Our Vision

GEN Europe consists of a constantly expanding network of intentional comĀ­munities, ecovillages and national ecovillage networks. We support the creation and development of new and existing ecovillages through training, education, networking and advocacy.

Ecovillages

An ecovillage is a human-scale settlement consciously designed through participatory processes to create regenerative communities and lifestyles. Ecovillages work with the four dimensions of sustainability: social, economic, ecological and cultural. 

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Explore ecovillages close to you with our ecovillage map, discover Europe's blossoming communities in our brochure, and find out what it means to be a GEN Europe member.

News

What was going on at the UN climate talks this December, and what conclusions can we draw for the ecovillage movement?

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Fully funded youth volunteering opportunity to join GEN Europe at our beautiful headquarters in Spain to develop new skills and make friends for life.

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CLOUGHJORDAN, Ireland, October 2018

For a whole week a group of 22 ecovillage representatives got together for a training in the beautiful setting of...

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History

  The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) was set up in 1995 to support the experimental creation and preservation of human settlements that not only sustain, but regenerate their social and natural environments. Ecovillages are communities with vibrant social structures, vastly diverse, yet united in common ecological, economic, social and cultural values and goals. They spring from the good intentions and creativity of citizens, and their willingness to make a difference. 

  Today GEN contains an innovative alliance between intentional communities (with some of the lowest per capita carbon footprints in the industrialized world) and networks of traditional villages.