The Xperiment

Dimovci, Bulgaria

  • Last updated: March 29, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: March 29, 2018

Mission Statement

Today we are members of a civilization, which is getting ever more exhausted not only in terms of resource management systems, forms of government and political will for change, but above all in terms of basic human connection – our ability to communicate honestly and emotionally among each other and with the environment.
Both as individuals and as species we are standing on the edge of a cliff in all important aspects of our existence – environmentally, economically, socially and spiritually. Many (actually most) of us are in a state of free fall, whether we realize it or not. However, one thing is certain – we are becoming more and more aware of these issues – whether with our minds, souls or hearts, simply because they form our reality. Today!
Regardless of where we live on the planet, the everyday lives of most of us consist of endless wandering between the elements of our decaying social, economic and political systems and our own internal struggles for self-awareness and search for meaning, friendship and love…
If any of this sounds familiar to you, if in any way those thoughts and emotions are also in your mind and soul, if you feel time has come for you to look for a change from this reality, then you are standing at the doorstep of one of the places where this is possible.
After all, change is a matter of choice. We already made ours.
This is the place where YOU can also make this choice.
Let’s reinvent our lives TOGETHER.

Community Description

This project’s goal is to create an international social and cultural center, combined with sustainable lifestyle amidst the beautiful nature of the Balkan mountain.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have undeveloped land
  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned number of residences: 20
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    The Xperiment is basically open to ANYONE and is aimed at all types of social entities of the human world, who are looking for ways to rediscover themselves – individuals, families, groups or circles of people, who share common interests. In practical terms, this project is suitable both for people, who want to “escape” from urban life and also for these, who for various reasons cannot do this permanently, but would like to have the opportunity to become a part of such an undertaking and the chance to experience a temporary retreat from their own environment.

    At this starting point there are several basic options anyone can choose from, based on the phases of the project development:

    Core Xperiment members – the initial group of people, which begin the actual work of restoring the space and the house in the mountain village for the needs of the project. They invest their physical work and the initial funds, which are needed to complete the first phases of the project. Also they will become the permanent members of the project with their own personal living space and take part in creating the concepts, social design and basic rules of the Xperiment.
    Xperiment members – the people that actively help with the physical, artistic and intellectual work in all phases of the project from its beginning and create, develop and organize events and activities throughout the whole process.
    Volunteer members – everyone, who visits the Xperiment space temporarily and help with anything from growing food to giving ideas and being part of the whole development process. Lodging and food will be provided for everyone, who decides to join as a volunteer in the period between May and September 2018, when most of the work on repairing the house will be done. Additional information will be provided upon request.
    Surrounding circle members – the individuals, groups or families, living in other houses around the Xperiment place. They represent the friendly circle, which will help in the development of the social aspect of the project. They share our vision, take part in the events and always be the “good neighbour” with whom we will break bread and exchange ideas.
    Participants – everyone, who will either organize or be part of the cultural, social and spiritual events, which will begin taking place in the space, once it is ready to accommodate them.
    Contributors – everyone, who is not yet physically, but is financially able to assist in the creation of the space for the Xperiment and wants to have the option to become a future visitor, participant or member of the project. Please see the Contribute section of this website for more information.

    Every person, who joins the project in any of the above ways, will be given access to the Xperiment site at all stages of its development and depending on the personal contribution and one’s desire will become an integral part of the project, once it becomes operational in all its aspects and begins to achieve its goals.

  • Open to new Members: Yes

Government

  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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