The first & most important page to read here is the WHY page.
that working to
heal our addictions,
change organizational structures
of the global economy
& learn to live in community
starting locally ...
most important & urgent
jobs to do
If you are clear for yourself that supporting the transition of
our destructive society to a sustainable world
is your first priority,
you will love this
& we are looking
... as well as a big social re-design
Thanks Taco for making this movie!An interview with Stella Strega about Integral Permaculture, the new EcoVillage project they are setting up and why it is crucial we design for a creative, energy descent.
We talk about the end of cheap oil, how our privileged lives in the west are connected to wars & the destruction of ecosystems, why the high rate of (western) ecovillage-project failures & what we can do about it.
Also we discuss how we need to unlearn much of what we have been indoctrinated with in our industrialized societies, in order to make these transition initiatives work.
The Vision > HOW
Re-populating an ancient farming hamlet* with 15-25 people
(starting with a smaller group of 8 on existing site),
committed to using the best wisdom we have to date
to co-create a sustainable
& healthy community or eco-village
enjoying the adventure of learning how to live
productively & in harmony with each other,
with the land, with the local cultures
& with all other species,
forming one of the thousands of important
post-industrial Leaver settlements
we need in order to Transition
to a truly sustainable, just & humane economy,
culture & future.
* Finca Luna - the farm we already own - is surrounded by 5 other properties currently for sale which used to comprise one large (& very well designed) farm. The vision is to buy up these other farms with the new share-holders' capital, & join up the land under a Foundation (land owned by the Foundation with share-holders having full permanent right of use) as a base of the EcoVillage.
HOW in more detail:
With NodoEspiral of the Permaculture Academy
we are working to develop
a comprehensive & detailed
Manual for Sustainability:
and it is on this theory & models
(the best tested ones we know of to date)
that we are basing the
global design of this
We're working on our mini-vision movie! For now, enjoy this more general one ...
Note that it is the People-Care aspect of this project which is unique & we are interested in hearing from people who much more excited about this, rather than the exotic location, as their main motivation for joining us.
So it is now a requirement that prospective members have taken at least this first module of the Integral Permaculture course in order to be included in the internal design process we're carrying out, which is all thoroughly documented on private wikis. See below (WHEN).
See WHO page to see who started this
There are 5 share-holders at the moment, two of us living permanently
on site, soon to be joined by another 3.
WHEN to Join or Visit us
This depends on what you may wish to achieve with a visit:
1) After August 2012 the camping-site will be up & running so you will be able to stay to relax, enjoy the countryside & use this as a base to explore the Island.
This is ideal if you want to be a tourist & just enjoy the scenery. Also if you want to help out occasionally & get an idea of the lifestyle we lead, if you stay longer times.
It is not useful however if you want to find out about the project (we don't commit to giving a tour or explanations to anyone who visits - it takes a lot of time & is very repetitive for us, unless we organize it as in option 2) - it's ideal if just if you want to see the physical place it is located in.
2) If you want to visit in order to -
3) For people who are seriously interested in joining the project, we ask that you first do some in-depth research in order to establish whether this project would be really suitable for you, before jumping to a visit.
We have put a lot of information on the web in order to facilitate this (and because we don't particularly enjoy repeating the same things over & over).
We enjoy very much welcoming prospective eco-village members that we have already got to know quite well, so we prefer that you visit when we invite you, after becoming a student of the PDC+ Course (ideally after completing Module1, the PeopleCare manual that we use for this project), if you are quite sure you want to live in an eco-village (whether it's this one or another more suitable one we can help you find). See the "Why the Training" page for more detail on this.
Note we do not publish our address nor give it to people we don't know yet because this is our home, & we value having intimacy & safety for our family.
The First Step
If you think you might be interested in joining this EcoVillage project, the first step is to join us on this journey. (Note that the starting date has changed from the one given in the video: we now stop off to pick up new students wherever & whenever they are :)
See WHEN section, above, for links.
The cost of the course is discounted from the share cost, should you later buy a share of the EcoVillage, as this is essential training required of all share-holders.