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The European Ecovillage Conference 2017

Living the future today: Solidarity, Resilience & Hope


The Global Ecovillage Network of Europe announces its 21st edition of the yearly European Ecovillage Conference, for the first time in Sweden.

This year, we are gathering around the themes of solidarity, resilience and hope, with the intent of creating a better future by starting to live it today. Our motivation is to replace obsolete models of living with innovative ideas and projects that are in harmony with our more beautiful nature and environment.

This gathering will bring change-makers, activists, experts, intentional community members, and all those friends who dream, hope and act for a conscious and sustainable lifestyle. Together we will nurture meaningful ideas to grow into purposeful actions.

Be part of the movement and join us in magical Ängsbacka for a multi-faceted festival on sustainability with many parallel events, high energy and deep relaxation.


Meet the people that walk their talk

The people that walk their talk will share their experiences and know-how, mostly through workshops and talks but also through art, music, dance, film and exhibitions. What does it mean to live the future today?

The program will unfold here– and we are especially proud to have Keynote speakers Charles Eisenstein and Helena Norberg-Hodge with us.



The invitation

In an era of uncertain ecological and political futures, Robert Hall, GEN Europe’s Council President, invites you to “come and network with Europe’s grassroots change-makers. Join us to explore ways to live a richer life while being of greater service to humanity and the planet ”.

It is an invitation to come together and connect – to ourselves, to each other, to the world and to spirit. From that place let´s share solutions and create possibilities for “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible”. We envision the conference to be a birthplace for initiatives and exciting ideas – a hub for projects for a better world.

Together we will explore communal living topics such as the sharing economy and social currencies, food sovereignty, renewable energies, non-violent communication, group facilitation, governance models, collective and consensual decision making, bio-architecture and ecological activism. And of course there will be many community bonding activities, complemented by morning activities centering to get into our lovely bodies as well as concerts, dance and music in the evenings. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking; it´s simply the best place to meet Ecovillagers from all over Europe!


Meetings in the Ängsbacka gardens


Who is coming?

The gathering has attracted and inspired thousands of people over the last 21 years. People wanting to learn more about sustainable communities; ecovillagers and aspiring ecovillagers, friends from like-minded networks such as Permaculture, Transition Towns and Gaia Education amongst many others, will join us once again. Anyone truly interested in a more sustainable lifestyle is welcome!

Shall I go?

  • Are you curious about ecovillages?
  • Do you want to find out more about living in and contributing to a more sustainable way of living on this planet?
  • Would you like to meet hundreds of inspiring and like-minded people to build friendships and common projects with?
  • Do you live in an ecovillage, intentional community or work on an exciting project and would like to share your experiences?
  • Would you like to talk about things that really matter to you? Connect on a deep and meaningful level? Be reminded that you belong to a global tribe and are part of a growing movement?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, the conference is exactly the right event for you and we are looking forward to meeting you in July!

Participants in the 5 day event can expect a family-friendly, drug and alcohol free experience with the possibility to choose activities based on their interests, managed campsites with outdoor facilities and all inclusive vegetarian meals.


      “A more beautiful world IS possible…
and you will experience a part of it
during the gathering at Ӓngsbacka”
welcomes Ewa Jacobsson from Ängsbacka

Gatherings and ceremonies at earlier GEN conferences


Global Ecovillage Networkcsm_gen-logo_b4ed563df3

 GEN – Global Ecovillage Network, was founded 20 years ago and represents over 100 countries on 5 continents. GEN-Europe is a network that connects, sustains and diffuses the work of ecovillages and communities. Ecovillages form one of the few viable models for sustainable regional development. GEN-Europe has representation in Brussels under the umbrella of ECOLISE, together with other intercontinental networks; also, it has a consultative status at the UN for educational material for 10 years.

Ängsbacka – festivals, courses and community

Ängsbacka, outside Karlstad in Sweden, is a vital meeting place in Scandinavia for people who want to live a more conscious life, live from the heart and care for our planet. Since 1997 thousands of people have been touched by the warm, open, loving atmosphere during workshops, festivals and visits at Ängsbacka. Ängsbacka is a full member of GEN Europe since 2016. Welcome to be part of the Ängsbacka Magic!


Alcohol and drug-free

Ängsbacka is an alcohol and drug free place. We don’t serve alcohol, and it is not allowed to drink or to be under influence of alcohol or other substances when you are at Ängsbacka.


Warmly welcome to Sweden and Ängsbacka
– all you changemakers!


Conference program 2017

This page will be updated as more experts and speakers are confirmed

Program and activities

We know that a more beautiful world is possible, and together we will explore what´s needed from us in today´s world. We will look at ways to foster solidarity, resilience and hope with an incredibly rich and dynamic program woven together by keynote speakers, ecovillagers, participants and the magic of this year´s hosting community Ängsbacka.

Every day will start with an offer of morning practices, followed by plenary time where we all come together, workshop times with many parallel sessions, sharing spaces and then ending with evenings reserved for relaxing, entertainment and ceremony. Plus many special events … and surprises waiting for you!

Preliminary Schedule
This is what the days will look like:

Experts, speakers and co-creators

charles eisenstein

CHARLES EISENSTEIN is a self-described “degrowth activist” that has been described as “one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time”. He is internationally-acclaimed author of Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a revolutionary and interactive book…inspires the reader to think out of the ordinary.”

He is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.

helena norberg-hodge

HELENA NORBERG-HODGE is a pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement. She has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is an author, filmmaker and director of Local Futures with the mission to protect and renew ecological and social well being by promoting a systemic shift away from economic globalization towards localization.

She is the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, and is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, described as “an inspirational classic”. She was honored with the Right Livelihood Award (or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, and received the 2012 Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.”

Call for proposals

The conference becomes alive because participants want to showcase their skills, passions and ideas! We would love to receive your proposal if you feel inspired to offer a workshop, presentation, morning practice or evening event. Please register for the conference and then submit your proposal via this form.


