What are Ecovillages?

Despite the number of them not many people have actually heard about these eco-villages before. Today we have around 900 eco-villages worldwide and still counting. Keep in mind that not all of these eco-villages has to be ‘villages’ per say. Some of them simply consist of a huge property with a big house, where multiple people live and often live off of the land around them.

Eco-villages is based around the philosophy of a sustainable living not only on the environmental front but on the social, spiritual and economical front as well.

Through intentional communities eco-villages seek to provide the citizens with the connection to other people and the earth that has somehow become lost in our modern society.

On the social front they make sure that they do things together. They take important decisions for the community’s development together as a group, they eat meals together, they help each other build and repair their homes and they simply interact with each other on a daily basis.

The cultural and spiritual aspects of these peoples lives are covered through creating an environment that welcomes creativity and individuality. They talk their difficulties through and they have a deep understanding for the interconnectedness between us as a species and the rest of the earth’s species and earth itself. Eco-villages are not pinned up on any religion but welcomes all religions and spiritual philosophies.

The ecological aspects is easily covered by growing their own food, building homes in a sustainable way, protecting the biodiversity in the surrounding neighborhood and living off of sustainable energy.

And lastly the economical front is covered by keeping the community’s money within the community itself and investing it in business within the community.

Not one eco-village is like another and within each community the social structures and the main resources available is very different. Each village does things their own way. Where some may have focused on sustainable living through wind or solar energy others may have focused more on the agriculture. The size of the individual eco-villages various a lot as well, since it depends on the amount of citizens wanting to live in that specific eco-village and in that way.

 

History time

Eco-villages are not some new and modern thing but has actually been around since at
least 1962, where Findhorn – one of the best known and oldest intentional communities – were built. It wasn’t until after 1995 however that intentional communities like Findhorn began calling themselves ‘eco-villages’.

In 1991 the Global Ecovillage Network was founded by Ross and Hildur Jackson, whom – I may proudly add – are two Danes! The Global Ecovillage Network or GEN created a network between all the eco-villages in the world, which allows them to share knowledge and provide tools to the people developing and living in eco-villages.

During my research about these eco-villages I discovered that we had all of 10 eco-villages in my country alone. 10! In cutesy little Denmark. Who knew? I sure didn’t.

You probably have some in your country as well that you know nothing about. On the Gen website you can find an informative map over all of the eco-villages connected through Gen.

If you want to read or hear more about this exciting topic I suggest you go to old pal Google or head on over to my friend Youtube. There are some wonderful clips about everyday life in an eco-village and this amazing Ted Talk that everyone should check out.

During this research I also found out about this new amazing called Regen villages. Check back in on Saturday where I will go over this topic and provide you with some delicious new links.

I suggest:

The Ecovillage Movement by Ross Jackson, 2004

 

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