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There are so many new sustainable community models emerging during this time of transition and this group is forming to learn more about EcoVillages both urban and rural and share knowledge and information.

How we live in the most basic community level is foundational to our overall shift toward a sustainable culture. The EcoVillage model is one of the most experimental yet well established among the emerging alternatives.

This video is from Undercurrents - EcoVillage Centre for Alternative Technology.

Thank you for joining the EcoVillage Network group here on Transition California. We just posted a discussion about the Lammas EcoVillage. This group is set up so that any members can send messages to the entire group by clicking the 'Send Message to Group" link in the upper right box. To add a discussion simply click the 'Add Discussion' link. The 'comments' box can be used for messages that you don't necessarily want to start a discussion around but if you want everyone to see it then you may as well just send a message to the group - unless you want it permanently posted on the comment wall for future members to read. If you would like something added to the main text box just send us the info and we can post it. As this group evolves we will assign moderator/admin permissions to anyone wanting those privileges and responsibilities.

We look forward to the EcoVillage Network group's purpose and evolution being fulfilled

Discussion Forum

Ecovillages without a Guru...and the Field of Alliance 7 Replies

As we've been developing Avalon Springs ( several on our team, including me, have been researching other ecovillage-based projects in the US and around Europe.  It seems that most…Continue

Tags: group, intention, sustainability, social, ecovillage

Started by Mellissa Seaman. Last reply by Tammy Davis Mar 5, 2014.

Team to build Ecovillage Network throughout Northern California 24 Replies

This is a proposal for us to build a user friendly web portal to weave together all ecovillage projects, retreats, organic farms, back-to-the-landers in Northern California.  Those cultural creatives interested in co-creating a highly functional…Continue

Started by Shane Keller. Last reply by Magenta Aug 9, 2012.

San Mateo Ecovillage 3 Replies

I just wanted to let y'all know we are here in our waterfront mini ecovilage in 8 apartments in suburbia 18 miles south of San Francisco and looking for others to join us.  You can read about us on our website at…Continue

Started by Ecosanda. Last reply by Theresa Crawley Kannengeiser Feb 27, 2011.

Practice is selection and testing of sustainable technology leading to system development.

Good points in the video regarding concerns about "how modern humanity is using technology". Of course that is behavior, so is subject to our understanding of what drives behaviors.My video…Continue

Started by Chriswhitefeather Nov 12, 2010.

Lammas EcoVillage

The Lammas EcoVillage in Wales set a global precedent by establishing itself from the ground up going through the permit process with the local planning department.   It is an epic story that SeThInk Media is creating a presentation about for the…Continue

Started by Darlene Cavallara Nov 9, 2010.

EcoVillage Low Impact Sustainable Development Agency Blog

Onward and Upward!

 Press forward.  Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you. ~ George Whitefield
 "Going Main Stream ~ Ecovillages have to date been developed and built by groups of people rather than traditional developers. This human aspect is an important part of creating community and “glue” in a settlement as opposed to just building a new suburb with buildings but no “soul”. The mainstream adaptation of the ecovillage concept will require a reorganisation of the traditional thinking of the building industry. We need smaller firms — with more flexible, more ecological methods — which accept the idea of co-designing settlements with their future inhabitants. The role of architects and public authorities must also change to support participatory processes and to accommodate such things as compost toilets, more flexible zoning laws, local renewable energy and local biological wastewater treatment. These shifts need a change in mentality but pose no great difficulties. The technologies are all well known in ecovillage circles, but seldom in traditional consulting engineering firms."  Ross Jackson - The Ecovillage Movement
It has been 4 years since this page was created and in that time our efforts to import the protocol and criteria established by the Lammas EcoVillage in Wales into the United States have been slowly but surely progressing forward.  
Our team left N. California in 2013 to establish our base in Colorado for several strategic reasons relating to the demographics, geography, political environment, and economics.  Although establishing the agency in code and zone tough California would have had its advantages the disadvantages of our efforts being marginalized nationally as just another weird 'California thing' weighed in heavy on our final decision.  
Colorado has always been a place nationally respected and to make low impact sustainable development a reality in this country we adhered to the commonly known business adage of "location, location, location".  We are based on the Western Slope where agriculture and rural community reigns supreme and geographically we are positioned in a climate and elevation that has good 'challenges' that can put permaculture design principles to the test. 
Colorado has a healthy community of conservative yet open minded realists that are not afraid to question and have enough common sense to test the answers before accepting them as fact.  Economically it is depressed enough to see the need for new solutions to our current economic issues yet the depression is being met a resourceful and tenacious spirit that is common to mountain folks.  
We have our sights set on a 'place' that can serve as an education center and headquarters for establishing the agency and we are in the first stages of fundraising for the project.  With good timing and community support our next posts on this blog will hopefully reflect the good news of moving forward.   
Onward and upward!  


