Legal Basics: How to Start an Ecovillage


Co-hosted with East Bay Cohousing, and part of SELC's Rethinking Home Teach-in Series

Ever wanted to start an ecovillage? Already in the planning stages of creating one? Understanding the variety of legal options available for merging your ecovillage dreams with the IRS tax codes is an essential part of this process. In this interactive workshop, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage co-founder Tony Sirna will discuss legal options such as:

  • For-profits,
  • Limited Liability Corporations (LLC),
  • 501c3 non-profits,
  • 501d,
  • Home Owners' Associations, and more.

Participants will come away understanding the implications for governance, mainstream financing, fundraising, and taxes for each option, and how to determine what will work best for your group. Options will be described in simple terms - law degree not required

tony_sirna.jpgTony Sirna is a co-founder of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, a community of 70 people creating a rural village to demonstrate sustainability. He also served on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community for 15 years. Tony is now on sabbatical from Dancing Rabbit and living in a small cohousing community in Oakland, CA and working on climate change issues with Citizens' Climate Lobby and

Other upcoming workshops in SELC's Rethinking Home Teach-In Series:

The Gritty, Moral Solution to the Housing Crisis with David Giesen, Oct. 21, 6pm, Alchemy Collective Cafe, Berkeley

Legalizing Tiny Homes: The Ten-Year Plan (event page coming soon), Dec. 3, 6pm, LOL Makerspace, Oakland

$5 Donation Requested


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October 08, 2014 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Impact Hub Berkeley
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States
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