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

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Village Development Programs
Spring 2018

VDP 3: 17th-23rd Sep
VDP 4: 19th-21st & 26th-28th Oct

 

The VDP exceeded my expectations on all counts. Doing this program fundamentally changes you forever - there is no going back! I'm now convinced of the importance of this personal work and of developing necessary skills prior to landing in the cauldron of an intentional community!
For me this is potentially the most important project any of us could be working to make a reality in the world at this time in human history. That is how critical I see it.

Jamie Lines

 

The VDP process was enormously rewarding. Topics were incredibly relevant and have given me a great grounding in some relevant skills for creating and building a community.
This kind of community living is what I've always longed for. I've realised through my own experience that the nuclear family is not the healthiest model for bringing up children and can be a lonely and isolating way to live. What we are creating here will be the legacy I’ll be proud to leave for future generations.

Sugama Sellers

 

These are the words of some of the participants of the first two Village Development Programs.

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.

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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.

 

September's Village Development Program (17th-23rd)

The third Village Development Program takes place as a week-long retreat at the beautiful Paradise One in Byron Hinterland.

The cost to be part of this unique community-building intensive is $1,250 (or $1,100 early bird) and it includes the following:

  • 7 days of participatory learning and fun as we explore what takes to live in a sustainable community, exploring these topics:
    • 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
  • A tasty a nutritious lunch provided each day
  • A community meal mid-week
  • Daily yoga & meditation (optional)
  • Night time activities (dance, movies, games & music)
  • A serene nature-filled community retreat space in the heart of the Byron hinterland
  • Access to swimming holes

October's Family Village Development Program (19th-21st & 26th-28th)

 

The fourth Village Development Program is focused on (but not exclusive to) families and takes place over 2 weekends so as not to interfere with work schedules and to allow kids to accompany their parents and join in some community building exercises. We are also offering a discount for couples. Please enquire for more details.

The cost to be part of this unique community-building intensive is $1250 ($1,100 early bird) and it includes the following:

  • Participating and exploring what takes to live in a sustainable community, looking at 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.