Cultivating Roots to Support Growth

We’re ready! We’re ready to start building truly affordable housing that connects people to each other and nature! We’re ready to find LAND to build a village! 

Like a tree— when our roots are deep, we can be strong AND flexible. Over the past year, ecoTHRIVE has focused on strengthening our foundation– building out our plan, policies and organizational structure. We’ve been learning how to communicate in a way that honors all voices. This way, every decision we make is grounded in our collective wisdom and every meeting is an opportunity to share, listen, speak from the heart and express gratitude for each other and what we are learning. This way, we can create a space, structure and culture that involves people in a way that is meaningful, connected AND effective. 

When we say ecoTHRIVE Housing is grounded in community, we mean it’s in our roots and in everything we do.  All of the members of our team have experience working with grassroots organizations. We understand the importance of sharing information, listening to all voices and being transparent. Our focus in 2021 has been on building internal organizational processes that can support, harvest and share the wisdom of our community as it continues to grow. 

ecoTHRIVE’s 2021 highlights include:
  • completed our business plan
  • published our website
  • participated in the Seattle Design Festival
  • incorporated sociocracy as our governance and decision-making structure (circles!) to support a community-led process
  • consulted with financial advisors - discovering areas of growth to address before we complete our first project to ensure ecoTHRIVE's long term resilience
  • created outreach & marketing materials
  • practiced NVC/compassionate communication
  • developed a flexible pro forma
  • presented community information sessions
  • hired community subject matter experts to advance our strategic plan
  • laid the foundation for our Giving Circle

Our goal for 2022 is to build a 6-10 unit pilot village. Once the pilot village has been completed, we aspire to create 20-30 unit villages in a way that can be replicated by us and others.

We hold to our values (permanently affordable, community-centered, regenerative, transparent) AND we are flexible in the form the villages take. For example, we aspire to a resident-ownership model, but we are also open to negotiating with landowners who want to retain the land if we can protect permanent affordability (i.e. through a deed restriction) and become partners in land stewardship. 

2022 is the year we will find LAND for our pilot village! We’re in discussions with people who are ready to work with us to create a site plan and start building!  And we’ve been laying the groundwork to raise the money we need, so watch for the launch of our Giving Circle. 

There is a growing awareness that many of our systems are failing us. The combined crises of climate disruption, extreme wealth inequality, racism, misogyny, and COVID are providing us with the motivation we need to transform how we care for ourselves, each other and our planet. In the words of the mystic poet Rumi, “The door is wide and open. Don’t go back to sleep!” Here’s to working together to activate a collective upgrade! 

Many blessings to you in this new year!

Denise Henrikson,
Board President, ecoTHRIVE Housing 

PS: If you are interested in learning more about our work, Emma (our amazing project manager!) has created this Welcome Page where you can see some of the resources we’ve assembled and share some of what we’re learning. Reach out to us at if you want to explore more!

Join us for this journey.

Let’s build community connected by housing. 

Together we can create the new paradigm.



Join Our Compassionate Listening Workshop

February 19th, 10 am - 12:30 pm PST

ecoTHRIVE Housing is committed to building resilient villages that can meet the challenges of our changing world- in the built environment (via energy efficiency, permaculture) as well as the social environment. To build our social resiliency, we periodically host workshops to strengthen our individual and collective interpersonal skills- then we practice these skills whenever we meet together! 

On February 19, we are hosting a Compassionate Listening workshop from 10am-12:30pm. Our trainer, Susan Partnow will be leading the training. If you would like to join us to learn about Compassionate Listening and meet some of the members of the ecoTHRIVE team, please register HERE.  Registration is limited to 16 people. There is no cost for you to participate in the training, though you are always invited- and encouraged!- to donate towards building a resilient village.

"The practice of Compassionate Listening builds trust, connection, understanding, respectful dialogue, and sustainable solutions.

It is ideal for those involved in conflict transformation and peace-building in a professional or personal context, and for those who are passionate about building bridges and healing relationships in our world.” 

- Susan Partnow 

Click here to learn more about Susan’s transformative work.

Want to learn about ecoTHRIVE?

February 12th, 11 am - 12 pm PST

We are hosting our ecoTHRIVE Update Presentation and Q&A Saturday, February 12th from 11-12 pm and we would LOVE for you to join us! These sessions are open to the public and we invite anyone who wants to learn more about what ecoTHRIVE has been up to participate.

Please bring your curiosity- and tough questions! We look forward to collaborating with you!


We completed our strategic plan and operations budget for 2022 with the primary goal of creating our 6-10 unit pilot project. Please reach out if you'd like more details.


Here are some direct links to content we've shared on our social media accounts in the past month. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to stay up to date.

How a New Orleans community land trust is providing permanently affordable housing and supporting Black entrepreneurs

This idea of the “CLT 2.0”—including a focus on renters and commercial spaces, not just single family homes—is gaining popularity throughout the nation.

Read The Article

Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate 

Disruption shows us how intentional communities are responding to climate disruption with citizen-led action, compassion, and cooperation.

Buy The Book

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