How to Become a Member

If you’re interested in learning more, here’s a few initial steps you can take.

Explore this website!

In particular, see if you align with our mission and vision.

Come to a St. Louis Eco-Village Network event.

The St. Louis Eco-Village Network is a network of people interested in intentional communities, eco-villages, and cooperative living in the St. Louis area (you can think of it as umbrella organization of which Winding Rivers is a part). Connect with them on Facebook and Meetup.

Come to a potluck or meeting.

Winding Rivers has a monthly social potluck brunch which is a great opportunity to get to know the group members and find out more about our community.
We also meet weekly to work together towards developing group documents and picking and developing a property. First time attendees are welcome to attend and observe the meeting, and once they’ve identified that they want to be more involved, they are welcome to contribute to the community formation process.

If you’re interested in attending either the social brunch or weekly meeting, please get in touch via this contact form and we’ll let you know the times and places!

Current Members

Elizabeth (Za) Goodbrake

Za Goodbrake
Hi! I’m Elizabeth (Za) Goodbrake. I’m an internationalist, violinist and yoga enthusiast. I have a 1 year old daughter Lorraine and am expecting another baby in May, Before kids, I traveled over two years throughout 28 countries studying language, culture and yoga. I’m a high school teacher at University City. I love cooking with whole foods and taking long walks almost every day. I’ve wanted to return to living in community ever since my husband and I lived at PunPun, an ecovillage and seed saving operation, in Thailand.

Aaron Michels

Aaron Michels
Aaron Michels is a father of two, and since small has been involved in work around environmental sustainability. He currently works for an energy efficiency consulting company, but has also worked with agricultural training programs (in the US and Latin America), in waste reduction, and in a host of small DIY level projects like greywater systems for cohousing and vegoil-diesel substitution. Since returning to St. Louis, he has re-engaged with the primary division this city faces, the Delmar Divide. So besides organizing around intentional community he participates in racial and economic justice efforts. He enjoys making light sculptures, beatboxing, building stuff, tackle/tickle with Maddox, and sitting next to streams.

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson
Jessica is a passionate advocate for community living after spending 7 years in Mariposa Grove, an intentional community with an ecological and social justice mission in Oakland, California. Originally from University City, MO, Jess returned to her hometown a few years ago and co-founded the St. Louis Ecovillage Network in order to support forming intentional community projects in the St Louis area. Jess serves on the Board of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Rutledge, MO and works for the humanitarian aid nonprofit Wings of Hope. She enjoys foraging expeditions with her husband, Aaron, and two young boys, Maddox & Atticus.

Brian Blosser

Brian Blosser
Brian Blosser was born on one side of Missouri (Kansas City) and raised on the other side (St. Louis), which he still calls home. He studied Electrical Engineering and Jazz Studies at Wash U and Music Technology at Georgia Tech, before changing course to explore his passion for environmental sustainability and social justice. Since grad school, he’s worked on organic farms, in campus ministry, at a homeless shelter, in food service, at a sliding-scale grocery co-op, and he is now embarking on a new career in software development. He enjoys biking, learning foreign languages, trying to live in the present moment, savoring good food and the company of friends, and asking lots of questions.

Joshua Hill

Joshua Hill
Joshua Hill is an electrical design engineer for StraightUp Solar. In addition to designing and installing solar PV systems, Joshua enjoys yoga, gardening and earthen building. He envisions many small “eco-Acre” clusters in and around the vibrant and diverse St. Louis area. Joshua and his wife Elizabeth are proud parents to two young daughters, Lorraine and Cecelia.

Maggie Kuehn

Maggie Kuehn
Maggie Kuehn is a retired secretary. She enjoys photography sewing and gardening. She is looking forward to living in a community sharing time and resources in an ecologically sustainable way.

Roy John Wheelock

Roy John Wheelock
Roy John Wheelock is a retired Registered Nurse. He now studies music and it’s application to building and maintaining communities. Philosophically he is aligned with the Earth Charter which is an international declaration of fundamental values and principles considered useful by its supporters for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. He continues to seek out like minded individuals to commune with and who wish to seek nonviolent ways of forwarding these goals.