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  • GEN South Africa’s 2016 Strategy Meeting (April-May 2016)
    18.07.2016

    GEN South Africa met this spring for a strategy meeting, promoting sustainability and clear channels of communication across the region with the long-term goal of developing a path for...

  • Ecovillage Design Education (EDE), Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage...
    17.06.2013

    The first 'by Women for Women' EDE took place at Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage, situated in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. The EDE training for sustainability course was the second such course...

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Green Canvas of Light

Green Canvas of Light

Permaculture Ecovillage in the Wilderness Lakes area of the Garden Route in South Africa

Green Canvas of Light is a conscious sustainable permaculture development project on a beautiful and fertile 50ha forest-farm in the Wilderness Lakes area of the Garden Route in South Africa.

Full details about this project can be found on our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/green.canvas.of.light/

Our Vision:

• The creation of an integrated, mature and sustainable community that is based on respect, wisdom and love.

The Sustainability Insitute

The Sustainability Insitute

The Sustainability Institute is an international living and learning centre located outside the South African university town of Stellenbosch. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Cape's towering mountains and rooted in an agricultural community needing to break free from its' racial past, the Sustainability Institute provides a space for people to explore an approach to creating a more equitable society that lives in a way that sustains rather than destroys the eco-system within which all society is embedded.

Oude Molen Ecovillage

Oude Molen Ecovillage

The Oude Molen Eco Village was initially conceptualised as a micro enterprise village by a social entrepreneur & established by a group of tenants in 1997 and grew within the 1st two years to 70 tenants.
The property consists of a previously abandoned and vandalised psychiatric hospital with the Provincial Government as the lead custodian. The project has evolved with a variety of committees achieving many developmental milestones, having overcome many internal and external challenges and obstacles over the years.

Rainbow Homestead Sustainability Co

Rainbow Homestead Sustainability Co

Rainbow Homestead Sustainability Commons

The Rainbow Homestead & Sustainability Commons is a living and learning centre registered as a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to environmental sustainability, cooperation, local economic development, and "small is beautiful" principles.

Mission:To be a positive response to the destruction which the planet and its population are suffering due to unsustainable agriculture, industry, consumerism, and non-renewable energy lifestyles.

Rainbow Sustainability Commons

Rainbow Sustainability Commons

The Commons is a living and learning centre for sustainability, permaculture, and environmental education. We are a registered non-profit called Sihlangene Kokwethu--with a mission to promote self-sufficiency, sustainability and environmental stewardship through education and projects here at the Commons and in Impendle.

Nebo Mountain Lodge

Nebo Mountain Lodge

We are situated in the heart of South Africa

We have designed mind maps covering all areas of sustainable living. From how to live again with the earth, to Body Mind and Soul. We wish to bring together like minded people, to help bring the potential of these ideas into reality.

Honeyville Farm

Honeyville Farm

Honeyville Nature Reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape bordering the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve.It is an hour from Port Elizabeth inland from Jeffreys Bay and Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay. It is composed of 800 hectares of land of which only 45 hectares are reserved for sustainable development. The remaining land is protected wild land and rich in biodiversity. Of the 30 hectares of old arable land we are currently farming organic produce on 10 acres..

Zuvuya

Zuvuya

Located in the mist belt of the Kwa-zulu Natal Midlands. We have 3 waterfalls with many natural spring, 60 acres pine forest, 2 indiginous forests, loads of cliff and mountain face with grasslands below. there are 3 permamnent families living on the community with several other members living off site. Our celbrate our earth based beliefs, such as solstice, winter and summer, beltane and spring equinox with like minded circles and dance parties. We plan to be off the grid by 2012.

Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage

Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage

Promote and learn about:
- Trust for self and others
- Promote optimum use of resource and low impact lifestyle
- All voices must be heard
- Promote daily activities on healing of body, mind, soul and spirit.
- Allow spontaneity and creativity
- Use and development of images supporting our vision
- Research and practice on renewable energy, wastemanagement, biodiversity and innovative technologies
- Natural learning promoted
- Use rights based approaches to holistic sustainable development

Hearth & Soul Eco Farm

Hearth & Soul Eco Farm

We are situated in a beautiful indigenous Cape flora area in South Africa, with our own spring water tapped straight from the mountain, a poplar forest and a eucalyptus woodlot.
The farm is ideally located 2hrs drive from Cape Town, and 50km from Hermanus, a town with services, supplies and infrastructure.

Currently we operate as a spiritual retreat centre, and are in the process of developing our own sustainable organic vegetable and food supply. We aim to attract like-minded people to settle and develop a permanent eco-community here.

Bloemendal Farm Ecovillage

Bloemendal Farm Ecovillage

The plot is in Cape Town, South Africa. It is about 20km out of the city center and in an area already known as the bread-basket of Cape Town, as alot of the daily vegetable consuption comes from this area. The land itself has not been used for agriculture for over 20 years now. We are a small community that lives here, but I think that now is a good time to start making more progress. Now is the time to make better use of green technologies and to start networking with other communities so as to learn and share information etc.

Midrand EcoCity

Midrand EcoCity

The EcoCity Trust is an initiative of the City of Johannesburg. It was established in 1999 by the Midrand Town Council and is now 'owned' by the Johannesburg council and driven by the EcoCity Trust.

This project marks the collaboration of a large team of people - the community, the council and a small trust - working together to achieve a better, greener, life for all.
Vision

Khula Dhamma Community

Khula Dhamma Community

In 2000 five friends purchased land near the coastal village of Haga Haga in the Eastern Cape. The land is about 8 km from the sea (with beautiful deserted beaches) and is just under 300 hectares of rolling ‘bush veld’ with lush greenbelts, bordered on by the Quko River. Geographically it is situated on the southern cusp of the sub-tropical climate region which allows for extensively diverse and year-round cultivation. From 2000 to 2003 the land rarely had more than two people living on it full-time. Then in 2003 two more committed pioneers arrived and the vision started to take shape...