Siddharth Village: Spark of Change

EDE Odisha, February 2015

An eco-village in India, at the turn of the local traditions and the new eco-friendly philosophy

Siddharth Village was established in 1986. The center of the community is located 25 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital of the region of Orissa in eastern India. 14 people living there, often surrounded by volunteers who stay for short or long periods .

From Apartheid to Ecovillages

TEDx - Findhorn by Kosha Joubert

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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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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