Invisible Infrastructure: How We Build Our Lives Together
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Invisible Infrastructure: How We Build Our Lives Together

Developing the physical infrastructure at Rancho Mastatal gets me up every morning. I don’t need coffee nor an alarm clock; I’m just excited to keep building. Building the orchards and earthworks, furniture for my home, a better feeder for our chickens; these are the projects that rev my permaculture engine. They are concrete, you can see the […]

Envision Festival: A Transformational Gathering in Costa Rican Jungle Paradise
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Envision Festival: A Transformational Gathering in Costa Rican Jungle Paradise

All photos by Katia Alferova. Envision is a four-day outdoor transformational festival in the coastal Costa Rican jungle combining music, yoga, visionary art, natural building and sustainable practices.  Impressive handcrafted stages and art installations decorate the jungle in Uvita while thumping beats keep Envisioners dancing all night.  But it’s not just about electronic music. The […]

Defending the Right for Affordable, Local Food at an Urban Farm in CA
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Defending the Right for Affordable, Local Food at an Urban Farm in CA

  Albany, CA—Farm defenders chained themselves to heavy machinery that was removing the topsoil from a portion of the Gill Tract farm in Albany, CA this Thursday (28). This halted a day of construction over the contested farmland. Contractors began work on the southern portion of the Gill Tract last week, a historical farm sold […]

Immersive Experience: The Youth Ecovillage Summit 2015 at EarthHaven EcoVillage
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Immersive Experience: The Youth Ecovillage Summit 2015 at EarthHaven EcoVillage

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 […]

Who’s Really Sharing? Exploring the Sharing Economy & Its Potential for Growth.
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Who’s Really Sharing? Exploring the Sharing Economy & Its Potential for Growth.

“For all its troubling externalities, the sharing economy is largely heralded as a “return to the village,” an ahistoric utopia where we were friends with all of our trusted neighbors, lived in harmony with nature, and wanted not to consume, but to share. (Never mind that this is not new at all—sharing and homesteading are […]

Educational Farms are the Universities of the Future – Taylor Profitt
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Educational Farms are the Universities of the Future – Taylor Profitt

It’s Spring. I’m gratefully sunburnt and finally getting my hands in the Earth after months of frigid temperatures and greenhouse work. A group of community members are gathered to take an educational tour, guided by Farmer John Wilson here at the New Earth Farm in Virginia Beach. Some volunteers are busy foraging edible herbs and […]

Indigenous Permaculture in Mexico
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Indigenous Permaculture in Mexico

In October 2012, Gerardo Ruiz, attended the General Assembly in the Wixarika (Huichol) community of Tuapurie with Juan Negrin, Director of the Wixarika Resarch Center, were they were formally petitioned by the community to help them design and implement a regenerative forestry program integrated into the community’s autonomous high school, a challenge that was gladly […]

Beyond the Party, Beyond Sustainability – Taylor Proffitt
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Beyond the Party, Beyond Sustainability – Taylor Proffitt

Lucidity Festival in Santa Barbara California has set the trend for Transformational Festivals on the West Coast and throughout the United States.With its third installation, Lucidity Universe will take place April 11-13 in the Live Oak Campground. Lucidity has a reputation as a top notch intentional gathering and as a “Leave It Better Event”, which […]

Build EcoVillages Through Modeling Evolutionary Living!
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Build EcoVillages Through Modeling Evolutionary Living!

This Gaia Education Certified Ecovillage Design Course explores and weaves together the four basic areas of sustainable community development, and is a participatory and experiential event. In addition to classroom time, discussions, media experiences, celebrations and rituals, we will take a practical hands-on approach to the curriculum, applying this course to help grow our eco-village. […]