Bruns Eco Village - Brunswick Heads

“In our opinion, the most important key to success of any community or eco-village is … the beliefs and values on which it is based, and the relationships which bind members and enable them to work together.”

Christine Connelly, Sustainable Communities: Lessons from Aspiring Eco-Villages


Village Development Program
Winter 2018


I went into the VDP a year ago excited and enthusiast. Doing the VDP has made me more so. It's amplified that excitement. I can see it taking shape and I'm even more committed now. In participating in the VDP I’ve been able to contribute my own experience and know-how and that's always special.
Andrew Paterson


These are the words of one of the participants of the first Village Development Program, which completed in December 2017.

When we set sail on the first Village Development Program in September 2016 our intention was to cultivate a felt community environment that can embody the dream and vision of Bruns Eco Village and carry it forward into the future. What has grown from that has been two awe inspiring VDP experiences. This shared community spirit will continue to grow, evolve and change as new members join what may become one of the most progressive ecovillages in Australia.

We’re now excited to be extending that community environment to welcome the pioneering new adventurers who are keen to do the next VDP in winter 2018. (That might be you!)

Whether you’re eager to live on Bruns Eco Village, want to learn the tools for living in community in general or would like to participate in the VDP for your own personal or career development you are very welcome to join us.

Participating in a Village Development Program is the first of a two part requirement to be eligible to apply for membership and residency of the Bruns Eco Village. Please read our FAQ’s for more information.


Creating with Purpose

Our aim in offering the Village Development Program is to create an environment to explore and experience community living while introducing the culture, structures and social elements of the future ecovillage.

This has been an incredible year of learning and development and we’re excited about refining what we’ve learned to make this next VDP even more magnificent.

Living in community requires a commitment to learn a new way of living together. In our lives most of us don’t get an opportunity to learn the skills needed to live well with each other. By attending this workshop you will learn a range of social and communication tools that can support a collaborative, creative and harmonious way of life.


Next Village Development Program

Be part of a unique community-building experience.

  • Participating and exploring what it takes to live in a sustainable community, with topics such as:
    • Social Design of Intentional Communities
    • Non Violent Communication (NVC) tools
    • Sociocracy decision making
    • Alternative and Community Economics
    • Community Enterprise
    • Culture and Spirituality in Community
    • Permaculture applied in Ecovillage Design
    • Conflict Resolution in community
    • Bruns Ecovillage Culture, Pathways and Cluster Process

Learning from the best

The Village Development Program always include an impressive range of guest facilitators who will offer their unique expertise over the course of the program.

Shane Sylvanspring, Ecovillage Design Education facilitator and Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) ambassador, will run the workshops. His team of guest presenters and facilitators help deliver a rich and excellent education program, using lectures, games, exercises and experiences that will ground what you are learning.

All are welcome at Bruns Eco Village. Anyone who aligns with Bruns Eco Village’s vision and mission is welcome to join the Village Development Program regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or ability.

Register for updates to be the first to hear about our next VDP workshop and take the initial step towards living on the Bruns Eco Village.