Last updated: September 17, 2013 (7 months ago)
Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Sieben Linden Ecovillage

(Beetzendorf, Germany)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1989  Established: 1997
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.siebenlinden.de/
  • Phone: +49-(0)39000-51235
  • Address:
    Poppau
    Sieben Linden 1
    Beetzendorf, 38489
    Germany
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    You have to arrange your visit in advance! Please check our seminar programme, printed or online, for opportunities to visit for English speaking people —like seminars, “project-information-days,” international experience weeks, Ecovillage design education, building- or fruit preparation weeks, or others.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

ecology community education

Community Description:

Sieben Linden is a community and a village.
All decisions regarding the property, provisions, structures etc. are made by the community. Thereby we have created a mini-society that partially functions in a different manner from the world outside of Sieben Linden: Mobile phones are not in use here, smoking is only permitted in the smoking area, there are no cars in the village and much more. We practice and live a sustainable, ecological lifestyle with honest, appreciative communication. As a village, Sieben Linden also has places to retreat to, and spaces where individuals can create and maintain their personal lives – everyone has their own living space, some smaller groups and families have their own kitchen. We plan to grow to 300 inhabitants, almost all of whom will live in houses. As of 2013, there are nine rather large, modern low-energy houses (mainly strawbale construction). However, most of our houses still need to be built, therefore there are currently almost 50 inhabited trailers. We do not have permission for more trailers and houses are expensive, therefore living space is limited. At the present rate, we are only creating living spaces for 6 to 15 people about every two years. Sieben Linden visitors – for whom there are plenty of opportunities, see website – may not immediately notice, due to the relaxed, bare-foot atmosphere, that our project is also a high standard construction project and that we are in need of substantial funding for our building projects. Self-sufficiency is a grand idealistic concept, but for our rather comfortable but still extremely ecological houses we often use technology that we cannot produce ourselves, and even for our rather modern lifestyles we need to buy in quite a lot. Furthermore, we have come to believe that we can contribute more to ecological change if we use modern methods to advertise our events and ideas and to accommodate guests, rather than if we spend all day on the fields or in the workshops in order to produce everything we need. Even though that would be somewhat amazing, too.
Sieben Linden is an example for how comfortable a sustainable lifestyle can be, and it is a test case for communal culture, with immense potential for personal development, research and insights. We ask you please not to come as surprise visitors – if you are interested then please see our website or contact our offices for more information on visiting opportunities.

Population

  • Adult Members: 115
  • Child Members: 35
  • Non-member Residents: 25
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Open to different spiritual practices (e.g. rituals), but no common path

    several options available for parents/school children, also public schools

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property

Government

  • Decision Making: By a Community Leader
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: plenary and subgroups and 5 councils

    and consensus, apart from the plenary 5 elected councils decide on many overall topics

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 202.6 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 8
  • Additional Comments: all full members

    plus one workshop building and one common building

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: some collectivity: everybody pays for children’s food, for example

    they have to deal with it be themselves

    some hours each week taking a specific responsability and cleaning duty (2-6 hours a week)

    as a full member, you buy shares of our co-op for 12300 Euro which you can sell again should you wish to leave

    for current expenses (Food, rent, etc.)

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: some often, others never (private kitchens)

    only vegetables, herbs and fruits

    no meat is prepared in the communal kitchen/there is always a complete vegan lunch option available

    and vegan, one vegan/rawfood community, meat only in private homes

    smoking is allowed only in one restricted area

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Keywords

ecovillage, building, strawbale house, vegetarian, vegan, raw food, wild herbs, healing, spiritualit

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.