Culdees

" Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives."
  - Mary Ann Brussat

Stages of development

FIRST STAGE :Founders (Pioneers):

To build an ecovillage is not easy.  One has to be able to rely on each other, and share an equal burden. Core groups have to be constituted of people who are able to take responsibility for their own development. The core group needs to be composed of people  who can hold the distance and persevere under pressure: there is a lot of sustained work to be done, alongside having to provide for oneself and for one’s family, and contributing to the well-being of the group. For the founder group  well functioning families and singles with a sound financial situation and good professional capacities need to be attracted.  (One  or two troubled people in a core group can significantly reduce a project’s chances of success).   We aim to integrate Multi-generation CoHousing with Senior CoHousing. 

SECOND STAGE:

Once the infrastructure is in place, more people can move in. The first year is a ‘trial’ period where people can live in a rented house (which has to be built in the first stage) or alternatively and may be more realistic, can move in a static caravan.  When the trial period is over and all parties concerned are convinced that yes, this is indeed the way forward for this person/family and he/she/they are compatible with the ethos of Culdees, they than can start building their house.

 FURTHER STAGES:

The ecovillage needs to be well-functioning and gather good momentum before it can embrace other individuals or groups who may need special attention and care.

Start-up ecovillage and community groups easily attract people who have been unable to manage their lives in mainstream conditions, and who see the emerging community as a possible salvation from poor partnerships or emotional problems, isolation or poor economy. Once the village has taken shape and there is enough surplus to go around, it can open up and welcome new residents who need presence and support.