The second edition of  E.S.T.Expo – Ecovillage Sustainable Technology Exposition will be hosted during the conference. It is a demonstration lab featuring sustainable technologies and we invite all participants to share, demonstrate and present technologies from their communities, or from traditional knowledge, that they use to tackle local or global problems. We will demonstrate how ecovillages contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emission using appropriate technologies and simple solutions accessible to all. Walk through the exhibition and get inspired by technologies such as solar ovens, thermo-compost heating systems and water purifiers designed in European Ecovillages or participate in one of many practical workshops learning how to create them yourself!
Read more and apply–>

♥ Meet the Ecovillages

Imagine walking through all of Europe, visiting exciting ecovillages, hearing inspiring stories and meeting amazing people. Impossible? No, it actually only takes one very special afternoon in July… and YOU! This year we are replacing power point presentations from ecovillages with a huge interactive live outdoor map event in which you are welcomed by ecovillagers presenting their homes and work.

♥ Market space

Every day around lunchtime a pop up market is inviting you to browse through specialities made by ecovillagers, inspiring books and receive more information on organizations and initiatives working towards a more sustainable world.

♥ Sharing tribes/home groups 

For the time of the conference, you will have your own ”tribe” around you; a close group of people to travel through the conference together, meeting and sharing insights, inspirations and experiences every day.

♥ Morning offerings
 & evening program

Each day will be framed by Yoga, meditation and movement offerings for the early birds around 7 am and a relaxing or sacred space in the evening. There will be opportunities to get together, get into our bodies and move our bodies in the way it wants to be moved. We love singing together and our band and their guests will get you into the right mood for celebrating.

♥ Healing sessions and body work offerings

Tickets for individual healing sessions will be available for participants and volunteers at the registration desk throughout the conference.

♥ Food made with love 

We offer tasty and nutritious vegetarian food 3 times a day (included in the ticket). The café is filled with delicious desserts, snacks and sandwiches as well as a large variety of raw food treats and non alcoholic beverages and smoothies.

♥ Swedish Sauna

When you’re ready to wind down after a long day, take a steamy rest in our large wood-heated sauna. Bring an extra towel.

♥ Say hello to the nature

Ängsbacka is situated in abundant nature with surrounding forests, a majestic garden and lakes nearby to swim on hot days.

Previous conferences

What is the Global Ecovillage Network?


The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. GEN serves as umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and individuals dedicated to restoring the land and living a cooperative sustainable lifestyle.

The Global Ecovillage Network is a truly global organization. Our work spans across six different regions – GEN-Africa, GEN-Europe, GENOA in Oceania & Asia, GENNA in North America, CASA in Latin America and NextGEN for the future generations of the planet.

Meeting at ZEGG 2014






What is the European Ecovillage Conference?

The GEN-Europe conference – European Ecovillage Conference – is the annual gathering of European people living for and working towards a more sustainable world. It´s the place where activists from many different areas and organizations come together to share, exchange, explore, co-create and give birth to new ideas and projects. It´s the place where receiving information about and establishing contacts to the ecovillage movement and her people is easiest. International guests from all other continents are of course very welcome.

Please have a look at what happened in Switzerland during the 2013 GEN-Europe conference


What is an ecovillage?

An ecovillage is an intentional or traditional community using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in order to regenerate social and natural environments.

Here is a map of ecovillages around the world or read an inspiring article on Ecovillages


What does GEN do?GEN vision

As a solution-based, multi-stakeholder alliance, GEN provides information, tools, examples and global representation to the expanding network of those dedicated to developing and demonstrating sustainability principles and practices in their lifestyles and communities around the world.

GEN supports people and communities to meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters and offers resources like for example the Solution Library.



Practical info


12 July
Arrival of GEN-Europe member participants in General Assembly.
Arrival before dinner

13-14 July
General Assembly GEN-Europe

15 July
Arrival and check-in for conference participants from after lunch.
– 18.30 Dinner
– 20.00  Welcome event

16 – 20 July
The European Ecovillage Conference 2017
16 July Opening Ceremony at 9 am
20 July Closing ceremony & celebration in the evening

21 July
Departure day



  • Questions about the conference program etc – please contact GEN: Conference (at)
  • Questions about food and lodging etc – please contact Ängsbacka: booking (at)
    + 46 553 10035 (Monday to Friday 10-13)
  • Press inquiry: for interviews in English and Italian: Evan Welkin,, +39 334 259 0522
    In Swedish: Annette Ericsdotter Bettaieb,, + 46 70-777 91 00


 View of Ängsbacka






Travel information

We invite you to travel to Ängsbacka as sustainable as possible and offer to support you in finding a good alternative to flying.

Here you can find more information on how to get to Ängsbacka on public transport from Karlstad, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Malmö and other European countries.

We also invite you to check out the Conference rideshare document in which you can offer, find and share ideas around travel options.

And finally there is the travel info page: How to get to Ängsbacka


More about Ängsbacka



A welcome letter with more detailed information about this particular festival will be sent out to all festival participants a few weeks before the festival starts. Below is some general information.


International Course & Festival Center


Ängsbacka is an international course and festival center with participants, workshop leaders and volunteers from all over the world. Therefore please note that the main language during the festivals often is English but some of the workshops can be in a different language, for instance Swedish or Norwegian.



  • The festival ticket includes camping at Ängsbacka’s beautiful green camping field, which is located in direct connection to the festival area. Bring your own tent and don´t forget to bring equipment suitable for the warm as well as the cold and for a rainy summer day.
  • At an additional fee there are sometimes beds to rent indoors at the festival area; in double room, 4-6 bed room and dormitory. For availability see the tab “Price and booking”.
  • We place men and women separately unless you have booked a whole room. Please bring earplugs if you are sound sensitive – the sound can sometimes be quite loud in the festival area. All our accommodations are hostel standard with shared shower and toilet.
  • Please bring your own sheets and towels. You might want to bring an extra towel for the sauna or swimming.
  • You can rent a space for your camper or caravan during the festival, without electricity. Book well in advance!
  • It is also possible to rent private accommodation in the nearby village of Molkom. Most accommodations are located at walking distance (1-1,5 km) to Ängsbacka. Please contact us if you are interested and we’ll send you a list with contact-information of the people who let out rooms, apartments, houses and campers/caravans.




