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By Diana Leafe Christian


(May/June 2010)

Participants in Ecovillage Conference Tokyo, 2007
Ecovillage activists, academic researchers, and ecovillage founders will participate in educational and advocacy events about ecovillages in Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines from May through September, 2010.



Japan. On May 28-30, 2010, the fourth Ecovillage Conference Tokyo will take place at Josai International University in Tokyo. Its theme will be “Relocalization for a Sustainable Earth: Reconstructing the Urban Environment and Ecovillage Solutions for Rural Areas.”

Speakers will include:

• David Holmgren (on SKYPE) Permaculture co-developer and founder of Fryer’s Forest Ecovillage in Victoria, Australia

• Elizabeth McDermott, designer/planner affiliated with Village Homes, renowned sustainable housing development in Davis, California

• Koji Itonaga, Professor of Engineering and Architecture, College of Bioresource Sciences at Nihon University and Director, Permaculture Institute of Japan

• Bindu Mohanty, writer/teacher, Aurovillle Ecovillage, Pondicherry, India

• Penelope Reyes, Board member of GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) and Director of GENOA (GEN-Oceania/Asia)

• Li Jingsheng, Professor of Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning Tongji University, Shanghai, China

• Ben Nakamura, Architect and Professor of Architecture, Kogakuin University, Japan

• Hidetoshi Ohno, Architect, Professor of Architectural Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan

• Shigeru Aoki, Architect, Professor at Strategy Research Center, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

• Tokiko Kato, well-known Japanese singer

Co-sponsored by the nonprofit Tokyo-based BeGood Café and the Permaculture Institute of Japan, the conference will also offer more than 40 breakout workshops.

Advance tickets for the 2010 conference are 12,000 Yen for all three days or 5,000 Yen for one day, or, if purchased at the door: 14,000 Yen for three days and 6,000 Yen for one day.

For more information, see conference website or email ecovillage~at~begoodcafe.com.


Vietnam. On August 27, 2010, the “Green Economic Corridor and Ecovillages” conference will be held at National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sponsors are International Center and Global Environment Project in Asia (GEPIA) in the Institute of Economic Research, Chuo University, Tokyo. The conference is part of Chuo University’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.

Keynote Speakers will include:

• Toshio Ogata, Professor of Ecological Economics at Chuo University, Tokyo

• Environment Faculty Dean Professor Le Thu Hoa of National Economics University, Vietnam

• Mr. Le Dang Doanh, former President of Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), Vietnam

• Professor Nguyen The Chinh of the Institute for Strategy and Policy of Natural Resources and the Environment (ISPONRE), Vietnam

• Mr. Nariya Sukegawa of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Japan

• Vice Rector Professor Saykhong Saynasine of the National University in Laos

In order to develop rural economies and preserve traditional cultures in Vietnam and Laos, the Institute is working with National Economics University in Hanoi and National University of Laos in a joint project — “The Green Economic Corridor” — to promote a series of ecovillage-like settlements in Vietnam with mutually interactive garden/fishpond/livestock systems, as well as to plant “Vietnam-Japan Friendship Forests” there, according to Professor Toshio Ogata, who is also director of the Research Group on Environment and Economy in the Institute.

For more information on the conference, please see conference website or contact Professor Toshio Ogata at ogata~at~tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp.


Philippines. From August 28 through September 25, 2010, the second Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course will be held in the Philippines, in the town of Cabaio, south of Manila, and sponsored by the Philippine nonprofit, Happy Earth. The month-long course — a project of Gaia Education, a program of Global Ecovillage Network — has been held in ecovillages on five continents since 2006.

Instructors at the Philippine EDE course will include:

• Penelope Reyes, Director of GENOA (GEN-Oceania/Asia), founder of Happy Earth nonprofit, and cofounder of the Laughing Fish eco-homestead in the Philippines (site of the course)

• John Vermuellen, permaculture designer and cofounder of the Laughing Fish

• Dr. Sixto Roxas, economist, former banking executive in New York and London, former chief economic planner of the Philippine government and member of the Philippine cabinet, and currently developer of a system of local community-centered ecosystems-based management in the Philippines

• Diana Leafe Christian, editor/publisher of this newsletter

The Philippines EDE course will include videos and slide shows of the ecological aspects and daily life in well-known ecovillages in Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe; “how we did it” case histories of successful ecovillages; explorations of typical steps ecovillage founders took to create their projects; sustainable economics in ecovillages; and an exploration of the consensus decision-making process, from how the process works to drafting proposals, creating agendas, and facilitating meetings.

