gASTWERKe e.V.

Project

Organization

Contact

Websites: 
Website: 
www.gastwerke.de
Emails: 
Contact: 
[email protected]
Contact address: 
Forstamtstraße 6
Lower Saxony
34355 Staufenberg - Escherode
Germany
Telephone: 
Landline: 
+49 5543 3024410
Fax: 
+49 5543 3024429

Team

Members: 
40
Additional information about joining the project: 
Workshop-visitors welcome

The gASTWERKe community is an intentional community of 40 people in the middle of Germany (near Kassel). We have a seminar house, an organic vegetable farm with huge greenhouses, a small Health Food store, a woodworking shop as well as homeopathy practice
We live in a commune, meaning that we share our salaries. We have a completely collectivized internal economy, with no private ownership of buildings, of the means of production or of motor vehicles. All income is pooled and each person takes out what she or he needs. There are no ready-made concepts for the building of new ways of living. The challenges are too complex. Our community is a living organism, constantly changing according to the needs of its members.

Settlement

People

Open for new inhabitants
Open for visitors
Inhabitants: 
40
Children: 
15
Visitors per year: 
200
Type of visitors: 
Participants in workshops and courses
Guests during events
Holiday guests
Volunteers

Living with the land

Total amount of land: 
10 ha
Cultivated land: 
6 ha
Forrest: 
1 ha
Climate zone: 
Warm Temperate
Natural resources: 
Fertile ground
Biotope
Actual portion of own food production: 
25 to 50%

Infrastructure

Portion of renewable energy: 
100 %
Renewable energy sources: 
Number of buildings: 
5
Applied building techniques and styles: 
Misc infrastructure: 
Space for communal activities
Sauna
Wood workshop

Social design

Communal life: 
We all have one communal household.
We eat together once a day.
Most food is vegetarian.
We gather for organizational meetings
We gather for meetings for communal personal communication.
Our meetings take place at least once e week.
We use to work in groups.
Members are expected to work for the project.
Each person designs his day by day individually.
Guests are fully integrated into our life.
Leadership / Decision-making: 
All decisions are made collectively
Strict consensus
Education: 
Public school

Economy

Type of economy: 
All money is communal
The project runs a business
The project receives donations
The project has other sources of income
The income is shared
Sources of income: 
Sale of self produced food
Professional services
IT services
Healing
Education
Funding
Donations

Best practices

Integral participatory design

Leadership: 
we make decisions in consensus. Even so we are a legal charity with a officially elected board (as we do have to have this) we do not have any leading figures and we make all decisions together.
Conscious participation in project design: 
100%
Education and empowerment towards sustainable living: 
80%
Educational courses and experiences: 
we offer a varity of permaculture courses

Best economical practices

Transparent administration and bookkeeping: 
100%
Consciousness of the impacts of consumption patterns: 
90%
Ethical and transparent fair trade: 
75%
Strengthening local economy: 
100%
Economic justice: 
90%
Collective ownership: 
100%