The festival ticket includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. At Ängsbacka we offer a vegetarian diet prepared with love. We use locally produced and organic products to a large extent. If you let us know in connection with your reservation, we will arrange vegan diet (same if lactose intolerant) or gluten and nut-free food for you. For practical reasons we can´t meet needs from other allergies or diets during festivals.


Ängsbacka meal

The Cafe & The Shop


  • The Cafe is a cozy and comfortable meeting place for new friendships and deep conversation over a latte or a mild herbal tea. You can also buy organic bakery, delicious sandwiches and healthy drinks. The atmosphere often get lively during Open Stage where you can take the opportunity to share a song, poem or just improvise.
  • In the Ängsbacka Shop you will find health products and organic body care, relaxing music, books, different clothes, organic incense, unique jewelry, yoga mats and more.


Other information


  • Money. For cash withdrawals, there is a vending machine (ATM) at the grocery store in Molkom community, about 1.5 miles from Ängsbacka.
  • Walking. A good idea is to bring coarser walking shoes for trails around Ängsbacka. Comfortable indoor shoes/slippers is also good to have.
  • Bottle/cup. Don´t forget a water bottle and maybe a take away mug for coffee and tea.
  • Sauna. We have a large sauna where you have the possibility to relax in the company of new and old friends – an extra towel is a good idea to bring for that.
  • Dogs. You are welcome to have your coupled dog on to two of our camping areas. Off different reason it´s not possible to have the dog on the very festival area, neither in- or outdoors.
  • Yoga mat. There are yoga mats to borrow, but if you have the possibility, please bring your own.

No Alcohol or Drugs


Please note that Ängsbacka is a Alcohol and Drug Free place. We dont serve alcohol, and it is not allowed to drink or to be under influence of alcohol or other subtstances when you are at Ängsbacka.


Find your way here


It’s easy to find your way to Ängsbacka by train and bus or by car. Read more about how to find your way here.




We are partnering with carpooling service GoMore. Enter ‘Molkom’ as your destination.

Price & booking

Tickets are ALL INCLUSIVE: Conference + all meals + camping spot – from dinner July 15 (arrival day) to breakfast July 21 (departure day).



Income related tickets

Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider what your economic situation is like, and if you want to support the Ecovillage Conference and the work of GEN Europe.


Pay it Forward Price
5840 SEK
(≈ 620 Euro) covers the cost of the conference supports people with less money to be able to join the conference.

 Standard Conference Price
5270 SEK
  (≈ 560 Euro) covers the cost of the conference.

 Low income price
4480 SEK
  (≈ 475 Euro) covers less than what we need to make the conference sustainable.
Intended for those with limited economy.

Help us to plan by booking early!

Early bird. Book and pay before May 15: 300 SEK (≈ 31 Euro) off
Late bird. If you book and pay after June 15 there is an additional charge of 300 SEK (≈ 31 Euro)



The prices covers the whole period of the event.
Please bring your own sheets and towels (incl extra towel for sauna).

Tent (bring your own) included
Own caravan, no electricity. (≈16 Euro) 150 SEK
Big dormitory tent with provided mattress (≈ 26 Euro) 240 SEK
Bed in indoor dormitory (16-20 persons) (≈76 Euro) 720 SEK
Bed in 4-6 bed room. (≈130 Euro) 1230 SEK
Bed in double room (≈210 Euro) 1980 SEK
Single room (≈350 Euro) 3360 SEK
I have organized external accommodation. (≈ -53 Euro) -440 SEK



  • Price per child (age 4-17): 1200 SEK (≈126 Euro)
  • The price includes food and camping (or sleeping in caravan).
  • Children age 0-3 is free of charge.
  • When you book you just add how many children you bring, you don’t register them separatly. (Please just write the childrens age in the box: “Message to us”.)

If you want to book upgraded accommodation indoors for you and your children, please contact for prices and manual booking.


Prices for GEN Delegates


If you are a GEN Delegate the price is 2350 SEK for food and camping (incl. dinner Wednesday 15 July until breakfast Friday 21 July.) As a delegate you dont pay the conference fee.



If you are a GEN Delegate and attending both the General Assembly and the conference, the price is 3645 SEK for food and camping (incl. dinner Wednesday 12 July until breakfast Friday 21 July.) As a delegate you dont pay the conference fee.



If you are attending only the General Assembly and not the conference, the price is 970 SEK for food and camping. Please use this booking link to book and to see prices for upgrade of accommodation.


Combo discount for Ängsbacka’s other festivals

If you also join another of Ängsbacka’s summer festivals (No Mind, Yoga or Tantra) you get the Early Bird price (up to 1000 SEK discount) on them even if you book late. You need to book each event separatly. You also get 1000 SEK (≈105 Euro) discount on GEN. Please tick COMBO DISCOUNT when you book.

If you want to join both GEN and No Mind there is the possiblity to stay as a volunteer in between (100 SEK per day – food included).


Payment Methods

Tickets can be paid online by card, by bank transfer or with the mobile app Swish.

We encourage you to pay by bank transfer (from Sweden or EU) or Swish in order for us to avoid the transaction fees imposed on card payments.

If you have problems paying by card (for example due to limited allowance), please contact us for a manual payment link.

While booking you will get further instructions. After booking your ticket, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.


1) Credit/Debit Card

Pay online using your card of choice.


2) Swish  (A mobile app – Swedish bank account needed)

Transfer the amount from your Swich Account to Ängsbacka: 123 538 12 56.

Important! Please write what event you are paying for (and your name if you are paying with someone else’s account).


