Exploring different ways of being together.
I am visiting communities and ecovillages around the world to investigate how we can rebuild our society, looking into the best ways for humans to live in freedom, peace and equality.
This project will guide those who are building communities, and inform those who wish to live in an environment they can fully relate to. By spending at least a month in each place, I will both be an analytical observer, and an open minded experiencer. I will be looking at the systems, the habits, the ways of interacting and also the changes I experience within myself by living there.
Today, with the wave of people working on personal development and no longer feeling reflected by our current world, we are getting ready for systemic changes.
Earth Dance, Massachusetts. Community and dance workshop center.
Burning Man, Nevada. City of 60K people created for 1 week in the desert.
Embassy Network, California. Intellectually driven community within a city.
Dana Village, Japan. Ecovillage focused on natural farming and healing.
As One , Japan. Community focused on self development and the gift economy.
Cift, Japan. Co-living and coworking space, with the intention of extended family building.
Gaya Ashram, Thailand. Ecovillage: living in harmony with nature - sustainability, permaculture.
Auroville, India. City of 2500 people, experimenting nationless harmony.
Shambala Gatherings, Sweden. Yoga and self growth community and retreat centre.
Village Dynamique, France. Ecovillage focused on democracy and freedom, Subdury Model.
*Where I am at the moment!
The only way we can clear away the main problems we are facing and go towards more freedom, equality, peace, ecology, is to have a change within ourselves and in our relationships. Because if we all understand each other, there is no war, and if we all love ourselves, there is no excessive consumerism, and if we are all connected, there is no addiction, and if we can live with integrity, there are no pointless jobs.
For this to happen, the environment is key. The society that we create is a reflection of who we are, and we are also shaped by what surrounds us.
In permaculture, all agricultural methods have been removed to open a space for reinvention, instead of solving problems while creating new ones. They designed plantations based on a precise listening to nature, and what wants to grow where. In new educational systems, programs are removed, and instead a voice is given to children to create a space that is ideal for their learning process. I think it is time for us to also go back to 0 on who we are as human beings, and rebuild our societies, based on listening to our authentic selves.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony - Ghandhi.
I was studying Biomedical Engineering when I discovered a new way to connect with others: Argentine Tango. When I moved to San Francisco to work for a startup, I was amazed by the communities created through different ways of relating. As I did my Yoga Teacher Training in India, I discovered special ways to connect within myself. When I heard of Auroville, a city built outside nations to experience human unity, I immediately decided to go there, and realised that change within is the most important thing for me to work on. After a long phase of asking questions about the world, learning and teaching different practices, it struck me that exploring and sharing about newly built societies would be my lifework for now.
Along my project, I teach workshops of Contact Improvisation, Group Connection and Yoga.