What is an Ecovillage? While there are many definitions, we like this one the best...
"An ecovillage is an intentional or traditional community using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in order to regenerate social and natural environments."
It turns out that there are thousands of ecovillages around the globe, many documented, but many more un-documented, especially in the Global South. The idea of communal living is nothing new. In fact, it is humanity's most ancient mode of living. While there are intentional communities scattered across the Northern Hemisphere, in a few remaining parts of the South this is the way life has always been. People care about their neighbor, care about their environment, and invest in their future because they intimately understand that all is connected.
Don't be scared by the word! We hear it all the time... You live in a what?! Is that a cult? Someplace way off in the woods where hippies live???
No way.Today most ecovillages are at the cutting edge of implementing green technology, group decision making processes, and alternative education. They are thriving models of a future world. These communities receive visitors from around the global - mostly young people who are catching on fast. Many are springing up in urban centers. These places are diverse and hold diversity. They are experimentation sites for regenerative growing practices, gift-based economies, and true democracy.
We aren't saying that everyone should up and move to an ecovillage. While that would be awesome... it is not reality. We are saying that ecovillages can serve as excellent models for how to build cooperative culture where you are right now! Plant a community garden, start a co-op in town, ring your neighbor's doorbell and say hi. Visit an ecovillage to LEARN.
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Contact us to book a NextGEN workshop or attend one of our educational events. The world of ecovillages is vast, so we want to support you in all the movement has to offer.
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Our parent organization! GEN offers inspiring examples of how people and communities can live healthy, cooperative, genuinely happy and meaningful lifestyles --- beacons of hope that help in the transition to a more sustainable future on Earth. We foster a culture of mutual respect, sharing, inclusiveness, positive intent, and fair energy exchange.
The Fellowship for Intentional Communities (FIC) Promoting community living and cooperative lifestyles across North America, the Fellowship for Intentional Community nurtures connections and cooperation among communitarians and their friends. We provide publications, referrals, support services, and sharing opportunities for a wide range of intentional communities, cohousing groups, ecovillages, community networks, support organizations, and people seeking a home in community.
Gaia Education Gaia Education’s flagship curriculum, the EDE, integrates the social, worldview, ecological and economic dimensions of sustainability, providing an education which is universal in scope and local in application. Gaia Education programmes have been offered in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, from urban slum to universities and training centers.
The Valhalla Movement Valhalla is a growing tribe of storytellers out to proliferate freedom culture by igniting a global passion for sustainability, self-reliance, and collaborative action - al through compelling digital media, on-th-ground action, and alternative education. Valhalla is currently taking action at two locations, building Valhalla Montreal from the ground up and expanding outreach and education efforts at Sirius Community in Western, MA.
NuMundo NuMundo is an online platform connecting people to meaningful experiences to facilitate personal transformation and accelerate the development of impact centers. Using our booking tool you can sign-up for a stay or work exchange at hundreds of farms, yoga retreats, ecovillages and intentional communities. Our team is enthusiastic about building a global movement of passionate people and land stewards to co-create a thriving planet for us and future generations.
Transition Network Transition Network is a charitable organization whose role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organize around the Transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions. Ultimately it’s about creating a healthy human culture, one that meets our needs for community, livelihoods and fun. We’re here to support you. We run events, conferences, trainings, blogs, webinars. We produce monthly newsletters, books, films, guides, tweets, and more, all with the intention of best supporting those around the world who are doing Transition.