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2018 Conference


Sunday Day Pass Required

Intentional Communities

and Community Land Trusts

Sunday, February 11     6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

 Room: Permaculture Plaza

     Have you ever dreamed of another way to live?  Perhaps a simple, obvious cooperation with your friends and family, enjoying shared benefits of working together, living holistically with nature, and with nature as a guide.  A sustainable lifestyle may seem impossible in an urban environment, but when we work together we can imagine moving beyond sustainability by producing more than we consume. 

     This panel will give you the skills and guidance to propel your vision of holistic living. Explaining how to go about starting an intentional community,  what is a Land Trust, when is one necessary, how to purchase land as a different corporate entity such as an LLC, and how to create a structure of consensus among investors/community members.  Whether you’re interested in joining an intentional community or starting one with your friends, you’ll find this panel interesting and crucial.  

Lois ArkinRay CirinoScout Tomyris Tyler HessSibyl StarGeorge Patton

Lois Arkin is the founder (1980) of the nonprofit CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages. In 1993, she co-founded the Los Angeles Eco-Village as a project of CRSP. Co-author/editor of two books on sustainable cities and cooperative housing, she is the former editor for the "Ecovillage Living" column in Communities Magazine. She represents the Western U.S. with the Ecovillage Network of the Americas, is on the board of the Global Village Institute, and served for 17 years on the Community Advisory Committee of the Wilshire Center/Koreatown Redevelopment Area. CRSP is a co-founding organization of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust and the Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing cooperative. Lois lives and works in LA Eco-Village, and is passionate about reducing auto use in L.A. She is a frequent public advocate for sustainable urban living and gives regular public tours of the L.A. Eco-Village neighborhood. You can see her occasional blogs on the LAEV blog site. She holds a BA degree in Anthropology from Cal State University Northridge.

Ray Cirino began studies in permaculture in 2002 and continues as a top innovator in this movement focused on sustainable energy, agriculture, water, and shelter systems.

Tyler Hess is a healer of land, culture, and soul. A certified permaculture designer, Work That Reconnects facilitator, and Way of Council space holder, Tyler interweaves ecological and social regeneration. He graduated college with a degree in Sustainable Agriculture, along with a self-designed major that included wide-ranging interests in Philosophy, Anthropology, Forestry, and Environmental Sociology. For over six years, he has traveled the country, apprenticing at many renowned permaculture farms, homesteads, and intentional communities. Recently  settled into the Ojai Valley, Tyler lives at East End Eden, a 10 acre permaculture farm and educational center, where he offers land design consultations, sacred circle facilitation, and herbal medicine crafts.

George Patton, in past decades he has created gardens all over the Los Angeles area.  Currently George is helping to create a garden to teach gardening to students in the L.A. School District, and hosts "Gardening For Life"  on podcasts at

Sibyl Star has been living at Santa Rosa Creek Commons since 2011. Prior to living at SRCC, she was part of a start up group for another community for 2 years. Sibyl enjoys living in community as there is joy in co-owning and co-managing the property with other members and how it allows her to live more in alignment with her values.”

Scout Tomyris moved to Santa Rosa Creek Commons, a limited equity housing cooperative, in April 2010. She was on the waiting list for 6 1/2 years. Scout was attracted to SRCC for it’s easy access to local resources, it’s affordability and diversity. She is now in her 5th year as President.                               

                                   “Together....we are making a difference....and that difference is called community.”