Circle groups

Common Ground Ecovillage is self-governed by “circles,” semi‐autonomous working groups which have been formed based on the overall organizational and governance needs.

  • A circle is a group with a common domain and aim where members make decisions and carry out tasks within an agreed-upon framework.
  • All members have equivalent voices and decide policy and priorities within their domain and aims.
  • Circles are linked together in a way that promotes a free flow of information and influence throughout our community. 
  • The General Circle is the policy-making for Common Ground Ecovillage.  It is comprised of 2 leaders from each of our five Circles. Click here to see a full-sized Circle diagram. 

A great way to get involved in Common Ground Ecovillage is to start participating in one or more Functional Circles:


Membership & Marketing: develop and manage the membership structure and process, work to cultivate and sustain a welcoming, informed, connected, and well-functioning community, and support and guide recruitment activities and outreach to those potentially interested in Common Ground Ecovillage.



Land Stewardship: attend to, advocate for, and manage the integrity and health of the living land in harmony with the Common Ground Ecovillage community’s activities. Land Stewardship regularly organizes tours and work days to foster connection with the land and carry out tasks such as gardening and trail building.



Planning, Design, and Development: guide the community to conceptualize, plan, design, engineer, develop, and construct an integrated agricultural, built, and natural environment in which to live, play, and work. This Circle is now coordinating the architectural design process.


Signing the LLC Operating Agreement, 11-5-13Financial and Legal: provide guidance, oversight, and management of financial and legal affairs to structure models and protect the viability and prosperity of the Common Ground Ecovillage community. This circle is leading the initiative to make Common Ground Ecovillage a housing cooperative as well as looking for ways to fund and finance this amazing venture.

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Governance & Training: provides training for Common Ground Ecovillage’s governance and collaborative culture, as well as orientation toward social justice and racial equity, and supports practice and guidance at all levels of community governance.