Ekobius Ecovillage (Ecology Crossroads)

La Culebra, Amazonas, Venezuela

  • Last updated: March 15, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: March 7, 2011

Mission Statement

Through cooperation, peace and the natural world we can realize our genuine purpose as the caretakers of the planet. Our community is dedicated to the using appropriate ecological technology, natural materials, harnessing the energy of nature, and benefiting from its gifts. Our focus as a group is on ecosystem services, their protection, development and sharing for ourselves and future generations to come.

Community Description

Where the Road Ends Ekobius Begins.

Come visit the Upper Amazon and Orinoco Mountains, on the Guiana Shield where it all began!

It took us several years to find the right property and have overcome the invisible sociopolitical factions that mysteriously exist trying to prevent our Indie-pendent Ideals. “Now our property is finally paid off and we can begin moving in” David Wright, Project Coordinator, Feb. 15, 2016

In May 2013 we entered into a contract to purchase property at the frontier edge where the Amazon Rainforest meets the Guiana Highlands, locally they call it Guayana, we used to call it the Amazon Highlands, since then we started using Ekobius to describe the special niche ecosystem and area where we live and are building a prototype model ecological village based on open-source ideals. This is deep ecology and nature at its best!

As of March 03, 2014 we have begun formal development and began installing our own idealist eco-permaculture (ECO-PERMA-CULTURE) and sustainable intentional community! For the first time since we began planning and purchase in 2013, the property can now be occupied and has finally been prepared well-enough to accommodate visitors and begin the development of our modern example eco-community.

Located in Venezuela’s Northern Amazon literally, at the ‘End of the Road.’ our property is the absolute last property that can be inhabited permanently by other than traditional indigenous peoples before entering a protected land area of 650,000 square kilometers full of indigenous reservations, natural monuments, national parks and biosphere reserves. Cross the river behind our property and the next contact with civilization you will find is a 100 day walk due south to the Amazon River or due east to Mt. Roraima and the Guyana, Venezuela, Brazil border.

We are 33 kilometers (20 miles) from the capital of the state of Amazonas in Puerto Ayacucho, which is in the Atures municipal district. Our ecovillage is located on an asphalt connector road with the capital, we are located between the communities of La Culebra and Gavilan at Kilometer 24 on Via Gavilan. Public bus transit is available within 10 kilometers of our property. The front of our property has 800 m of road frontage and nearly 2 km of frontage on the CataƱiapo river.

Our project is owned and operated by the Ekobius International Cooperative (a Venezuelan Cooperative) who are the member residents of our eco-village (ecovillage) development. The property, its infrastructure, and its buildings are wholly owned and controlled by the cooperative under express indefinite permission with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.

Anyone can become a member of Ekobius by investing in the socio-productive cooperative, anyone can further become a resident of our intentional community (ecovillage) and work in the cooperative by joining the cooperative and visiting us with a backpack or a suitcase.

We are seeking open minded people that consider themselves free and liberated of capitalism and the mainstream society. We are unifying ourselves differently than most communities because our common bond is not religious or political, spiritualism or government; our ideals are based on indigenous knowledge, enhancing nature and fostering the earth’s ecology, instead of exploiting it. We are developing as a small ecological community dedicated to sustainable development and the enhancement of our natural environments. Taking care of the planet that takes care of us.

Resident members can work in agroforestry, permaculture, teaching ecology, growing medicinal plants, making artisan products, developing handicrafts and through the social production of ecosystem services and non-wood forest resources through specialized educational development projects sponsored by international patrons in the Guiana Highlands and Northern Amazon regions.

Our uniqueness is based on the absence of faith based modern religion, politics, government, and capitalism. We embrace barter and the Pachamama if that is considered a religious faith.

Resident cooperators are paid for their individual work production and cooperatively through the net production of the coop as well. The cooperative ownership assures fair trade practices.

Our project is beginning with a property that has a common kitchen building, a four room cabin, a 5 stall bath house, and 3 chicken coups.

