1) Why

We need to move all the resources we can as quickly as possible towards the most effective solutions if we are to halt & reverse the current destructive trends, and create a new, saner economy.  

We believe 
that stopping the destruction,
working to build soil,
restore ecosystems, 
heal our addictions,
change organizational structures
of the global economy
& learn to live in community
starting locally ...
are the 
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 
for you.

Holistic Management

Holistic Management is another name for Integral Permaculture (only IP includes a few more models, the aims are the same: to integrate all the quadrants to design for sustainability), and one of the great pioneers we are learning from is Allan Savory.  

If you see only one of the videos in this page, watch this one :)

Vídeo de YouTube

Mr Allan Savory used decades of research to create a holistic method to manage land to fight desertification. Something he has proved to work in several parts of the world. In this very personal interview with Mr Savory he explains the results and the way to manage in a holistic way. Something he says is a crucial understanding to battle effects from a climate change. But also that unifying the public and the public opinion is core for humans in order to survive and thrive.

Interview with a Founder Member

Thanks Taco for making this movie!

An interview with Stella Strega about Integral Permaculture, the new EcoVillage project being set 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.

Recommended Videos

Actually there are lots more & if you want a huge selection ... 
have a look in the Integral Permaculture e-Book: en.PermaCultureScience.org
(these are the supporting materials for the Integral PDC Course,
which is a requirement for membership of our EcoVillage
(so the sooner you get on the course 
... the sooner you'll be designing the EcoVillage with us !!)

Derrick Jensen - Endgame

all of Jensen's lectures are excellent, here is a video compilation

Life at the End of Empire

Derrick Jensen on Ecological Destruction

Part of the "Why Are Things Falling Apart?" series. 
In this clip Derrick Jensen discusses the dominant culture's urge for death.

Sally Erickson on the Global Addiction to Consumerism

Another clip as part of the "Why Are Things Falling Apart?" series. In this clip, producer Sally Erickson suggests that our lack of recognizing limits makes us describable as "a culture of two year olds."

Globalization Impact with Daniel Quinn

Another clip as part of the "Why Are Things Falling Apart?" series. 
In this clip, Daniel Quinn touches on the impacts of globalization.

Chellis Glendinning on Global Sustainability

another clip as part of the "Why Are Things Falling Apart?" series. 
In this clip, Ecopsychology pioneer Chellis Gledinning reminds us of the psychological wounds caused by empire and civilization.

Why a Farm?

Fertile land and particularly old farms like this one are an exceptionally wise investment for the future, for many reasons, amongst which are these:

  • whatever happens to the economy you and your family have access to the healthiest food, with zero transport (we have been building up the farm's potential to grow much organic food, moving towards perennial polyculture)
  • it includes the basic resources to support for various businesses (most real wealth essentially comes from productive land - growing biomass, harvesting sunshine)
  • well-managed organic farm-land is most likely to increases in real value (because of the high quality product it can generate per sq.m) many times more than any other type of land (post-cheap-petrol, town investments versus rural land will very likely experience an inversion: if it is still possible to sell your one bedroom apartment in the middle of a big city,  do so quick - you can buy a whole farm for the same price)
  •  it is also probably the most pleasant & healthiest place you can imagine living (the garden of Eden was probably just a large organic forest garden, which this farm is becoming) - even if extreme poverty hits most of us, this is probably one of the best places in the world to be very poor in
  • This is not just a farm however, but potentially a small eco-village (15-25 people), which would in turn be part of a small existing village (200-300 people) which would be very easy to shift into a 'transition town' quickly, with such an example of good design (why we insist on the good-quality permaculture training - essential) & cohesive group in its midst.

'Lechugones' are like giant dandelion plants much loved by all our animals
that grow abundantly on the finca

Why Organic?

Organic anything is the first step towards a really sustainable option.  

But we also agree that "sustainable agriculture" is an oxymoron because agriculture is by nature expansive.  And also far too expensive, ecologically speaking. 

What we're aiming for therefore is to design a perennial polyculture we can live in harmony with.  This is basically the aim of any permaculture design - in terms of how we provide for our food - by definition.    

It is very useful for  people to have done a permaculture design course (or - in addition, & preferably - to do the more comprehensive Integral PDC course our Association has developed over the last decades) because many things which are not so clear to relative newcomers to these issues are easily understood given a solid base in design principles.

Perennial Polycultures build soil, and soil is the most crucial resource (and our most urgent task as humans is to restore the soils our activities have destroyed) not only because it is the source of all terrestrial life, base of any ecology or human economy ... but also because building soil (adding organic matter to the soil) is the most effective way to extract CO2 from the atmosphere (and so halt global warming).    Lierre Keith says that if we restore just 75% of grass lands, in only 15 years we can take back all the excess CO2 created since the Industrial Revolution.   That's a lot of carbon.   

That organic food is - by the way - also healthier for us to eat is just an added advantage, not the principal reason for us to do this work. 

we also have aloes all over the place, bordering all of the paths of the finca

Why Shares?

& why with us?

