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Global Ecovillage Network

Global Ecovillage Network

Connecting communities for a better world

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. GEN serves as umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and ecologically-minded individuals worldwide.

People and communities meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living a cooperative sustainable lifestyle.

Gaia Education

Gaia Education

On the cutting edge of sustainability education

Gaia Education offers state-of-the-art study guides, training manuals, books, webinars, presentations and a quarterly newsletter to facilitate the delivery of on-line and on-site transformational learning opportunities for community development.

Since 2006, Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of more than 190 programmes in 34 countries over 6 continents, reaching thousands of people. Its programmes have been offered in settings ranging from tribal women and traditional communities to children and youth, ecovillages, urban slums, universities and resilience training centers.

EDE

EDE

Ecovillage Design Education

The Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course is a programme of GEN  partner, Gaia Education.  This curriculum was developed over a number of years by a group of Ecovillage educators from around the world calling themselves GEESE (Global Ecovillage Educators for Sustainable Earth). Launched in Findhorn in 2005, the Ecovillage Design Curriculum is an official contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development - UNDESD 2005-2014.

GENOA

GENOA

Global Ecovillage Network Oceania & Asia

GENOA - Global Ecovillage Network Oceania & Asia - is a network of people, ecovillages and organisations in Oceania & Asia. GENOA promotes Ecovillage living where people live together in a sustainable way, with dignity, in harmony with each other and with nature.

Solution Library

Solution Library

Traditional and Innovatives Solutions for Sustainable living

The Solution Library first came to life as part of the “Ecovillage Strategies for Community Mobilization“ project lead by GEN Europe with generous funding by the Anne Lindh Foundation. The project is run in partnership with Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural heritage, CULTNAT, Egypt; Association Rikab for Development Sustainability and Communication, Morocco; African Youth Initiative on Climate Change, Algeria; Peace Research Village Middle East, Palestine; and Guneşköy Çevre Kultur ve Işletme Kooperatifi, Turkey.

Gaia University

Gaia University

Project-based, transformative action learning for Earth Regeneration

Gaia University is a global learning un/institution supporting transformative action learning through the use of online learning modules as well as self-designed and directed local projects. Student associates document their work in online ePortfolios which serve as life-long learning records of their achievements. Bachelors and Masters degrees and Diplomas in Permaculture Design, Transition Leadership and Action for Resilience. www.gaiauniversity.org or [email protected].

Konohana Family

Konohana Family

Konohana Family is an agriculture-based community at the foot of Mt. Fuji where 85 non blood-related members live as one big family.
In 1994, 20 members found Konohana Farm, which then was renamed to Konohana Family. They aimed to establish a community where people can live together by supporting each other in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan.

Serene - A mission to survive...

Serene - A mission to survive...

SOIL EROSION, GLOBAL WARMING, RISING FLOODS AND DRAUGHTS, RISING POLLUTION LEVELS OF AIR, SOIL, WATER AND MENTAL, SEA LEVEL RISE, GLACIERS MELTING, SPECIES GOING EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED, PRICE HIKES, GOING TOWARDS TOTAL DEPENDANCY ON PETROLEUM PRODUCE WHICH IS A FINITE SOURCE OF ENERGY, CLIMATE CHANGE, HYBRID FOOD WITH TOO MANY PESTICIDES AND OTHER CHEMICALS are continuously on the rise. Even though all of us are aware of these problems we (as people and most of the governments) are still acting as we have plenty and all the solutions!!!

Seonae Ville

Seonae Ville

We first started as a spiritual group(Suseonjae). Founded in 1998, we have been doing the breathing practice. Through meditation for a couple of years, we got connected to various beings such as plants, animals, the great nature and even mother earth. The messages from them were all the same. – Humans are also part of nature and our original role was to become guidance of earth. They sadly said they almost lost hope from humans and they are losing faith and love they used to have for humans.

Koh Kong Eco Community

Koh Kong Eco Community

Ten hectars owned in a Wild Life Sanctuary in the Cardamom Mountains (Koh Kong, Cambodia). No acces by road, just by boat trough the Biggest Maangroove Forest of Asia. Independent in production of Food.
Lake with fish production. Eco Agriculture, Eco Construction, Social Economy, Humanitarian Work, Education, Music, Art...

We offer food and acomodation for our volunteers.
Many different works to do.

