It’s time to transition from a destructive society to a sustainable world.
- stopping the destruction,
- working to build soil,
- restoring ecosystems,
- healing our addictions,
- changing organizational structures of the global economy,
- & learning to live in community
We need to move all the resources we can as quickly as possible towards the most effective solutions if we are to halt & reverse the current destructive trends, and create a new, saner economy.
If it’s clear to you that supporting the transition of our destructive society to a sustainable world is your first priority, you will love this & we are looking for you!
The Initiative has two physical components, Astoria Guest House – the operations center, & The Finca – 21Ha (52 acres) of land for developing the Eco-Community. We envision the initiative incorporating a number of elements such as:
- intentional community eco-village based on integral permaculture design principles (on The Finca)
- eco-enterprise incubator, co-housing, and shared workspace for eco-community members & volunteers (at Astoria Guest House)
- artisan & craftspeople’s incubator, shared workspace, & storefront for eco-community members and local residents
- promoting and strengthening the local economy of Las Guabas Arriba and Anton through example
- training/workshops in eco-economics, the circular economy, ‘buy local’, and local economic development
- community gardens and local produce and artisan markets
- permaculture courses and other practical, hands-on learning experiences such as eco-building
Would you like to be involved? We promote the values and ideals of community, respect, peace, and living an “on-purpose” life and hope these will be rediscovered by those who decide to join us. The Eco-Community will provide a socio-cultural support structure as well as a healthy atmosphere for living and working. For community members, fair work, cooperation, and an abundance mentality replace the materialism, competition and scarcity mentality prevalent in today’s world.
We’re looking for founding members, resident members, and volunteers. Everything is explained well in our website, which describes the different aspects of the project in detail. Please take you time and read it carefully.
- Current members: 3
- New members: Searching
- Current collaborators: 5
- New collaborators: Searching
Over the years we've done a lot of research into what creates community - and what does community really mean. We're learning from the successes & failures of previous projects, from our mentor project 8thLife La Palma, and from many colleagues and our studies of community building of all types, not just Intentional Communities and EcoVillages.
Our mentor project, 8thLife La Palma, studied the temporary communities of their action-learning programs and confirmed that lasting relationships & solid teams are created when a series of criteria are met. They then distilled these criteria into some basic models, not techniques or recipes, but models that help in understanding what's going on under the surface. Those models are now taught in Module 1 (People-Care) of the Integral Permaculture Course. That's why it's a requirement that everyone who joins us takes the course.
Because we're creating community, it's really important for people who are interested in this initiative to come visit first. To meet us, see where we live, see how we live, and use that information to decide about joining us. This also gives us a chance to meet you and this way we have more information to help us decide on your application. It's a two-way evaluation process as we look to create a diverse, creative, and enthusiast community.
If you are seriously interested in joining the EcoVillage as a member, this is the basic procedure for everyone. You an begin this process before or after visiting us, whatever works best for you.
> 1) fill out our Application Form found on our website.
> 2) Enroll in the online Integral Permaculture Certificate action learning program, (link on our website) where we will formally start your induction into the project as well as designing together your transition to the eco-village (including any eco-business you might need to organize).