Letters to the Editor 201005
Hello from the Philippines! First, I would like to thank you for the beautiful article you wrote about Pintig Ecovillage in the November/December 2009 issue of this newsletter.
However I want to let your readers know the founding member-nonprofits of Pintig Ecovillage have decided to dissolve our partnership. We recently realized we had differing views on the vision for Pintig and the timetable of its development. The existing land now being developed is owned and managed by Cabiokid Permaculture Center.
I am now developing an Eco-Bed & Breakfast Inn in the town of Cabiao with a fellow EDE (Ecovillage Design Education) graduate, John Vermeulen. We are calling our green business venture Tuwâ - The Laughing Fish. Tuwâ is a Filipino word meaning “joy.” And we imagine The Laughing Fish to be a place of joy in nature.
We’ve tried to stay true to traditional Philippine bamboo and thatched-roof building materials and we promote off-grid living. We have a central dining area for shared meals to give our guests a sense of community living.
Our 1.3-hectare property features natural buildings, rice field, fruit orchard, natural swimming pond, kayaking lagoon, art and design studio, community kitchen, organic gardens, and a sacred space for meditation and rituals.
Our Eco-Bed & Breakfast will open in August 2010 with our first guests — participants of the second Philippine EDE Course.
Here’s a photo of Tuwâ - The Laughing Fish.
Penelope Reyes is Secretariat (director) of GENOA and a board member of the GEN (Global Ecovillage Network). —Diana
I am looking for an ecovillage (or any kind of intentional community) that lives primitively, for lack of a better term. I have always wanted to live in a community that uses no modern technology and that lives incredibly simply. In a nutshell I want to find a place where people live in a tribal setting similar to how they did in North American prior to colonisation.
This is an odd request, I think, since most people I ask about this seem stupefied. There seem to be many ecovillages that live simply, but I want one located in the wilderness that relies on basic survival skills. Does this exist? If not . . . are there any communities that might be close to this?
Thank you for your help,
I don’t know of any communities whose members have created a tribal culture and also use primitive living skills. This includes actual Native American nations in the US, most of whose members do use modern technology. However in terms of culture, not technology, many Native American nations certainly do retain their tribal connections and ways of life. But they're really not settlements that a non-Indian can usually join or live in.
So for primitive living skills, please check out Possibility Alliance Sanctuary, at 28408 Frontier Lane, La Plata, MO 63549; 660-332-4094. They are open to and welcome visitors by pre-arrangement. Two articles have appeared in Communities magazine about them; please see this online reprint in the Communities magazine website.
Good luck! —Diana