Ekobius Ecovillage (Ecology Crossroads)
La Culebra, Amazonas, Venezuela
- Last updated: August 26, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: March 7, 2011
Through cooperation, peace and the natural world we can realize our genuine purpose as the caretakers of the planet. Our community is dedicated to the using appropriate ecological technology, natural materials, harnessing the energy of nature, and benefiting from its gifts. Our focus as a group is on ecosystem services, their protection, development and sharing for ourselves and future generations to come.
Come live in the Upper Amazon and Orinoco Mountains, on the Guiana Shield where it all began!
It took us several years to find the right property and have overcome the invisible socio political factions that mysteriously exist trying to prevent our Indie-pendent Ideals. “Now our property is finally paid off and we can begin moving in” David Wright, Project Coordinator.
In May 2013 we entered into a contract to purchase property at the frontier edge where the Amazon Rainforest meets the Guiana Highlands, locally they call it Guayana, we call it the Amazon Highlands. We started using Ekobius (Ecology-By-Us) to describe the special niche ecosystem and area where we live and are building a prototype model ecological village based on open-source ideals. This is deep ecology and nature at its best!
As of October 2018 we are beginning a reformation ecovillage, installing our own idealist eco-permaculture and sustainable intentional community! For the first time since we began planning and purchase in 2013, the property can now be occupied and has finally been prepared well-enough to accommodate visitors and begin the development of our modern example eco-community.
Located in Venezuela’s Northern Amazon; literally, at the ‘End of the Road.’ our property is the absolute last property that can be inhabited permanently by other than traditional indigenous peoples before entering a protected land area of 650,000 square kilometers full of indigenous reservations, natural monuments, national parks and biosphere reserves. Cross the river behind our property and the next contact with civilization you will find is a 100 day hike due south to the Amazon River or due east to Mt. Roraima and the Guyana, Venezuela, Brazil border.
We are 33 kilometers (20 miles) from the capital of the state of Amazonas, Puerto Ayacucho, which is in the Atures municipal district. Our ecovillage is located on an asphalt connector road with the capital, we are located between the local community of La Culebra and the indigenous community called Gavilan at Kilometer 24 on Via Gavilan. Public bus transit is available within 10 kilometers of our property. The front of our property has 800 m of road frontage and nearly 2 km of frontage on the Catañiapo River.
Our project is owned and operated by the Ekobius International (an International Cooperative) who are the member residents of our eco-village (ecovillage) development. The property, its infrastructure, and its buildings are wholly owned and controlled by the cooperative under express indefinite permission with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.
Anyone can become a member of Ekobius by investing in the socio-productive cooperative, anyone can further become a resident of our intentional community (ecovillage) and work in the cooperative by joining the cooperative and visiting us with a backpack or a suitcase.
We are seeking open minded people that consider themselves free and liberated of capitalism and the mainstream society. We are unifying ourselves differently than most communities because our common bond is not religious or political, spiritualist or governmental; our ideals are based on indigenous knowledge, enhancing nature and fostering the earth’s ecology, instead of exploiting it. We are developing as a small ecological community dedicated to sustainable development and the enhancement of our natural environments. Taking care of the planet that takes care of us.
Resident members can work in agroforestry, permaculture, teaching ecology, growing medicinal plants, making artisan products, developing handicrafts and through the social production of ecosystem services and non-wood forest resources through specialized educational development projects sponsored by international patrons in the Guiana Highlands and Northern Amazon regions.
We embrace barter and the Pachamama (Mother Earth or Gaia) if that is considered a religious faith.
Resident cooperators are paid for their individual work production and cooperatively through the net production of the coop as well. The cooperative ownership assures fair trade practices.
Our project is beginning with a property that has a common kitchen building, a four room lodge, a 5 stall bath house, several concrete foundations and 2 chicken coups.
- Status: Re-forming
- Started Planning: 2013
- Start Living Together: 2018
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: https://ekobius.org/
- Business, Project, or Organization: https://www.ekobius.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ekobius
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ekobius
- Other social: https://blog.ekobius.org/
- Contact Name: David J. Wright
- Phone: +584261110529
- Community Address:
Via Gavilan Kilometro 24
La Culebra, Amazonas, 7101
This Community is Re-formingYear re-formed: 2018
Our program development has been at a standstill for two years because of state politics preventing importation of equipment and discrimination against US citizens. Now based on governmental reforms promoting tourism and indigenous commerce our program has been allowed to proceed moderately in 2018 with several new permanent residents and a community vehicle.
- Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Unspecified, or Other, Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency), Traditional or Indigenous Community
- Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, Non-State Global Citizenship
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
- Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
David Wright is the cooperative coordinator and maintains a perspective horizon and direction for the ideal he founded focused on specific concepts and projects already under development. Aside from that Wright is responsible to the board of the cooperative and active members, as the executive director responsible for management and business of the cooperative.
The cooperative management group meets quarterly with members and the general membership meets annually.
- Join Fee: $3750
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $30
- Shared Income: All or close to all
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
All money earned from cooperative work efforts is paid to active cooperators. All members must be available to perform functions for the betterment and daily routines of the community. The cooperative membership fee is now only $3,750.00, a deposit of 30% is required to affiliate in the cooperative.
All cooperative members collaborate $30.00 of their cooperative salary monthly. Resident members additionally pay 10% of any other income they may produce through personal and independent endeavors while living in the community.
- Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
- Current renewable energy generation: 100%
- Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric, Biomass, Biogas, Biofuel, Clean Energy from the Grid
- Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
- Current food produced: Between 26-49%
- Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
- Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Recreational vehicles, Waterfront access, Gym or sports area
- Internet Available: No
- Internet Fast?: There is no internet access at our community.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
- Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Sometimes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Additional Diet Comments:
A central kitchen area. Many new trees are being planted in 2017-2019 to establish permaculture. We eat mainly what we can grow ourselves as well as what we can find in nature, ants and termites too. Omnivorous but primarily vegetarian, fish, small farm animals, insects, and other wild game is common among neighbors. We make wine and other herbal spirits. We grow natural tobacco species.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
- Additional Comments:
We are within the environment and nearby indigenous native communities. Those coming to our community will be expected to adopt and adapt to certain community lifestyle changes and learn cultural anomalies as required to maintain understanding. No one should come to the community with the intentions or ideals of converting indigenous people to become removed from their traditions or
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation, WWOOF, Idealist, Ecobasa.org, Taking IT Global, Ecology Crossroads
1st Intl. Amazon Ecovillage and Eco-Pioneer Settlement Project
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