3) Bank Transfer

From Sweden:
Deposit payment to Ängsbacka’s Bankgiro account 5038-7448

From abroad:
Swift address: NDEASESS
IBAN: SE63 9500 0099 6026 4418 5510

The adress of the bank: Nordea, Smålandsgatan 17, 105 71 Stockholm
Account name: Ängsbacka Kursgård AB

Important! Please write what event you are paying for, (and your name if you are paying with someone else’s account).
If you are using TransferWise it’s crucial that you write your name so we can identify it.


Booking Terms

If you use SWISH or BANK TRANSFER, please pay directly – or at the latest the same day you book – otherwise your booking will not be valid and your place at the event not guaranteed.


Cancellation policy

In case of cancellation latest one month before the event starts, the cancellation fee is 350 SEK per person. Children and youth (up to 18 years old) pay half this fee. Within one month and until the event starts, the fee is 15% of the total value of your booking. The maximum cancellation fee for one person/booking is 900 SEK.
Please note that when cancelling closer than two weeks before the event starts, a doctor’s confirmation of your inability to participate is required. Refunds will not be made if you cancel after the event has started.
If Ängsbacka would cancel the event, all payments will be refunded.

NOTE that it may take up to one month before you have the refunded amount on your account.



Communication policy

As part of our communication with our customers, we may keep in touch with you who have participated in our courses and festivals by mailing or emailing:
– thank you letters and evaluation surveys
– offerings to sign up for mailing lists in a similar area of interest
– information about similar future events or events with the same workshop leaders.

We also have a general monthly e-mail newsletter where we tell about what is going on at Ängsbacka, upcoming events etc. You can opt in and out of our newsletter at any time.



If you have questions regarding the booking, payment, cancellation, our communication policy etc, please contact us:
Phone: +46 55 31 00 35. (Monday to Friday 10.00 – 13.00)


Volunteering during the Ecovillage Conference

Five hour sevice a day

You are welcome to join as volunteer and help out doing service during the conference. You work five hours a day and get a reduced price for the event.

Please note that we have a limited number of spots for volunteering so please apply early.
After you sent in your application it normally takes about two weeks before you get confirmation.

There is also the possibility to volunteer at GEN plus one or more of our other festivals. The No Mind  Camp starts 27 June, and Yoga Camp ends 30 July. If you combine two or more camps you will receive a discount on the volunteer camp fees.


Prices and terms

♥ GEN volunteer camp July 11 – 21

  • Standard price: 2450 SEK  (≈ 260 Euro) – For citizens of the Nordic Countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland), and anyone who lives in Norden.
  • Travel from far – price: 1850 SEK  (≈ 195 Euro) – For anyone who lives outside Norden (except Nordic citizens.)

The volunteer price includes:

  • 5 hours of volunteering per day during the whole period.
  • Food and camping (please bring your own tent)
  • Access to the full conference program (when you are not volunteering).
  • A rich volunteer program (yoga, dance, sharing etc) during the preparation days (11-15 July).

Please note that we have a limited number of spots for volunteering so do apply early.
After you sent in your application it normally takes about two weeks before you get a confirmation.


Dates for “combo camps”

The following volunteer camps (including GEN) are available:

  • No Mind + GEN Camp
    27 June – 21 July. Price 4320 SEK
  • GEN + Yoga Camp
    11-30 July. Price 4040 SEK
  • GEN + Yoga + Tantra Camp
    11 July – 7 Aug. Price 5840 SEK

You are also welcome to join already earlier. Our All Summer Camp starts June 2.

angsbacka dishing temple

The volunteer program

The volunteer program offers a daily structure based on working meditation, community spirit and spiritual practice. During our big festival there are often more than a hundred volunteers joining – of all ages and from a lot of different countries.

Volunteering at Ängsbacka – more info + application.

Warmly welcome!

All workshopleaders and presenters

Andreas Duda - Imaginal


"Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember.Let me do and I understand.Confucius (553 ? 473 v. Chr.)


?Co-creation experimenter and researcher? designed, organized and moderated particular, lively and co-creative events and conferences. My mainquestion is: How? it possible that knowledge, insights, and content can land even more deeply in people?...we we get more direct access to our creative potential?

Description of what you offer (REQUIRED, shown on website):

- a experimental and creative way into the Not-knowing - discover collective ways towards innovative answers and solutions - an artistic version of the ?Theory U? process ?it's an invitation to dive together? into an ?empty? space and receive impulses and answers concerning burning questions we have as communities in a most challenging world. Starting from moving & dancing and other art related means we enter into a transformational space by listening to the wisdom and fresh impulses that emerge out of it. It's an intuitiv and associative format, that will provide new ways and perspectives of answering, they are still not existing.

Your website (shown on website):
Bjørn Grinde

What is happiness, and why does community matter?


Bjørn Grinde received his education in natural sciences, psychology, and anthropology from the University of Oslo. He works as a senior scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health - focusing on mental health and happiness. His primary interest is to understand the process of evolution, particularly how it formed the human brain and our capacity to enjoy life. Grinde has written several books related to this topic, including Darwinian Happiness (Darwin Press, 2002; 2nd Edition, 2012); God—A Scientific Update (Darwin Press, 2011); The Biology of Happiness (Springer, 2012); Improving the Human Zoo (Darwin Press, 2015), and The Evolution of Consciousness (Springer, 2016). He is presently engaged in research aimed at practical ways to improve people’s quality of life - which includes a project on intentional communities.

Description of what you offer (REQUIRED, shown on website):

I am a scientist working on happiness, and on the potential benefits of communal living. I shall talk about these topics, hopefully interacting with the audience. I shall also present a strategy for the individual to improve his or her quality of life.

Your website (shown on website):
Brian Holden

Sustainer - A sustainable container for desaster relieve, refugee camps and festivals


Attention: I, Thomas Heuser, am doing this for Brian. He is really not into computers. The Bio I will have to add later.

