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Lynedoch Ecovillage Follow up. My amazing journey

My Amazing Journey To my Dream ( an Ecovillage )

Hi guys, when I wrote a blog about my dream/imagine where i would be in 2020(http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/imagine1-my-future-your-f...), I wrote on how I wanted to be the founder and manager of my very own ecovillage. When got some feed back from other evoke user about maybe writing a blog about an ecovillage near my home. I did so, I found out about the Lynedoch Ecovillage roughly 30 minutes from my home and proceeded to write a blog on that(http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/lynedoch-ecovillage) In my blog i stated that I was going to try and visit the ecovillage.

Today I woke up at 7.00am to set off to go and visit the ecovillage. I arrived there at about 8.00am this is where the magic started. As I walked through the main gates of the ecovillage I was struck by the sense of tranquility and serenity. I only had to walk a matter of steps to be greeted by a friendly worker. His name was Lukus and he was doing the litter clean up. I asked him what exactly the litter clean up was and he explained that every day it is a specific persons duty to walk around the entire village and pick up all the litter that was lying around. I helped him finish off the last bit of the village clean up as we chatted about how the ecovillage worked and how I could possibly get involved. He walked me around and showed me how the village was self reliant on natural energy. He also gave me a chance to take a look around in the green house where they grow and produced all their fruit and vegetables. The main focus of the ecovillage is the eco-school which they have set up. The school students are mainly farm children and a few of them are sadly suffering for foetal alcohol syndrome This school is fully self sustainable. They even have a no energy required air-conditioning system where they have special metal pipes that are place all around the school that help reduce the temperature.

I unfortunately was unable to meet the professor in charge today but I am trying to arrange a meeting for next week saturday because I would really like to get involved with this project. I have heard that evoke are going to be supporting projects like these and I would possibly like to make my impact on the Lynedoch Ecovillage.

Here are some pictures of my amazing journey today:

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Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 6, 2010 at 6:35pm
That's Great! Wonderful to see local insight here.

It seems like EVOKE has already meant something for you. I mean, something relates to your dream 10 years from now. If I could give you +20 Local Insight for that alone, I would.

Connecting what is Already going on with your long-term Dream! This blog entry deserves a lot of credit, and I want to urge you to do more like it. More posts where you connect local activities with your interests or your goals.

Comment by Reid Falconer on March 6, 2010 at 6:39pm
Thank you so much Raymond, I will give you my feedback from when I meet up with the professor in charge to discuss how i can get more involved.
Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 6, 2010 at 6:43pm
@Jay you give good questions here. How can people in the community Specifically get involved with sites like this? I think that also other EVOKE members from South Africa can get involved. Maybe you could invite some others to join your next Saturday, Reid? Make it a group event. You could organize it, and make it a fun outing for all. I understand that EVOKE has an SMS system in SA - right? How does that work? I haven't seen much of it in action. But: Can you send sms to EVOKE which shows on your profile? What about mobile phone pictures?

Remember that you can always include others. Who knows, this might be the start of a path for you within EVOKE where you really learn a lot about eco-villages. Who knows, maybe other people from around the world will also visit their local eco-village, and there will be Proper Contextual Discussion about this. Again, thanks to Jay for the followup questions.
Comment by Reid Falconer on March 6, 2010 at 7:49pm
To: Ray and Jay
When I go back to meet the professor I will hopefully get the opportunity to discuss, How it runs, What lies ahead in the future, What are the learners need/requirements, What are the expenses of running an ecovillage, what are the risks of running an ecovillage and most importantly how can I or we ( the evoke team) get involved??

@ jay i am trying to find this SMS system is SA and will try my best to try get other people to join me.

Thanks for the advise
Comment by Jake Baird on March 6, 2010 at 7:57pm
I award you +1 Local Insight. Its really cool this is all at your front door.
Comment by Marko Kolovrat on March 6, 2010 at 9:04pm
Wow this is great!
Cant wait for the blog post with the professor!
Comment by Gene Becker on March 6, 2010 at 10:27pm
Reid, this is great. I'm pleased to let you know that Alchemy has awarded you +50 Local Insight points for your initiative in visiting the Lynedoch Ecovillage and sharing your findings so effectively with the network.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 7, 2010 at 1:44am
Good luck Reid, sounds like you found a great match for your interests!
Comment by Caroline Meeks on March 7, 2010 at 3:47am
Wow! I am impressed that you immediately went out and started working on your dream! Way to go!!
Comment by Peter Beare on March 7, 2010 at 3:34pm
Reid, like I told you, I know Professor Mark Swilling and Eve Annecke, so use the e-mail address I gave you to get into contact with them! Eve knows about EVOKE now (I chose her as my Hero) and will be only too happy to help. I wrote an article on this, my Sustainability Institute article, if you want a short background on the project as a wh***.


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