For more information or to register, contact Penelope Reyes at penelope~at~happyearth.info.


Diana Leafe Christian, editor of this newsletter, lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, US.


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To encourage and inspire new and existing ecovillage projects with news about ecovillages and related projects worldwide.

Advisory Board

  • Lois Arkin,
    CRSP; ENA; Urban Ecovillage Network; Los Angeles Eco-Village, US
  • Peter Bane,
    Permaculture designer; publisher, Permaculture Activist, US
  • Albert Bates,
    Co-founder, GEN; Post-Petroleum Survival Guide; Director, Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm, US
  • Tree Bressen,
    Consensus & Facilitation Trainer; Cofounder, Walnut St. Co-op, US
  • Ernest Callenbach,
    Ecotopia, Ecotopia Emerging; US
  • Giovanni Ciarlo,
    GEN; ENA; Huehyecoyotl Ecovillage, Mexico
  • Raines Cohen,
    Cohousing Association of the US; Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC); Berkeley Cohousing, US
  • Leila Dregger,
    Peace journalist & writer, Peace Research Center & Ecovillage, Tamera, Portugal
  • Chuck Durrett,
    Cohousing; Senior Cohousing; Architect, The Cohousing Company; Nevada City Cohousing, US
  • Jonathan Dawson,
    Ecovillages; Findhorn Foundation, Scotland
  • Robert Gilman,
    Co-founder, GEN; Ecovillages & Sustainable Communities; City Council Member, Langley, Washington, US
  • Michael Hale,
    Yarrow Ecovillage, Canada
  • Jeff Grossberg,
    Guidestone Consulting Group, US
  • Martha Harris,
    Earthaven Ecovillage, US
  • Scott Horton,
    Editor, Permaculture Activist, US
  • Hildur Jackson,
    Co-founder, Gaia Trust; cofounder, GEN; Ecovillage Living, Denmark
  • Kosha Joubert,
    Editor, Beyond You and Me, GEN's EDE Program; Ecovillage Sieben Linden, Germany
  • Elana Kann & Bill Flemming,
    Co-developers, Westwood Cohousing, US
  • Joseph F. Kennedy,
    Designer/educator; The Art of Natural Building, US
  • Fred & Nancy Lanphear,
    Northwest Intentional Communities Association (NICA); Songaia Cohousing, US
  • Mark Lakeman,
    Founder, Portland City Repair & Village Building Convergence, US
  • Max Lindegger,
    Cofounder, GEN; Director, GEN-Oceania/Asia; Crystal Waters Ecovillage, Australia
  • Chris Mare,
    GEN's EDE Program; Village Design Institute, US
  • Ronaye Matthew,
    Canadian Cohousing Network; Cranberry Commons Cohousing, Canada
  • Kathryn McCamant,
    Architect/Developer, Cohousing Partners, Inc.; Co-author, Cohousing; Nevada City Cohousing, US
  • Dr. Bill Metcalf,
    Findhorn Book of Community Living; Professor, Environmental Sociology, Griffith University, Australia
  • Ina Meyer-Stoll,
    Co-director, GEN-Europe; ZEGG, Germany
  • Tim Miller,
    The 60s Communes; Professor of Religion, University of Kansas, US
  • Hank Obermayer,
    Mariposa Grove Cohousing, US
  • Toshio Ogata,
    Professor of Economics, Chuo University; GEPA (Global Environment Project in Asia), Japan
  • Craig Ragland,
    Executive Director, Cohousing Association of the US; Songaia Cohousing; New Earth Song Cohousing, US
  • Penelope Reyes,
    President, GEN-Oceania/Asia; Tuwâ - The Laughing Fish, Cabiao, Philippines
  • Michael Rios,
    Network for a New Culture Summer Camp East; Chrysalis, Washington DC, US
  • Jim Shenck,
    Enright Ridge Ecovillage, US
  • Nicola Shirley,
    The Source Farm Ecovillage, Jamaica
  • Tony Sirna,
    Communities Directory; Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, US
  • Jan Steinman,
    EcoReality Co-op, Canada
  • Liz Walker,
    GEN's EDE Program; Ecovillage at Ithaca; EcoVillage at Ithaca, US