Last updated: January 11, 2015 (4 months ago)
Listing created on: October 10, 2011

Walden Ecovillage

(Anywhere, Vermont, United States)

Mission Statement:

Rational. Sustainable. Live. Love. Learn.

Community Description:

Greetings Future Communards!

We are a group of Socialists, on a mission to create an Educational, Intentional Community Enterprise that’s grounded in Naturalism, Egalitarianism and Environmentalism.

By embracing Anarchist Communism, Sociocracy, Secular Humanist ethics, interpersonal and ecological intimacy, education, art, science and technology, we will create an high-tech environment that delivers optimal individual freedom and happiness, a strong and cohesive community, comprehensive sustainable self-sufficiency and regional ecological sustainability. And, we will do all of this, while living out our lives in an evolving therapeutic environment of our own creation.

Our Therapeutic Ecovillage will consist of at least 4 parts. Each component will serve three basic functions: 1) provide for the direct needs of the community 2) deliver revenue from outside sources 3) serve marginalized populations.

1)Walden Ecoversity: an education, research and training center that develops academic, technological and vocational programming , products and services that relate to rational, sustainable living.

2) Walden Farm: All community lands and natural resources constitute the farm.
a) It will provide year-round organic sustenance for residents & guests.
b) Functions as the hands-on training facility for the Wellness Resort’s Right Living curriculum.
c) It is the laboratory for the agricultural college.

3) Walden Wellness Resort featuring: ABA, REBT, Secular Humanism, Permaculture & various non-mystical Eastern practices.
a)Hotel
b)Restaurant
c)Spa (yoga, meditation, massage, exercise, Dietitian, personal services)
d)Recreational facilities.

4)Ancillary businesses will be developed from mission-related factors, community need and the skills that members bring to the enterprise.

Our Therapeutic Ecovillage Community Enterprise will:
1) provide ‘Quality of All Life’ research, training, support and social entrepreneurial functions.
2) demonstrate the exceptional lifestyle & individual happiness that’s derived from living rationality, communally & ethically.
3) grow, disseminate and replicate.

This overview is VERY superficial; please check out our website: http://www.waldenecovillage.info/ for a comprehensive description of our project.

Population

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: This community form fails to allow for an accurate description of our project. If you are a Secular Humanist, agnostic or atheist, who is interested in experiencing all that life has to offer while using science and technology to improve the world- check out our website.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist, Other
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community
  • Healthcare Style(s): Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Consent is the guiding principle of Sociocratic governance, however, decision processes will vary w/ type of decision.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Not yet, we aspire to do so.
  • Location: Rural, Suburban, Small Town, Other
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Hydro-Electric, Biomass, Biogas
  • Additional Comments: All of these questions (about housing, land and etc) are moot as we are in the forming stage and have not yet acquired real property.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Shared Expenses: 100%
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No

Diet

  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

humanism, education, atheist, anarchist, communist, science, behaviorism, permaculture, sociocracy

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge