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Ecovillage Resources

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  1. Websites
    • GEN (Global Ecovillage Network)
    • ENA (Ecovillage Network of the Americas)
    • GEN-Europe (includes the Middle East and Africa)
    • GENOA (GEN-Oceania/Asia)
    • Community Buzz website, a feature of the intentional communities website ic.org, showcasing articles from print and Internet sources about all forms of intentional community, including ecovillages, with informed comments placing the articles in context.
  2. Finding Ecovillages Online
    • GEN website’s search engine
      Click “Search” see to list of ecovillages
    • Online Communities Directory
      Some of these listings of intentional communities are ecovillages.
  3. Some of the Best Short Ecovillage Videos on You Tube
    Intentional Community Ecovillages:
    • “Introduction to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage” An excellent short video that shows what an ecovillage does, and more importantly, why. Dancing Rabbit co-founder Tony Sirna describes the community’s mission, values, and practices while you see people building natural buildings, meeting, cooking, and eating; and Dancing Rabbit’s passive solar buildings, off-grid power, car co-op, garden, and more. If your friends don’t know why you’re interested in ecovillages, show them this!
    • “The Village: Cloughjordan, Ireland” Founders of this still-forming ecovillage project in the middle of a small traditional village in Killarney, Ireland, describe what they hope to do in their project and why.
    Traditional Indigenous Villages:
    • “Senegal Ecovillage Microfinance Fund” Wonderful 9-minute video with Senegalese music showing how micro-loans have helped villagers in Senegal create incomes from small, cooperatively owned businesses. Very inspiring!
    Sustainability Education and Training Centers:
    • “Tour of Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm” Ecovillage Training Center Director Albert Bates describes ecologically sustainable features at this educational center at The Farm community in Tennessee: permaculture design, natural buildings, off-grid power, appropriate technology, and more.
    • “Ecocentro IPEC - Reportagem Globo Repórter (Maio-2007)” Short feature story on Brazilian TV about Ecocentro IPEC (Instituto Permacultura y Ecovila do Cerrado), showing various features of IPEC from earth-bag construction to its beautiful and unusual buildings to roof-water catchment and more. In Portuguese, however this video is so visually obvious and well-crafted that it’s easy to appreciate what you’re seeing if you don’t understand the language.
  4. Articles about Ecovillages
    • More than 60 downloadable articles about ecovillages from publications such as Communities magazine in the US and Permaculture magazine in the UK, from 2002 to the present, are available on the GEN website.
  5. Public Presentations about Ecovillages
    • Ecovillage Slide Show. Hour–long presentation, “Ecovillages: Where They Are, What They’re Doing, Why They’re Important,” by Ecovillages editor Diana Leafe Christian. Over 225 photos of 50 ecovillage projects worldwide—focusing on ecological, economic, and social sustainability, as well as on recent developments in the ecovillage movement.
  6. Books
    • Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability, Jonathan Dawson.
      Green Books/Chelsea Green, 2006. Bookstores.
    • EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering Sustainable Community, Liz Walker.
      New Society Publishers, 2005. Bookstores.
    • Beyond You and Me, Kosha Joubert & Robin Alfred, Editors.
      Green Publishing, 2007. The “Social Key” ecovillage anthology produced by GEN’s Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Program. Also available as a download.
    • Ecovillage Living: Restoring the Earth and her People, Hildur Jackson & Karen Svensson, Editors.
      Gaia Trust, 2003.
    • Ecovillages: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities, Jan Martin Bang.
      New Society Publishers, 2005. Bookstores.
    • Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community, Diana Leafe Christian.
      New Society Publishers, 2007. Bookstores.
    • Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, Diana Leafe Christian.
      New Society Publishers, 2003. Bookstores.
  7. Ecovillage Educational Programs
    • Ecovillage Design Education (EDE), a four-week certificate course created by GEN’s Gaia Education program and offered in various ecovillages internationally.
    • Ecovillage Training Center (ETC) at The Farm. Courses, workshops, and apprenticeships in permaculture design, natural building, off-grid power, organic gardening, and other aspects of ecological sustainability at The Farm community in Tennessee.
    • Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT). This renowned educational center in Wales offers educational tours for visitors, produces courses and apprenticeships, consults with clients, and publishes books on topics from solar design and installation to natural building.
    • EcoLogical Solutions, Ltd. Sustainability education center at Crystal Waters Ecovillage in Australia, offering workshops and apprenticeships in permaculture design, natural building, ecovillage design, and more, and design and project management for clients worldwide.
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Newsletter Staff

  • Diana Leafe Christian,
  • Jan Steinman,
    Website Designer, Mailing List Administrator
  • Marie Marcella,

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