  • One of the important most jobs we need to do to change paradigms is to 'liberate' land.  The idea of humans 'owning' land is incomprehensible to native peoples and one of the roots of our collective psychosis in the west.   With this shares scheme (shares correspond to living rights / stewardship duties but not 'ownership' of land) what we are doing is putting the land in trust with a Foundation which ensures it will be safeguarded by permaculture ethics, principles & objectives in perpetuity.  We think this change of mind regarding ownership is essential to bring a saner understanding & practice in our relationship to the land for the future, so we are busy designing for that as well.
  • This is a way of enjoying a whole farm for a fraction of the price it would cost you to buy one on your own, whilst multiplying many times its quality & fertility.   The land available already comes with all basic infrastructure already in place: the additional shares will be spent only on improving this infrastructure further.
  • You can cash-in your investment when you wish to move on, always provided you have contributed positively to the project.   This would increase simply with time under industrial conditions, but should increase a lot more (in real value if not cash value) as an increasingly productive rural land with our work on it, and particularly as a unit of a wider synergetic whole (the EcoVillage).  
  • You will be surrounded by other independent entrepreneurs which you can cooperate with to maximize the benefits of all activities
  • In the case you need to create a job, here you can do so without running the high risks usually found in terms of making this lifestyle viable (economically, socially, personally) especially if it is new to you
  • Organic living is wildly productive if done in a sensible way, not in isolation (as many couples or nuclear families try to make it work) and with the right set of knowledge, experience, skills, local contacts and especially with the solid on-site long-term observation and testing.   We can supply all of those, on site, as well as the tangible resources that are needed to start, already in place.
  • You can have the best of both worlds: the independence of your own piece of land & own eco-business, with the companionship & support as well as the safety-net of other entrepreneurs around you who are mostly busy with very complimentary businesses of their own
  • Great synergies are possible (but not obligatory) in this set-up.
  • In the case of you already having a transportable own business, here you can find a perfect home to run it from: high speed internet connection availablity combined with simple healthy living in a most beautiful natural place

Passion fruit vines cover paths & walls + the solar shower dome

Why this Type of Investment

We need to move all our resources as quickly as possible towards the most effective solutions if we are to halt & reverse the current destructive trends, and create the new economy.    

This article from an expert in green investing argues why the type of investment we are offering with this initiative is of the most important, but also least used: Investing in the NewEconomy

& physalis bushes grow wild wherever seeds fall, 
giving delicious small fruit most of the year

Why 8thLife? (the name)

This is not the name of the EcoVillage  - because we'd like to choose that between all the people that we get together as a pioneering group once it is established (we still don't have an eco-village, this is a project to create an eco-village) - but we needed a name for the project, so we chose 8thLife because:

1) we are the 8th generation of the industrial era (& the last that can avoid the definitive collapse of ecosystems which are critical for the global equilibrium of Gaia)

2) we have to integrate all of the 8 levels of the spiral (of the integral model) if we want to evolve humanity (the 8 of the icon has yellow as the main colour - & systems is the level of integral permaculture - which includes the whole spiral)

3) it has something of the proverbial "cat's 9 lives", which refers to the luck (& curiosity / ability to get into mischief) that these animals have ... a little like humanity.  It kind of makes sense to remind ourselves we might have used up 8 of our lives already ..

4)  8 the number 8 has for some time been a kind of 'lucky number' in the development of the project, eg. the 8 rolese (& 8 mini-farms / colours on the map)

5) the 8 on its side is the symbol of infinity / sustainability / cycling

6) the permacultural way of looking at wealth talks about the 8 forms of capital, which is what we're working to develop with this project.

... & we keep finding new 'magic 8' things popping up ...

7)  "Everything is changing, have you noticed?
1. No one can stand the employment model anymore
2. The entrepreneurship model is also changing
3. The rise of collaboration
4. We are finally starting to understand what the internet is
5. The fall of exaggerated consumption
6. Healthy and organic eating
7. The awakening of spirituality
8. Unschooling movements"

8)  The 8thFire Prophecy


... and ... only after choosing this name we realized that in fact the sign at the beginning of the drive-way to the finca from the main road says "8t"! (max 8 tons).


Cecile, July 2013

Since 2010, I have become interested in the concept of ecovillage - I literally fell in love with that idea! 

I have spent a lot of time on the internet looking at the existing and developing projects. 
When I found out about 8th Life, i also fell in love :) 
There was a high level of intelligence transparing in the information displayed on the website, much more than what I had seen before. 

I read all of the website and could see the whole plan was so much thought through, very cleverly prepared...also, ecovillages do not emphasize the same aspects and the aspects which are important to me, I feel they are represented in the project's plan.

I love the way the project puts the shareholders in charge of developing and stretching their minds continually to expand further in the designs. 
I feel by joining the project, there will always be space to learn and intellectually be challenged! 
I like that! The fact that we are given way to reflect back and correct oneself and get better ...

The second very important aspect that I like is the emphasis on finding the right people. 
That is why I love the way you are being asked to really show of yourself and who you are before you can even show up on site. 
There should be a vision towards which all agree to work for, otherwise, the project might fail in the end.  

Finally, the third very important reason for choosing 8th Life is that I perceive the ecovillage, in spite of the first selection phase, wants to open itself to the outside world, be a model for others and expand physically too - including transitioning the nearby village. I love and i need to be in contact with people, in any forms, but preferably in everyday life.

Tree tomato, grown from seed on the farm

Adrienne, June 2013

I'm a rethinking surgeon from Texas with 3 young children who is really frustrated by society as is and ready to make the changes everyone's talking about! 
I've been living a life of voluntary simplicity for over a year and a half and loving it, getting clearer every day on where I want to focus my energy. 
It's a continual process, and always will be, but I definitely feel like I'm creating what I want! 

I'm really interested in 8th life because they are the first community I've seen that seems to have really rethought things all the way back down to the basics, and thus are most likely to have created a solid foundation upon which to build a true community with a new and sustainable way of being. 

And I love that they already have food growing!