Christopher Mikkelson


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  • published Living spaces in Community 2017-12-18 14:39:57 -0600

    By Trish Mikkelson

    The Retreat Center is for sale but we have it until at least May 15th, 2018. Here is information about the Retreat Center. 

    Ideally, we can negotiate to use at least the downstairs apartment until we can get the Vegan Utopia Ecovillage site more developed. See the details about that site below. 

    The first co-founders who comes here can have his or her own room since there are 4 bedrooms in the Log House. 

    Here are some pictures: 


    Upstairs  Room with a view (1).

     This room has a window overlooking the lake and has two beds.  There is a bathroom that is shared with the other room upstairs. 


    Upstairs  Room with a view (2).

    This room number 2 upstairs has a window overlooking the lake and has two beds. 

    There is also a large master bedroom downstairs.

    Vegan Utopia Ecovillage Site

    I've learned that the most important thing that a community needs to have in the beginning is a common house and common spaces. Thus, when we had the funds to build structures on the Ecovillage Site, we started with two spacious decks where we can put large tents and we built a common house that we call the Mir House which is finished on the outside and now needs the inside finish work done. 

    With the funds from the sale of the Retreat Center/Farm Animal Sanctuary Site, we can finish the Mir House and do the remaining work including: 

    • Getting a simple solar system installed
    • Getting our online up and running (we can have highspeed internet)
    • Getting the water systems up and running including rainwater catchment and developing the springs we have found. 
    • Getting roads repaired
    • Cleaning up the trailer

    The good news is that when we live at the off-the-grid Vegan Utopia Ecovillage site, we have a much smaller ecological footprint. 

    Here are the resources available at the Vegan Utopia Ecovillage site:   

    • Two large tent platforms upon which can be put 16 ft. in diameter round tents that we have already purchased. See pic below.
    • A 32-foot travel trailer that could be cleaned up and made into an office. 
    • A fifth wheel trailer that needs major repair could be used for some kind of workspace or family living space
    • Plenty of places to set up small tents for sleeping, or to build small structures. 
    • One shipping container that is locked can be used for storage or other uses
    • A Yome that needs repair but is a very beautiful structure. It is located in a very private location and thus could be used for a quiet space for such activities as meditation. 


    This is a picture of the kind of tent that we have already purchased. We can put up two of them on the decks and use for common spaces, or living spaces depending on what is the most needed. 

  • published Vision, Mission and Goals in About 2017-07-26 14:38:53 -0500

    Vision, Mission and Goals

    Vision: To build an ecovillage where our members work joyfully together to help create a world where all of life thrives.

    Mission: To demonstrate the power of healthy community (body, mind, and spirit) in order to support the vegan movement in having a solid foundation upon which to grow exponentially



    The main goal in order to get all the other goals accomplished:

    Reach out and find at least one person to live here to co-found the ecovillage and find a core group of people who can work together harmoniously to get the ecovillage off the ground and sell the Farm Animal Sanctuary Site. 

    These goals are always in the process of being refined and added to. Those who join us later will add to and enrich these goals according to their life experiences, talents, resources and passions.  

    Retreat Center

    Have the description and marketing plan completed so we can find a buyer who wants to have a farm animal sanctuary and vegan retreat center.  Sell by Oct. 15th, 2018

    Community living 

    Live in alignment with and continue refining our values 

    Have all organizational community structures in place. 

    Have the website finished in that it clearly explains where we are so people can make a decision to join us.

    Complete the building of living structures and food production at the site of the future Vegan Utopia Ecovillage.

    Develop ways to support ourselves so that residents can make money doing things that are in alignment with our values and goals by 2018.



    Increase Social Media Participation:

    Find people living here or elsewhere who want to adopt all or some of our social media so we can maximize our influence and blessing: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Wordpress Blog.  

    Local and bio-regional events in NWA: Continue to attend and support other vegan-friendly activities in Fayetteville,  NW Arkansas and all of the Ozarks.  

    Create Collaboration: Increase the influence of Animal Lovers of the Ozarks (co-founded by Trish) to create a directory and a place to collaborate with vegan-friendly organizations in Ozarks and Arkansas. 

    Anonymous for the Voiceless: Continue to work with and help build a sense of community within AV Fayetteville chapter. 

