An ecovillage community and retreat for people who want to manage their mental health through a mindful, wholesome and spiritual lifestyle. Meditation, yoga, love, nutrition and a deep connection to nature are the fundamentals of our way of mindful living. This community is a spiritual refugee, especially for those struggling with bipolar, depression and schizophrenia.
Daily meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices allow you to fully appreciate every moment; to stop rushing through life in search of that elusive future happiness; to find appreciation in the simplest things so you live with profound gratitude for the world around you, no matter what it is.
Permaculture and sustainability are long-term goals, but we take a moderate, gradual approach to everything (the middle-way), so we are not enduring mental duress just to live in an extremely sustainable way. No one is judged for activities that may not seem as eco-friendly as possible, because we are all at different points on our path. Our primary goal is to create a peaceful, nurturing and healing place to grow spiritually.
Our mind’s health is intricately tied to our physical health, so we strive to exercise our bodies daily in ways that strengthen this mind-body connection. A daily yoga practice is our basic way of strengthening our mind body connection. Working hands on is also essential for our well-being, whether its gardening, building homes or cooking with raw ingredients; we have a need for staying active and engaged.
Nutrition is pivotal to both our psychical and mental health, so we encourage community meals with a focus on fresh and organic ingredients. Sharing a meal is an intimate experience that we take for granted and sharing meal preparation duties allows us more time to focus our energies on other tasks. A pescatarian diet is optimal for mental health because fish provide us with high amounts of amino-acids and fatty-acids (Omega-3s), but a vegan diet is very noble and a respected option. Fish farming is also beneficial component of permaculture.
Drugs are generally not allowed with a few exceptions for beneficial uses, because any drug used habitually or recreationally interferes with living truly mindfully and can increase psychotic symptoms. Alcohol can be enjoyed in minuscule amounts since its a naturally occurring side-effect of fermentation, but alcohol is probably the biggest danger to mood stability. Cannabis may be used as a sedative (like in the form of pot-brownies) and for specific therapies but is not for recreational use, since there is a link to psychotic symptoms. Caffiene should be respected and limited to only the early parts of the day, as it has a high-potential to throw off your circadian rhythms. Pscyhodelics, like Ayuhasca or mushrooms, can provide powerful therapy when done in a ceremonial setting with an intention for healing. In the long run we want to learn how to enter other states of concsiousneess without any drugs, so they should be viewed as an intermediate step to helping us break out of our ingrained constructs.
Tiny-Homes are the basis for living spaces, with a few large communal structures for gatherings, such as eating together. The tiny homes provide people with a sense of their own space, a place where they can retreat when they are needing solitude. The mobility of the tiny homes provide a way to move to the other communities or re-arrange communities as they grow, such being next-door neighbors to your best friends. Separate but interconnected tiny-homes for spouses can give them the type of space we lack when we share a living space closely, making the time we share together as special again.
The community is sustained financially as a non-profit organization by selling various goods and services, which are provided by the residents. Its a mix between a live-work arrangement, and people who are financially independent, which pay into the non-profit to live there and enjoy all the amenities. The goal is for residents to live without worrying about money because they know that they will always have food, shelter and clothing provided. Revenue can be generated from local public-facing businesses, such as a cafe and yoga studio, as well as location independent business, such as IT consulting and custom software. By offering a broad range of services, we give residents the ability to try various roles and see which fits them best.
Governance is through a mix of a board of directors, which are responsible for executive duties, and a direct democracy vote, where the debate and voting is officially done through an online platform to keep a detailed history and to allow for a more thorough discussion than an in-person meeting would allow.
Community-shared-resources, such as automobiles, bicycles and recreational equipment, allow the residents to enjoy luxuries that they might not have been able to afford by themselves. Having a check-out system and a steward for each shared item ensures its cared for.
Kids are taught through a Montessori type of approach, where they learn various subjects by working on real projects.
The ideal location would be far enough away from a major highway or city that it feels very tranquil, yet close enough to a city that you would be able to provide local services and not feel isolated.
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