Welcome to the website of the Global Ecovillage Network!

GEN offers inspiring examples of how people and communities can live healthy, cooperative, genuinely happy and meaningful lifestyles --- beacons of hope that help in the transition to a more sustainable future on Earth. We foster a culture of mutual respect, sharing, inclusiveness, positive intent, and fair energy exchange.

GEN Regions

GEN-International works trough three broad regional organisations: GEN Oceania and Asia (GENOA), the Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA), and GEN-Europe/Africa/Middle East. GEN-International is currently supporting the emergence of GEN-Africa and CASA (El Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Américas) as independent networks in order to make more visible the dynamic and impressive work already being done in Africa and South America.

The Community Biogas Wave - an Offer to European Ecovillages by Thomas Culhane

In 2012, Thomas Culhane - who prefers to be called TH - was invited to Tamera to teach the building of small scale biogas digesters to participants of the Global Campus. Since then, the digester in Tamera has been used throughout the years, to provide energy every day for cooking for a large part of the community. The enthusiasm for biogas has spread to other places such as: Favela da Paz (Sao Paulo), the Peace Community San José de Apartadó in Colombia, and OTEPIC (Kenya). During this year's GEN Europe conference, TH made an amazing offer: he will donate the Puxin biogas steel mold system to be used in all interested ecovillages - firstly within Europe. This amazingly generous offer will begin with a teaching session, possibly in the spring of 2015.

Announcements and Events: GEN Events in Fall 2014

Oct 31 - Nov 7: Global Ecovillage Network Oceania & Asia (GENOA) International Conference
"Ecovillages for Sustainable Development" - A Model for Climate Change Adaptation.
We will be hosting our first international conference in India this year “Ecovillages for Sustainable Development - A Model for Climate Change Adaptation", from October 31st ~ November 7th, 2014, in Orissa, India.

Germany: Giving Birth in the "Tribe of the Likatians"

The Tribe of the Likatians ("Der Stamm der Likatier"), is a intentional community of some hundred people in the city of Füssen in Southern Germany. Due to their philosophy, the love between mother and child is a role model for all relations amongst people, and in the community. This is why birth- giving, and the raising of children, is regarded as the most significant event in tribal life.