We are young adults empowered by the ecovillage model and committed to building the interconnected world of our generation through the teaching of integrated sustainability and offering of immersive experiences.
The NextGen Youth Ecovillage Summit 2015, near Asheville, North Carolina, is coming up this October 8-11! YES15 is as an intimate, networking intensive gathering designed to foster a sense of community between ecovillage design, community organizers, and permaculture practitioners throughout North America.
Communitarians, students, sustainability enthusiasts, and anyone seeking to live a more connected and conscious life join us for…
This year’s gathering will be held at Earthaven Ecovillage, a community of eighty residents living close to the land in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Over three days we will immerse ourselves in community life at Earthaven, sharing meals and volunteering on the land alongside residents. At the same time we will explore the broader concept of ecovillages as a model for sustainability education and experimentation in the four dimensions – social, environmental, economic, and cultural.
Whether you are interested in forming your own intentional community someday or just want to create more cooperative culture were you are living right now, ecovillages have something to teach everyone. Join us on a deep dive into learning about community building tools, communication skills, and personal development journeys. Hands-on workshops and sacred ceremonies will be lead by experienced facilitators.
(A full event schedule is coming soon!)
For this event we will be joined by leaders of sustainability initiatives, social enterprises, and community projects in the nearby city of Asheville and beyond. Focusing on both local and global scales, we will hear inspiring stories, find networking opportunities, and receive valuable resources that can be put to use in your own community, project, or organization. (Check in soon for presenter biographies!)
We know from last year’s Summit that a powerful part of this gathering is connecting with fellow participants, around the bonfire, during workshops, in the gardens and wherever else you may wander. A community of likeminded youth from across North America quickly emerges. We make time during the event to hear each other’s stories and projects, as well as encourage fruitful connections to last long after our three days together.
The schedule is packed with lots of cutting edge conversations, panels, and dynamic group exercises:
Join us as we build strategy for a more interconnected community and unravel the future of the ecovillage movement. The deadline to register for YES15 is October 3rd.