We are going to give you a list of ecovillages in Colombia that you can visit for tourism, volunteering, to take a course in the permaculture environment or to live in one of these communities.
We hope you enjoy this beautiful trip!
Índice de contenido
- 1 What is an Ecovillage?
- 2 And how are the ecovillages in Colombia?
- 3 List of ecovillages in Colombia
- 4 Places with permacultural practices but that are not ecovillages
What is an Ecovillage?
First of all we are going to explain what an ecovillage is, because it is possible that many of you do not know it and you are imagining things that may not be.
An Ecovillage is a self-sufficient community made up of several people and families, who live together in the same settlement seeking the good of people and especially the environment, promoting cooperation, renewable energy, self-consumption, ecological materials and others.
In general, the people who make up the ecovillages emigrate from the big cities, tired of the fast pace, unbridled consumption, pollution and other factors, to lead a quieter, more basic life, with less agitation, with less consumption and above all, being aware of each action they carry out and its impact on the environment and society in general.
Ecovillages were first recognized internationally in 1995 by a meeting of ecovillages held in Scotland, where the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) was born, which laid the foundations of the current movement and is a point of connection between the large number of ecovillages in the world.
And how are the ecovillages in Colombia?
Our country has not been oblivious to this movement of ecovillages Colombia, moreover, there is the Colombian Network of Ecovillages and Alternative Communities that brings together around 17 ecovillages and alternative settlements in the country to educate, investigate and disseminate sustainable and regenerative lifestyles.
Since 2006, this Network convenes every year the Colombian Ecovillage Meeting, known as “Call of the Mountain”, where for several days they meet to integrate visions, share knowledge, experience different ways of living, find solutions to solve basic needs and much more.
You can find more information about this network here.
List of ecovillages in Colombia
If you are looking for ecovillages in Colombia to live in, we are going to give you a list of some of them so that you are encouraged to get to know them and take the big step towards a more sustainable and happier life.
The nashira Colombia ecovillage is located in Palmira – Valle del Cauca, where 80 women heads of household are organized into productive nuclei to manage their budget, productive projects, planting without pesticides or herbicides, houses made with ecological bricks by themselves, they manage their own currency called Nashira, which is a way to return to barter and much more.
Among their productive projects are the lodging they offer to visitors who want to learn about the project, the restaurant where exquisite Valle del Cauca dishes are served, the collection of solid waste, its transformation and reuse.
Learn more about this wonderful project here.
Agrovilla el Prado
It is a place located in the rural area of the municipality of Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda. This ecovillage is made up of 14 people who live together in a space of 12,000 square meters, where they have established ecological practices for food, recreation and environmental conservation.
In 2014, the work of this ecovillage was recognized as a significant experience of adaptation to climate change in Colombia.
If you want to know more you can download the pdf.
Happy Village Ecovillage
It was born in 2006 as a result of an open call for people who wanted to create an ecological community near Bogotá. It is located two hours from Bogotá, in the village of San Miguel in the municipality of San Francisco – Cundinamarca.
In this ecovillage there are three fundamental principles:
a. experiential education and teaching of social and ecological technologies useful for peace
b. communication and self-government as pillars of collective creation, the art of the word and agreement
c. the implementation of bioconstruction technologies, sustainability and agroecology for the preservation of the environment.
Learn more about this initiative here.
Located in the Cenegueta village of the municipality of Cajibío – Cauca. It is a place where 15 families live since 2003, some permanent residents and others with occasional stays.
They are families that share an integrating vision of life, being, nature and spirit, seeking an alternative, healthy and sustainable model of human development.
This is one of the ecovillages Colombia volunteering, that is, you can go volunteering which is exchanged for free accommodation, with a minimum stay of one week.
Learn more about this ecovillage here.
It is located in the municipality of Calarcá – Quindío. Created to receive all the initiatives, projects and organizations for the construction of a shared vision of the world, to forge a society that cares for the earth, its people and shares surpluses.
Learn more about this project on its facebook page
Places with permacultural practices but that are not ecovillages
Other spaces that we would like to mention, due to their great interest in permaculture but without being classified as ecovillages, are:
Mama Lulu’s little farm
It is a beautiful place located on the Palermo sidewalk in the municipality of Quimbaya – Quindío. It is a self-sustaining integral farm that seeks to generate a change of mentality towards nature so as not to continue destroying it.
Made up of two families who have spent three decades transforming this space into a family place, sustainable in terms of roof, food, drinking water, clean air and gas; free of toxins, pesticides and pesticides that destroy the soil.
Learn more about this initiative here.
Tierra Verde Reserve
It is a space where, through tours, ancestral knowledge and transformation of beings are worked on for the recovery of natural heritage, agroecology, creole and native seeds, and learning in permaculture.
They promote the understanding of the Soil, the world of Microorganisms, bio-inputs, nursery management, orchard design, the importance of native and Creole seeds, and much more.
They are located in Guarne, Antioquia and you can learn about their project through their facebook page
La Casa de Campo
The country house is a 3-hectare territory located in eastern Antioquia, municipality of San Vicente Ferrer – Antioquia; just 45 minutes from the city of Medellin.
It is a living school of Sustainability, where you learn through different processes from doing, to generate a cultural transformation.
They have allocated around 8 thousand meters for the production of healthy food that aims to satisfy family nutrition and the demand of the surrounding community, applying regenerative agriculture and the reconstruction and regeneration of soils from the realization and use of bio-fertilizers. , stimulants and fertilizers of our own production with resources that our mother earth provides us.
You can learn more about this project on facebook.
As you may have noticed, there are a large number of ecovillage projects in Colombia, this is just a sample, but we see that more and more, the permacultural practice permeates society more so that we become part of the solution.
Dare to visit and support these ecovillages in Colombia and do your own permacultural practices in your home.