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(May/June 2010)

Dear Diana,

Hello from the Philippines! First, I would like to thank you for the beautiful article you wrote about Pintig Ecovillage in the November/December 2009 issue of this newsletter.

However I want to let your readers know the founding member-nonprofits of Pintig Ecovillage have decided to dissolve our partnership. We recently realized we had differing views on the vision for Pintig and the timetable of its development. The existing land now being developed is owned and managed by Cabiokid Permaculture Center.

I am now developing an Eco-Bed & Breakfast Inn in the town of Cabiao with a fellow EDE (Ecovillage Design Education) graduate, John Vermeulen. We are calling our green business venture Tuwâ - The Laughing Fish. Tuwâ is a Filipino word meaning “joy.” And we imagine The Laughing Fish to be a place of joy in nature.

We’ve tried to stay true to traditional Philippine bamboo and thatched-roof building materials and we promote off-grid living. We have a central dining area for shared meals to give our guests a sense of community living.

Our 1.3-hectare property features natural buildings, rice field, fruit orchard, natural swimming pond, kayaking lagoon, art and design studio, community kitchen, organic gardens, and a sacred space for meditation and rituals.

Our Eco-Bed & Breakfast will open in August 2010 with our first guests — participants of the second Philippine EDE Course.

We are also honored to share our space with two ecological nonprofit organizations: Happy Earth, a Philippine NPO, and GENOA (Global Ecovillage Network Oceania & Asia).

Here’s a photo of Tuwâ - The Laughing Fish.

Many Thanks,

Penelope Reyes

Cabiao, Philippines

Penelope Reyes is Secretariat (director) of GENOA and a board member of the GEN (Global Ecovillage Network). —Diana

Dear Ecovillages,

I am looking for an ecovillage (or any kind of intentional community) that lives primitively, for lack of a better term. I have always wanted to live in a community that uses no modern technology and that lives incredibly simply. In a nutshell I want to find a place where people live in a tribal setting similar to how they did in North American prior to colonisation.

This is an odd request, I think, since most people I ask about this seem stupefied. There seem to be many ecovillages that live simply, but I want one located in the wilderness that relies on basic survival skills. Does this exist? If not . . . are there any communities that might be close to this?

Thank you for your help,


Ontario, Canada

Dear Karen,

I don’t know of any communities whose members have created a tribal culture and also use primitive living skills. This includes actual Native American nations in the US, most of whose members do use modern technology. However in terms of culture, not technology, many Native American nations certainly do retain their tribal connections and ways of life. But they're really not settlements that a non-Indian can usually join or live in.

So for primitive living skills, please check out Possibility Alliance Sanctuary, at 28408 Frontier Lane, La Plata, MO 63549; 660-332-4094. They are open to and welcome visitors by pre-arrangement. Two articles have appeared in Communities magazine about them; please see this online reprint in the Communities magazine website.

Good luck! —Diana

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To encourage and inspire new and existing ecovillage projects with news about ecovillages and related projects worldwide.

Advisory Board

  • 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