Italy has around fifty ‘eco-villages’, so named by the residents themselves. The keynote of life in them is total sustainability. They are communities of people who have consciously opted for a life in harmony with nature and with each other. They are largely self-supporting. Each community has its own rules, but the fundamental principles are common to all of them: harmony with others and with nature, unanimity in decision-making, and shared ownership with the absence of private property that flows from it.
They live without electricity, water or gas and reject all the demands place upon us by a consumer society. The community has no private property.
Everything belongs to everyone and each person contributes to the community in their own way. They work the land by natural methods as well as keeping cows, chickens and rabbits.
The village is continually developing. Everything is focused on self-sufficiency and structures are built in stone, wood, straw and clay. Wood is collected for daily use and for winter fuel stocks. A vegetable plot is maintained, vegetables are conserved and jams are made from the fruit. The meals cooked and eaten are vegetarian, with vegetables from the vegetable plot, organic grains, and cheese from the community’s own cheese dairy.
Eight kilometres from the occupied world, this group of people lives united by the choice of a simple existence in harmony with nature and with each other, and a desire to celebrate life with music and dance.
"The goal isn't to go against a certain lifestyle but to set an example."
"We're not trying to completely separate our selves from the outer world that we come from....
...Instead, we're trying to build something different."
"Our main objectives are food and self-sufficiency."
"When this community started we only grew four vegetables, now fifteen. Oke it is not a supermarket but all in all plenty of choice."
"This winter I really liked it here, with all around the fire, reading books and making music."
"Each of us contributes to the community in their own way."
"All this in harmony with the mountain's daily teachings….
….with its laws, its rules, its power and difficulties but also with its beauty."
"The mountain teaches us the direction every year, day or moment we spend here."
Sambuca Pistoiese, Tuscany Italy
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