Healthy and delicious meals are now available lunch and dinner seven days a week in our community kitchen! With 27 people (including 12 helpers) now living on-site, and often many guests, all of whom need to eat, it just made sense. Meals are optional, take away or eat-in, and everyone participates in the roster. Residents pay a nominal sum to cover the costs and friends and visitors are welcome to join us. We have been trialling this since the beginning of the year and it is working brilliantly. Like a kitchen table in a house, the community kitchen is now the heart of our community.
Tasman Ecovillage Association is proud to be hosting Tasmania’s first Sociocracy Workshop. Titled “Organising Ourselves: Foundations of Dynamic Governance”, it is a two-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday 14th – 15th December, 2013. Sociocracy, also known as “Dynamic Governance” is a decision-making and governance method, based on principles of sociocracy, that allows an organisation to manage itself efficiently while incorporating the wisdom of every member. Drawing on cybernetics and systems theory, dynamic governance enables groups to be dynamic and rejuvenating, and to foster egalitarian relationships. Businesses, educational bodies, community groups, and non-profit organisations use it. Dynamic governance invites participation, inspires leadership, and allows an organisation to flourish in a changing environment. At the workshop, you can learn to communicate effectively across committees and levels of authority, increase individual engagement, commitment, creativity, and initiative, and make better decisions while having more enjoyable, effective meetings. The workshop leader, Gina Price, has been learning and working with dynamic governance since 2004. She has worked with a range of organisations including small and medium size businesses and intentional communities. Certified as a dynamic governance trainer in 2008, Gina’s background includes working as a research scientist in Antarctica and Alaska, homeschooling, and permaculture design. She is a consultant with The Sociocracy Consulting Group. For more information, please visit the event page. For more information on Sociocracy, go to http://sociocracyconsulting.com
What do you do with two tonne of chook shit? Make a mountain out of it! Our friendly local earth-mover, Koonya Earthmoving donated this to us – so grateful! Not only that, he flattened it and covered it with topsoil that we have been removing to make our ring road. How much compost does an ecovillage need? Lots :-)
On June 28th 2013 the Tasman Ecovillage Community Development Scheme was registered with the Land Titles Office in Hobart. Australia’s newest and Tasmania’s first ecovillage is officially “born”!! Six and a half years of persistence, patience and hard work from Ilan – thank you! Eighteen months of hard work and commitment from TEVA founding members who saw the vision, believed in the project and stayed with it through joys and disappointments – thank you! Thank you to our new members who showed faith in the project and gave us support when we most needed it. To our 250 helpers and wwoofers over the years, you have been the back bone of the village and Ilan would not have lasted the distance without you. Finally, thank you to all our friends on the Tasman Peninsula and the wider community who support us in so many ways. The journey to a kinder, more connected and sustainable future continues ….
Tasman Ecovillage Association (TEVA) will be hosting Tasmania’s first Earthship event this month. Rachel Goldlust of Earthship Australia is coming from Melbourne to share practical and inspiring insights into what it takes to build an Earthship – in preparation for a possible Earthship building workshop at the Village early in 2014. Earthships are the “epitome of sustainable design and construction. No part of sustainable living has been ignored in [these] ingenious buildings.” An Earthship utilises the principles of Biotecture, a mix of biology and architecture, and aims for buildings and community environments designed with consideration for environmental sustainability rather than relying on traditional carbon-heavy building designs and materials. Rachel, a graduate of Earthship Academy, will be presenting a 3 hour workshop and information session about this revolutionary building technology. There will be a slide presentation, the Tasmanian premiere screening of “We Are the Plans – Australia’s First Earthship”, a documentary about Australia’s first Earthship build, and a Q and A session. The workshop runs from 2 – 5pm on Saturday 11th May and all are welcome to attend.
Delighted to announce the construction of a new chook shed! The other one was a little small and the goats were a bit over their rather exposed little one in the goat enclosure so …. a new improved one has been built alongside the old one. The chickens now have lots more room and the goats have a larger warmer shelter. The shed was built in SIX HOURS FLAT from recycled materials by the amazing team of Tijs, Ashley, Paddy and Caitlin. Tijs, a Dutch cabinet maker, led the crew and …. WOW … what a fantastic result! Thank you so much you fellas :-)
There has been incredible momentum in the village over the last few weeks, to the extent that we now have only ONE of the seven 2 bedroom apartments in the village remaining for sale. They are currently part of the existing motel complex but, once the community development scheme is registered (in a few weeks), they will become a residential part of the village. You can buy the apartment as an investment (it is currently tenanted and shows nett 6.2% return) or, if you wish to live there, the tenant could move to another rental in the village. Price is $129,000 and includes ownership of all community land and facilities. We can provide full costings and projected returns on request.
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