Alkimia Eco-village project

ECO-VILLAGE PROJECT

IDENTIFYING FACTORS

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Equal power of ownership and decision-making – no boss running the show, we define our own processes, rules & goals together.
Each person owns their own home.
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Spirituality as a way of being with self, others and nature – walking the talk regardless of which tradition we embody (Yoga, Buddhism, Shamanism, Gnosticism, Taoism, Sufism, Paganism, etc.).
Value-oriented (read about our values on our website).
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Community spirit – a true tribe, that is connected, loving, open-hearted & supportive.
Having processes that support that (e.g. sharing circles, planning meetings, tactical meetings, potlucks, events, classes, ceremonies).
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Sustainability – growing our own food, creating organic veggie gardens and fruit trees (we already have some), and living as nature and in nature.
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In nature but not off the grid – Ocean front, far enough from main cities that the sky is clear and water is pure, while still having electricity/internet, and having Thames close by which has a Pak & Save, Mitre10 etc.
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Tiny houses (1-3 bedroom + 1 bathroom), with shared facilities (a large kitchen/lounge venue, a large temple/venue/yurt, parking and gardens).
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Residents & woofers model – residents contribute financially, while woofers help out with the main tasks around the property.
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Tribe model – A home where all ages are valued and have a valuable role according to their age & experience, e.g. the elderly support the young, and families support one another. Aiming to host families as well as individuals.
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A place for teaching & learning – residents share classes, retreats & events between each other and externally.
We can also rent our venue to external teachers.
Eco-village

A CO-CREATED CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY WHERE RESIDENTS EMBODY/SHARE/LEARN SACRED KNOWLEDGE AND LIVE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

A heart-centred community, based on holistic principles (harmony between mind-emotions-body-spirit, self and others, and sustainability with nature).
We are looking for people who are mature on their personal/spiritual path, walking the talk & intentionally aspiring to create a loving, kind, growthful and conscious environment, growing our own food and inspiring each other.

ROADMAP

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2020

Proof of concept – DONE. We’ve established a mini eco-village, that consists of a 5 residential cabins, a main venue with shared facilities (practice room, lounge, kitchen, toilets and volunteer accommodation), parking spaces and an outdoor venue for retreats/workshops. We tested and adjusted our processes, until we found those that bring us the most harmony (e.g. weekly sharing circle, planning meeting and community potluck, plus a monthly tactical/strategy meeting). We also continuously review our rules to best suit our needs as individuals and also as a collective. We also invested in sustainability, ensuring we have a good compost system, 2 organic veggie gardens, chickens & other animals, an adequate septic tank, internet and a suitable water system (collecting fresh water from the rain and the stream).

2021

Gathering 10 (up to 13, which would be the total amount of houses we are planning for the eco-village) people/families ready to invest in owning their own home in Alkimia (either moving their tiny home in, or building one here).

2022

Creating and submitting the eco-village project to the Council.

2023

Building the eco-village. And as soon as the infrastructure and shared facilities are ready (which we hope will take just a few months, as the shared facilities consist mainly of a road, parking lot and 2 venues), people can move in.

FINANCIALS

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You invest $175,000 for an equal share of Alkimia, which includes the land and everything that already exists in it. With this you become an equal shareholder. Tip: You can borrow this amount from the bank, if you don’t own it all. Then, we estimate that the cost of building the shared infrastructure will be around $675,000 (rough estimate, could be less if we have the right contacts), divided by 10 families, plus (if you do not own your tiny home yet) the cost of building your home. When the 3 new people/families come in (hopefully only a few months after), their investment value is $225,000 each, which will give everyone back their infrastructure investment. You can leave at any stage, by selling your shares to someone that the community approves of (you’d be accountable for finding this person)

NEXT STEPS

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1. Come and visit us.
2. Spend 3 weeks in Alkimia to get to know us to find out whether we are a good match.
3. Fill out our expression of interest form and wait for the other 9 people to do the same.

DEADLINE

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If we do not have the 7 residents/investors by the end of 2021, we will sell Alkimia, so you’re welcome to make an offer. If we have 7 people/families (but not 10) we will wait 3 more months to try to get the 10. If we do not succeed by then, we will sell by March 31st 2022. Whoever buys it can choose if they want to serve the original purpose, or use the land as a farm or to host a large family.

PHOTOS

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