Becoming a member

We would like to communicate extensively with potential members before they visit to communicate how the project and community works (e.g., email and skype). Then we invite people to visit (as volunteers) for at least 1-2 months (although there is no obligation to stay if we are not compatible). We are transitioning away from the monetary system and greatly believe that money makes all relationships dirty, so we will never ask volunteers or (potential) members for money. We plan to fund the building of houses and development of all infrastructure within the project to provide the basic needs of the members. After a period of mutual evaluation, if someone decides to join the community, they can be added as legal members in our constitution and we can help support them with visa applications and other requirements. We understand that we are in an isolated location and potential members may have financial and family commitments far from here. Hence, we are very open to different forms of membership (e.g. spending some months every year here). If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us.

Member roles and characteristics

We are searching for like-minded people who are enthusiastic to develop a life and community with us. The most important characteristic of a potential member is that we have fundamental values in common (link to our values). As we are in the very early stages of developing a community, there is lots of hard work to be done and we need members and collaborators who will enjoy the process, accept our simple living conditions (see what life is like in the community), and have a passion that is aligned with the priorities of work in the near future. We are not suited to those who want to live in a fully formed, established community, but have little interest in the development process. We are many years or decades away from near-total self-sufficiency. We would prefer that our long-term members take responsibility for a project (which does not imply they are experts in the field, just with a passion to research, learn, and implement the project). Some examples of on-going and near-term projects that have current priority include the following:

  • Aquaponics systems: Research, design, and build aquaponics systems for providing vegetables, herbs, and fish for the community. These systems will be placed in walipinis (underground greenhouses) for climate control. (Find out more)
  • Greywater and blackwater systems: Research, design, and build sanitation systems for the residential buildings. This will include holistic integration with a greywater treatment pond (to reuse the water for irrigation), as well as diverting the toilet waste to a biodigester to produce methane biogas for cooking. (Find out more)
  • Methane biogas digester: Research, design, and build the biogas digestion system. (Find out more)
  • Permaculture food forest and gardens: Design, planting, and management of the land-based agriculture. The food forest areas are being integrated around the village, mainly for providing fruit, as well as technical materials (e.g. cotton and other fibres). As most vegetables will be provided by the aquaponics systems, we are not prioritizing large-scale vegetable gardens.
  • Biopolymer and natural fibre composites: Experimentation with biopolymer materials (such as polylactic acid) and natural fibres (such as flax, hemp, and bamboo) for producing composites for building materials. (Find out more)
  • Mushroom farm: Research, design, and build a small farm for producing edible mushrooms, focusing on continuous propagation of native species. In addition, research into the production of mycelium for insulating building materials
  • Food storage: Design and build a shelter for storing food (excess crops and emergency rations). Investigate preservation methods. A focus is dehydration (design and build a dehydrator).
  • Health and nutrition: Crop planning based on optimization of nutrition. Preparation of materials and a space for a small health clinic.
  • Education: preparation of educational resources for children and adults.
  • Website, social media, and “marketing” of the project: Updating our website, publishing updates on social media, contacting collaborators, scheduling of volunteers, making videos and other media etc.
  • Financial management and funding: Investigating options for funding via crowdfunding, competitions, and grants. Preparation of applications. General financial management of the project.