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Today I want to share a campaign worth considering:
Of course I’m biased, I used to live there.
I spent more than 10 years designing, building and teaching at O.U.R.Ecovillage.
While life at O.U.R. Ecovillage consumed a lot of my energy it has given back equally:
- become a communitarian
- learned to listen
- had a venue for natural building and creativity
- felt the power of the circle
- witnessed the sparks when people wake up
- met hundreds of people young and old
- enjoyed countless delicious meals in community
- lived in a cob house
- shared skills I learned at O.U.R. in several settings worldwide
and most of all O.U.R. Ecovillage is my home community no matter where I am.
Eco-villages are seed communities for a change in lifestyle. Important processes happen there: people learn to live and work together, deal with personal issues that are triggered by living in close proximity with our “mirrors”. Staying longer has us ever more deeply connected. Moving away from individualism to communal power.
Living in Africa I’ve experienced a culture where the community comes before the individual. This is something those of us from Northern developed countries are not used to and struggle with. The African village community quickly gave a sense of belonging for me. Helping each other goes two ways.
I believe it’s time we become villagers again and step over our fears of losing private space. Places and Organizations like O.U.R. Ecovillage are leading the way to sustainable community. Breaking new ground, sometimes literally with development permits and Natural Homes, with Permaculture vision and local food and the courage to step outside the box.
Speaking of food: one of the incentives of the campaign is a nice meal at the Zero Mile Eatery…..
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