"In Kali-yuga (the present age) … law and justice will be applied only on the basis of one's power. Men and women will live together merely because of superficial attraction, and success in business will depend on deceit. … Filling the belly will become the goal of life, and one who is audacious will be accepted as truthful. He who can maintain a family will be regarded as an expert man, and the principles of religion will be observed only for the sake of reputation. As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power. Losing their wives and properties to such avaricious and merciless rulers, who will behave no better than ordinary thieves, the citizens will flee to the mountains and forests. Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating leaves, roots, flesh, wild honey, ... " - Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.2-10 (circa 3000 BC)
We are a group of people interested in learning and teaching about more sustainable lifestyles.
This covers a wide range of subjects, so for now we are focusing on the more critical areas.
Some of us will be forming an Ecovillage in North Central Texas. Many plans have already been finalized, and we are developing a community constitution.
We do not have land yet, as of spring 2014. We believe that people come first, education comes second, and planning comes third. The right people, the right knowledge, and the right plan will take us in the right direction.
We have courses on a variety of subjects, available in the Dallas area. Please see the Education page. We also have some PowerPoint slide shows here and here.
There is a great need for real alternatives to a modern society that is ultimately destructive both spiritually and materially. We hope you can find ways to participate in and contribute to this cause, whether personally, through your own circles of friends, or with us.
Every community and group of people is different. Like-minded people need to come together, and not just talk about these subjects, but start to live them. That transition is meant to begin right now, before buying land or starting a project. It's about the journey AND the destination.
Please read some of our website to learn more about us.
We are offering anyone the opportunity to learn about truly sustainable lifestyles, including Ecovillage development. Spend some time with us - whether or not you want to be a part of the community. Apply what you learn in your own life, or toward your own community development.
Here are a few suggestions for different ways to get involved.
* Read this website and any other sites listed
* Learn about Intentional Communities, Ecovillage design, natural construction methods, Permaculture, consensus, and so forth
* Join us for weekly meetings
* Help us with ongoing research
* Take some of the classes we offer
* Come on field trips with us
* Get a plot in our community garden and learn a little about gardening
* Share what you know with us!
* Must be vegan or vegetarian (no meat, fish, poultry)
* No intoxicants (including alcohol, cigarettes, illegal drugs, recreational drugs)
* (Yes, we know the above standards cut out a lot of people, and we apologize for that. However, these things are hardly sustainable. There are plenty of other groups where people do those things. We just don't want those kinds of things in our community, and we don't want to have to pay for all the extra land and resources needed to produce most of them, which could be used in better ways. We also don't want to deal with the social problems resulting from some of them.)
* Be willing and able to work cooperatively with other people
* Be willing and able to grow a fair percentage of your food
* Read “Creating a Life Together” or “Finding Community” by Diana Leaf Christian or any other comparable book on Intentional Community development
* Take a course in the process of consensus
* Agree to community rules
* Apply to become a member of the group.
We are presently meeting weekly. We decided to put many details in writing, so we are working on our community constitution. Meetings are are 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon on Sundays, at one of the member's homes.
We are also going through the book "Creating a Life Together, and are presently on Chapter 9. A short presentation is shown at each meeting to help focus the discussion on particular relevant topics. However, we've taken a break from this to complete the constitution, after which we will resume with the rest of the chapters.
Our constitution committee consists of three people. The
constitution work takes time because we look at things from as many
angles as possible, and dig into many details. Right now we are working
on the heart of the community, which is membership. We have 3 types of
community members: Associate, Resident, and Consensus. We also have
Community Supporters, who are people that won't normally live in the
community but are willing to contribute in exchange for a place in the
community if things get really bad in the city.
are also starting a number of educational courses. Not only is there a
need for such education, but many people are interested in these
subjects. This also lets us connect with like-minded people who may
be interested in Ecovillage development, and are further preparing
themselves to create positive change in the world.