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 2013
  • Start Living Together: 2016
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://ekobius.org/
  • Business, Project, or Organization: http://ecooperator.org/
  • Facebook: http://facebook.com/ekobius
  • Twitter: http://twitter.com/ekobius
  • Other social: http://ekobius.blogspot.com
  • Contact Name: David J. Wright
  • Phone: +582125160361
  • Community Address:
    Via Gavilan Kilometro 24
    Fundo Ekobius
    La Culebra, Amazonas, 7101
    Venezuela
  • Location

  • This Community is Re-forming

    Year re-formed: 2016-03-21

    Our program development was at a standstill for two years because of political issues. Now based on governmental reforms promoting tourism and indigenous commerce our program is able to proceed in 2016.

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), Student Housing or Student Co-Op, Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, Global Citizenship
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 108 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 27
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    See our links to find the plat plan. The property is owned by the members of the cooperative, any invited guest may become a cooperative member. There is a community kitchen, bath and a four room cabin. An additional 12 room building is planned for construction in 2016 plus 27 individual homes.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visitors must have their own camping equipment, usually a tent or a hammock will do for sleeping, visitors and volunteers are responsible to cover expenses for food and transportation from Puerto Ayacucho 33 kilometers to our ecovillage. Contact us first by email to confirm your arrival 3 days in advance with confirmed details like flight number, etc and help by bringing essentials. We will make every effort to meet you at the international airport and help you with accommodations as necessary.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Please see our notices, research us and decide if this is right for you. We are accepting new members that become stakeholders in the cooperative and the coop-owned real estate (ecovillage).

  • Additional Comments:

    We have no religious beliefs. We believe in living in oneness with each other and with mother earth. We have and will routinely invite shamans to visit and host healing and educational ceremonies. We frequently invite local shaman to visit from Piaroa and Putamayo tribes to share plant spirit medicines like ayahuasca and yopo.

    Public school is 3 kilometers away in the center of the community of La Culebra, international residents maintaining their residence in their country currently using home-schooling may continue.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    David Wright is the cooperative coordinator and maintains a perspective horizon and direction for the ideal he founded focused on specific concepts and projects already under development. Aside from that Wright is responsible to the board of the cooperative and active members, as the executive director responsible for management and business of the cooperative.

    The cooperative management group meets quarterly with members and the general membership meets annually.

Economics

  • Join Fee: $3750
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $30
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    All money earned from cooperative work efforts is paid to active cooperators. Not important as long as you are not paying it back or want us to pay it for you. All members must be available to perform functions for the betterment and daily routines of the community. The cooperative membership fee is now only $2,700.00, a deposit of 30% is required to affiliate in the cooperative.

    All cooperative members collaborate $13.00 of their cooperative salary. Resident members additionally pay 10% of any other income they may produce through personal and independent endeavors while living in the community.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric, Biomass, Biogas, Biofuel
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Recreational vehicles, Waterfront access, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • 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.)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: No
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    A central kitchen area. Many new trees are being planted in 2016-2018 to establish permaculture. We eat mainly what we can grow ourselves as well as what we can find in nature, ants and termites too. Omnivorous but primarily vegetarian, fish, small farm animals, insects, and other wild game is common among neighbors. We make wine and other herbal spirits. We grow natural tobacco species.

  • 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, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Community Plan, Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan, Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    We are within the environment and nearby indigenous native communities. Those coming to our community will be expected to adopt and adapt to certain community lifestyle changes and learn cultural anomalies as required to maintain understanding. No one should come to the community with the intentions or ideals of converting indigenous people to become removed from their traditions or

Additional Comments

Our property is very rural, more like wilderness area, it’s Amazon Rainforest. We first formed as an initiative with 3 members. Legal formation of the coop was begun on December 18, 2012, we purchased the property in May of 2013, paid it off in May of 2015, we are open officially as of March 03, 2016.

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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, Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation, Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA), WWOOF, Idealist, Ecobasa.org, Taking IT Global, Ecology Crossroads

Community Affiliations

1st Intl. Amazon Ecovillage and Eco-Pioneer Settlement Project

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