The Ecovillage Dyssekilde (OED) has born and developed from the idea to create a village with ecological principles (sustainable and recycled materials, low-energy and simplicity), where people had self-made private houses and common outside grounds. The social vision was to develop a good and supportive neighborhood and take decisions together in common meetings (3-4 each year). The association bought some land with a farm building and 13 hectares of potato fields in 1987. 30 people (from the initial 100) started later to build their houses with enthusiasm, mutual help and support from friends. Later other grounds were sold, to complete the 5 housing-groups which constitute the village. Each group of houses have different style and characteristics, for example the Moon group have a basic round design (some of the first houses were domes). OED has worked and succeeded to become an integrated part of the mainstream surroundings, the village Torup, and a local community Hall, a kindergarten, a school and an energy-and-environment-office were the results of its efforts. Several social and cultural projects have been realized inside the community. We have now a Common House (with hall, meeting room, office, children room and kitchen where common meals are shared, common laundry), a summer culture-festival week, activity groups (one for organic agriculture, an artist group, a handworker group, a conflict-solving group, a sauna group, and more. Now that the last building grounds have been sold and a new generation of ecologists has moved in, the Village has started a new phase where we will work to share our visions for the next steps to be done. A discussion has started and it is still going on, with meetings, questionaries, films, lectures and more. We have now planned 4 major “Vision Meetings” (one for each of the dimensions, values-ecology-social-economy) until june 2011, where we will try to define the guidelines of our future.
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 125
Non-working Guests welcome, Volunteers welcome,