Karen Litfin’s Ecovillage book & work

In a world of dwindling natural resources and mounting environmental crisis, who is devising ways of living that will work for the long haul? And how can we, as individuals, make a difference?

To answer these fundamental questions, Professor Karen Litfin embarked upon a journey to many of the world’s ecovillages – intentional communities at the cutting-edge of sustainable living. From rural to urban, high tech to low tech, spiritual to secular, she discovered an under-the-radar global movement making positive and radical changes from the ground up.

Not only is another world possible, it is already being born in small pockets the world over. These micro-societies, however, are small and time is short. Fortunately – as Litfin persuasively argues – their successes can be applied to existing social structures, from the local to the global scale, providing sustainable ways of living for generations to come. Global Ecovillage Network/Catalyzing Communities for a Regenerative World/ The Global Ecovillage Network envisions a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implementing pathways to a regenerative future while building bridges of hope and international solidarity ReGen Villages aims for the replication and global scaling of regenerative resiliency to meet the challenges of safe, healthy and secure communities in dynamically changing times. We help people connect with and learn from community./ At a time when too many of us feel isolated and alone, intentional communities offer more sustainable and just ways of living together. The Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) has over 35 years of service to a growing movement of people joining and building intentional communities. Smart Villages is a movement also aimed at transforming the scale of our livelihoods and economies, but an approach that foregrounds the latest cutting edge technologies as a key component for new sustainable living designs. Begun by John and Nancy Todd as the New Alchemy Institute in 1971, research has been conducted into ecological design, greenhouses, sustainable building practices, organic agriculture and aquaculture and developed concepts such as bioshelters (self-sustaining ecosystems within solar greenhouses, such as “The Ark”). Today The Green Center is “a volunteer-run organization, that supports projects that demonstrate ecologically derived forms of energy, agriculture, aquaculture, housing, and landscapes, and living in harmony with nature.” See also

Esalen, CA

Esalen is more than a retreat center or an educational institute. Anchored by the inspiring beauty of Big Sur and an incomparable intellectual history, Esalen is a worldwide network of seekers who look beyond dogma to explore deeper spiritual possibilities, forge new understandings of self and society, and pioneer new paths for change.

Hollyhock, Canada

Hollyhock hosts meaningful experiences to inspire personal growth and social transformation.

We offer about 100 programs and conferences each year to help you connect to yourself, nature, and community.

Our Cortes Island campus rests in the traditional and ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, Homalco Nations. We are committed to renewing our relationships with the First Nations peoples whose territories we are the current stewards of.

We also offer programming in Vancouver and other urban centres across North America, as well as online with our virtual programming. Vancouver programs are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

OUR Ecovillage

O.U.R. Ecovillage
is on Vancouver Island near Shawinigan Lake, and has been running for 21 years as “a 25 acre “Regenerative Living Demonstration Site and Education Centre”, host to multiple non-profit’s and community-based organizations.  Home to collaborative projects with government, academia, corporate sponsors and grassroots programming.”

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Lammas in Wales experiments with a variety of eco-friendly buildings on a variety of small holdings; in trying different designs and different technologies, they also offer visits and tours to provide demonstrations of different ways to live.

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Ecovalley in Hungary aims to provide a “model community” that combines sustainability with education & volunteers in a small community; in the words of their website, “a self sustainable, ecological, organic and environmentally friendly farming operation and community”.

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