Brian Holden, 65 years old, visionary gardener and much more

Description of what you offer (REQUIRED, shown on website):

We all need to cook, wash and use the toilet.
The use of local pelleted bio-waste in pyrolisis stoves can be used for cooking and hot water, and leads to the making of charcoal. Using this charcoal in compost toilets gives realatively smell free toilets. In these toilets, where urine is seperated from solids, ?charged? biochare is produced, in a month, and later, safe ?humanure?.
These, combined with composted kitchen waste, produce ?Terra Preta?.
Put all these elements in and arround a shipping container and we have the Sustainer.

This workshop will explore the possibilities of producing such a unit, as a proto-type. Once that is proven as viable, then with added water, such a Sustainer, requiring no ?ground work?, and no pollution, will meet these three basic human requirements. While the making of Terra Preta and water for irrigation, will promote local food production, so completing the cycle.
The global oppotunities that this notion presents are vast, and, time permiting, will also be explored.

Your website (shown on website):
Clinton Callahan

Authentic Adulthood Initiatory Processes

Can butterflies take flight while still in their chrysalis? No.
Then why would you think that human beings can deliver their archetypal calling while still captured inside their childhood survival strategy?


I want GEN to replace the United Nations.
I want nanonations ( ) to replace mega-governments and corporations through creative responsibility.
Since 1975 I have been co-inventing ways for small groups to reclaim personal and local authority beginning with the context of the culture they live in. This involves personally growing up, which has been banned in western civilization ever since the capitalist patriarchal empire took over. This particular adulthood initiation work is called Possibility Management.
I have written a couple books ( ), been videoed delivering some talks and processes ( ) made a few blogs ( ) and share my other projects at
I think the secret to successful initiations is making the space so connected and safe that a person can allow their internal structure to reorder into a higher level of elegance and sophistication. So much camaraderie emerges that the work has inspired me my whole life.

Description of what you offer (REQUIRED, shown on website):

After a short but strong introduction about the differences between indigenous and next culture initiations, and the differences between education and initiation, we will divide into pairs and small groups to engage experiential steps during guided processes. Each initiation involves taking personal responsibility for an inner resource or a distinction that we could not previously imagine could be taken responsibility for or distinguished. The outcomes of a successful initiations is radical responsibility in a new domain that you can then deliver for others.

Your website (shown on website):
Clinton Callahan

Ecosystem Restoration Camps are Ecovillages!

"If we can build one Ecosystem Restoration Camp, then another and another and just keep going, this gives us a method for ordinary people to restore the Earth."- John D. Liu


John D. Liu - "After 15 years as a Television Producer and Cameraman for CBS News, RAI and ZDF I began to study ecology..." so begins the legendary tale of John's trail-blazing career. He would tell you the rest of the story sitting around a campfire after a solid day's play and a sauna at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp. Actually, he would prefer to co-create the rest of the story with you in person. John's dedication to ongoingly present the ERCamps project at international forums has already brought Facebook group membership to over 10,000.

Clinton Callahan - since 1975 Clinton has been developing authentic initiatory processes for the kind of adulthood required to create a bright future for 21st Century humanity. Until adulthood initiations replace money and possessions at the center of the value system, a culture is susceptible to being hijacked by the uninitiated. Clinton blogs at: , posts videos at: , and delivers trainings through: His books are available at:

Description of what you offer (REQUIRED, shown on website):

Dr. John D. Liu - the ecologist and documentary film-maker ( ) - has initiated a rapidly growing movement to establish a global network of independently funded Ecosystem Restoration Camps. Citizens from all over the world join the Ecovillage Restoration Cooperative to donate 10? per month to fund clearly designed restoration projects. Each team is guided by skilled permaculturists to bring soils back to life, grow and plant keystone species for capturing water into the Earth, all within a resilient, self-sustaining ecovillage-style community. We build our own shelters, grow our own food, generate our own power, and celebrate our own togetherness, and we'd love to see you there. The first ERCamp is opening now in southern Spain, and we have requests for other camps from Nepal, Afrika, South America, Philippines, Indonesia, Jamaica, and more.

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Dr SerenaGaia Anderlini-D\'Onofrio

Make Love the Ecology of Your Life;
Enjoy the Experience of Ecosexual Love

Make love the ecology of your life with Dr. SerenaGaia
"A world where it is safe to love is a world where it is safe to live."


The Facilitator:

Dr. SerenaGaia is the sacred name of Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, PhD. She is an experienced teacher, facilitator, and public speaker. As a cultural theorist, she studies the ecology of love and is the founder of 3WayKiss. Her prophetic books have inspired readers around the world, including Eros (2006), Gaia (2009), and Ecosexuality (2015), the first collection on this topic.

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This workshop is designed to support participants experience one another as ?metamours,? people who share a partner they love: the Earth. It helps people evolve a consciousness about the inclusive and fluid aspects of ecosexuality, and make love the ecology of their lives.
Roles include giver (lover), receiver (beloved), and witness (also dubbed ?moon,? or panderer, or hosting ecosystem). Agreed-upon body areas for touch are limited to the head, face, shoulders, and upper torso areas. The giver?s intent is offering pleasure and loving touch. The receiver?s intent is absorbing the loving energy and enjoying .the pleasure. The witness?s intent is providing the safe space hospitable to, and conducive of love. Each participant embodies each role at least once. People are encouraged to imagine the witness as a beautiful ecosystem, a natural host/ess whose energy is conducive of love. At the end of each round, participants share about their experience.
Some of the questions addressed include: How does it feel to be the compersive planet that hosts all of our loves? As we witness the lovers, can we find it in our heart to experience their pleasure as our own?
Participants come away with an enhanced awareness of the connections between loving fluidly and inclusively and appreciating the spaces that host this love. Many report they enjoy the role of witness more than anticipated. As people envision the Earth as a generous and compersive lover, many realize they can make love the ecology of their lives.

