The Vision is to re-populate an ancient farming hamlet*
with 15-25 people (starting with a smaller group of 8 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 - the farm we already own - is surrounded by 5 other properties currently for sale which used to comprise one large (& very well designed) farm. The vision is to buy up these other farms with the new share-holders' capital, & 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.
We're working on our mini-vision movie! For now, enjoy this more general one ...
we are working to develop
a comprehensive & detailed
Manual for Sustainability:
and it is on this theory & models
(the best tested ones we know of to date)
that we are basing the
global design of this
We simply brought a farm in 2006 after living in a rented farm nearby since 2001.
We loved it, hard as it was at times we found we could not go back to living in a city ever again.
We also noticed there were lots of people who are also wanting to make the step of moving to simpler and rural living, but don't have the resources, support, information & contacts to do this successfully.
We witnessed many people & families making the big jump, only to return to the city after a few years of trying, having lost a lot of money, energy & enthusiasm.
Many others we witnessed spending years and decades travelling around the world, looking for the perfect project, place or community to settle down in, or hoping to accumulate enough inspiration & experience in order to 'start their own project', but that never happened.
Huge amounts of money are being spent in such 'eco-tourism' which effectively sucks resources away from permaculture projects & toward the transport multinationals: PLEASE re-think what you actually want to subsidize.
Our mission became to help turn this big resource drain into something positive, creative & constructive, instead of another form of consumerism.
This meant finding the most effective ways to accelerate the action-learning necessary to make such big changes in one's life, for people who are 'civilized' into many patterns which are very counter-productive to living sustainably or rationally.
We also learned a great deal in hosting many action-learning programmes effectively, creating many small temporary communities, but in the same place.
This big & unusual adventure informed the curriculum of the PDC+++ Course. It is now available online in two languages to help people design their own communities, without the need to travel quite so much.
Later we realized, as we slowly got to know the history of the place we were living in from the elderly neighbors, who generously shared hours of stories from their lifetimes here, that the small hamlet which surrounded our farm was perfect for an eco-village, as it had been built to be one about a century ago and worked very well before. All the major infrastructure is already in place, all that's missing is a pioneering group of people.
It is also becoming obvious that these small eco-communities are very needed as 'seeds' for changing local economies, that we need many more of them and that we need to document well their progress, so that we can help others not repeat the same mistakes.
How do we finance all this?
The EcoVillage project is designed on a share-holder basis.
The main disadvantage of this seems to be that most people aren't familiar with what being a share-holder means, and our idea is slightly different (we don't intend to 'float' the project on any capitalist markets, our shares are simply returnable loans to the association).
But in practice this structure has many advantages:
See more details about becoming a share-holder in the For Investors page.
Almonds in flower & solar shower heater (we are still using the very rudimentary bottle & pipe system but other hot showers are planned)
The Potter Garden.. which used to grow some 15cm weeds & now we wade through 1,5m of foliage if we let it grow: a massive increase in fertility of the land.
The chicken-tractor system is very large & still not finished (but most of the garden spaces are fenced already)
We planted various wind-brakes & 'green walls' of acacia trees as soon as we arrived, now they're about 2m high in places.