A New Anastasia Village in the Netherlands
By Lex VeeloAnastasia Village, following the dreams of Vladimir Megre’s books. (As your readers may know, Megre’s books, which have sold millions of copies and been translated into many languages, focus on the remarkable life and philosophy of Anastasia, a woman in Siberia who recommends living in eco-communities.)
Last year I took the initiative to set up an ecovillage because our Ministry of Defense was planning to give back to the Dutch people 53 military areas in the Netherlands that were occupied during the cold war in the seventies. Civilians were invited to submit their plans for new future uses of these areas, so I proposed to develop an Anastasia Village in one of the big training fields in the province of Drenthe. Rivendell Village in Belgium. There are also Anastasia village initiatives in Germany: one German project is already four years on the road.
We now feel the time is ready for this type of initiative. Officials like the idea of sustainable ecovillages and we will be unique because of the large land area we intend to claim.
We still don't have real ecovillages in Holland. There is an Eco Village Association that has been active for many years but so far has not founded an ecovillage — however they did help found several co-housing projects in city districts. Some nice examples of eco-districts in Holland are EVA-Lanxmeer in Culemborg and De Kersentuin in Utrecht. And there is a district of sustainable houses in Boxtel, our most sustainable city, with research institutes like De Kleine Aarde and De twaalf Ambachten.
Deventer is now planning a district of 40 Earthships.
So we are on the move!
Lex Veelo is secretary of the Work Group Anastasia Village in the Netherlands.
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