“Ecovillages are not always founded. Sometimes people are simply together, doing what they feel is natural, necessary, and right—loving their communities and the natural world, working for justice and sustainability—only to discover after a few decades that people are calling them an ecovillage. That’s the story of Farkha, a town of about 1500 people in the Salfit district, not far from Ramallah in Palestine’s West Bank.
“In a way, it is also the story of Findhorn and Tamera, two other projects that existed long before the words ecovillage and Permaculture were invented. They are two of the founding members of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). And as part of GEN and Gaia Education, representatives of both were present to support the first Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course in Palestine—and the first in Arabic—in November of 2015 in Farkha. So this story is about Farkha and the EDE, and what makes a village an ecovillage. But even more, it’s about the synergy of networking, about friendship and knowledge-sharing. It’s about how when human beings discover the shared vision that unites them, the details that separate them become much less important. It’s about the universal truth that when you offer solidarity, you also receive it in the same gesture.”
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