Synopses & Reviews
Ecovillage Living is a full-color guide to everything you've always wanted to know about ecovillages, from the people behind them to the tools to make them happen. If you have ever dreamed of natural housing, to know your neighbors, and a more harmonious lifestyle then this is the book for you. This is an unprecedented how-to and why account of ecovillage living, and a vibrant story of people spearheading a lifestyle that is rapidly becoming a new global culture. Here, you will find articles and interviews with ecological builders, water treatment experts, ecovillage designers, mediators, permaculturists, spiritual thinkers, localization activists, and other ecovillage pioneers from around the world. Ecovillage Living is built around the ecological, social, and cultural-spiritual dimensions of ecovillages, each of which is subdivided into five core elements. It displays inspiring, colorful pictures and full-page photo galleries of ecovillages around the globe, visual testimonies to their richness and diversity. The book also provides an extensive list of related resources and contacts.
This is a guide to everything about ecovillages, from the tools to make them happen to the people behind them. It covers natural housing, water treatment systems, solar panels and composting toilets, and looks at community issues, such as working close to home and having neighbours whom you know.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 176-181).
Ecovillage Living is a guide to everything you've always wanted to know about ecovillages, from the tools to make them happen to the people behind them. If you have ever dreamed of natural housing, water treatment systems, solar panels, composting toilets . . . If you have wanted to work close to home, have neighbours whom you know, live in a safe place for your children, or have a more harmonious lifestyle . . . If you're building a community, and want to learn from others' experiences . . . then this is the book for you. It is an unprecedented how-to, and why account of ecovillage living, and a vibrant story of people spearheading a lifestyle which is rapidly growing into a new global culture.
Table of Contents
The Right to Realize a Dream
What is an Ecovillage?
Ecovillage Design Patterns: The Three Dimensions
The Ecological Dimension
2. Wilderness, Biodiversity, Earth Restoration
3. Local Organic Food Production, Consumption and Recirculation
4. Ecological Building, Renewable Energy, Infrastructure, Local Water Care
5. Green Business at Ecovillages
The Social Dimension
1. Sustainable Abundance, Voluntary Simplicity, Local Economics
2. Modernizing Welfare, Integrating All
3. Building Community
4. Healthy Lifestyle
5. Teaching and Communication
The Cultural-Spiritual Dimension
1. Creativity and Personal Unfolding
3. Celebrating Life, Cultures, and Nature
4. Holistic Worldview
5. Localization, Bioregionalism
Ecovillages in the Southern Hemisphere
The Process of Creating an Ecovillage
Expanding the Ecovillage Concept