Ecovillage Cooperative Project

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(© Dan Shelton, 2014)

“Ecovillages today provide the best living experimental laboratories for incubating new models of sus- tainable human culture. The ecovillage model promotes a ‘systems’ perspective, emphasizing the con- nections between activities, processes, and structures, and developing a broader, more comprehensive understanding of ‘sustainable community.’ In ecovillage living and ecovillage design, the interconnec- tions and interrelation-ships are highlighted, and become more visible to all.”  (gaiaeducation.net  “Ecovillage Design Education Curriculum, p.14)

The Project’s educational pedagogy integrates a Community in Communion with Nature philosophy, and respects the intrinsic value of the whole of nature, of which people are only a part. The Ecovillage Cooperative does not seek to narrow any particular definition of Ecovillage & Ecocommunity. There are as many ways to create and evolve Community in balance with Nature as there are people, blades of grass, or grains of sand on this Planet Earth. The Project’s primary purpose and encouragement is in facilitating experiential education and application, as In Home Eco-Community Laboratories for humans living in ecologically sustainable balance with Earth.

“As of the 1980s, we who live in highly industrialized nations began spending more than 90% of our lives indoors (National Research Council, 1981); by various estimates our time outside has since shrunk to 1%–5%. This is a first in all of human evolutionary history.” (Chalquist, 2009; Ecopsychology, Vol.1 No.2).

“On average, over 95 percent of our time and 99 percent of our thoughts and feelings are disconnected from and out of tune with nature’s perfect ways. This injures and stresses our congress of 54, in-balance, natural senses including our senses of trust, community, beauty, reason, belonging, time, literacy, music, consciousness and hunger for air, water and food.” (Dr.
Michael J.Cohen,Ph.D(http://www.ecopsych.com/insight53senses.html)

1. What are the differences between the way people often think and live culturally, and the way the rest of Nature
works?

2. In what ways, if any, are human cultural practices destructive and in disharmony with the health of natural systems
where you live?

3. How could we begin to bring these cultural differences into healthier human-nature relationships with the natural
places we call home?

4. How can we learn to think and live in harmony with Natural Systems where we live?

 (© Dan Shelton, 2014)

PURPOSE & FOCUS

1. To establish and support a diverse Network of people learning how to live ecologically sustainable lifestyles in balance with the self-organizing intelligence and diversity of Nature, where we live.

2. To offer educational art & methods that contribute to learning how to think and live with Natural Systems where we live.

3. To offer educational links and resources for creating lifestyles and practices in balance with the greater Natural community or household.

Encouraging and Inspiring individuals to re-examine their choices about the way they live, relate and think with the Natural World.

Definitions of Terms

Ecologically Sustainable:

Ecological refers to “natural relationships”, in all their diversity. Sustainable refers to natural systems/ecological balance and cycles, in a given natural area, that are supportive and regenerative, like Nature works. This is very different than the often referred-to “Stewardship” policies of organizations, where People manage Nature from their abstract beliefs/education of how it should be. Educating one’s self according to the unity consciousness, intelligence, and diversity of the more-than-human world, of which you are a part, is of central importance.

People:

Refers to human beings of any kind, regardless of any belief, religion, race, sex, or any other culturally prejudiced label. All are welcome to learn and participate in the Network according to its purpose.

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