presentation. You hit the fundamental, untold truths about cohousing and decision-making.  I 100% recommend time with you as obligatory for any forming cohousing community.” —Mark Westcombe, Chairperson, UK Cohousing Network, and co-founder, Forge Bank Cohousing, Lancaster, England

Please join us for the fifth of eight Zoom Conversations with Jim Schenk, founder of Enright Ridge Urban Eco Village Cincinnati, Ohio and Jan Spencer for A Preferred Future on March 18, 2021 at 3pm PST plus others thru Apr. 29, 2021

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 895 5367 3085
Passcode: 990252


Jim Schenk
Enright Ridge
Urban Eco Village  Cincinnati, Ohio
Mar 18 Thursday
3 PM Pacific
6 PM Easte

Bio, Enright Ridge, various projects, inspiration, outlookwebsite Enright Ridge
videos of Enright Ridge
  Sunil Patel
Patchwork Farms
Asheville, NC
Mar 26 Friday
1 PM Pacific
4 PM Eastern

Bio, Patchwork Farms, local food projects in Asheville, inspiration, outlookwebsite Patchwork Urban Farms
video Patchwork Urban Farms
Jan Spencer
Suburban Permaculture
Eugene, Oregon

Apr 22, Thursday
5 PM Pacific
8 PM Easter
Bio, transforming suburbia, eco footprints, paradigm shift, inspiration, outlookwebsite Suburban Permaculture
Series of 7 zoom presentations
video tour of Jan’s place
Panel Conversation
Lois Arkin
Jim Schenk
Jan Spencer
Bob Randall
Apr 29, Thursday
5 PM Pacific
8 PM Eastern
Panelists interact, Positive stories, challenges, inspirations, outlook  Join Zoom Meeting LOG IN GOOD FOR ALL CONVERSATIONS https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89553673085 Meeting ID: 895 5367 3085
Passcode: 990252

Upcoming events April – May 2022

See tour schedule below or here


Sat.,  April  23, 9:30 – 11:30 am.  Learn about using solar cookers and regenerative gardening in Los Angeles Eco Village.   – IN PERSON
Demonstration of three types of solar cookers. While food is cooking (weather permitting),  walk through and talk about the different types of gardens and- composting.  We will finish with a taste of sun-cooked gluten free vegan food.
This is an outdoor event. Please wear enclosed shoes and comfortable clothes – work clothes if you want to help with compost.  Wear mask, bring sunscreen, bug spray, plate and eating utensils.  Space limited to 15.  Tickets $17.  Reserve and pay here.  Limited number of complimentary tickets with promo code “FreeGuest”


CANCELED:  WATCH FOR NEW DATE.  Sat., April 9, 2022 from 12:30 to 3pm: Karaoke Bike Ride to a local central city neighborhood. Folks on bikes meet at the LA Ecovillage Community Hub, 3554 W. 1st Street at 12:30pm for biking to a nearby neighborhood to be announced.  Register here and watch for details.

This workshop made possible by a grant from the LADWP


Sat, April 23, 2022 from 1 to 2:30 pm.  Save Energy, Save Money and Win free workshop.  Virtual.  Our special speaker will be a representative from the sunrise movement.  Register here:  bit.ly/3dJmKRY

This workshop made possible by a grant from the LADWP


Fri & Sat May 20-21, 2022, the 21st Municipal Green Building Conference at LA Trade Technical College – Live and in-person.  Los Angeles Ecovillage will be hosting a booth on Community Day May 21, and the conference is free and open to the public that day.   Get a glimpse of what will be happening here.  And save the date and watch for more registration details


LA Eco-Village Tours on the following dates from 10:30am to 1pm.  Registration and vaccinations required. 
Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 10:30am to 1pm CANCELED
Saturday, April 16, 2022 from 10:30am to 1pm
Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10:30am to 1pm
Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 10:30am to 1pm
Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 10:30am to 1pm

Details  here


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