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Irene Goikolea

Embracing the shadow

We can't access wisdom through our minds but through our hearts, because wisdom has a transpersonal quality that only the heart shares.


Irene Goikolea, facilitator, integral coach and PhD in deep psychology, has been working for more than 25 years toward the awakening of consciousness, facilitating individual and group processes of personal growth and development. Her experience in this field goes back to the circles of women she organized at the beginning of the 90\'s with the intention of awakening to the sacred feminine aspect. The qualities of the sacred feminine aspect are interrelationship, the collective, integration, unity, care for the other, healing, nurturance, compassionate action and sentient capacity. Irene focuses on awakening these qualities to be able to embrace all our excluded parts.

Throughout her career, Irene has promoted the reconciliation of the opposites, as well as the integration of our most excluded parts, what Jung called the shadow. Her methodology includes different perspectives, such as the shamanic tradition, Jungian psychology, Hakomi, Process Work and the wisdom of the ancestral legacy of her Basque roots. She is also in tune with contemporary movements that promote the development of a collective paradigm, where the culture of the ?we? prevails over the culture of the ?I?.

Her commitment with the awakening of the feminine and its impact on the development of collective consciousness, based on the above, led her to inspire the materialization of the Amalurra project, made of three intentional communities situated in the Basque country, Andalusia and Catalonia (Spain). Amalurra has become a benchmark among Europe?s most established communities.

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Embracing the shadow

The reflection of our excluded parts (the shadow) in the current conflicts of humanity

In this workshop, we will explore the concept of the shadow: each of the characters, or parts, that make up our total being and that control our lives autonomously whenever we repress or exclude them. We will also learn how it arises, how to identify it, how to interact with it, how it finds reflection in today?s conflicts and how to turn it into an ally in our collaborative purpose in relation to the those conflicts. Being aware of how we project our shadow on the outside world can help us identify it. In this experiential workshop, we will carry out some practices with the intention of becoming aware of our excluded parts. The final goal is to be able to embrace them, experiencing the power and fullness of feeling complete with what we are, both light and shadow.

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María Llanos del Corral

Projects that regenerate lives and land


Consultant and facilitator on organizational change and project management through Complex Systems approach, agile and participatory technologies. Co-founder of the Eroles Project.
Eroles Project is a learning for action residency where we look at different environmental, social and humanitarian issues using the principles of collaboration, complex living systems, arts and creativity, sustainable living and community. During the residencies people explore, learn, strengthen personal relations and begin to imagine projects that are collectively undertake later in the year; Regeneration Project: Granada being one.

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A space to explore how we systematically tackle the interrelated crisis we live today, migration, the exodus from rural to urban, exploitation of land...
Eroles Project will present Regeneration Project: Granada, a new initiative in the south of Spain which aims to regenerate lives and land with refugees, local people & Eroles Project members through land based, food sovereignty and long term community building.
This workshop will be both a space to enquire together how to create win - win - win solutions to complex problems, and to present and share our own projects that work in similar ways.

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Maria Llanos del Corral

WAYS OF DOING DEVELOPMENT DIFFERENTLY: Methodologies for adaptive & systemic development.

?We need to stop doing things right to begin doing the right things?B. Ramalingam.


Consultant and facilitator on organizational change and project management through Complex Systems approach, agile and participatory technologies.
I have been working in development for 8 years in several countries in Africa and South America. In 2013 I took time off to reflect and re-think my work, as I began having doubts about the impacts.
I realised that the underlying beliefs of the development industry (the western paradigm of thought), the tools we were using and the accountability system were (many times) obstacles to really meet our humanitarian goals. I stopped my work to move to the UK and study a MA at Schumacher College (2013-14). Through encountering, ecology, holistic science, systems thinking, complexity theory, Gaia theory, permaculture some answers began to unfold.

My work now focuses on project management, and organizational change, leadership, sustainability and personal capabilities to deal with complex, collaborative and uncertain environments.
Some of my published work includes: Collaborative tools for Social Organizations and Activism and spirituality.

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How does social change happen in today\\\'s complex and interconnected world? What theories of change, frameworks and methodologies can we apply to be more responsive and transformative in our work?
We are facing increasingly complex and interconnected problems that exist in changing and unstable contexts. We need to incorporate approaches and methodologies to respond to these realities.

During this workshop we will:
Explore how complex living systems principles can be applied to project design and implementation;
Give an overview of frames and tools to create adaptive, systemic, and collaborative projects.
Showcase studies from the ecovillage model and more.

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Nina (or non-oficially Ava Nina) Koevoets

Nonviolence, Conflict Resolution and Community Building

Nonviolence is organized love.


Ava Nina has both an academic and more practical experience in nonviolent conflict resolution, and peace building. After her first MA in Conflict Resolution she understood she was looking for an approach that involved everyday people, and not only diplomats. She followed a 10 week long training program in Nonviolence in the USA (2009), which inspired her to deepen and share her knowledge through non-formal education. Since 2015 she is organizing a training course for youth workers, and is currently working on a workshop manual. She worked as a workshop facilitator for two different Dutch NGOs. After her first degree she did several internships, at Save the Children, United Network of Young Peacebuilders, for which she organized a training ?Peacebuilding for Youth Workers? with the Council of Europe (2008), Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (Israel-Palestine), Center for Conflict Resolution and Human Security (India) and she did a European Voluntary Service in Israel-Palestine with the Holy Land Trust (2010-11). . Her second MA is in Global Studies (2011-13), during which she focused on social movements and participated in a Summer University on Civil Resistance at the University of Budapest. Since last year she lives in a peace community in Portugal (Tamera), where she is deepening her peace-research.

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Ava Nina has developed her own training course about nonviolence, based on different approaches and studies. This workshop (one or two, of possible) will be a taste of the program that normally takes a full week. In this workshop you will explore different Conflict Styles, Role Play examples of individuals and groups who creatively solved their conflicts nonviolent, and undergo a community building experiment. You will become more aware of your own behaviors and of that of others. You will expand your horizon and create positive lived experiences of creative nonviolent problem solving and community building.

