Irish democratic eco-village (Inspired by the Sudbury Model)

Bray, Ireland

  • Last updated: December 19, 2016 (5 months ago)
  • Listing created on: November 1, 2016

Mission Statement

To let people be.

Community Description

*Important: The following is a vision document and is serving us as a means of sharing our vision in order to find like-minded folk who want to realise this vision with us.*

Our vision is of a democratically run eco-village run through governance structures used in Sudbury Schools. Sudbury Schools are democratic schools where no coercive education takes place and each child decides for themselves what and how they learn.

While helping to create a Sudbury school in France a colleague realised that Sudbury Schools are organised just like intentional communities. That, coupled with the fact that the Sudbury model’s emphasis on freedom and trust is one that can help each of us to live together freely and find personal fulfilment in doing so.

The village itself will be run just like the Sudbury school. The decision-making body in a Sudbury School is not a governing board or a principal but the School Meeting. The School Meeting is made up of all members of the school community. When a proposal goes before the School Meeting for discussion and a decision, every member, students and staff alike have an equal say on it, which each member having one vote. This same principal will apply for our democratic village where every member of the village whether 0 or 150 years old will have an equal vote.

The system of justice within Sudbury Schools is called the JC – Judicial Committee. If a school meeting members believes a school law to have been broken, they can write a complaint and submit it to the JC. Friends ‘write up’ friends, staff mebers write up kids, kids write up staff members, a culture of writing complaints and engaging with the JC is not only acceptable but seen as a necessary component on ensuring that everyone in the community feels safe, as people cannot experience real freedom unless they feel safe. In addition, the JC is not an authority unto itself it. The JC is made up of two elected Judicial Clerks and a rotating age-representative jury and submits it’s report weekly to the School Meeting, where the community can vote on whether to accept, reject or ammend the JC’s findings.

Democracy is the cornerstone of the vision of our village, but we trust that the commitment of our individual members to the environment will be expressed in our collective decisions, and so the village will naturally become an eco-village with an emphasis on living sustainably.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2016
  • Start Living Together: 2018
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Aaron Keohane


  • Type(s): 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
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: To be Determined


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%