8thLife is an EcoVillage project starting in the Canary Islands & a unique opportunity to co-create & invest in a healthy future for you, for your family, for future generations & for all species.
Mission Statement of our EcoVillage project.
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.
The Land: WHAT
- Our priority was to raise the fertility, plant cover & biodiversity for the first 5 years of stewardship work here, with the help of our beloved sheep, chickens & guinea-pigs who provide us with lots of rich compost. (We have not done the usual which is to put most initial resources into human comforts.)
- Of the trees, many are mature & already fruit-bearing - almonds, oranges, lemon, loquats, cactus-fruit, pears, plums, figs, chestnuts. The area is famous for its abundance of almonds which, apart from the great harvest create a unique spectacle of almonds in flower January to March.
- We focused first on minimizing erosion by adding lots of swales on slopes & increasing ground-cover everywhere. We have added many trailing vines for shade & food (e.g.passionfruit) & we have also been increasing biodiversity with indigenous species of herbs, trees & bushes.
- Initially, we planted a great number of new fruit trees in that time like walnut, avocado, mandarin, apple, chirimoyo, banana, olive, sharon-fruit, carob, acacias, tagasaste, mango, date-palms, dragos, papaya, guava, mulberry, quince & tomatillo, all with full watering structures in place.
The Vision: HOW
To re-populate an ancient farming hamlet* with 15-25 people
(starting with a smaller group on existing site).
We are committed to using the best wisdom we have to date
to co-create a sustainable
& healthy community & eco-village,
as a theoretical starting base.
To enjoy the big & difficult adventure of learning how to live
productively & in harmony with each other,
with the land, with the local cultures
& with all other species.
With the aim of 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 was the farm we bought in 2006, then in 2014 we brought one of the neighbouring farms, Finca Fortuna. These are surrounded by other farms - some for sale now, others probably in the future - which used to comprise an ancient eco-village. The vision is to 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.
The People: WHO
We are constantly improving the visits program and now we welcome people who wish to share with us this exciting and challenging adventure of transitioning toward a life more coherent with our values.
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.
The Site: WHERE
Note we do not publish our address nor give it to people we don't know yet because this is our home, and we value privacy & safety for our family.
We live in a beautiful 15,000m2 organic farm in La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, with spectacular views of ocean & mountains. It is (now) very fertile land with many fruit & nut trees planted and large gardens (already organized into a year-rotation chicken-tractor system, with irrigation, etc.) This is all in a very green, natural area with ideal climate for fast & abundant bio-production and 10 mins walk from village square (a tiny village, population circa 200) comprising a playground in a plaza, a church, a tourist-office, bar-restaurant and bus-stop.
We now have:
- hostel accomodation, in addition to the residents' house & camping site
- abundant spring water and council water supply
- main-line electricity supply
- good (reliable) ADSL internet connection
- very good neighbours in quiet neighbourhood
- stunning views & beautiful peaceful location
- public transport stop nearby
Click here for more on WHERE.
We are Stewards of This Land
We live in a very beautiful place, but we don't live here as consumers of this beauty, rather as stewards & protectors of the land.
So we don't have much in common with people to ask themselves, "Do I want to live there? Will I like it there?" but rather those who ask themselves, "Does this land want me here? Can I be of best service here?" This is because the first question supposes that land can belong to us, the second understands that we belong to the land.