1. Where is the property located?
We are 2 miles from downtown Nevada City, California and about four miles from Grass Valley;
65 miles/1 hour fifteen minutes north of Sacramento;
70 miles/1 1/2 hours west of Lake Tahoe;
87 miles / 1 hour and 40 minutes south west of Reno, Nevada;
150 miles/3 hours east of San Francisco;
10,865 miles/several days south east or west of Antananarivo, Madagascar,
which is almost exactly on the opposite side of the planet.
2. How many people live there?
As of late summer 2020, we have seven full-time adults,
five part-time college-age students, one middle-schooler, two young kidletts
and several interspecies residents.
We also have the capacity to build a few more structures on a third lot.
3. What is involved in the "Careteker's Work Trade"?
>> The Caretaker's Position Has Been Filled <<
We have a special cabin that is set aside explicitly for a "Caretaker".
The Caretaker participates in the activities at Ingenium
(i.e. attending Cooperative Processing trainings, shared meals, gatherings etc.) and who feels an affinity with our common values (>> Read through the "Knowing More About Our Vision" page <<).
This role can either be filled by a skilled person who would exchange 12.5 hours of work per week to stay in the Caretaker's Cabin; or by a Caretaker with professional skill and seasoned experience at carpentry/plumbing/electrical (handyman) work for 8 hours work per week w/4.5 hours "Banked" by Ingenium (please inquire for details).
The Caretaker contributes $200 per month into the Community Fund,
plus their share of both common and personal utilities.
Skilled Caretaker's tasks include trail work, landscaping, weed-eating and house cleaning.
Other duties may include pond work, and security.
Professionally skilled Caretaker's tasks would include all of the above and/or general maintenance on all dwellings and structures (light construction/carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting/staining) as needed.
Interested? Sign up for the next Virtual Tour.
Registration can be found on the "Getting Involved" page.
At this time we strive to have
no more than two pets per household, not including livestock.
If you have a dog, it needs to be compatible with the current householders,
both human and of the furrier persuasion.
5. How much does it cost to live there?
Prices average about $1,500 + utilities
for your own private, fully equipped cabin plus 5000+ square feet of shared living space
including the Art Barn, Common House, Spa, and use of the trails, pond and garden space.
Permanently "buying in" as Land Partner is also an option for seasoned members.
Also, each resident contributes 10 hours of volunteer service per month.
6. What are the everyday activities and expectations at Ingenium?
Residents participate in several things on an ongoing basis such as:
- Volunteer Service. Each resident contributes at least 10 hours of service per month.
- A weekly Resident's Meeting where we go over logistics and any special issues.
- A monthly "Cooperative Processing" meeting where we practice NVC/Compassionate Communication training. Currently these meetings are on Zoom.
- A Monthly "Utilities" Meeting. Each household is responsible for one utility account, and
at this meeting we swap checks to pay them.
- Monthly Garden Days, where we all help in the garden together.
- Weekly Harvest Day. Each residence gets their own day to harvest for the week.
- Occasional "Land Clearing", "Pond Cleaning" or other "Work Party" days,
usually once or twice a season, and often ending with pizza.
- Annual Special Event or Project: Each person organizes an interactive special event or project at least once per year, showcasing their special creative passion(s). Even kids!
- Spontaneous cookouts, movie or game nights, pond-play days, camp-outs,
brunches, dinners, holiday and birthday celebrations, and off-site excursions.
These are occasional and folks come at their leisure.
7. Can I park my trailer/bus/van and stay on your land?
Unfortunately, trailers or dwellings of this type
are not practical at Ingenium both for aesthetic reasons and
because the county has specific regulations
regarding how many residences are permitted on the property.
Also, there is a comprehensive integration process for joining Ingenium.
See #12 below.
8. Do you have any short-term rentals?
A main purpose for the Ingenium project is to develop long-term connections and to establish an environment conducive to deep, meaningful personal growth. For these reasons most of our cabins are only available for long-term rentals and eventually land-partnership buy-ins.
9. Can I rent your space to hold my wedding, public workshop or retreat there?
Again, because we at Ingenium aspire to focus on our own creative endeavors
and long-term interpersonal connections,
we typically don't rent our spaces out for public events.
10. Can I grow pot on your land?
Nope. Cannabis growth is not permitted either on the land, inside dwellings or inside any structure.
More detailed info can be found on the "More About Our Vision" page.
11. I'm coming to town soon. Can someone show me around the property?
Unfortunately we don't give private tours at this time.
