Frontrunners of free, ecological lifestyles in Vaunumaki

For two weeks I was welcomed in Vaunumaki community in Southern Finland. This was a valuable experience to me of a young, determined initiative for communal and sustainable living. Vaunumaki is Finnish for wagon hill and it is currently a community of three families. The families knew each other for many years and had been … Continue reading Frontrunners of free, ecological lifestyles in Vaunumaki

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Ecological gardening in Small Footprint ecovillage

Spending a lot of hours helping out in the permaculture gardens of Small Footprint ecovillage, Estonia, I learned a bit about their practices for ecological gardening. While weeding, preparing vegetable beds and transplanting tomato‚Äôs, I talked with Merili, one of the community inhabitants who runs and plans the gardens. I got reminded of how simple … Continue reading Ecological gardening in Small Footprint ecovillage

‘Growing people’ in an ecovillage

Ecovillages can offer their community, their land and their practices to create meaningful experiences for individuals from around the world. A beautiful example of this was the volunteer program hosted last May by Small Footprint ecovillage in Estonia. Funded by the European Solidarity Corps, twelve international youths came to live and participate in the ecovillage … Continue reading ‘Growing people’ in an ecovillage

Pioneering ecological living in Lithuania

It is exciting to witness the brink of new projects. Sitting on bare pieces of land dreaming about all the possibilities there are and drawing the outlines of future houses between the weeds. To imagine the beauty of a future ecovillage filled with flowers, permaculture gardens and self-sufficient houses with smiling people walking through them … Continue reading Pioneering ecological living in Lithuania

Suderbyn ecovillage – an overview

The beautiful island of Gotland houses a lively community where endless enthusiasm and strong ideals of the inhabitants and volunteers are driving the development of their ecovillage. With a name (meaning southern village) referring to the sunny and mild climate on Gotland compared to the rest of Sweden, Suderbyn offers a fertile ground for experiments … Continue reading Suderbyn ecovillage – an overview