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  • Best Practices for Facing Climate Change Head On
    18.07.2016

    Climate change is affecting every country on every continent. Zimbabwe's green schools offer a best practice model in growing eco-sensitive food systems as a means of providing healthy...

  • Upcoming Ecovillage Design Education Course: April 2017
    18.07.2016

    Kosha Joubert, executive...

  • GEN International and the ReSCOPE Programme Partner
    18.07.2016

    The Greening Schools for Sustainable Community Development Project is working with four schools to produce resilience plans based on ecovillage design best practices....

  • Ecovillage Best Practices from ReSCOPE
    18.07.2016

    Using schools as an entry point into creating more sustainable communities, we build on the four pillars of inclusiveness, genuine participation, integration, and local ownership....

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Green Canvas of Light

Green Canvas of Light

Permaculture Ecovillage in the Wilderness Lakes area of the Garden Route in South Africa

Green Canvas of Light is a conscious sustainable permaculture development project on a beautiful and fertile 50ha forest-farm in the Wilderness Lakes area of the Garden Route in South Africa.

Full details about this project can be found on our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/green.canvas.of.light/

Our Vision:

• The creation of an integrated, mature and sustainable community that is based on respect, wisdom and love.

The Sustainability Insitute

The Sustainability Insitute

The Sustainability Institute is an international living and learning centre located outside the South African university town of Stellenbosch. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Cape's towering mountains and rooted in an agricultural community needing to break free from its' racial past, the Sustainability Institute provides a space for people to explore an approach to creating a more equitable society that lives in a way that sustains rather than destroys the eco-system within which all society is embedded.

Ecovillage Madagascar

Ecovillage Madagascar

Improving quality of life of people in rural areas

Ecovillage Madagascar is an initiative started in 2013.

In the short and medium term, the objectives of Ecovillage are four fold:

. to improve the quality of life of rural population
. to educate population in ecological and economical sustainable living using permaculture design and techniques
. to engage in continuous research and development activities to improve continuously the quality of life
. to recreate a natural relaxing and regenerating environment for humans

Oude Molen Ecovillage

Oude Molen Ecovillage

The Oude Molen Eco Village was initially conceptualised as a micro enterprise village by a social entrepreneur & established by a group of tenants in 1997 and grew within the 1st two years to 70 tenants.
The property consists of a previously abandoned and vandalised psychiatric hospital with the Provincial Government as the lead custodian. The project has evolved with a variety of committees achieving many developmental milestones, having overcome many internal and external challenges and obstacles over the years.

Rainbow Homestead Sustainability Co

Rainbow Homestead Sustainability Co

Rainbow Homestead Sustainability Commons

The Rainbow Homestead & Sustainability Commons is a living and learning centre registered as a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to environmental sustainability, cooperation, local economic development, and "small is beautiful" principles.

Mission:To be a positive response to the destruction which the planet and its population are suffering due to unsustainable agriculture, industry, consumerism, and non-renewable energy lifestyles.

Rainbow Sustainability Commons

Rainbow Sustainability Commons

The Commons is a living and learning centre for sustainability, permaculture, and environmental education. We are a registered non-profit called Sihlangene Kokwethu--with a mission to promote self-sufficiency, sustainability and environmental stewardship through education and projects here at the Commons and in Impendle.

Nebo Mountain Lodge

Nebo Mountain Lodge

We are situated in the heart of South Africa

We have designed mind maps covering all areas of sustainable living. From how to live again with the earth, to Body Mind and Soul. We wish to bring together like minded people, to help bring the potential of these ideas into reality.

Honeyville Farm

Honeyville Farm

Honeyville Nature Reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape bordering the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve.It is an hour from Port Elizabeth inland from Jeffreys Bay and Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay. It is composed of 800 hectares of land of which only 45 hectares are reserved for sustainable development. The remaining land is protected wild land and rich in biodiversity. Of the 30 hectares of old arable land we are currently farming organic produce on 10 acres..

Zuvuya

Zuvuya

Located in the mist belt of the Kwa-zulu Natal Midlands. We have 3 waterfalls with many natural spring, 60 acres pine forest, 2 indiginous forests, loads of cliff and mountain face with grasslands below. there are 3 permamnent families living on the community with several other members living off site. Our celbrate our earth based beliefs, such as solstice, winter and summer, beltane and spring equinox with like minded circles and dance parties. We plan to be off the grid by 2012.

Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage

Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage

Promote and learn about:
- Trust for self and others
- Promote optimum use of resource and low impact lifestyle
- All voices must be heard
- Promote daily activities on healing of body, mind, soul and spirit.
- Allow spontaneity and creativity
- Use and development of images supporting our vision
- Research and practice on renewable energy, wastemanagement, biodiversity and innovative technologies
- Natural learning promoted
- Use rights based approaches to holistic sustainable development

Hearth & Soul Eco Farm

Hearth & Soul Eco Farm

We are situated in a beautiful indigenous Cape flora area in South Africa, with our own spring water tapped straight from the mountain, a poplar forest and a eucalyptus woodlot.
The farm is ideally located 2hrs drive from Cape Town, and 50km from Hermanus, a town with services, supplies and infrastructure.

Currently we operate as a spiritual retreat centre, and are in the process of developing our own sustainable organic vegetable and food supply. We aim to attract like-minded people to settle and develop a permanent eco-community here.

Bloemendal Farm Ecovillage

Bloemendal Farm Ecovillage

The plot is in Cape Town, South Africa. It is about 20km out of the city center and in an area already known as the bread-basket of Cape Town, as alot of the daily vegetable consuption comes from this area. The land itself has not been used for agriculture for over 20 years now. We are a small community that lives here, but I think that now is a good time to start making more progress. Now is the time to make better use of green technologies and to start networking with other communities so as to learn and share information etc.