When there is a cabin available and once you've come on a Virtual Tour,
joined a virtual "Tea Party", and completed the
NVC training video you may be invited to a site visit
and to begin a small volunteer service task.
12. How can I become a resident?
September 2020 Update: All of our cabins are now occupied.
Do join our FaceBook group to keep an eye out for any openings in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Follow all of the steps outlined here:
1 - Self-Selection: Thoroughly looking over the web site will give you a pretty good idea
of whether this is a good project for you to join.
Specifically, it's important to carefully read through this page,
and the "Knowing More About Our Vision" page
which describes the most significant values that we expect participants to share.
2 - .Involvement: Folks who participate regularly and offer their time, energy and positive contributions will be considered for residency and will be able to take part
in certain decision making.
The formal steps to integrate into Ingenium are:
- Attend a Virtual Tour and a virtual "Tea Party". Keep watch on our FaceBook group for
when the next cabin is available and info on when the tours resume.
- Complete the NVC introductory video series.
- Come for a site visit and begin service hours.
- Complete the 30 day NVC/Compassionate Communication course or another
significant NVC training modality.
- Attend at least 2-4 of our group "Cooperative Processing" sessions and 2 private sessions
before residency, and then ongoing thereafter.
- Attend at least two resident's meetings, and ideally, a Utilities meeting.
- Join the special gatherings that are of interest to you, listed on MeetUp or on our
- Spend an introductory weekend at Ingenium
- Volunteer at least ten hours of service
- Organize your own special gathering or project.
- Spend an immersion week at Ingenium.
- Optional: Read the "Creating A Life Together" book (Required to become a Land Partner).
3 - Compatibility:
- By attending our ongoing Cooperative Processing trainings we begin forming a "common language" to present ideas together and pro-actively develop ways of working through any issues that may arise in the future.
- Also, by initiating and/or helping to complete projects, and volunteering your time and energy in both productive and social settings here at Ingenium, we create ways to assess how well we communicate, work, and play together, and begin cultivating deeply conscious, healthy and joyful connections.
4 - Apply: After accomplishing each of the steps above, prospective residents can ask to fill out an application. Once the application is approved, residency would take place in successive stages to give each party a chance to more thoroughly assess compatibility with the goal of permanent residency options such as long-term tenancy or becoming Land Partners.
13. Can I choose a certain cabin if I'm accepted as a resident?
If there is more than one cabin open once your application is accepted,
prospective members are welcome to indicate their preference,
but the final decision will be made by the current residents.
14. I'm still not clear on this "Cooperative Processing" that you speak of.
Tell me more.
15. I'm the main one interested in pursuing residency at Ingenium. Does my significant other need to come to the Cooperative Processing sessions and do the 10 hours of Service? How about my kids?
We consider everyone living here at Ingenium a valuable participant. We all enjoy spending time together, making decisions together etc. Because of that, it's important for everyone to be involved in at least the basic facets of the project. We do expect committed partners to participate.
Anyone over the age of 18, including children on prolonged breaks from college etc., needs to fill out an application, come to Cooperative Processing sessions, complete service hours proportionate to the time they will be staying on the land, attend resident's meetings once here, and are encouraged to initiate and join in social gatherings.
Children under 18 would also be expected to contribute to volunteer service,
but to a somewhat lesser degree.
The Cooperative Processing meetings are for adults and teenagers only.
Please arrange your own childcare for anyone under the age of 12.
16. I'm unable to/don't want to/can't becuase the dog ate my homework - get on to the MeetUp site or the FaceBook group to sign up for things. Can you please send me information via private message, email or phone call?
We get many requests, very frequently for details & directions to tours, meetings & activities to be sent to individuals privately. Accommodating so many requests would take much time, and we'd be repeating information over and again. Also, the RSVP logs enable us to be organized around who is coming, and gives us a way to let everyone know when there are changes in dates, times, and locations. It is for these reasons that we created the MeetUp site and the FaceBook group and they are our main venue for communication of this kind. We greatly appreciate the extra effort that you make in signing on to these sites and RSVP'ing to specific activities there.
If you do have trouble signing on to our MeetUp site, try 1) either using a desktop or laptop computer and not a phone; 2) use a different browser. If you still have trouble after that, please click the following link and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Submit A Request": http://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002877171-Signing-up-and-Logging-in
Our FaceBook Group is generally pretty easy to access.
Thanks so much, now go pet Fido.
17. How can I contact You?
You can send email to: