Memberships
Designing Community Membership Programs

Working out the governance issues and the ways in which people can participate in a community early in the process heads off a lot of problems and makes it much easier for people to see ways that they can particiapate that meets thier needs. When we design an intentional community we work with the founders of the community to work out the best ways that people can participate in the community building process for each village. So every membership program is unique to the community that it was designed for.

Here are examples of some of the types of membership that we have designed for different communities. So take a look at these not as a recomendation, but just food for thought.

Various Types Of Community Memberships

Each Membership program is designed to reflect the resources that the community can offer its mambership base and varies from community to community. Within that structure each Membership Type is designed to fill the individual needs of the member and the needs of the community in terms of servicing that membership. Some simple communities have managed with only one type of membership that covers all catagories of participation and some have several specialized memberships that serve more targeted needs. Below is an example of a membership plan which offered a wide variety of participation options ranging from a light volunteer involement to more commited memberships for those planning to participate in educational, business or residential programs at the community.

Here Are A Few Examples - Note: In the examples provided all memberships up to enterprise memberships are upgradeable at any time simply by contributing the difference of the cost between your current membership level and the level you would like to upgrade to.

The Benefits of Membership

General Membership – Earthworks $300

General Members get two free permaculture and natural health workshops as well as discounts on all Sustainable Living Institute workshops and courses as well as unique intern opportunities in their areas of interest. They also get work exchange memberships so they can earn Community Dollars that can be used for many goods and services within the Community. And more…

• Earthworks Permecology News
• Discounts on Eco Products
• 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
• Discounts On Earthworks Workshops and Courses
• Free Earthworks Introduction To Permaculture Workshop
• Free Earthworks Natural Health Workshop
• Preferential Camping at Earthworks
• Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
• Intern Opportunities

Affiliate Membership – Earthworks $600/year

Affiliate Memberships are for those who want to live near by one of our villages on thier own land and participate in the villages economic, and cultural programs.

• Earthworks Permecology News
• Discounts on Eco Products
• 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
• Discounts On Earthworks Workshops and Courses
• Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
• Free Earthworks Permaculture Workshop and Internship
• Free Earthworks Natural Health Workshop

Participating Membership – Earthworks Eco Village $800

Participating Members get a free permaculture course and practicum as well as a natural health workshop. They also qualify for discounts on all Sustainable Living Institute workshops and courses as well as unique intern opportunities. They get work exchange memberships so they can earn Community Dollars that can be used for many goods and services within the Community. And more…

• Earthworks Permecology News
• Discounts on Eco Products
• 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
• Discounts On Earthworks Workshops and Courses
• Discount On Camping at Earthworks
• Intern Opportunities
• Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
• Free Earthworks Permaculture Workshop and Internship
• Free Earthworks Natural Health Workshop

Educational Membership – Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute $1,200

We are developing a whole series of courses and workshops for Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute including a planned certificate program through the Earthwalk Sustainable Living Institute. Our educational programs will be incorporating the latest techniques of accelerated and action based learning. Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute will be offering courses and workshops on a wide variety of environmentally responsible and healthy living subjects from permaculture approaches to eco culture, organic food production, natural health and natural building. People with these interests will find Earthworks to be fertile ground to grow their interests and their skills in sustainable living, with the additional potential for earning an income at the Eco Enterprise Centre. This membership includes free participation in several of our Sustainable Living Workshops as well as discounts on all Sustainable Living Institute Courses. And more…

• Earthworks Permecology News
• Discounts on Eco Products
• 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
• Discounts on all Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute - Courses
• Discount On Camping at Earthworks
• Discount On Earthworks B&B
• Intern Opportunities
• Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
• Discount On Earthworks Permaculture Course and Practicum
• Free Earthworks Eco Landscaping Workshops
• Free Earthworks Organic Gardening Workshops
• Free Earthworks Healthy Home Workshops
• Free Earthworks Green Building Workshops
• Free Earthworks Natural Health Workshop

Total Health Membership – Natural Oasis Health Centre $2,400

We are developing a whole series of services and workshops for Earthworks Natural Oasis Health Centre.

Our Natural Oasis Healing Arts Centre will offer a wide range of expertise available for consultations. From coaching on integrated therapies to nutritional and health management consulting from the Canadian Natural Health Association and Hypocrites Institute, Earthworks will have the best natural health expertise available to its patrons. In addition to coaching there will also be regular natural health seminars and courses offered through the centre.

