Dream Manifesto’s Vision – The Eco Village

Dream Manifesto’s vision is to start building an eco village in Marin/ Sonoma county California in 2015. This eco village will be a place that demonstrates conscious and deliberate living combined with 21st century technology.

During our travels through Australia we were inspired by a project that is currently built in Currumbin Valley, Queensland. The first stage is almost complete and the second stage is about to begin.

For more information please visit: The Eco Village in Currumbin

Our project will need 10 million dollars as an initial start to buy the land and provide the necessary infrastructure. Most of this money will hopefully be generated through our website and through donations.

“Ecovillages are human-scale, full-featured settlements in which human activities are harmlessly integrated into the natural world in a way that is supportive of healthy human development, and which can be successfully continued into the indefinite future.”

- Robert & Diane Gilman, Ecovillages & Sustainable Communities, 1991

Background Information:
Eco villages are urban or rural communities of people, who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life. To achieve this, they integrate various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building practices, and much more.

The motivation for eco villages is the choice and commitment to reverse the gradual disintegration of supportive social/cultural structures and the upsurge of destructive environmental practices on our planet.

For millennia, people have lived in communities close to nature, and with supportive social structures. Many of these communities, or “ecovillages”, exist to this day and are struggling for survival.

Ecovillages are now being created intentionally, so people can once more live in communities that are connected to the Earth in a way that ensures the well-being of all life-forms into the indefinite future.

Ecovillages, by endeavoring for lifestyles which are “successfully continuable into the indefinite future”, are living models of sustainability, and examples of how action can be taken immediately. They represent an effective, accessible way to combat the degradation of our social, ecological and spiritual environments.

The Three Keys to Eco Village

  1. Social/Community
  2. Ecological
  3. Cultural/Spiritual

Community means:

  • Recognizing and relating to others
  • Sharing common resources and providing mutual aid
  • Emphasizing holistic and preventive health practices
  • Providing meaningful work and sustenance to all members
  • Integrating marginal groups
  • Promoting unending education
  • Encouraging unity through respect for differences
  • Fostering cultural expression

Ecology means:

  • Using solar technology to be independent from electricity
  • Using rain catching for the use of toilets
  • Using solar collector for generating warm water and heating
  • Using architecture design that supports climatic correct houses
  • Growing food as much as possible within the community bio-region
  • supporting organic food production there
  • Creating homes out of locally adapted materials
  • Using village-based integrated renewable energy systems
  • Protecting biodiversity
  • Fostering ecological business principles
  • Preserving clean soil, water and air through proper energy and waste management
  • Protecting nature and safeguarding wilderness areas

Cultural and Spiritual Vitality means:

  • Shared creativity, artistic expression, cultural activities, rituals and celebrations
  • Sense of community, unity and mutual support
  • Respect and support for spirituality manifesting in many ways
  • Shared vision and agreements that express commitments, cultural heritage and the uniqueness of each community
  • Flexibility and successful responsiveness to difficulties that arise
  • Understanding of the interconnectedness and interdependence of all the elements of life on Earth and the community’s place in and relation to the whole
  • Creation of a peaceful, loving, sustainable world