    Help get the Springdale Save chapter off the ground. 

    Veganism: Serve local community by helping people adopt a plant-based diet and grow food. 


    Find ways to meditate together, dialogue, pray and do other things that increase our spiritual awareness, interconnectedness and oneness. 

    Long term: 

    Develop a model of our Ecovillage which can be duplicated in any neighborhood--rural and urban so that we can help people start their own communities. 

    Train vegan community facilitators to support the creation of the community projects  and who can inspire people to go vegan through example and excellent teaching. 

    Host Community: Connect! gatherings, healing retreats, classes and other activities which enrich our neighborhood and foster more cooperation and unity by February 2018 

    Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution: Help our neighbors and friends who have issues that divide them to resolve their differences.

    Create a Timebank system so that we social change agents especially can live as much as possible without depending on money by March 2018

    Non-resident involvement: Create avenues so that people who are not living on the property can interact and be blessed by our work, and be in some way part of our community. "Friends of Vegan Utopia Ecovillage."

    Helping the needy people: Find ways to minister to the "least of these" including mentally ill, hungry, widows, orphans, homeless, poor, and suffering.

    Think Tank: Create a think tank of residents and friends online and in person to discern and help this growing movement develop the very best practices to promote healthy community living in the vegan movement by June 2018

    Support Selected Vegan Efforts: Support vegan leaders like Will Tuttle (author of the World Peace Diet), Earthling Ed, and groups like Save Movement, Anonymous for the Voiceless, 

    Pro-life Outreach: Inspire pro-life leaders to go vegan and inspire others to do the same.   Some key people are the very influential millennials:  Rose Josh Braham of Equal Rights Institute, Abby Johnson, Kristen Hawkins of Students for Life and David Daleiden of Center for Medical Progress  

    Podcast: Start a podcast that goes viral. We can interview people all over the world asking the question: how can we help the vegan movement grow to a critical mass by 2020? Make it a strategic planning podcast as well as training. Specialize in how to create healthy communities and ecovillages. 

    Interspiritual fellowship gathering: Have a place where the spiritually homeless can find encouragement and where veganism can be promoted through vegan meals and various spiritual teachings. 







  • published Are there biting bugs in AR? in Community FAQ 2017-05-19 15:45:19 -0500

    Are there biting bugs in AR?


    Late spring is when the bugs come out, and they stick around until early fall. There are mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers. We keep the lawn short at the event center, but there may be times when you may need to go into the tall grass or woods. Please bring natural bug repellent. We will give instructions as to how to avoid the bugs. 

  • Why can’t I bring pets and/or children?


    Pets sometimes don’t get along with other pets and even though they could be kept on a leash we find it simpler just to say no pets. We understand people need their service animals, so just let us know your situation and we will work with you. We love children and want to make the event center an inviting place for people to bring their children to events, unfortunately,  It can be hard to watch young children and also work. If you have older child(ren) who can work and put in the required hours, then they are welcome.

  • published Where will I be staying? in Community FAQ 2017-05-19 15:24:26 -0500

    Where will I be staying?


    We have indoor dorms for those who want to be inside and don't mind sleeping in the same room with others. We have one for women and one for men. . 

    Or you can sleep in a tent outside. 

    Or, if you have trailer or RV, we have limited spaces for them. 

    For more detailed information, you can visit this page: 

  • published YouTube in Connect 2017-05-17 16:48:55 -0500

  • published Community 2017-04-26 14:58:30 -0500

    Why Community?


    By Trish Mikkelson, Founder, and Director

    Fulfilling the vision of a vegan utopia-a world where all of life can thrive--we maximize our efforts when we live in healthy vegan communities. 

    Right now, we are living in a "vystopia." Living in a close-knit community can help us to overcome the effects of this difficult situation. 

    Clare Mann, a vegan psychologist, coined this word.

    "The existential angst for the vegan is something I call vystopia, the “existential crisis experienced by vegans which arises out of an awareness of the trance-like collusion with a dystopian world.  It’s the awareness of the greed, ubiquitous animal exploitation and speciesism in a modern dystopia”.

    "The cure for vystopia is a vegan world that extends beyond the non-exploitation of animals to encompass the non-exploitation of humans.