Gecko VIlla

Gecko VIlla

Unusual, sustainable holidays in rural Thailand

At Gecko Villa among th rice paddies of Thailand's northeasten plateau, we have for over a decade now been offering one of a kind holidays to visitors wishing to see an authentic side of Thailand, entirely off the beaten path, where sustainable travle and resonsible tourism are key. Enjoy a private pool villa holiday, savour delicious, fresh Thai meals that are prepared for you at no xtra  cost, and discover a whole range of unusual activities.

as one community

as one community

In 2001, some volunteers gathered in Suzuka, Japan, aiming to realize a happy society free from fighting and opposition, in harmony with nature. A border-less community named “AS-ONE COMMUNITY” has been created in an ordinary neighborhood of Suzuka, a typical middle-size city and also well known as a city of the Honda company.

Auroville

Auroville

Auroville (City of Dawn) is an experimental township in Viluppuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, near Puducherry in India. Inspired by the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo, Auroville was founded in 1968 by the Mother (Mira Alfassa) in accordance with her dream of a universal township living in harmony with itself and the wider world.

New Oasis for Life

New Oasis for Life

The Second Home of Lifechanyuan

Our community was established in 2009 in Yunnan, China by a group of people who held common universal values and the vision of creating a new life mode for human beings to sustain themselves on earth.

Trika Eco Resort

Trika Eco Resort

Yoga, Permaculture, and Community Center

Trika Eco Resort is the international headquarters of Trika Method, located in the rural mountains of Northern Thailand. Trika Eco Resort is a yoga retreat center, permaculture farm, and intentional community of dharma practitioners who dedicate their lives to the dharma through Trika Method’s many spiritual and humanitarian initiatives. We invite visitors to experience our unique way of life as guests, volunteers, or retreat participants, and we always welcome new residents.

Kibbutz Lotan

Kibbutz Lotan

Kibbutz Lotan is located in the far South of Israel, 55 km. North of Eilat. It was founded by graduates of the Reform Jewish Youth movements of America and Israel in 1983. The population of the community fluctuates between 150-200 people. "Members" of the cooperative fluctuate between 45-65, with between 40 and 70 children. The community is multi-generational with parents of members living in the community by renting houses as do numerous families who are considering joining.

Pun Pun

Pun Pun

Pun Pun is an organic farm, seed-saving operation, and sustainable living and learning center. We feel that only by living in a sustainable way ourselves, is it possible for us to create a model from which others can learn and live. Through natural cultivation on our organic farm we display ways of transitioning to, and living more sustainably. Through the living and learning center we experiment with appropriate technologies, organic farming, and natural building techniques. We discover the practices that work well for people and are practical.

SIRCle Project

SIRCle Project

The Sustainable Innovation for Resilient Communities (SIRCle) project uses adult education to address one of the most pressing needs of our time, namely how to marry effective grassroots responses to climate and social change with the capacity to make a sustainable living in a challenging economic climate.

Qingema Ecovillage

Qingema Ecovillage

Peacock River Resort

Qingema ecovillage is located in northwestern Xinjiang Province, a wide and barren area in the Gobi Desert. It has saline-alkali soil everywhere, with long and hot days but a large temperature difference between day and night. The crops we grow here are quite rich, with “hami melon” and “korla fragrant pear” being two of the most popular.

Holy Land Trust

Holy Land Trust

The Holy Land Trust is neither a political nor a religious organization; we aspire to learn from the spiritual teachings and values of all faiths and traditions that bring unity to the human family and closeness to the Creator of all things, practicing and promoting love, truth and goodness, between all people, and acting always with empathy and compassion.

The core values of the Holy Land Trust are:

Yesh Meain Farm

Yesh Meain Farm

permaculture farm

Yesh Meain is a permaculture farm located in Moshav Nahalal, in the Jezreel Valley, in the North of Israel.
The farm was started in 2007 as the product of a collective journey of inspired and motivated students of the Green Apprenticeship (GA), the Permaculture Design Course of the Center for Creative Ecology on Kibbutz Lotan.

Shomrei-HaGan

Shomrei-HaGan

the garden keepers

Shomrei-HaGan consist 150 groups of kids and youth learning on a weekly base how to connect to the earth, the spirit and themselves, using hunter/ gatherar skills.

Children's Village School

Children's Village School

Moo Baan Dek is a living alternative education and a community. Its environment is arranged to help poor children from even the most difficult backgrounds to learn to love themselves and society. The children learn from nature and their immediate environment. They grow up in a warm and loving atmosphere in which they find understanding and freedom plentiful. Their learning can take place at any corner of this natural school, 70% of which is covered with cultivable land and forest, and is not confined to small classrooms. The school's underlying philosophy is very close to that of A.S.

Volunteer Source Nepal

Volunteer Source Nepal

Let's join hands to create a sustainable world

Volunteering source is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental volunteer organization which aims at all round development of rural Nepal. The organization is based at Kathmandu in Nepal. The activities of Volunteering source are completely non-profitable and provide wide range of serving opportunities to enthusiastic youth and optimum utilization of human resources in rural areas.

