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Dancing Rabbit
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Ecovillage Resources

  1. Websites
  2. Finding Ecovillages Online
  3. Some of the Best Short Ecovillage Videos on You Tube
    Intentional Community Ecovillages:
    • “Introduction to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage” An excellent short video that shows what an ecovillage does, and more importantly, why. Dancing Rabbit co-founder Tony Sirna describes the community’s mission, values, and practices while you see people building natural buildings, meeting, cooking, and eating; and Dancing Rabbit’s passive solar buildings, off-grid power, car co-op, garden, and more. If your friends don’t know why you’re interested in ecovillages, show them this!
    • “The Village: Cloughjordan, Ireland” Founders of this still-forming ecovillage project in the middle of a small traditional village in Killarney, Ireland, describe what they hope to do in their project and why.
    Traditional Indigenous Villages:
    • “Senegal Ecovillage Microfinance Fund” Wonderful 9-minute video with Senegalese music showing how micro-loans have helped villagers in Senegal create incomes from small, cooperatively owned businesses. Very inspiring!
    Sustainability Education and Training Centers:
    • “Tour of Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm” Ecovillage Training Center Director Albert Bates describes ecologically sustainable features at this educational center at The Farm community in Tennessee: permaculture design, natural buildings, off-grid power, appropriate technology, and more.
    • “Ecocentro IPEC - Reportagem Globo Repórter (Maio-2007)” Short feature story on Brazilian TV about Ecocentro IPEC (Instituto Permacultura y Ecovila do Cerrado), showing various features of IPEC from earth-bag construction to its beautiful and unusual buildings to roof-water catchment and more. In Portuguese, however this video is so visually obvious and well-crafted that it’s easy to appreciate what you’re seeing if you don’t understand the language.
  4. Articles about Ecovillages
    • More than 60 downloadable articles about ecovillages from publications such as Communities magazine in the US and Permaculture magazine in the UK, from 2002 to the present, are available on the GEN website.
  5. Public Presentations about Ecovillages
  6. Books
    • Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability, Jonathan Dawson.
      Green Books/Chelsea Green, 2006. Bookstores.
    • EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering Sustainable Community, Liz Walker.
      New Society Publishers, 2005. Bookstores.
    • Beyond You and Me, Kosha Joubert & Robin Alfred, Editors.
      Green Publishing, 2007. The “Social Key” ecovillage anthology produced by GEN’s Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Program. Also available as a download.
    • Ecovillage Living: Restoring the Earth and her People, Hildur Jackson & Karen Svensson, Editors.
      Gaia Trust, 2003.
    • Ecovillages: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities, Jan Martin Bang.
      New Society Publishers, 2005. Bookstores.
    • Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community, Diana Leafe Christian.
      New Society Publishers, 2007. Bookstores.
    • Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, Diana Leafe Christian.
      New Society Publishers, 2003. Bookstores.
  7. Ecovillage Educational Programs
    • Ecovillage Design Education (EDE), a four-week certificate course created by GEN’s Gaia Education program and offered in various ecovillages internationally.
    • Ecovillage Training Center (ETC) at The Farm. Courses, workshops, and apprenticeships in permaculture design, natural building, off-grid power, organic gardening, and other aspects of ecological sustainability at The Farm community in Tennessee.
    • Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT). This renowned educational center in Wales offers educational tours for visitors, produces courses and apprenticeships, consults with clients, and publishes books on topics from solar design and installation to natural building.
    • EcoLogical Solutions, Ltd. Sustainability education center at Crystal Waters Ecovillage in Australia, offering workshops and apprenticeships in permaculture design, natural building, ecovillage design, and more, and design and project management for clients worldwide.



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