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07.10.2015

XVIII Iberian Ecovillages Network's Summer Meeting

More than 450 personas gathered in Arterra Bizimodu this year to learn and experience our diversity and wisdom.

 

In August 27th, the RIE (Iberian Ecovillage Network) hold its XVIII Summer Meeting. This year the host was Arterra Bizimodu (www.arterrabizimodu.org) located in the town of Artieda, Navarra (Spain).

 

  More than 450 people gathered to hear about our solutions  and experiences trough  several workshops during the four days of the meeting; we have introduced some new initiatives in the design of the event too, such as the use of our social money during the 4 days, formal invitation to several local and national related networks (Network permaculture, the Network Transition , the solidarity economy, ...) to start working together on joint initiatives or strategies. We also had a morning's workshop with local authorities to try to influence from our communities to more innovative policies on the rural world; the meeting was very well received and will lay the foundation for further relationship.

 

  During the event spechs, conferences and workshops orchestrated around 4 dimensions (Social, Cultural, Economic and Ecological), also including walks in our project and its various areas of our work (biogas, gardens, electric bicycles, schoolhouse, etc.), various nights activities (cabaret, presentations, documentaries, performances, ...) and a local flea market and craft products from ecovillagers during Sunday in the village.

 

  After the summer meeting of the Vº Ecovillage Incubator started as usual, with remarkable success of attendees (this year the Permaculture Spanish Network was incubated too!) And work. Also this year-the Incubator project this summer had received the award for best European project in the framework of communities and ecovillages - some international observers (including Lucia Bategazzore, representatives of CASA, Latin America and Françoise, counselor and member of GEN Europe the Hummingbird network in France) attended the journeys to learn the process of incubators days and carry that innovative supporting tool to their networks.

 

  The project Arterra Bizimodu notably managed the event, preparing many spaces and rooms for workshops and adapting the building to the needs of the different activities. It was a good test for what is expected in July 2016 with the organization of the 20th Conference of the GEN Europe Arterra ...

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