"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein
Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence and to be in a safe, healthy environment.
Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness.
Shekinah Eco-Village is located in Sanpete County near Spring City, Utah. It is located in central Utah about 90 minutes SE from Provo, UT. It is 90 acres currently and has a handful of members. There is also a tiny village consisting of sheds for storing camping equipment and emergency supplies and is also planned for tiny homes on wheels. We are actively looking for new members and volunteers inspired by a sense of possibility and guided by spiritual values honored in every culture and religion.
The membership fee is $1,000 per adult. Costs for homes are currently being determined and will likely be $200+ per sq ft (to include common house and greenhouses, parking structures in addition to home). Annual fees will be determined by the members. Community hours are an integral part of our eco-village. Full time members contribute 100 + hours per year on the various projects and part time members contribute 50 + hours per year.
We are building our eco-vllage based on the ethics of permaculture (see side panel). Bill Mollison, founder of Perma-culture, defines it as “a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals [including people] in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” In real terms it means that everything has more than one function: bees pollinate and provide honey. Chickens eat garbage, bugs and provide eggs, meat and fertilizer. People create order and mess and can create in a way to create less mess. They all can work together to have more than any one can have alone.
We intend to be an off grid community even though utilities are close by. We are only three miles from stores, a college and several churches; yet are in a very secluded, rural area. We also intend to grow most of our own fruits and vegetables with gardens and year round greenhouses.
A main part of our mission at Shekinah Eco-Village is teaching our world neighbors a new way of living through modeling it and through workshops and classes on site and in schools. Some of the class offerings will be: The Synthesis of Science and Spirituality, Simple Secrets for Creating Optimal Health, Trampoline and Spring Board Diving Camps, Money as Energy and Complementary Currencies, Net Zero Building, Building with Adobe, Rain Water Capture, Lasagna Gardening, Permaculture Methods and much more.
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