Except for the work I’ve been doing with Kanindé here in Brazil, I’ve also done some trips of my own. I find it very nice to get out of the city to see new things and meet other kinds of people. 2 times already I’ve visited this alternative community named Arco-íris [Rainbow]. It’s an ecovillage a bit outside of Porto Velho that has a distinct spiritual belief. Out here on the countryside by this little river lies the community. You get here mainly by walking and hitchhiking. There is no cellphone service, no internet, and no TV. Sounds boring? It wasn’t. In fact it was a very cool experience, I felt very happy here!
I’ve seldom experienced such a warm welcoming. Everyone had this very nice way of greeting and acknowleding one another. I met people from different parts of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Guatemala. During my stay we spent almost all of our awake hours outdoors; swimming in the river; cooked together; made handicrafts; jammed & sang together and more. It was very inspiring. I think could talk about this community forever, but I’ll stelle for now and just share this definition of an Ecovillage with you that I liked, which is connected to sustainability and eco-social living -how I would like more people to live in the future:
Ecovillages are urban or rural communities of people who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life. To achieve this, they integrate various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building practices, and much more.
Ecovillages are living models of sustainability. They represent an effective, accessible way to combat the degradation of our social, ecological, and spiritual environments.