Deep Listening

Pinakarri is the Martu Mandjilidjara Aboriginal word for Deeper Listening. In our western culture we seem to have lost the skill of empathically listening to each other.

Integral Theory of Ken Wilber

All Quadrants All Levels - A model for everything

Integral theory, as described by Ken Wilber and others in the integral movement, revolves around the concept of two axes and four quadrants. One axis is for the interior/exterior, and the other axis is for the individual/collective.

The Practice of Forum

Building transparency and authenticity in community

In the practice of Forum, we come together in ongoing groups to share deeply and authentically what is alive in us. With skillful facilitation, an atmosphere of safety is created, which enables us to step out of our comfort zone and into deeper levels of vulnerability and creativity.

Localisation-economics of happiness

Promoting the renewal of local communities, economies and cultures

The answer lies in shifting away from economic globalization towards localization. Whereas the global economy demands monoculture, both human and ecological, localisation is a process that adapts economic activity to diversity -- a fundamental principle of life.

Wind Turbine

How to build a wind turbine

This instruction describes the process of building your own wind turbine without having to spend a lot of money. The wind turbine would then allow you to produce your own energy.

Leadership Styles

Four Archetypes that underpin inspirational leadership: Sovereign, Great Mother, Medicine Woman, Warrior

Carl Jung and others saw that inside every human being is a feminine and masculine potential (yin and yang, anima and animus) and a static and dynamic potential. When we marry these four potentials together, 4 archetypes of human behaviour emerge:

The Practice of Journaling

Gaining self-awareness through a regular writing practice

Regular automatic writing can become a key to discovering deeper layers of our own being. It can help us work through difficult feelings, become aware of our patterns and habits and open up a flow of creativity.

Decentralised renewable energy

The multiple benefits of appropriate technology in the form of passive solar, solar electricity, small-scale hydro, ram pumps

To raise awareness about the potential for a human and ecological development path, based on a diversity of decentralised renewable energy technologies. We need to devote time, money and effort to counter the corporate energy path through educational campaigns.

Solar Oven

Build your own cardboard solar oven

This is a very easy and cheap to make solar oven made out of cardboard and duct tape which only requires sun to be present and then small meals can be cooked inside of it. (or bigger meals depending on how big the cardboard box and reflectors are)

Learning from Failure

Daring to face what we’ve defined as failure

Take time to reflect on past failures. Feel the emotions that accompany these experiences. Make space for these. This might lead to a deeper integration. With support, create a space from which we can look back at these experiences and place them in a bigger context.

Biochar from Bamboo Kilns

Sequestering CO2 while rebuilding soil

Convert the fastest growing terrestrial plant, bamboo, currently supplying livelihood to 1.2 billion humans because of its many uses and ability to grow in nearly all climates, from labile carbon to recalcitrant carbon through pyrolytic conversion in a low-cost, multiple-yield process.


Promoting human and ecological wellbeing

It is important that we promote a holistic vision in which human happiness or wellbeing are seen as inseparable from ecological wellbeing.

Bicycle Power

A bicycle powered generator

This is an easy experimental solution to get some workout and charge some batteries at the same time.

Open Space

Convening meetings on what interests us most

Harrison Owen created a social technology that enables people to convene meetings about the topics that are most alive in them and allows for cross-fertilisation of ideas.

Keyline Management

Redirecting nutrient flow by subsoiling off-contour

Keyline management restores fertility to crop, forest and pasture lands and to steeper and rougher terrains that have never before been capable of rapid improvement.

Overcoming trauma

Supporting children to overcome trauma and become responsible adults.

If life is a game called "I'm building the world", them it's fun to play. Beginners are not responsible for anything, like babies. But step by step the players learn about self responsibility and respect. There's the thrill and the theatre of initiation to become a Student.


The key to successful sustainable projects

Celebration is about gratitude, thanks giving, recognition and acknowledgement. It is the importance of Celebration that makes Dragon Dreaming different from many other project management tools. Celebration is an important process that reconnects the doing of a project back to the dreaming.

Political Influencing

Engaging in political reality so that what we think is right and needs to be done actually happens.

To become effective we need to understand how power operates, e.g. how decisions are actually made, how to build alliances and coalitions and how to sense the right moment to act. We need to give up the wish to be popular and understood by everyone.

Compost Tea

Producing liquid bioconcentrates from organic waste

Compost tea is produced by steeping plant growth compounds and beneficial microorganisms in warm, aerated water and organic wastes over a 24-hour brewing cycle to produce a biologically active liquid concentrate that is then applied to field, forest or garden to stimulate soil fertility.