People with these interests will find Earthworks to be fertile ground to grow their interests and their understanding of natural health as part of our longevity and sustainable living program.. This membership includes free participation in several of our Natural HealthWorkshops as well as discounts on all Natural Oasis Courses. And more…

• Earthworks Permecology News
• Discounts on Eco Products
• 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
• Discounts on all Natural Oasis Health Centre- Courses
• Discount On Camping at Earthworks
• Discount On Earthworks B&B
• Intern Opportunities
• Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
• Discount On Earthworks Permaculture Course and Practicum
• Free Earthworks Eco Landscaping Workshops
• Free Earthworks Organic Gardening Workshops
• Free Earthworks Healthy Home Workshops
• Free Earthworks Natural Health Workshops

Enterprise Membership – Earthworks Eco Enterprise Centre $3,000

The Eco Enterprise Centre will feature shared facilities and resources to support the needs of our Enterprise Members. Access to reception, meeting rooms, communication and administrative technology are all included in Enterprise Membership. If you are accepted for a Business Incubation Program the Eco Enterprise Centre will provide Enterprise Members with expertise and assistance in areas ranging from business planning, sourcing, manufacturing, communications, administration and marketing. Only Earthworks Enterprise Members can apply to have a business idea incubated by the Earthworks Eco Enterprise Centre. Enterprise Memberships are subject to the approval of the Residential Members.

• Earthworks Permecology News
• Discounts on Eco Products
• 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
• Discounts on all Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute - Courses
• Free Earthworks Permaculture Course and Practicum
• Free Earthworks Sustainability Workshops
• Free Earthworks Eco Biz Workshops
• Discount On Camping at Earthworks
• Discount On Earthworks B&B
• Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
• Eco Business Incubation Program
• Access to Facilities at our Business Centre
• Business Web Site & Co-Op Marketing Program
• Exhibit Space At The Earthworks Festival
• Shares in Earthworks Eco Enterprise Projects
• Profit Sharing From Earthworks Community Businesses

Associate Membership
Includes Earthworks Eco Co-operative & Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute & Earthworks Ecologic Membership $3,600

Associate Memberships are available to qualified individuals who have time, money or both to invest in the creation of a community based in sustainable and healthy living. Associate Members demonstrate their commitment to the Earthworks project by investing a minimum of $10,000 capital or a combination of some volunteer time in the project and capital investment. As a result Associate Members receive a valuable profit sharing position within Earthworks Co-Operative as well as shares in Earthworks Ecologic and the possibility of living and working at Earthworks. Earthworks can also assist Associate Members with eco business development support. Only Associate Members can apply for Residential Membership and they are put on the waiting list for Resident Status in the order in which they establish thier Associate Membership. Both Business Incubations and Residential Memberships are subject to the approval of the community.

• Earthworks Permecology News
• Discounts on Eco Products
• 6 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
• Discounts on all Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute - Courses
• Free Earthworks Permaculture Course
• Free Earthworks Workshop Series
• Free Camping at Earthworks
• Discount On Earthworks B&B
• Discount On Interim Accommodation At Earthworks
• Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
• Eco Business Incubation Program
• Access to Facilities at our Business Centre
• Business Web Site & CoOp Marketing Program
• Qualification and Waiting List To Apply for Residential Membership
• Share in Earthworks CSA
• Shares in Earthworks Eco Enterprise Projects
• Shares In Earthworks Holding Company
• Profit Sharing From Earthworks Community Businesses

Residential Membership
Includes Earthworks Co-operative & Earthworks Ecologic Membership - $4,800

Once you have contributed to the community as an Associate Member for a minimum of six months you have earned the right to be considered for Residential Membership. Once accepted by the rest of the community Residential Members can further invest in the construction of private or shared accommodations within the community and become full time residents when the facilities are completed.

We intend to build a variety of eco healthy shelters for our Residential Members ranging in style from earthships to strawbale structures. In consultation with our expert design team our Residential Members are the driving force behind both the development and construction of the community shelters.

• Earthworks Permecology News
• Discounts on Eco Products
• 6 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
• Discounts on Educational Programs
• Free Earthworks Permaculture Course
• Free Earthworks Workshop Series
• Free Camping at Earthworks
• Discount On Earthworks B&B
• Discounts On Interim Accommodation At Earthworks until residence is completed
• Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
• Eco Business Incubation Program
• Access to Facilities at our Business Centre
• Business Web Site & Co-Op Marketing Program
• Share in Earthworks CSA
• Shares in Earthworks Eco Enterprise Projects
• Shares In Earthworks Holding Company
• Profit Sharing From Earthworks Community Businesses
• Residential Occupancy In Finished Eco Residence

EARTHWORKS COMMUNITY PROJECTS ARE CUSTOM DESIGNED FOR THE NEEDS OF EVERY COMMUNITY

Typically Intentional Community Projects are continually evolving as new resources and participation become part of the project and new perspectives are added to the vision. Please note that the above project summary is merely an example of one membership plan. It represents only an approximate picture of possible format for memberships in a project. It is not to be considered as more than a description of one projects state of membership development and it will undoubtedly be subject to change as they are collectively informed by the process of creating a community. Most founding members in a community welcome all input and if you have ideas that might contribute please do make suggestions.

Take a look at some of the Intentional Communities we have designed.

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