Amazing Ecovillages to Emulate




Pickard’s Mountain Eco Institute

download (2).jpg


Pickards Mountain Eco Institute  is a 68-acre Educational Farm in central North Carolina dedicated to finding ways of living more harmoniously with the planet.  Their work is rooted in the belief that the fate of future generations will depend on their connections with the land.  Pickards Mountain got its start through Abundance NC’s fiscal sponsorship program.

When the fossil fuels are gone, people will have to find ways to supply their food and energy in renewable and sustainable ways.  By teaching the children to respect natural cycles and utilize renewable resources, we offer them keys to survival in a cooperative local and global community.

Workshops and Events at the Eco-Institute:
Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute offers workshops on everything from nature walks to yoga to kim chi making to film showings to storytelling to potlucks… check out the entire calendar!

  • Middle School Programs explore the idea of sustainability in agriculture and energy production while touring the farm, living village, and renewable energy system.
  • High School Programs explore the idea of sustainability and human responsibility while touring the farm, living village, renewable energy system, and biodiesel refinery. The environmental crisis is placed in an historical context, and students are empowered with the knowledge that their choices shape the future.

The Fellowship Program from Pickards Mountain:

Young adults enjoy living close to nature while learning sustainable farming alongside a 100kW solar energy system.  These young adults, the leaders of the future, have found themselves between years of university study with a sense of deep concern for the environmental crises we face, including global climate disruption.  The causes of the converging crises, not simply ecological, but also economic and social, are traced back to the philosophical roots of our societal paradigm.  These young adults (ages 18-32) spend their mornings working and learning important practical life skills, and their afternoons/evenings studying and discussing ideas by important change agents and thought leaders.”







Lammas Ecovillage


“The Lammas project has been created to pioneer an alternative model for living on the land. It empowers people to explore what it is to live a low-impact lifestyle. It demonstrates that alternatives are possible here and now.

The project centres around the ecovillage at Tir y Gafel, in North Pembrokeshire, which has been designed using a model that can be replicated across Wales. It combines the traditional smallholding model with the latest innovations in environmental design, green technology and permaculture. The ecovillage was granted planning permission in 2009 by the Welsh Government and is currently part-way through the construction phase.  At its heart it consists of 9 smallholdings positioned around a Community Hub building, and it is supported by a range of peripheral projects and networks.

The ecovillage runs guided tours every Saturday from April to October and also runs a range of courses, conferences and events throughout the year.

The project actively supports aspiring low-impact projects in Wales through providing planning guides and resources as well as supporting independent academic studies.”




Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage





“At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage (DR), we understand how difficult it can be to live sustainably and responsibly within modern US culture. We believe that we can work to build a healthy alternative: a social structure that is both non-exploitative and vibrant. As our village grows, we see this ideal take shape more clearly every day: a diverse range of people living ecologically sound lives in a community that truly serves as an example of positive human action within the natural world.In 1997 the DR Land Trust (DRLT) purchased 280 acres in the rolling hills of northeastern Missouri. We are now deep into pioneering—constructing buildings while planning and developing community structure. There is an ever-increasing emphasis on internal economy, which includes bartering and an internal currency. Eventually, we see 500 to 1,000 people living in our village, with businesses and homes surrounding the town center.As you might expect, ecological sustainability is the primary focus of our long-term vision and our daily lives. Residents agree to follow ecological covenants and sustainability guidelines. We build our homes using alternative techniques such as straw bale and cob, powering them with renewable energy from the Sun and wind. Vehicles at DR are owned cooperatively and powered by biodiesel. Overall, we eat an ever-increasing amount of local, organic, and in-season foods including many home-grown vegetables.

We strive to be good stewards of our land, with much of our acreage reserved as wildlife habitat. In the grasslands we are reintroducing native prairie plants to help revitalize our region’s biodiversity. We have planted over 10,000 trees to restore our land to its precolonial ecology, to stabilize the riparian zone, and to provide a sustainable source of wood for our community in years to come.

Diversity is an important element within our human population as well. Our village is composed of individuals, families, and an income-sharing community. We look forward to having other sub-communities join us and we encourage the development of co-housing and cooperatives. To allow for economic diversity and simple living, we keep lease rates and membership dues low and there is no buy-in fee.

In addition to being a wonderful home for us, DR is a model for social change. Outreach and education are integral to our mission. Rather than isolating ourselves completely from the mainstream, we promote DR as a viable alternative. We enjoy sharing discoveries and ideas of sustainable living with people who have a wide variety of lifestyles.

If you are interested in Dancing Rabbit, you have lots of options: subscribe to our blog, arrange a visit, or come do a work exchange stint. We are actively seeking new members to share our lives and goals. Together we can build our dreams!

– See more at:”






Honorable Mentions

Acorn Ecovillage

Twin Oaks Ecovillage

Going Slowly Homestead in Vermont

Awakened life project

Intensive retreat- 40 days for $2250- $56 per day

“This 6 week Intensive offers a transformational education experience that encompasses evolutionary integral spirituality, meditation, yoga, permaculture/sustainability and health/nutrition in a vibrant community context. Come and experience the multidimensional, evolutionary heart of The Awakened Life Project!”


Frugal Woods



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s