Last updated: July 3, 2013 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999
(Steyerberg, Lower Saxony, Germany)
- Status: Established
- Started Planning: 1984
- Start Living Together: 1985
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://www.lebensgarten.de/
- Contact Name: Chistine Koller
- Phone: +49 5764 2370
Steyerberg, Lower Saxony, 31595
Visitors accepted: Yes
Every month, we have a guided tour for visitors. This happens on the second Sunday of each month, starting at the entrance/ bus stop at 14 hrs. and finishing (2 hours later) with a visit to our Sunday Café with hot drinks and organic cakes. Here the newcomer gets views of the community as well as exchanges of ideas, both during the walk and in the Cafè; cost is €6 per person. Larger group or theme (e.g. Living in Community; Eco-Building; Eco-village Network; Permaculture) tours for school classes or associations with 10 or more people (with lunch or afternoon tea, as desired) can be arranged over the telephone with Frauke at +49 5764 2000 (best: Tuesdays 20-21 hr.). For overnight guests, please call the office: +49 5764 2370 (Mon., Wed., and Fri. 10 – 12 hr.; Tue. and Thu. 17 – 19 hr.) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open to new Members: Yes
We are pretty well full within the original settlement but new members are renting and buying houses nearby.
ecological spiritual community
Since 1985, people have moved here looking for community but especially those seeking mutual respect, tolerance, and love. The members wanted to develop their social, spiritual, and cultural life in a creative way. Just as important to us is cooperation with nature and ecology in everyday life, so Permaculture was introduced. In the meantime, we are more than 100 members and 35 children. Each person is responsible for her or his own health, wealth, and life. We have a common purse for our communal buildings and activities, e.g., educational and cultural programs. We have many activities that expand our bundaries as an eco-village. Gaia University has its first European co-ordinating and out-reach center GALA here, as does many other initiatives: Non-Violent Communication, Mediation, Circle Dance, Zen Meditation, Food Security, etc. We offer courses and year-long programs of study for subject not usually found at mainstream universities.
Morning practices of meditation, chanting, and circle dancing are part of out Lebensgarten spiritual direction, open to all, but in no way a “must.” There is no guru here. We make almost all our decisions in qualified consensus in a monthly meeting. Otherwise, members can decide for themselves the level of their commitment regarding their tasks in the community.
From 1985 to 1995, the main task was to rebuild the almost ruinous buildings with ecological materials. From 1995 to 2000, we renovated our big hall with help of funds from the World Fair Hanover. These spaces can now be used for larger events and conferences. Since 2000, we have been able to continue with our original tasks: healthy nutrition and permaculture, and add survival techniques, the art of mentoring, etc. Our food production, at present is insuficcient due to poor soil, but slowly expanding as terra preta methods are being introduced.
New members are welcome, especially social or ecological entrepreneurs and food producers as we are moving into a period of improving our economic and survival base — all of this with high respect for Mother Nature and Father Sun.