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Peter Hagerrot

Discussion on :

?Only the purpose of a coherent community, fully alive in both the world and in the minds of its members, can carry us beyond fragmentation, contradiction, and negativity. \\\" Wendel Berry, American poet


Environmental Journalist and Filmmaker, specially interested about
questions, and critique of the western development paradigm.

Licensed Psychotherapist and Supervisor,
Environmental teacher for the course One Year in Transition (1YT) in Sweden.
Initiator of small Ecovillage Charlottendal built around a small farm in Järna Sweden.

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Even if heterogeneous ECOVILLAGES collectively represent a renewal of the concept of ?the commons?
existing in between private or collective ownership on one hand to governmental ownership (eminent domain) on the other.
As the concept of the commons got lost in western mindset we have increasingly mismanaged our common resources like land, air and water. To this day governments are still selling common resources for commercial exploitation. With growing challenges to mainstream society, the resurrection of the commons idea is part of a growing movement to enhance ?glocality? and a more resilient future.

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Rudolf Lenz

Alternative Currency for GEN and Ecosystem Restoration Camps

"Without a completely independent financial system we cannot fully step into a regenerative culture."- Dr. Rudolf Lenz


Both Felipe Alves, MSc, and Dr. Rudolf Lenz are enthusiastic about empowering GEN to make use of Infinity Economics to embrace GEN's diversity while maintaining the sovereignty of each ecovillage regarding its currency. The idea is to provide an ethical speculation-proof platform for currencies and other exchange mechanisms specifically applicable to the non-material riches of the ecovillage environment.

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A new crypto-currency called Infinity Economics has recently gone public. This system is specifically designed to serve as an economic platform worldwide, especially useful for supporting a wide diversity of economic needs in global movements such as GEN and the Ecosystem Restoration Camps while providing a unifying field of economic exchange. The Infinity is in many ways a new generation of blockchain based crypto-currencies. One key for a crypto-currency's success is an exchange platform for products and services something like an EBay for e-currencies. This is coming to life with Infinity Economics. Dr. Rudolf Lenz from Spain is explaining and answering questions about the Infinity currency and blockchain technology as an alternative and decentralized economic system, and Filipe Alves, MSc. from University of Lisbon, Portugal explaining and answering questions about GEN's progress towards adopting a crypto-currency for global ecovillage needs.

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Sofi Håkansson and Andreas Fogelqvist Sofi Håkansson and Andreas Fogelqvist

Living the New Paradigm ? how real closeness create commitment and continuity in communities

What is possible when you go against "the story of separation", decide to stay when it gets hard and commit to do the work that it takes to get really close?


Sofi Håkansson and Andreas Fogelquist, former couple and parents of a boy, run together with Iben Snebang, Andreas's new partner, Nackunga Community in Hölö, south of Stockholm. They have all worked extensively with personal development and through the insights gained from starting up and running a community they have found that focusing on close and lasting relationship is in the core of building successful and sustainable communities.

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A challenge communities often face is how to reach stability over time and have people commit longterm to a group or a project.

When we get close to eachother, when we go all in, our attachment patterns from early childhood tend to play out. We get scared, want to drop out and start looking for alternatives. Society of today is runned by ?a story of separation? (Charles Eisenstein) ? a pattern of turning away and leaving when life gets hard. In a culture where freedom of choice is one of our most cherished rights, we?re not being supported to stick to what we once chose. It?s tempting to always perceive the grass as greener on the other side.

By deciding to stay, by committing to do the work that it takes to get really close, we gain a grounded state of connectedness, happiness, meaningfulness and creativity.

In this workshop we want to explore, together with you, how we through insight in ?the story of separation? as well as in attachment theory, can reach our longing for clan and build sustainable and healthy communities.

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Sonja-Vera Schmitt


"Only the once who transform remain related to me." translated from the german poet Christian Morgenstern: "Nur wer sich wandelt bleibt mir verwandt."


I was born 1970 in Heidelberg (Germany) and lived in Venezuela for 5 years as a child, travelling extensively with my parents. An accomplished singer – flutist – dancer of contact improvisation, I have been active since 1995 in my profession as a body-worker and therapist for breath, speech and voice. In 2003 I co-founded the intentional community Schloss Glarisegg in Switzerland and have been a crucial co-creator of its structural development. Since 2005 I meditate Vipassana. I learned to be entrepreneur for a community project, where 1,4 million swiss francs run through within one year. The community has grown to holding more than 50 members and is widely known for its strong emphasis on exploring tools of social communication.
My source for inspiration is dancing contact-improvisation, singing and making music together with Rüdiger in LifeDance. Since 2014 we created the 3 days long “LifeDance", called “art of change”. Since 2016 I started to make the whole February an Ecovillage Design Education course, called “Creating a transformative Culture” with 50 young adults from more the 10 different nations. The red thread is my passion for a transformative culture, which gives everyone, us as communities and the whole humanity the possibility to grow into its own full potential.

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- nonverbal community building
- be fully yourself ... among others... the source of creativity
- re-discover the playfull child within yourself
- be an „inner world class musician“


“LifeDance” is a nonverbal improvisatory creation space - in which we meet ourself and others on an essential level of being. 
It's an open exploration setting leading the individual towards unfolding unimagined aspects, possibilities and skills and guiding the group into a deep connectedness within just one hour… 
Experience how it feels to share space & time with others while being radically yourself… and at the same time creating something collective and artful.
The basic means of expression - the human voice and body and various kinds of musical instruments lead to an authentic and magic place of creativity and togetherness including all qualities of being, a place where our restrictive cultural “you-have-to“s and “you-should-not”s are washed away... 

Exceptional musical instrument creations of all kinds that invite to be approached intuitively are provided by Rüdiger (for details see: ) - but you may bring along your own ones as well.