Here is where it will all begin - the documentation of the official importing of the protocol's and criteria for Low Impact Sustainable Development (EcoVillage) into the United States that has been established in Wales, UK from the ground up planning permissions that were obtained by the Lammas EcoVillage.  

The Low Impact Sustainable Development Agency will be established to serve as the first community action agency that will import, adapt, and translate the volumes of documentation that the Lammas EcoVillage has made available through their successful efforts.

Our first goal is to solidify partnerships and target appropriate 'place'/land where the agency and training center can establish itself.  We will be having discussions with local land owners and building/planning professionals seeking their endorsement and support of this historical effort.

This blog is being established to document our efforts and process. More coming soon so sign up for our email list to stay updated on the unfolding historical efforts that will lead us all forward into a practical and sustainable world.

Welcome to the EcoVillage Low Impact Sustainable Development Agency Blog

The goal set forth on this day is to establish an agency to make low impact sustainable development (EcoVillages) the new norm of community development by 2020.

Inspired by the precedent set by the Lammas EcoVillage in Wales it is the intent of this agency to import the criteria and protocols established and approved by the Welsh Government in 2008.


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Comment by Mellissa Seaman on January 25, 2011 at 8:46pm
When I started the "discussion" - i just scrolled up to the top bar, clicked discussions, and added.  Is there another way?  I'm still finding my way around... ;)
Comment by Trina Johnson on January 25, 2011 at 8:16pm
Just weighing in to say - It's about time! I've been looking at alternative living modalities since architecture school (hmmm..before that, actually)...many names for the same general idea...I moved up here to Lake County 7 years ago, thinking it was finally time. Oh well...things happen when they're supposed to, and it seems to be happening now - Transition Lake County has a newly formed eco-village working group...dig in and do it.
Comment by Darlene Cavallara on January 24, 2011 at 2:07pm
hmmm...where did you start it at?  On this group or the main forum?
Comment by Mellissa Seaman on January 24, 2011 at 10:38am

I did start a discussion... so I hope folks will continue the dialog there! :)


Comment by Darlene Cavallara on January 24, 2011 at 10:30am

Could we please create a 'discussion' around this so that the 'comment' section does not become a subject thread.   Just click 'start discussion' and title the post '3 big questions' or something like that - then Fred you will have to copy/paste your reply and then we can move forward. 



Comment by Darlene Cavallara on January 23, 2011 at 2:27am
P.S.  Great questions!
Comment by Darlene Cavallara on January 23, 2011 at 2:27am

Hi Melissa

Could you post your comment as a new 'discussion' - just click the 'Start Discussion' link bottom left of the Discussion forum box and title you post '3 big questions' or something like is easier to have focused discussions - the 'comments' here are for tid-bits that no one wants to necessarily have a discussion around.  Thank you!


Comment by Jan Lundberg on November 9, 2010 at 5:08pm
I appreciate ecovillages very much, even at the risk of offending my old friend Richard "Ecocity" Register in the San Francisco Bay Area. After a tour of ecovillages in 2006 I published this report on Culture Change:
"Where's your ecovillage as meltdown approaches?"
by me, Jan Lundberg, independent oil industry analyst
Comment by Laurie Marshall on November 9, 2010 at 2:17pm
The Biomimicry INstitute is a great resource for ecological, affordable housing.
You go Lammas!

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