Spanish-speaking ecovillage/sustainability instructor
From: Diana Leafe Christian (
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 07:58:09 -0700 (PDT)

This is a response to Charles' request for recommendations of Spanish- speaking instructors of sustainability for the project in Equador. I'd like to suggest Giovanni Ciarlo, cofounder and longtime resident of Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage in Mexico (sircoyote [at] Giovanni is fluent in English and spends part of the year in the US. He is the current president of GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) and a longtime member of ENA (Ecovillage Network of the Americas). He has taught in the Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course of GEN.

Another potential instructor is Enrique Hidalgo, founder of El Poncho EcoCenter, a sustainability education center in Bolivia that regularly hosts courses in the Ecovillage Design Education program, and Enrique teaches in the EDE program also, and is a member of ENA. He is, among other things, a permaculture teacher, and is bilingual also.

Both are wonderful guys, friends of mine.

Regarding Gaviotas in Colombia, mentioned by John Faust, actually the founder of Gaviotas, Paolo Lugari, doesn't consider Gaviotas an ecovillage and doesn't want to call attention to its existence in Colombia or Latin America to help protect Gaviotas residents from the guerilla army in Colombia. For this reason the book _Gaviotas_ by Alan Weisman was published in English only, not Spanish, and most Colombian ecovillage activists don't know much about the place or it's location.

I hope this is helpful.

        Diana Leafe Christian
(wearing hat as publisher/editor, Ecovillages newsletter )

Message: 5
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2009 08:24:51 -0600 (MDT)
From: balaji [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ Ecovillage Develoment in Ecuador
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This is Charles Nuckolls, coordinator of the Utah Valley Commons
(, and, at the moment, advisor to a study abroad
program in the Amazonian jungle of eastern Ecuador.

The study abroad program is directed by an Arizona State professor, who
owns 1200 acres on the shores of the Napo River -- a beautiful area of
protected rainforest with abundant natural resources. Every summer around 50 students from around the United States join the program for eight weeks
of language study and research.  Todd, the director, is thinking of
developing a sustainability program, possibily with a focus on ecovillage
development.  To me, as an anthropologist, it represents an exciting
possibility, and I am posting to the list to solicit advice.

We seek a Spanish-speaking individual with sustainability training, who would be willing to act as a consultant (or perhaps more) over the course
of several months or years.  Compensation is negotiatable, but would,
eventually, be tied to student fees and participation. There is abundant
land for horticulture and/or organic farming; abundant water resources
(the site is right on the fast-flowing Napo River, a tributary of the
Amazon); and abundant solar possibililties.  The already established
nature of the study abroad program, and its affiliation with Arizona State
University, make us think the sustainbility initiatie would be a great

Anyway, please do let me know if you, or someon you know, might be

I am in eastern Ecuador now, and return to Utah next week.  Please use
this email address for contact.

Thanks very much!

Charles W. Nuckolls
Department of Anthropology
Brigham Young University

Message: 7
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2009 13:49:47 -0400
From: Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ advise about the pros and cons of having associate
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Kathy, can you clarify what you mean by "associate membership"? Is this a marketing tool that is seen as, hopefully, a stepping-stone toward actual membership, or is it envisioned as a permanent status as "friends of the community" for people who will probably never move in but they want to be

At 09:54 AM 7/12/2009, Kathy Buck wrote:

Our group Eldergreen Cohousing in Carrboro NC is in the process of
forming our LLC. We don't have land yet but we are talking to a couple of developers and have some leads so its time to get real. We have been
meeting for two years and have our values and mission and  dedicated
core group but we have not put up significant $$. We have been working
outlining what we want in our operating agreement to give to our
attorney and one of the areas we have discussing the pros and cons of
having associate members and I am wondering how many other groups have
or have had associate members and how were they treated as far as
decision making.

Kathy Buck

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