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The Regional Network for Sustainable Rural Development, with the support and participation of the ZeppHolzerPermaculture Center, the Institute for Broadband Education and the Union of Eco-Villages and Eco-Initiatives present 

Youth educational program 

Eco-communities
Economics, ecology, sociotechnics and the culture of living together

The events of the first year of the program will take place in 2017-2018. To know more and to get acquainted with leading masters and content of the course we made starting event - the Summer Forest School (July 1-12, 2017). Its aim was also to recruit a permanent group of participants. All events of the program are for those who are interested in living in an ecological community (both in rural or urban areas); in interaction with people, nature, animals and plants; the ecologization of life and the solution of the environmental problems. The program needs the seeking, curious, inclined to an integrated approach and aware of themselves as part of a living planet.

Parts of the events will take placce in the Forest School, Arkhangelsk Region

The Forest School is a friendly young team that receives experience and practical knowledge of nature, forest and ecology, traditional and modern village life, agriculture from the best specialists, experiencing a lot of positive emotions. Each participant of the Forest School can use the knowledge gained here in their life, on their land, in a village, in a community, in a project or a settlement. The Forest School is organized on the principles of respect, self-organization, voluntariness and care for nature. We not only study nature, ecotechnology, economy, but also learn to live in a team, in a community where people of different ages communicate with each other with equal respect, learn to make choice, take responsibility and evaluate the results of their activities.

At the Summer Forest School, each direction of the program will be presented by a specialist and a series of practical events, interactive processes and discussions. Each participant makes a choice of what exactly they will be engaged in and what they will learn. Each participant of the program will be able to choose a workshop and direction referring to his or her sphere of interests, and to implement a practical project.

Directions of the program

  1. Community Economics

Self-sufficiency, its business and local economy.Economy of exchange and gift, sharing economy, cyclical economy.Classical and alternative views on the global economy.

  1. Permaculture

Ecological agriculture, self-sufficiency in food, territory planning and the use of fields, microclimate, philosophy and practice of permaculture.

  1. Create and maintain a community

The main problems which communities around the world face and ways to avoid them.Structural conflicts and the resilience of the community, the balance of work and leisure, justice and harmony, structure and decision-making in eco-communities.

  1. Ecotechnologies of life

Practices for joint ecological life, efficient use and saving of natural resources, waste sorting and reuse, energy efficiency and renewable energy, natural and environmentally friendly materials.

  1. Forest and ecosystems

The global and local role of forests, forest and climate, the current and original state of forests on the planet.Study of forests and forest ecosystems with walks into the forest. The significance of forests, biodiversity, modern and traditional forest management.

  1. Traditional culture

Traditional ethnic cultures are the "cultural gene pool" of humanity, which conveys archetypes and behavior patterns associated with the natural landscape, natural cycles and rhythms that have been tested for centuries. National rhythms, dances, songs, holidays, clothes and ornaments of Russian traditional culture and other ethnics are deeply symbolic and capable of affecting even those who have been far from this culture all their lives. Many eco-communities around the world use elements of traditional folk culture in their lives, enriching their inner world and community life.

  1. Ecoarchitecture for Communities

Architecture is not only the design and construction of residential buildings using suitable materials, but also the creation of special public spaces for carrying out activities and internal processes of the community. The art of creating such spaces is of paramount importance for the harmonious development of ecological communities.

  1. Bases of animal husbandry

Keeping and breeding cows, goats, horses, chickens and other livestock is a traditional occupation of rural people included in the general agricultural cycle. Animal management from harvesting hay to milking and getting milk is a serious and important part of the life of many communities on earth.

  1. Body practice and work with oneself

Life in any community is always a meeting with oneself and others, not always simple, requiring the availability of internal resources and the ability to work with their own feelings and emotions. And in order to work with your emotions you need to learn how to work with your body, for which we learn various bodily practices.

  1. Philosophy and humanitarian aspects of ecological communities

In the life of any community there should be a unifying idea, common values and worldview. The history of ecovillages and eco-communities demonstrates many examples of such ideas, and the history of mankind gave many philosophical trends that reflect the relationship between civilization and nature, the place of man in the world and society. Our program would not be complete without addressing such deep cultural and humanitarian foundations and what is called "deep ecology".

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To participate in the program, please send a letter about yourself to genrussia@gmail.com. Details of the program and participation will be communicated to the participants after receiving the application forms and consideration of applications.

For all questions, please contact genrussia@gmail.com ; Tel. +7 921 472-56-05
Resource – www.resourse.org ;
Union of ecovillages and ecoinitiatives – www.gen-russia.ru ;
Holtzer Permaculture Centre–  www.naturbook.center
Metaversity – www.ishipo.ru