Who are we looking for ?
Is this for you? The People-Care aspect of this initiative is unique. We need to learn new ways (or rescue some really old ways) of living and working together sustainably and respectfully. And, we’re interested in hearing from people who are really excited about this — even more than they are about the tropical location. That’s why it’s a requirement that prospective members have taken at least this first module of the Integral Permaculture course and be committed to studying and learning about Integral Permaculture through the Integral Permaculture Academy.
As you will see, we’re looking for people with certain qualities, and for the success of our project we have to be very selective about who we welcome. That’s why right now at this early pioneer stage the application procedure is quite long. Note that it’s the People-Care aspect of this project which is unique & we are interested in hearing from people who excited about this and not just the tropical location and warm climate.
This is a very ambitious project, starting from zero – so it needs pioneering spirits, people who want to co-create and are able to put up with some discomfort for the joy of making something new together.
Our primary priority is to find people suited for the options of autonomous employment that will help ensure a solid base of EcoEnterprises that will make our Eco Community viable.
We are looking for people who realize that creating more EcoCommunities and other transition communities is an urgent & vital necessity now, who feel a genuine calling to apply their talents, knowledge, passion, creativity & all resources they can muster toward helping to create those and who see this as a labor of love for future generations.
Please note that maybe in ten years or so we will be able to offer a much smoother transition, but right now, this is a project strictly for pioneering spirits.
Pioneers are people who LOVE transforming places, they are those who enjoy making a place beautiful, & aren’t so much interested in looking for beautiful places.
If you are not a ‘pioneering spirit’ we encourage you to look into the many EcoVillages that are further along in the development.
If you are a creative values-driven & innovative type of person (who does not put their own comfort high on their personal scale of importance) you will probably have a great time here, as there is so much to do.
What’s this about not putting my own comfort high on the scale? It’s because there will be some discomfort in this creative birthing process. Creating community, designing the statutes and the master design for the EcoVillage, designing and implementing the electric and water systems, basically – being pioneers!
We have the advantage of counting on Villa Astoria Guest House as our home base while we create the right conditions for a shared life experience on the Finca, so as a pioneer member you won’t be missing many ‘creature comforts’ unless you want to go live on the Finca in a tent (which we’ll all be doing as we get more deeply into the master design).
Many of the toxic systems that need dismantling in society are quite accurately reflected within ourselves, so a sincere commitment to personal transformation has to accompany a group & societal transformation. Integral Permaculture studies how these are completely interrelated, and as Eco Community Members we get to explore in detail the mechanics of these interconnections.
To explore this within ourselves & with each other requires much courage & dedication, as we need to accept that we can be changed to the core in this process. We look forward to finding enormous joy & excitement in growing through the cutting edges of human evolution with people who choose to commit to the adventure of using transformational models & tools in our everyday lives.
The basic requirements, at least for the foreseeable future, whilst we are uniting the core group (8-10 people) are a high level of emotional maturity (or flexibility & high determination to grow some quick, as we also offer training) to work hard physically as well as emotionally plus a real willingness to be very honest and to welcome change.
We look forward to being able to, eventually, be able to provide a more inclusive & healing place for more people, at whatever stage they are, once we have the basic resources to do so: a core group of stable mature & knowledgeable people who can hold a healthy & stable base for the powerful inner transformations that often spontaneously start to happen for people when they move into a very different, more hopeful & rational way of living.
Our friends in La Palma spotted a pattern which clearly distinguishes the kinds of ‘mature’ people who do well in this adventure. They are those who don’t tend to passively blame others or outside circumstances for their difficulties & discomforts, but rather look to what they can change, and do so, creatively & pro-actively, openly & with intelligence, instead of creating drama & gossip.
Pro-active & Cooperative people (the two permaculture directives) think of how to benefit the whole group, not just themselves, & propose original re-designs + ask others honestly & clearly to change anything they think isn’t working well + are willing to dialogue to find the best solutions within the integral permaculture framework.
Integral Permaculture is about radically changing a brutally unjust society, not about hoping to reform some bits of it by changing our lifestyle choices in the west, and it’s certainly not about saving our over-privileged asses by taking refuge somewhere that hasn’t gotten spoiled yet.
Highly skilled Integral Permaculture Designers
The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist hopes it will change;
the realist adjusts the sails.
Designers sail & build ships!
For this project we need (and train) highly skilled Integral Permaculture Designers, both because Integral Permaculture is the most advanced design science we currently have to guide us, for this kind of project, & so that we can continuously test & perfect the Integral Permaculture Designers Manual with our continuous learning & lived experience, as an ongoing scientific experiment – testing what works & what doesn’t, which models we use for what, which alternatives we tried or ignored, etc. – SO THAT others can replicate our successes and avoid our mistakes!