University of Resistance

A collaborative University of farmers building regional autonomy in the area of education for non violent resistance

Eleven years ago, the community’s response was to organize volunteer teachers to give basic classes as a traveling university. “We began to realize that we are the owners of our education,” said Tuberquia.

What is an Ecovillage?

Definition by the Global Ecovillage Network

Mandala category: 
All dimensions

An ecovillage is an intentional or traditional community using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in order to regenerate social and natural environments.

Pro Action cafe

Bringing the wisdom of a group to the support of an individual’s task, project and vision

using a blend of World Cafe and Open Space processes, we can create dynamic, creative and fluid spaces in which we support each other to interrogate more deeply the plans and projects we are already working on.

Earthbag Houses

recycling of waste materials in building houses

is an inexpensive method to create structures which are both strong and can be quickly built. It is a natural building technique that evolved from historic military bunker construction techniques and temporary flood-control dike building methods.

Medicinal Gardens

Building regional autonomy in the area of health and strengthening local sovereignty in healthcare

Part of the 11-year-old University of Resistance’s curriculum is to share ancestral health knowledge. It has become survival knowledge as well as a tool to regain community power and autonomy.

Collective Entrepreneurship Based On

There's strength in numbers

Collective/Cooperative entrepreneurship can be a solution in many cases. While it is not a panacea, it does have a lot of advantages. A team can add to, multiply and complement each of the competencies and skills of the individuals, bringing a more powerful approach to the challenge.


Understanding how power and privilege operate within and between individuals and groups

Amy and Arny Mindell, in Process Work, have outlined 4 types of rank and power (social, psychological, contextual and spiritual) and the signals that flow from those who have ‘high rank’ and ‘low rank’ in different situations.

Bread from Sweet Potatoes

Creating local food sovereignty

Challenges also includes post harvest processing or storage.

Responsible Tourism

Community based tourism: how it benefits local people by creating revenue streams while protecting environments

The Ecovillage Design Education course (EDE) is a wonderful way to promote eco-tourism. The social, cultural, economic and ecological potential that exists within coastal villages brings new and bigger visions for participants.


Bringing a group together consciously at the beginning and end of meetings, aligned to the highest purpose.

Taking a minute or two at the beginning of the meeting, either in silence with a few words of guidance offered by the facilitator, to pause and notice that we are in a new space; to consciously connect with the others with whom we are meeting; and to clearly connect with the overarching purpose o

Spiral Dynamics

A way of mapping the evolution of consciousness

From his research, Dr Graves formulated a model of human development which was then developed by Don Beck, Christopher Cowan and others into Spiral Dynamics.

Portable Gardens – urban food

Tackling the Urban food security

Plastic bags can be used or recycled and help in the growing of food

Compressed, Stabilised Earth Blocks

An appropriate technology for building and construction in developing countries

Sandele Eco-Retreat and Learning Centre was constructed with low embodied energy and a small ecological footprint using an imported compressed, stabilised earth block (CSEB) machine.

Balancing Mind & Body

The importance of balancing mind & body to relieve stress symptoms and avoid diseases.

Understanding what stress is and having a daily practice that balances your mind and body system.

Statement of Intention

Clarifying our focus to build support

Practice distilling the essence of our project into a few short sentences and work with a simple template that helps to crystallize our thinking. Develop an ‘elevator pitch’. Find the right name. Clarify the vision and core goals of your project. Think about a logo.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA

Building bridges between villages - Setting up direct relationships between growers and consumers of agricultural products -

Guneskoy Cooperative has applied CSA to support sustainable living in traditional villages by ecological food production based on an economy with mutual support between people living in city and a village. Each week vegetables are picked up and distributed to the supporters in the city.


Supporting someone to become more effective in their own unique way

Using processes drawn from the world of sport, we can coach people into finding their own way forward.

Support groups - Women’s and Men’s C

The role of support groups, in particular women’s and men’s circles

Finding a support group that meets regularly or can be activated when you need it, can make all the difference.


Use of vegetable oil as an alternative fuel in villages.

Guneskoy Cooperative developed a project for using vegetable oil as an alternative fuel for tractors used in agriculture. The project was supported by UNDP.

Collective Wisdom

How the whole becomes more than the sum of the parts

We need to reinstate meaningful conversations at every level of society. We need to learn how to creatively express our individual diversity and potential, without attachment to being right, contributing our piece to the jigsaw puzzle of life.

