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Canadian Ecovillage Conference, June 2011

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Albert Bates is Keynote Speaker

By Diana Leafe Christian

The large community building at La Cité Écologique, the Québec ecovillage which will host the Canadian Ecovillage Conference.
(March/April 2011)

The Ecovillage Network of Canada will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) June 24-26 at La Cité Écologique, a 26-year-old ecovillage in Ham du Nord, Québec.

Goals for the conference include networking among participants, sharing information about the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and Ecovillage Network of Canada (ENC), and learning more about the host community, La Cité Écologique.

Albert Bates.
Keynote speaker Albert Bates will give two presentations: “Ecovillages as a Counterpoint to Urban Society” and “The Biochar Solution.”

One of the organizers of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) in the early 1990s, Albert Bates served as GEN’s board chair (2002-2003) and president (2003-2004), and, as principal organizer of Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA), served as ENA president from 1996 to 2003. He founded Ecovillage Training Center (ETC) at The Farm in 1994, and there, and at other venues internationally has taught sustainable design, natural building, permaculture, and technologies of the future. His books include Climate in Crisis (1990),
The Post-petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook (New Society Publishers, 2006), and The Biochar Solution (New Society Publishers, 2010). He has been a member of The Farm community in Tennessee since 1972; director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984, and director of Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm since 1994. He shared in the first Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 1980 as part of the executive board of the Farm-based NGO Plenty International.

Michael Deunov Cornellier will describe the development of La Cité.
Other conference activities will include a welcome by Lee Davis, president of Ecovillage Network of Canada; a tour of La Cité; a description of its spiritual mission, governance, community-owned businesses, and legal/financial arrangements; introductions and presentations of each participating ecovillage or community; workshops offered by La Cité on organic agriculture, sustainable development, sustainable energy, organic health care, and holistic education for community children; and a presentation by La Cité founder Michael Deunov Cornellier about the development and evolution of the community; and a with he and La Cité attorney Marie-Josee Duval on the legal and financial challenges facing ecovillages in Canada.

The Annual General Meeting portion of the conference will include a review ENC’s obligations as a nonprofit organization, a financial report, annual elections and appointment of members to the ECN board, and discussion of how ecovillages and intentional communities can better interact and help each other and share their experience and services.

The conference is (Canadian dollars) $87.00, with a $40.00 deposit. Online registration is available on this webpage. The fee includes all activities, lunches, and dinners, but not breakfasts and lodging.

Accommodations at La Cité range from (Canadian dollars) $15 per person for dorm accommodations and breakfasts, to $29-$39 for lodging and breakfast with La Cité families, and $69-$79 for onsite Bed & Breakfast accommodations. Camping is also available onsite at $20 per person, $30 for a couple, or $45 for a family of up to four. Accommodations are described on this webpage.

Offsite accommodations are described on this webpage.

Diana Leafe Christian, editor of this newsletter, lives at Earthaven Ecovillage, North Carolina, US.

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Eco-Heroes in Japan — May '08

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  • Lois Arkin,
    CRSP; ENA; Urban Ecovillage Network; Los Angeles Eco-Village, US
  • Peter Bane,
    Permaculture designer; publisher, Permaculture Activist, US
  • Albert Bates,
    Co-founder, GEN; Post-Petroleum Survival Guide; Director, Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm, US
  • Tree Bressen,
    Consensus & Facilitation Trainer; Cofounder, Walnut St. Co-op, US
  • Ernest Callenbach,
    Ecotopia, Ecotopia Emerging; US
  • Giovanni Ciarlo,
    GEN; ENA; Huehyecoyotl Ecovillage, Mexico
  • Raines Cohen,
    Cohousing Association of the US; Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC); Berkeley Cohousing, US
  • Leila Dregger,
    Peace journalist & writer, Peace Research Center & Ecovillage, Tamera, Portugal
  • Chuck Durrett,
    Cohousing; Senior Cohousing; Architect, The Cohousing Company; Nevada City Cohousing, US
  • Jonathan Dawson,
    Ecovillages; Findhorn Foundation, Scotland
  • Robert Gilman,
    Co-founder, GEN; Ecovillages & Sustainable Communities; City Council Member, Langley, Washington, US
  • Michael Hale,
    Yarrow Ecovillage, Canada
  • Jeff Grossberg,
    Guidestone Consulting Group, US
  • Martha Harris,
    Earthaven Ecovillage, US
  • Scott Horton,
    Editor, Permaculture Activist, US
  • Hildur Jackson,
    Co-founder, Gaia Trust; cofounder, GEN; Ecovillage Living, Denmark
  • Kosha Joubert,
    Editor, Beyond You and Me, GEN's EDE Program; Ecovillage Sieben Linden, Germany
  • Elana Kann & Bill Flemming,
    Co-developers, Westwood Cohousing, US
  • Joseph F. Kennedy,
    Designer/educator; The Art of Natural Building, US
  • Fred & Nancy Lanphear,
    Northwest Intentional Communities Association (NICA); Songaia Cohousing, US
  • Mark Lakeman,
    Founder, Portland City Repair & Village Building Convergence, US
  • Max Lindegger,
    Cofounder, GEN; Director, GEN-Oceania/Asia; Crystal Waters Ecovillage, Australia
  • Chris Mare,
    GEN's EDE Program; Village Design Institute, US
  • Ronaye Matthew,
    Canadian Cohousing Network; Cranberry Commons Cohousing, Canada
  • Kathryn McCamant,
    Architect/Developer, Cohousing Partners, Inc.; Co-author, Cohousing; Nevada City Cohousing, US
  • Dr. Bill Metcalf,
    Findhorn Book of Community Living; Professor, Environmental Sociology, Griffith University, Australia
  • Ina Meyer-Stoll,
    Co-director, GEN-Europe; ZEGG, Germany
  • Tim Miller,
    The 60s Communes; Professor of Religion, University of Kansas, US
  • Hank Obermayer,
    Mariposa Grove Cohousing, US
  • Toshio Ogata,
    Professor of Economics, Chuo University; GEPA (Global Environment Project in Asia), Japan
  • Craig Ragland,
    Executive Director, Cohousing Association of the US; Songaia Cohousing; New Earth Song Cohousing, US
  • Penelope Reyes,
    President, GEN-Oceania/Asia; Tuwâ - The Laughing Fish, Cabiao, Philippines
  • Michael Rios,
    Network for a New Culture Summer Camp East; Chrysalis, Washington DC, US
  • Jim Shenck,
    Enright Ridge Ecovillage, US
  • Nicola Shirley,
    The Source Farm Ecovillage, Jamaica
  • Tony Sirna,
    Communities Directory; Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, US
  • Jan Steinman,
    EcoReality Co-op, Canada
  • Liz Walker,
    GEN's EDE Program; Ecovillage at Ithaca; EcoVillage at Ithaca, US