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Torri Superiore Ecovillage

Last updated: February 29, 2016 (5 months ago)

Listing created on: January 25, 2005

Torri Superiore Ecovillage

(Ventimiglia, Imperia, Italy)

Mission Statement:

Ecovillage, sustainable community, responsible tourism, organic farming, social inclusion and participatory processes.

Community Description:

The medieval village of Torri Superiore is situated in the Ligurian hinterland, close to the town of Ventimiglia (11 km away). Torri Superiore is an ecovillage and a member of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), RIVE (rete italiana veillaggi ecologici), and Accademia Italiana di Permacultura.

The village was abandoned by all original inhabitants, and progressively restored over the last 25 years by a community of Italians and Germans. The village is made of 160 rooms, all built in local stone and lime, which still feature the traditional arches and vaults.

The cultural association that has developed the project since 1989 is formed also by non-residents and owns about 50 percent of the village, while the other 50 percent is individually owned by the members. Only members of the association are entitled to buy property in Torri Superiore.

The restoration of the buildings respects the original characters of the beautiful hamlet while using ecological materials and appropriate technologies whenever possible. A variety of courses and educational activities is offered every year, on topics always related to sustainabilyt and communal living. Organic agriculture activities focus mainly on olive oil production and vegetable gardens to supply the community & guesthouse.

The proximity to the beautiful river and the sea, the easily accessible walks on the surrounding mountains, and the mild climate make Torri Superiore an attractive location for ecologically sensitive people who appreciate the informal, friendly style of the group. A welcoming ecological guesthouse with cozy bedrooms, a large panoramic meeting room and an excellent organic restaurant is open to all visitors and groups. Check our facebook page for current events.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 4.9 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 22
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments: 22 individual apartments and a very large community / cultural centre – about 50% of the village

    50% of the village is in common, 50% is divided in small private apartments proprty of the members

Membership

  • Adult Members: 18
  • Child Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact us by email or phone, and book accommodation at our ecological guesthouse. Full work exchange volunteers are accepted in the summer (a maximum of two at a time, sleeping in tents) to help us with the guesthouse; working guests are always welcome (pay Euro 15/day and work part time). Check our website calendar & facebook page for current activities.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: New candidates have to come several times to Torri in order to meet and know all the residents and most of the non-residents members. After one year they can apply as candidate residents and the community decides by consensus on their application. A one year trial period is requested, with periodic revisiona every three months.
    For greater detail request our policy statement at [email protected]

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Qualified majority is used at the annual meeting of the Association, but we are moving towards consensus.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $300
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 8
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Additional Comments: All residents serve a minimum of 6 to 10 hours per week

    A monthly fee is requested to cover food and accommodation costs

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Mediterranean and oriental, little meat, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, mostly organic

    Wine is served only at dinner (evening meal)

    Smoking is allowed only outdoors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), RIVE – Rete Italiana Villaggi Ecologici www.ecovillaggi.it, Accademia Italiana di Permacultura www.permacultura.it

Keywords

ecovillage, restoration, ecotourism, permaculture, farming, vacations

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.