Ecovillages and Sustainable Living Conference 2011 - Portugal

This year the Ecovillages and Sustainable Living Conference will take place in the South of Portugal, in a wonderful ecovillage called Tamera. Having been there before, I strongly recommend attending, not only for the conference itself (which I imagine should be quite interesting), but also to enjoy the experience of spending some time in an idyllic place! Since I have spent a week there, a few years ago, I have been telling myself that I must repeat the experience. Unfortunately it will not be this time... Maybe next year.
Hope you can make it!

7. Jul 2011 - 11. Jul 2011 in Tamera ( Portugal )

This conference will give participants a deeper understanding of cutting edge developments of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), focusing on GEN-Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Opportunities will be provided to learn about and practice facilitation methods and pedagogies used during the conference (experiential learning, action learning, participatory learning, incorporating the wisdom and diversity of participants). This year there will be a special focus on the dimension of education.

Ecovillages act as research and training centres for sustainable development within wider society. The hosting Ecovillage of Tamera serves as a living example and field of practice for the themes of the conference.

The themes of this year’s conference include:
Collaborations for Sustainability – Inspirations from the Global Ecovillage Network
New developments in the Global Ecovillage Network, with a focus on Europe and Africa. In-depths exploration of Tamera’s solar village and water landscape in theory and practice.
Widening networks for Resilience – Broadening the concept of 'Ecovillage'
Transition of traditional villages to ecovillages. Interaction and cooperation with academia, social entrepreneurs and policy makers. Ecovillages and Transition Towns. Empowered Fundraising.
Education for Sustainability - GEN-Strategies
Ecovillage Design Education – Gaia Education. Presentation of the new two-year curriculum ‘Transition to Resilience – Learning Adventure for Change Agents’. Children and Youth.

The conference will be facilitated by Capra Carruba and a team.

The presenters and facilitators of workshops are : Kosha Anja Joubert ( South Africa, Germany and Scotland, UK ) , Macaco Tamerice ( Germany and Italy), Adama Ly ( Senegal ), Lua Bashala-Kekana ( Congo and South Africa ), Nara Petrovic ( Slovenia), John Croft ( Australia and Germany ), May East ( Scotland, UK and Brasil ). Other presenters to be confirmed…

Each day of the conference will start with lectures in the mornings, followed by mini-workshops in smaller groups to deepen one of the themes of the morning. There will be lots of opportunities to get to know the other participants and more informal exchange.
The Venue

Tamera in Southern Portugal is an international training and experimental site for the development of peace research villages and healing biotopes worldwide. Approximately 200 people live, work and study in Tamera. Tamera’s aim is to develop an example of a model for a non-violent co-existence of people and between people and nature.

Simple living is an important value in Tamera and the accommodation is mostly in dormitories and big tents with floors and beds. Some rooms with simple standard are available in the guest houses. All accommodation is within walking distance to the conference site.

The community kitchen in Tamera prepares vegan, organic meals with as many local and regional ingredients as possible.

For more information on fees and registration click HERE

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