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Best practices of Ecoashram

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Integral participatory design

Leadership: 
Ecoashram Intercultural Center (EIC) Non-Governmental Organization is the curator and organizer of all the activities of Ecoashram eco-village initiative. We are a team of volunteers, some of which have been living and working in different eco-communities since 1993. Our team leader Karen Asatryan has participated in establishment of Grishino eco-village in Russia about 20 years ago.
Conscious participation in project design: 
34%
Traditional and local wisdom: 
95%
Design methods: 
Yes. Our infrastructure design is based on ancient Armenian traditions of community organizing, architecture, space organizing , eco-agriculture and use of resources.
Innovative methods and appropriate technologies: 
95%
Education and empowerment towards sustainable living: 
85%
Educational courses and experiences: 
1. Seminars on Holistic Health, presented in non-formal education style 2. Wild tours to nature, learning to survive with minimum resources, food and energy, being in the wild. 3. Yoga (Himalayan Style) courses in the mountains 4. Pottery workshops in traditional Armenian way

Best social practices

Conflict facilitation and peace-building skills?: 
65%
Gender equality: 
65%
Sense of community and mutual support: 
90%
Diversity: 
60%
Inclusive decision-making processes: 
80%
Alliances within wider society and networks?: 
85%
Integration of new members: 
We welcome new members but we give them a chance / time to feel / sense / understand what role(s) do they like in the community, what styles of interaction do they prefer and what aims (or maybe no aims) do they choose for their involvement in the community development process.

Best cultural practices

Political activism for environmental and social justice: 
70%
Connecting to a higher purpose in life / spiritual pathway: 
95%
Dance, music, art, celebrations and rituals: 
75%
Local dance, music, art, celebrations and rituals: 
70%
Awareness about impacts of modernisation / minimising negative impacts: 
90%
Common vision: 
85%

Best ecological practices

Ecological sanitation?: 
70%
Sustainable water management?: 
40%
Natural and traditional healing methods: 
90%
Organical food: 
75%
Renewable energy: 
30%

Best economical practices

Transparent administration and bookkeeping: 
80%
Ethical and transparent fair trade: 
85%
Strengthening local economy: 
70%
Economic justice: 
85%