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Last updated: September 2, 2013 (11 months ago)
Listing created on: March 1, 2008

Flying Fish Organic Village

(near Vuaki, Yasawa Islands Group, western Fiji, Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands, Fiji)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2005  Established: 1995
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Website address: not active
  • Contact Name: Philip Mirkin
  • Address:
    contact us by email for US postal address
    near Vuaki, Yasawa Islands Group, western Fiji, Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands,
    Fiji
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please email us to obtain information. Visitors are unable to come while we re build after hurricanes and reform our structure. You fly into Nadi International Airport and a daily catamaran goes straight to our island (at Long Beach) from Port Denarau (very close to Nadi) or a local village boat from Lautoka (Sugar City). Come as a guest or voluntourist first; you must contribute financially for fuel, food, and other basic supplies (the food is cooked, and served)
    Lodging is included and is in a traditional one room cottage right on the beach or in a large tent (cottages may be saved for community members). Lodging is very limited so please contact us in advance for visits.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: No
    some Financial commitment is necessary…too many indigent people want to sponge off the hardworking community. Please be prepared to make appropriate contributions or don’t contact us.

Mission Statement:

organic food, Music, Fun

Community Description:

The Flying Fish Organic Village is already built. we have 5 cottages, a grand bure and yoga centre/meeting hall. We grow fresh, organic food and build traditional buildings from all natural materials collected on the island…fully eco-friendly and beautiful

This quiet paradise is powered by the sun’s radiance and human power, where there are no roads and most certainly no cars. We have ample rainwater storage (10,000 litres, a huge organic plantation, boats, and a community dining room with excellent local chefs. Small cottages (Fijian bures) and large tents shelter locals and visitors comfortably.

Please visit for a few weeks or a few months stay, as a voluntourist.
After a one month trial period you may be invited to enjoy three months and with approval you may be invited to stay up to one-year. You can also be an annual visitor, supporter or long-term voluntourist. Currently we aren’t welcoming new members or visitors due to structural changes in the community

Imagine a pristine beach of golden sands. A place where music and singing are shared joyfully. Fijians value family, peace and cooperative sharing and welcome you like family!

Organic agriculture, natural building, and sustainable energy empower the villagers to share their enduring lifestyle. Operated by native Fijians and extended family, now joined by sustainability educators and other non-Fijians. Currently we are not welcoming additional visitors or members. This cross-cultural alliance supports traditional Fijian culture while teaching sustainability in an organic setting, creating a model and protecting the natural environment, by creating a sustainable economy for the friendly Fijians. This works.

Native music and ceremony create a deeper cross-cultural experience.

Visitors relax in peace

Assist in gardens, daily life or on a community project. Learn valuable skills and traditional life-ways with a very, very low carbon footprint.

To sustain this reality and vision, these friendly Fijians welcome your needed support rather than overly impacting the natural world. In this fragile ecosystem we can help sustain this pristine tropical wonderland.
Financial assistance and donations are deeply appreciated.

Imagine a place where children are safe…a place to swim amongst coral reefs of amazing diversity. Imagine a place that sustains us spiritually. All who join us in this island paradise are touched by the local’s gentle ways, by the beauty and peace.

Bula Vinaka!

Population

  • Adult Members: -12
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Additional Comments: We are very open to all faiths. Most members are mixed Fijian/Catholic

    Open to all spiritual paths….all are respected that are legitimate ways

    Good Public school a 30-minute walk away in Vuaki village for some ages

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Fijian elders and Philip Mirkin make major decisions together

    Elder family members and long term members; Fiji Style

    You make some decisions for yourself, but within community standards and you must follow guidelines and respect the local elders and managers.. Bigger decisions are made by Elders who are very open and listen to all suggestions fairly

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 70 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 6
  • Additional Comments: mostly in farm, coconut plantations and natural wild bushlands with several stunning beaches

    5 cottages plus a huge meeting hall/dormitory and large tents; year round warm weather allows tent habitation; some members live in Vuaki

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: All non-Fijians are expected to share some of their financial resources. Standing members have contributed hugely in money and effort

    you are responsible for your own debts. we can’t help you if you are broke, desperate or needy. You must contribute financially irregardless

    at least 15-20 hours per week

    Permanent members must contribute substantial donation that goes towards our operations and existing debt to buld the place

    Mostly for supplies, food, fuel and capital improvements like water system etc. Please don’t run out of money here as you can’t legally work in Fiji

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Our great local cooks prepare the food, but you can assist in the kitchen if needed by us to do so

    We have a large coconut, banana, papaya,cassava, and breadfruit plantation with vegetable gardens, and hundreds of fruit trees

    vegetarians, raw foodists, and vegans welcome

    we often eat lots of fresh fish, and other seafood but vegetarians eat very well here too

    We don’t bring alcohol to the island but you may, however we prefer you don’t We drink kava which does not cause alcohol style problems

    traditional Fijian suki is enjoyed by some relatives

Video Gallery

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

144000 Messengers

Keywords

herbal medicine, weaving, natural building, fruit trees, adventure travel

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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
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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