    Exploitation of humans will always exist whilst we are part of a machinery that maintains us in a state of trance where we don’t even question the abuse.  This may sound like an unachievable Utopia.  However, all positive steps in human history arise out of people coming together and holding a vision which is very different from their current reality.

    It takes leaders to share this vision and ‘walk the talk” of their conviction so others say, “We can indeed do better than this and we will!”  Vegans are the new leaders in creation of this brave new world and each of us must rise to the challenge and be on the right side of history. Together we can create a world in which we all wish to belong and in which all sentient creatures are respected and honoured."

    Here are some more inspiring quotes that inspire us to live in community:

    "Spiritual community gives a sense of meaning and direction, and of life that's bigger than one's own. It's healing without therapy."
    — Rabbi Omer-Man in Working on God by Winifred Gallagher

    “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”
    Dorothy Day, The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist

    Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.
    (pg.99, "The Body and the Earth")”
    Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

    “Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don't need a lot of money to be happy--in fact, the opposite.”
    Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

    “There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.”
    Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

    “A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”
    Desmond Tutu

    “To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.”
    bell hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope






  • Animals are Feeling Beings Too


    Supporting animal organizations is just one way I help animals. On my blog, I write about a wide variety of topics and types of animals, and I usually share links so you can check out the organization/topic being discussed.


  • published What is the cost of living like? in FAQ 2017-03-16 14:40:27 -0500

    What is the cost of living like?


    Land costs are lower compared to other places in the country. We welcome people who have similar goals and who have big dreams just as we do, to explore purchasing land nearby. There is room for many small communities on the 600 acres where owners have access to the beautiful Prayer Lake. Contact for more information. 

    Taxes are relatively low compared to the national average, while consumable goods taxes are a bit higher.  

    Food: Healthy organic food can be higher, but we hope to offset that by growing and providing for ourselves and others.


  • published Home 2017-02-07 09:35:40 -0600



    Wanted: Assistant Director And Founding Members 

    By Trish Mikkelson, Founder and Director

    I am looking for an assistant director and live-in founding members so we can do the following: 

    *Finish planning all details of the ecovillage so people can feel secure in exploring possibilities and joining. 

    *Give each other emotional, spiritual and physical support so we can have the strength to complete this task

    *Publicize the project and inspire people to join on various levels. 

    Qualified applicants can live here in the beautiful log house that I have use of until Oct 15, 2018. However, I am open to working with someone from a distance. 

    William Wilberforce and his friends, who helped abolish slavery in England over a 40 year period, lived in a community setting.  They provide an example of a spiritual community which helped to change society in radical ways. With the internet and all the knowledge gained over many decades about thriving in community, we have the potential to create healthy ecovillages that nurture our bodies, minds, and souls.  

    Once up and running, Vegan Utopia Ecovillage can help others start their own rural and urban vegan ecovillages.

    I believe we can address every challenge that we face on this planet when we have the power of community. Do you want to be the assistant director and/or founding member to help this get off the ground and make a huge difference in the vegan movement? Learn more here. 



    We are not accepting interns at this time. Please contact us if you want to be put on a waiting list. We can't wait until we have the capacity to get this program going!


    For Sale: Retreat Center and/or Farm Animal Sanctuary Site 

    Imagine purchasing the perfect site for a place of your dreams. Is this for you or someone you know? The six-bedroom log house is perfect for all kinds of activities including workshops, retreats, healing events and family gatherings. Volleyball, swimming, kayaking, are available at the nearby Prayer Lake, a private 40-acre spring-fed lake.  5 acres of pasture land plus 9 acres of forest is ideal for a farm animal sanctuary. We want to find a buyer who wants to keep this as a vegan retreat center and/or have a farm animal sanctuary. The Vegan Utopia Ecovillage site is only ten minutes away and we can cooperate! Learn all about it here. 

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    We offer resources for living a life of health and compassion using a plant-based diet. We encourage a whole-foods approach with mostly raw foods. Making ethical choices in all aspects of life, including what we eat, is a foundational decision that helps our body, mind, and soul.  Just as importantly, we help to alleviate greatly our negative impact on the environment. As long as people eat animals and hurt them, we will have human suffering. We want to alleviate suffering for all of life. Learn more here.