Newsletter spring 2020

Dear friends!

Spring is coming to Eotopia (and registrations for the visit periods are open, see more below… :-))! The trees are starting to bloom, the lovely scents are in the air and all around it is getting more green. This winter has seen much more rain than the one last year, which makes us very happy because we can see how nature is able to stock up on water before the summer! The fields in front of our land have been inundated now for several weeks – honestly, we wouldn’t mind it staying like that… It brings birds, frogs and other wildlife and just shows us the transformative power of water!

Photo: Juliette Pavy

Yazmin, Ben and Ada have returned from Mexico and things are generally starting to get busier again here at Eotopia. Last week we had our first experience of hosting a course. The five-day forest garden design course, facilitated by Rakesh “Rootsman Rak”, brought loads of interesting knowledge, good and inspiring interactions but also challenged our facilities to accommodate a larger group of people during the cold season. Everyone, participants as well as residents, did their best to make the energy warm!

The room during the course (left) and after the course (right)

But now, one week later, the room that was used for teaching has changed drastically. We are in the process of tearing down the old insulation – it was a rat heaven – to change this to a more long-lasting option. This is part of a bigger project of renovating the house, which will also include a project of a rocket mass oven that we hope to start to construct this summer! In general, we have reorganized and are trying to work more with small sub-groups on different projects, to help us move forward and spread the responsibilities as best as possible. This also means that we will have loads of things to suggest for visitors to take part in during the coming visitors’ periods!

And talking about that. The registrations have opened for the four visit periods of 2020. You can find more info here: http://www.eotopia.org/wordpress/en/visit-us/. On the website, you will also see the dates for our open door days and info about the process for those of you who might be interested to join the project.

We hope you will all have a great transition to spring, and maybe we’ll meet in 2020, maybe another time!

With love,

The Eotopia family 

Photo: Juliette Pavy