Canadian Ecovillage Conference, June 2011
Albert Bates is Keynote Speaker
By Diana Leafe Christian
Goals for the conference include networking among participants, sharing information about the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and Ecovillage Network of Canada (ENC), and learning more about the host community, La Cité Écologique.
One of the organizers of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) in the early 1990s, Albert Bates served as GEN’s board chair (2002-2003) and president (2003-2004), and, as principal organizer of Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA), served as ENA president from 1996 to 2003. He founded Ecovillage Training Center (ETC) at The Farm in 1994, and there, and at other venues internationally has taught sustainable design, natural building, permaculture, and technologies of the future. His books include Climate in Crisis (1990), The Post-petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook (New Society Publishers, 2006), and The Biochar Solution (New Society Publishers, 2010). He has been a member of The Farm community in Tennessee since 1972; director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984, and director of Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm since 1994. He shared in the first Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 1980 as part of the executive board of the Farm-based NGO Plenty International.
The Annual General Meeting portion of the conference will include a review ENC’s obligations as a nonprofit organization, a financial report, annual elections and appointment of members to the ECN board, and discussion of how ecovillages and intentional communities can better interact and help each other and share their experience and services.
The conference is (Canadian dollars) $87.00, with a $40.00 deposit. Online registration is available on this webpage. The fee includes all activities, lunches, and dinners, but not breakfasts and lodging.
Accommodations at La Cité range from (Canadian dollars) $15 per person for dorm accommodations and breakfasts, to $29-$39 for lodging and breakfast with La Cité families, and $69-$79 for onsite Bed & Breakfast accommodations. Camping is also available onsite at $20 per person, $30 for a couple, or $45 for a family of up to four. Accommodations are described on this webpage.
Offsite accommodations are described on this webpage.
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