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Susanne Ratka

Community Research Project


For many years Susanne Ratka has been interested in new forms of living together - especially for life in communities. She has dealt with the topic theoretically and visited various projects.

In the 80ties and 90ties she lived in a community with spiritual focus for more than 10 years and was a guest in Auroville, a community in Tamil Nadu/South India for several months in 2007 ( ). In the last years she visited the ecovillage Siebenlinden ( ) as well as the ZEGG-Center for the experimental art of living ( ).

Since 2008, she has been managing the Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft, IBZ, a place to live for international guest scientists and their families.

Susanne Ratka believes that we are facing a heavy social and spiritual crisis today, an upheaval on the way to a post-growth society and we are setting the course for the future now. That we need to rethink and question our way of living and look at brave people who have been exploring and testing new social models for many decades: in particular intentional communities. Communities and eco-thinkers around the world are the leading edge and hope bearers of this transition movement and have a lot to say and teach us.

From July 2017, Susanne Ratka will therefore begin a project on communities in the international context, which presupposes the thesis that our society urgently needs new ideas, impulses, insights and values.

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How do we want to live tomorrow?

If given the option, many people would prefer a living situation less isolated than what most of us experience today. The human being seems to have a natural preference for living in community. Yet, only a tiny percentage of the population currently enjoys the pleasures of being embedded in a group of like-minded people who share the same values, go through the various life challenges with each others and also celebrate life together.

The majority of people in our modern society remain trapped in relative isolation, but then there are those few who actually dare to take the leap and start to build an intentional community* together.

The aim of the Community Research Project is to find out and publicly share the unique accomplishments and wisdom that each of these communities have gained over a long period of growth, and how society at large can benefit from their insights.

The travelling part of this project starts with my visit to the European Ecovillage Conference in Ängsbacka where I will be presenting this project and networking with others.

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Vilda Vindar

A solution of soul and self - Vägskäl vid gåtfullhetens gräns

"Only the lonely life are longing enough for love"
"Hopp är att i vår vardagssituation ana en vackrare värld och därifrån kunna känna verklig vittring på vägen till visionen"


Peter is a philosopher. He has worked with these questions over 30 years. The last 10 of these years together with Nina, who has lived during the same long time in the most ecologically sustainable way that has been possible. This lecture is an interweaving of their different experience and work.

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A circle-talk with Peter Ljung and Nina Svedmark from the eco village initiative VildaVindar in south Sweden, and the association WoW - World of VisionVillages.
The talk is about what we believe is the true problem of this world, a history of the whole and about the choice at the human crossroads we are constantly facing. It´s also about what kind of solutions that could appear from this new problem picture.
The lecture is divided in three parts. The first part is about the alternative problem picture, the second about possible solutions and the third part is a dialogue circle around these thoughts.

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Nadine Melzer-Glatter

Hatha yoga, yin yoga, Yoga nidra, Silent sitting


Influenced by my teachers, peers, environment and my travels, I aim to bring a unique sense of self study and common-unity to my classes. Through intention, meditation, pranayama and asana, my goal is to have my students leave each class feeling refreshed and renewed.

Teaching yoga in a wide range of styles from Hatha to Yin, I provide an opportunity to explore the spiritual through the physical, hoping to bring the practise of yoga off the matt and into the practice of life.

Yoga is a way to focus within, and by doing so expand our awareness, bringing increased responsibility to live in alignment.

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I offer a variation of Iyengar style hatha yoga as a morning practice tailored to the theme set at GEN and any new themes that may come up. These classes include breath work, partner work and mantras. A great way to start your day. I also offer Yin yoga classes which are much better suited as an afternoon practice focused on relaxation of the body and mind whilst staying in poses for up to 7 minutes (with the use of props to be as comfortable as possible). Yoga nidra is the yoga of sleep. It is a guided meditation which brings you to a sleep like state which is perfect in the evening before going to sleep. I am also very happy to hold a silent sitting practice at whatever time may suit GEN.

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Antje Rickowski

Create change with the system coaching tool PANGARDEN !

.....Everyone comes to remember we are healing the world one heart at a time....


Antje Rickowski knows how to work in co-creative partnership with Nature Intelligence which she applies to her work as a therapist and project consultant and developer.
She studied environment and landscape design in Berlin and is also a trained Naturopath, specializing in Herbalism and Systemic Constellations.
She has been teaching at various colleges about natural health and has been running workshops and continued professional trainings for systemic practitioners.
Since 1997 she lives in the Findhorn community in Scotland, where she developed the co-creative systemic coaching tool Pangarden with a partner 10 years ago and is teaching its benefits and applications internationally.

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Inspired by the constellation work of Bert Hellinger, Pangarden was developed as a table tool to transform challenges and answer life questions in a wholistic way. Suitable for meetings, groups and individuals to understand and solve dynamics and patterns, that are holding us back from reaching goals.
Archetypal shapes and coloured mats access the left and right side of our brain at the same time, using both brain hemispheres so that you can gain a full picture of the hidden dynamics at play in systems.
Assisted with psyche- and healing related cards we can find understanding for challenges and balanced resolutions.
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Verónica Larraya

Intuitive Parenting Today

\"Children do not need us to shape them; they need us to respond to who they are\" Naomi Aldort


Mother of two children, since pregnant for the first time she connected deeply with her human instincts and intuition. Both her children were born at home, one without assistance. She trusted her human nature as well as both her children´s nature when giving birth, and this continue to develop as she and them are growing together.
Since becoming a mother Verónica has felt passionate about human development from pregnancy till adulthood. How to raise children in a conscious way, listening to our intuition and our children´s needs. The importance of listening and being guardian of the sense of self of children for a better future on Earth.
She looks for only defining herself as a human, woman and mother, developing a life where the essentials for humanity means a happy and rich life in community.

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Together we will acknowledge and honor our journey as parents, find ones unique wisdom for raising ones unique children.
Its all within us to access anytime, just looking at our child´s eyes and the answers will be found in this love.

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