Kaditah

Kaditah

Kaditah is an unrecognized, loosely organized village located in the Galilee of northern Israel. The residents are currently negotiating with the government concerning planned development of the village. Residents are all committed to living on the land and are involved with various ecological lifestyle practices. but there is little co-ordination. The Kaditah ecology center was founded to offer workshops, information and demonstration projects both to residents and to visitors and volunteers.

Wongsanit Ashram

Wongsanit Ashram

Wongsanit Ashram was founded in 1984 by social activist Sulak Sivaraksa and colleagues. It is a spiritual activist community devoted to developing and promoting an alternative lifestyle that is grounded in Buddhist Dharma, cultural diversity and environmental sustainability. It is home to educators and social activists who lead programmes in grassroots leadership, in natural construction techniques, and in empowering marginalised communities.

NextGEN Oceania & Asia

NextGEN Oceania & Asia

NextGENOA is a network of young people from the Asian & Oceania region who are committed to care for the earth by practicing and promoting sustainable living and Ecovillage values within the Oceania and Asia region.

Clementerra mini farm

Clementerra mini farm

1 dunam of a small scall urban farm, we are a demonstration and a learning center to permaculture in small scall.
we teach permaculture as a way to educate people to the world state, and what they can do about it. we use ecological food growing methods, all kind of compost methods (kitchen, toilts, worms), low tech gray water system and more.

Govardhan Eco Village

Govardhan Eco Village

Govardhan Eco Village is an ISKCON Chowpatty (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) initiative under the inspiration and guidance of Radhanath Swami, who is the spiritual mentor at ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai, India. It is a farm community spread over a scenic landscape of 63 acres at Galtare, Wada situated 110 km North of Mumbai. Since its inception in the year 2003, Govardhan Eco Village has made steady progress in organic farming, cow protection, gurukul, sustainable living, alternative energy etc.

Roshni Association

Roshni Association

Roshni Association is an Eastern-Western Community Project in Lahore, Pakistan. Located on the outskirts of Lahore, the Roshni Village is a center where people with and without special needs come together to live and to work. It started work for special persons in 2001, and is currently looking after nearly 50 people with special needs, due to mental retardation and related handicaps. We are providing residential facility to many of our students in our two community houses. The special persons do meaningful work in our workshops, viz.

Hakoritna Farm

Hakoritna Farm

Hakoritna Farm (which loosely translates to ‘Garden Farm’) is located in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm and is bisected by Israel’s “Separation Barrier” – the concrete walls, barbed wire, military roads and ditches that run up and down occupied Palestinian territory; often separating Palestinian communities and families from each other or, as in this case, separating farmers from their land.
The Permaculture of Resistance

Na Terra

Na Terra

naTerra, based in Macau and East-Timor

Naterra is a non-profit association, started and run by a group of 5 young Portugueses based in Macau and East-Timor. NaTerra embraces projects in the field of education for sustainable development, a multidisciplinary organization that combines holistic education and Permaculture Design, creating and share alternative solutions, engaging directly with the local communities to work towards a sustainable development.

Kibbutz Tzivon

Kibbutz Tzivon

Tzivon is a small young kibbutz with an ecological vision located in the upper Galilee half way between the Mediterranean coast and the sea of the Galilee. The kibbutz is situated in the heart of an oak forest and is surrounded by nature reserves. Tzivon has among other things, an organic vineyard, dairy goat herd, traditional crafts workshop, a vegetable garden and and alternative eduction system.

Himalayan Permaculture Centre

Himalayan Permaculture Centre

The Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) is a grass roots non-government
organisation (NGO) set up by trained and motivated farmers from Surkhet district
(Mid-Western Nepal) in 2010 to implement sustainable rural development programs in Nepal.

Sharaka

Sharaka

Community Supported Agriculture

Sharaka, meaning 'partnership' in Arabic, is a Palestinian volunteer-run initiative that aims to support Palestinian farmers by promoting local seasonal and Palestinian produce and goods and by linking farmers and consumers directly. Our activities include community outreach and education through panel discussions and other events, School gardens and working with restaurants in Ramallah area to encourage the purchase of local seasonal produce from Palestinian farmers and to feature traditional dishes that celebrate the seasonal goodness of Palestine.

Green Valley EcoVillage

Green Valley EcoVillage

We are promoting various schemes under the Eco-Village concept, namely Eco-Farm, Eco-Landscape, E-Business, Farmstay & Cottage Development.

