… because I’m attending a 7-day intensive on the creation of an intentional Eco Village community near the beach, so I’ve decided to try and blog about each day’s events, partly as a way of integrating all the experiences.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
The vision is a Permaculture-based village, with clusters of dwellings, and shared community resources, such as a school, a restaurant, a community centre, a swimming pool and a small commercial centre that will include a general store, a medical centre and a community bank.
“We’re doing things differently. We’re challenging the mainstream concept that success = ownership and are advocating for the concepts of success = connection and success = energy independence, but also success = interdependence.” BEV website 2018
One of the most basic premises is that no one ‘owns’ their home; they’ll already be built by local architects and builders, to passive-solar designs, then you buy a share in the Village, and pay a weekly rent, but it’s secure for the rest of your life. Interesting.
We’ll also be studying Non-Violent Communication (NVC), with conflict resolution as part of that, plus Permaculture, alternatives to current world economics, Indigenous perspectives, cultural capital, Dynamic Governance/Sociocracy as opposed to Democracy, as well as meditation, yoga, an Empathy Bath (?), and delicious vegan lunches provided.
I’ll share everything except the lunch.
Sounds interesting/slightly weird/challenging doesn’t it? I have no idea what I’m letting myself in for, but I cleared my week’s calendar months ago, so can attend everything 9-5, plus the early morning yoga if I’m super keen- but to be honest, I’ll probably be lying in bed answering all your curious comments!
Has anyone out there done such a thing, or been part of an Eco Village? Any stories of delight, or warnings? I am partly motivated by the idea of living in a solid community as I get older, and being able to walk everywhere, and cycle to the beach- they estimate no one will be living on the land for at least another 3-4 years (so let’s call that 5 or 6).
Which would be perfect for me then.
I’m looking forward to sharing the privilege of this journey with you for 7 days (hopefully), unless I get too worn out with all the bathing in Empathy…
In gratitude for alternative perspectives, G xO