Last updated: September 17, 2013 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: January 24, 2005
Sieben Linden Ecovillage
- Status: Established
- Started Planning: 1989
- Start Living Together: 1997
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://www.siebenlinden.de/
- Phone: +49-(0)39000-51235
Sieben Linden 1
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.
Open to new Members: Yes
ecology community education
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.