Our Vision is to realize a community living in a setting that is very much Pro-Environment, sustainable to our future generation. The vision shall be realized via design and planning of Nutrimental planting schemes.

We stresses on educating our visitors and staff in creating ecologically sustainable living spaces. In short, we work, play and stay harmoniously with nature!

Looking Beyond Disaster, Bangladesh

Looking Beyond Disaster, Bangladesh

Gaia Education delivers vital training to flood-affected regions of Southern Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world, and according to the IPCC is expected to become even more so as a result of climate change. Floods, cyclones, tornados, and riverbank erosion, often occurring simultaneously, have had an impact on the lives and livelihoods of people living in coastal areas such as the Khulna and Bagerhat Districts of Southern Bangladesh.

As One Community- Suzuka

As One Community- Suzuka

As One community started around 14 years ago.
As One community activities are based on the studies of human and societies,
especially essential social systems for implementation to create sustainable communities.
At first, studies started in 2000 and then the Scienz Institute, a Non-Government-Organization, was
established in 2004. Their investigations led to the Scienz School which is also an NGO.
And now, every month, we have seven courses for the public from beginner level
to advanced level in the Scienz School in Suzuka, Japan.

Hua Tao ecovillage

Hua Tao ecovillage

Hua Tao ecovillage is in Chongzhou, Chengdu, the land of abundance. And there are several interesting places around us, such as Anren ancient town, Confucius International School and a agricultural base. In the ecovillage, living area with green buildings is about 9 acres, and it is surrounded by 40 acres of farmland. The density of buildings here is 39.6%, and the green coverage is 45.9%.

Anna Eco Village Resort

Anna Eco Village Resort

This resort is in a famous train road to Annapurna Base Camp. It is located in a beautiful place.

Marda

Marda

Permaculture Farm

The Marda Permaculture Farm is a working farm and a demonstration site for permaculture principles, techniques and strategies. Permaculture is an ecological design system that draws heavily from indigenous, local wisdom as well as cutting edge science to help individuals and communities maximize local resources toward sustainable production, generation, and recycling of food, water, energy, housing, and other resources.

Seonae Ecovillage

Seonae Ecovillage

We first started as a spiritual group(Suseonjae). Founded in 1998, we have been doing the breathing practice.

Our community is specialized in three things: teaching people on city farming, communion with the Earth and meditation, help people to build eco-village.

There are about 200 members live in the Seonae-ville. We have six Seonae villes throught Korea and they are all connected to one another.
We have another 200 members outside who live in cities teaching city farming and give lectures on sustainable life.

EDE, Myanmar

EDE, Myanmar

Eco Village Design Education and Eco-Farming training

This short introductory course about eco village design, education and Eco-Farming was intended to raise awareness about Eco village and sustainable ways of Living for trainers and alumni of the Inle Lake Watershed Project under the Kalyana Mitta Development Foundation in Myanmar.

Hamro Gaun

Hamro Gaun

Hamro Gaun Eco village is an orphanage, 50 children live, including disabled children.
beside our houses and dormitories, there is a school for 35 poor children from the direct surrounding. furthermore there is an vocational training centre, where about 20 people a time, learning a type of job.

sewing and stitching, mushroom farming, electrical house wiring, bamboo weaving, basic computer studies, etc.

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Outdated and incomplete projects

Type Evolution Region Posted Last updated
Auroville Universal Township Ecovillage India 25.03.2003 4 years 1 month ago
Global Ecovillage Network Network Established Africa, America, Asia 01.12.2012 2 years 6 months ago
Gaia University Educational Project Established Africa, America, Asia 30.10.2013 2 years 6 months ago
Yesh Meain Farm Permaculture Project Established Asia, Middle East, Israel 24.03.2014 2 years 6 months ago
Na Terra Association Established Timor-Leste, Macao 16.04.2014 2 years 6 months ago
NextGEN Network Under construction Africa, America, Asia 19.08.2013 2 years 5 months ago
GEN Elders Network Under construction Africa, America, Asia 31.08.2013 2 years 6 months ago
Ashoka Ecovillage - Cambodia Ecovillage Under construction Cambodia 20.06.2013 2 years 6 months ago
Miracle Springs Ecovillage Under construction Thailand 20.04.2012 4 years 5 months ago
Vida Bekasi Ecovillage Under construction Indonesia 26.07.2014 2 years 2 months ago
Podberezie Ecovillage Under construction Russia 07.05.2013 2 years 6 months ago
Eco Village SEVAGRAM Eco-tourism Initiative Asia, India 18.10.2013 2 years 6 months ago
Empowering Communities in Bangladesh Cooperative Initiative Asia 07.03.2014 2 years 6 months ago