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1st Amazon Ecovillage | Guayana Peace Trail Project

Last updated: March 28, 2016 (11 months ago)

Listing created on: July 8, 2010

1st Amazon Ecovillage | Guayana Peace Trail Project

(Ekobius, Amazonas, Venezuela)

Mission Statement:

Establish an indigenous modern way of life that is in accordance with nature using appropriate technology and all that we exemplify as humans in our natural state on earth as good people.

Community Description:

We learned see the world differently by living in the Amazon’s Highlands, now you can too! Want to become an ecologically sustainable person? Can you live in harmony with our natural world? Can you live like an indigenous Amerindian? Perhaps a bit better if you apply some technology, practical application and utilize your theoretical ideals.

We began our journey down the road to life (our new way) in 2007 to establish a better way (a new natural ecoculture), because we discovered that the life course we had been taking was not the right path to lead us where we need to be in order to establish a harmonious existence as co-inhabitants of the planet.

Everyone should want to consider themselves good, peaceful, compassionate and knowledgeable human beings. We realized our purpose as co-inhabitants of the planet is a socially responsible one. We are finally as of August 2013 we began to realize that dream with two base properties here in South America.

The two properties are approximately 700 kilometers (435 miles) apart that’s if you were a bird. If you walk (hike or backpack) the two locations are nearly 1000 km apart (600 miles) the hike can take from 50 days to 3 months, if you take time to appreciate the beauty it could also take 6 months or even a year if you make friends along the way or decide to take time to study, do conservation work, contemplate your world, or just stop along the way to live for a while.

Our initial project was developed to become independent of property ownership however we discovered that people (government, authorities, indigenous neighbors) would not permit our peaceful coexistence as nomads or settlers in their territories without being one of them or allied with in their consciousness and world view. So now we have two base locations and the entire Guiana Shield and Amazon as our backyard.

So imagine an indigenous native American (Amerindian) village hybridized with a modern campground facility built using selected appropriate technologies incorporating alternative energy sources to produce abundant organic foods, enjoy modern showers, a clear cold water swimming pond, individual and group cabins, that all comes together at a grand central complex where residents and visitors can gather in a central garden lodge, eat meals in a communal kitchen and involve themselves in community group projects while taking advantage of a modern research station and ecological study center with WiFi Internet access beside a public school facility for residents which doubles as a movie theater, workshop and meeting forum for residents and visitors in the evenings.

Our dream project is just beginning and is constantly changing, its likely we will be in construction stages. They started on March 03, 2014 at Ekobius and will be working on the development in practice now before the cooperative charter on December 31, 2015. People with ideas that can support and tolerate (enjoy) this lifestyle should come and share them and implement them here with us!

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 10000 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Planned number of residences: 27
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments: New arriving members may stay at our camp and hostel up to 45 days while they are building, or indefinitely (6 months) camping while they are involved in the building of their structure. All housing must be built with approved materials and plans.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 13
  • Child Members: 6
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process: Those who visit the community must be vetted and qualified as individuals of open consciousness that are non-discriminatory and willing to understand the indigenous people that live with us and nearby. All visitors must arrange their visit in advance and cover expenses of a chaperon (one of our members).
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: To become a member a person must become an equal cooperative shareholder in our property assets. Currently membership is $3750 (subject to increase) for the right to a 1/100th share or as much as $10,000 with a home already built on one of 54 sites. To become a lifetime member and start the application process new applicants must pay 50% in advance.
  • Additional Comments: We tend to keep religion and politics both away from the establishment of the community and are not in favor of organized religious practices that are controlled by authority figures on a global level. We are open to all individuals that are not directly affiliated with organized religious institutions.

    We have several professional educators involved in the establishment of the community, a private school in the community will become a reality once established.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Join Fee: $3750
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $27
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Products, agriculture, manufacturing, packaging and sales are all shared to provide the group economy and dividends from surplus are shared.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Hydro-Electric, Geothermal, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: 100%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Recreational vehicles, Waterfront access, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Indigenous
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Quaker, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions, Hare Krishna, Atheist, Agnostic
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Community Plan, Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan, Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Because of the delicate political situation between indigenous peoples and the states the area in which we live is restricted and limited to international visitors. (the Amazon and Guiana Shield are essentially closed and only open to guests invited by native peoples). The founder make a special connection through an organization dedicated to promoting indigenous rights and control over their property, this community is a permanent non-state reservation under treaty between the indigenous people and Globcal International.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Twelve Tribes, Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation, Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA), Globcal International

Community Affiliations

Ekobius (Ecology Crossroads)

Keywords

native american,bushcraft,survival training,ayahuasca,yage,indigenous,backpacking,camping,indie

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network