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(July/August 2010)

J'aimerais savoir comment avoir la guide des écovillages du Québec. Merci!


Québec, Canada

Melin asks how to buy the guide to ecovillages in Quebec, described in the article Quebec’s New Ecovillage Directory in the June 2010 issue of this newsletter. To order a Quebec Communities Directory, email Vicky Vellieux at info~at~ecocommunautes-qc.org. The cost is $20 plus mailing fees (CAN$4.50 in Canada; US$8.00 in the US). And please see the Directory website. —Diana

Dear Diana,

Can you recommend a good book on ecovillages? I would like to be more informed about this, before embarking on some activities on my farm. Thanks.

Hayley Daries

Durbanville, South Africa

The best book I know of on ecovillages is Jonathan Dawson’s Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability. (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006, and Green Books, UK, 2006). It’s a fast read, well-written, accurate, and grounded. Jonathan is a past president of GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) and past co-director of GEN-Europe, a specialist in ecovillage economics, and a longtime member of Findhorn Foundation in Scotland.

For an engaging, lively, well-written “how we did it” account by an ecovillage founder, I highly recommend Liz Walker’s EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture. (New Society Publishers, 2005).

And please forgive me for recommending my own book too. Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities (New Society Publishers, 2003) is about starting successful new ecovillages, based on what founders of successful as well as failed communities learned that worked well — and didn’t work well.

All are available from Community Bookshelf, the Felllowship for Intentional Community’s mail order book service, and from Amazon.com.

Thanks for asking, and good luck! —Diana

Dear Diana,

Just a quick note to say I really like the format of this online newsletter with the short summary on the email page then links to the article if you are interested in reading further. For busy people with email and info overload this is a perfect way of getting where I want quickly. May I also say how much I have enjoyed reading your two books on intentional community, Creating a Life Together and Finding Community. I am on that journey and, before reading your books the task seemed just a little overwhelming! Your books are so helpful and practical . . . even for readers outside the US where the laws and structures are somewhat different. Amazing and invaluable tools. Keep up the good work!

Karen Weldrick

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Thank you! —Diana

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

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Mission & Purpose

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