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Quebec's New Ecovillage Directory

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By Vicky Veilleux, Sutton, Québec

(May/June 2010)

right]The new Quebec communities directory.
In January, 2010, Leslie Carbonneau and I published the first Directory of ecovillages and eco-communities in Quebec: Répertoire des éco-communautés du Québec.

The Directory is a 112-page spiral bound booklet listing 36 communities, eco-settlements, eco-projects, and rural towns oriented towards sustainability. Each listing shows the community’s founding date, number of members, and number of acres, and describes its social organizational, ecological and economic aspects, and spiritual aspects when applicable. The directory also includes maps of communities in each region, and information about local and regional networks.

La Cité Écologique in Ham Nord, Québec, site of the November 2009 Communities Gathering where the Directory was launched.
The project began in November, 2008 at “Québec’s Eco-Founders Gathering” in Quebec. Participants wanted both a sense of solidarity between ecologically oriented settlements in the province and up-to-date information about them. Inspired by this vision as well as by the Communities Directory published by the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) in the US, Leslie began researching and visiting communities and similar initiatives all over Québec. (See Leslie’s article “My Ecovillage Adventure in Quebec" in the Nov-Dec 2009 issue of this newsletter.)

I later joined her in the traveling and research effort, and we both worked on the Directory’s layout and design. During the year we traveled across the province and met members of eco-communities, we became aware that it was not only possible to meet human needs while living on the Earth in a sustainable way, but that many people were already doing it, and quite successfully!

The four-member Directory team (and Ecovillages publisher Diana Leafe Christian) at the communities gathering:(Left to right) Emannuel Hudon; Vicky Veilleux; Diana; Leslie Carbonneau; and Michel Desgagnés.
We were helped by Emmanuel Hudon, who provided administrative support, and Michel Desgagnés (a cofounder of Cohabitat Québec in Québec City, the first cohousing community in our province), who provided national and international contacts and help with the fundraising.

“With the release of this Directory, readers will be able to explore for the first time in one place the community living options of Québec — in that province's native tongue,” says Laird Schaub, director of the Fellowship for Intentional Community in the U.S. “What’s more, this Directory has been crafted to the same high standard of inclusivity and even-handedness that the FIC adheres to.”

We launched the Directory on November 21, 2009, at a large communities gathering we hosted at a 25-year-old rural ecovillage, La Cité Écologique in Ham du Nord, Québec. Leslie Carbonneau, as founder of the project, and Diana Leafe Christian, publisher and editor of Ecovillages online newsletter, were keynote speakers. Almost 200 people from 20 already-existing or newly forming communities attended the gathering. It was an inspiring celebration of diversity in community, with participants united towards a common goal: creating a sustainable lifestyle, and doing it together!

“May this directory contribute to the collective effort to grow sustainable living in North America and around the world with tolerance and diversity,” says Leslie. “We are honored to have the opportunity to live this great adventure with the eco-communities of Québec.”

Author Vicky Veilleux.
Vicky Veilleux, an ecovillage and Transition Movement activist, is co-creator of the Quebec communities directory. She lives in Sutton, Québec, with her 4-year-old son. She writes in French about communities and sustainable living at www.vivreensemblepourlaplanete.blogspot.com

To order a copy of the Directory, email Vicky at info@ecocommunautes-qc.org. The cost is $20 plus mailing fees (CAN$4.50 in Canada; US$8.00 in the US).

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  • My Ecovillage Adventure in Quebec — Nov-Dec '09

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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