Presently I am continuing my studies as an associate of the masters program in Gaia University's Integrative Ecosocial Design concentration (http://www.gaiauniversity.org/integrative-ecosocial-design).
My major project here is the design and implementation of an Ecovillage. For a long time I have felt that I once more wanted to live in a village. A village where people co-operated, where they worked together and looked out for each other. I imagine it could be somewhat like the village of my childhood with some modifications with the help of the tools from the permaculture toolbox.
Ideally I would prefer this village to be an urban village. However, land prices being as they are in Melbourne, that possibility may have to remain a dream for the foreseeable future. The establishment of an ecovillage in Melbourne's northern environs - perhaps with a view of the city as a backdrop - should be achievable though, so that is where I intend to start this project.
A Landtrust will own the land and this not for profit social enterprise will become a demonstration project for other Ecovillage developments. Who knows, eventually even some city based ecovillages may result.
I will be documenting the complete process of design and implementation of this ecovillage –my future home -for my masters studies, and hope that the resulting material will also be a useful resource for future ecovillage developments.
I intend to create a facebook page to allow people interested in living in these types of situations to get in touch with each other, no matter where they are in the world, and create their own urban or rural regenerative (that is to say beyond sustainable ) communities.
I will be available for consultation, for the design and the supervision of the implementation of large and small scale regenerative systems . i.e. small and large scale suburban, urban and broad scale permaculture systems.
For now I am looking to connect with interested parties with a variety of skills to join me in this exciting project, so please, don’t hesitate to get in touch.