Inspired by La Cité Écologique of Ham-Nord in Quebec, La Cite Ecologique of New Hampshire was created in 2003 by former residents of the Ham-Nord Ecovillage. By starting the new community, they put into practice what they had learned with their previous experience in La Cité Ecovillage.
In 2008 the private Universal School of Life was born and accredited by the New Hampshire Department of Education. The school was created by the parents of the ecovillage upon moving to Colebrook. They wanted to create an elementary school based on respect for nature and all religions.
Since the beginning of Cite Ecologique of New Hampshire in 2003, six businesses have been started, creating over 30 new jobs for both residents and local community members. By creating a balance livelihood, we are supporting our ecovillage and our local economy.
Kheops International: Distributor of meaningful New Age gifts
Smart Energy of New England: Providing renewable energy solutions on the East Coast
New Earth Organic Farm (None for profit): Growing a variety of organic vegetables for the local community
Eat, Laugh and Heal: Offering service of health coach and sales of natural products
Patrick’s Recycling: Giving new life to pallets, large plastic containers, and more
The Ecovillage Institute 5o1(c)(3): Offering programs on sustainability, internships and workshops
We always asked ourselves in our meetings, does that change will support our children in their holistic education?
That’s our glue; the children, and the harmonious relationship we build through those year between the ecovillage members.
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 40
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors
Come and visit us for a week or weekend. Please make sure to contact us at least two weeks in advance and download and complete the visit application form.
New potential members can come and visit our Ecovillage for three weeks or two stays of two weeks. This gives you time to see if you’re suitable for community living and for us to get to know you. It’s very important for us to get to know you before you take further steps in joining the community. We want to make sure you understand and support our values, mission, purpose, and lifestyle.
During your visits you will participate in community meals and take part in community services. For parents who want to bring their children, we request that one parent stay with the children at all times. Depending of your child’s age, attitude and behavior they may be able to participate in our alternative school activities.
After visiting Cite Ecologique of NH for weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to request to become a “provisional member” at one of our community meetings. If the members of La Cite Ecologique decide to accept you, you can start the process to move in. Depending on your skills and work experience, we might be able to find a job for you within the community businesses. Three hours a week, per person, of volunteering work for the community is mandatory.