System Blindness

Overcoming blind spots in planning for sustainability : spatial and temporal systems blindness

The first problem is exacerbated because problems like atmospheric pollution are increasingly cause by millions of small, incremental damaging contributions to the biosphere (eg aerosols, car exhausts) rather than large scale, more obvious ones (like oil spills, factories).

Intergenerational Living

Creating spaces for young and old to live together

By designing our communities to encourage and facilitate a wide diversity of ages and stages of life from day care and preschools to assisted living and aged care we can reclaim the extended family that is often non-existent in the modern world.

Community Building

A process to develop authentic communication in community

Scott Peck has identified 4 phases of group development and created guidelines for skillfully navigating these that culminate in an experience of a mature, authentic community.

Systems Leverage Points

Places to Intervene in a System.

Donella Meadows proposed a list of suggestions to consider as likely areas for systems change. Her list is not, by her own admission, a definitive one and should be viewed as a guide. By considering the possible leverage points we can more easily consider carefully where we might intervene.

School yards to fruit forests

Productive multi-purpose school grounds/ greening school yards or compounds/ school food forest/ school orchard gardens

Integrated land use design (ILUD) is an inclusive and participatory process that is used by the SCOPE and ReSCOPE Programmes in east and southern Africa to green the schools and turn the bare school grounds into food forests.

Conflict Transformation

Theory and Practice of Working with Conflict

Welcome conflict and embrace it as an inevitable part of human experience. See the other as yourself and sense the feelings and needs that underpin the outer expression.

The Ethics of Sustainable Thinking

A framework for making moral and ethical choices

some choices are “right versus wrong” and most people only take a moment of reflection to come to the proper decision. Some choices are more complex and might be viewed as “right versus right”.

Swales - harvesting rainwater to rep

Rain water harvesting into the ground/ contour ridges/ swales

The ‘S’ Principles: Looking at the rain as the main source of water, we need to harvest it at the source by slowing it down and stopping it from flowing using swales and mulch or ground cover. Swales are ditches on the ground that are dug truly on contour.

Creating a Business Plan

How to create a business plan

Business Plans are useful for start-up or existing businesses, profit or non-profit organizations.

The I-We-World Model

Building resilience and sustainability on personal, group and global levels

Develop a practice that enables us to to be aware of all three levels as we develop ourselves and our projects.


Twin sister of permaculture that rarely any ecovillage knows about

As permaculture is to agriculture, "permanent agriculture", so Permafacture is to manufacturing, "Permanent manufacture": ways of producing goods which meet the criteria of permaculture - activities which could be done in the same space for 10,000 years. 

Pedal Powered Tractor

A Culticycle is a pedal powered tractor for cultivation and seeding, built from lawn tractor, ATV, and bicycle parts.

Embodying Success

Exploring the roots of our leadership

Taking time to reflect and reconnect. This can be done in many different ways, including journaling, regular meditation, going into nature (e.g. vision quest). It is also helpful to create embodied experiences or “rituals” that honour our roots.

The Laws of Manifestation

How to attract the resources necessary to do what you need to do.

Working with spiritual principles can be very helpful here. David Spangler, one of the pioneers of the Findhorn Foundation community, set out some key principles in publications on “The Laws of Manifestation”.

Intergenerational Living

Creating spaces for young and old to live together

By designing our communities to encourage and facilitate a wide diversity of ages and stages of life from day care and preschools to assisted living and aged care we can reclaim the extended family that is often non-existent in the modern world.

What is Dragon Dreaming?

Dragon Dreaming definitions


Dragon Dreaming – is love in action

Dragon Dreaming – a way of making 100% of your dreams come true.

Framework for Strategic Sustainable

A 5 Level Model for Planning in Complex Systems.

This five level model helps us to plan for success. By understanding the system within which we are working we can more clearly define what success looks like within that system. This allows us to be strategic, to develop tactics, tools and metrics.

The Living Machine

An ecological wastewater treatment facility

There are many different ways of processing sewage ecologically, including reed bed systems and compost toilets. One such method is called the Living Machine, Pioneered by US ecological designer Dr John Todd in the 1970s, the Living Machine works by mimicking a natural wetland system.

Bush Care

regenerating native flora and fauna

Detailed studies of vegetation followed by development of comprehensive management plans for properties that have been degraded or disturbed provide a framework for restoration of native flora that can in turn aid the recovery of native fauna.

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