Newsletter fall 2020

After complaining so much about drought, we’re feeling quite blessed with the rain ! The garden is all green, it looks like it’s spring again ! A new start for life then, under our feet, above our heads with the dances of the birds and all over us with the ladybirds who run into our windows to flee from the cold. Life, as always, again and again.

This year was very rich and surprising, like every year actually. It’s not this virus and the political craziness that will change it ! The garden is getting a bit bigger, we’re preparing new beds for next year. Autonomy is still far ahead but we’re gaining experience. We’re full of hope for 2021.

Yazmin, Ada and Benjamin have finally quit the main house t settle in their little mud and straw house. They feel so grateful and happy there ! We can say whatever we want about individualism, it’s good to have a space for oneself… and especially with the confinement !

The main house seems therefore much bigger. We have a new dormitory, a library, a work space and a yoga room all insulated ! And soon… a new bathroom with an indoor toilet ! Revolution is coming in !

The group is also evolving a lot. Elsa and Liri have left the project to find a better balance near Grenoble and a democratic school. Thor and Loona are also on their way out of the project to seek new adventures. It’s a bit sad, put departures are part of life… and definitely part of ecovillage dynamics !

We also have a new member, Quentin joined the project in September to bring some new spirit to the place. We are actually quite numerous for the winter. Pierre, Yazmin, Benjamin and Ada are still here with some people decided to spend the winter and the confinement here. Overall, between 10 and 12 persons live here today.

We have some other news. We officially decided not to ask anymore 5000 euros to become member of Eotopia. We have almost finished to reimburse the people who lent us money at the begining and we can come back to a full gift economy.

This doesn’t mean we don’t need money anymore and we actually decided to open ourselves to receive financial contributions. Therefore, if you want to take part in eotopia’s adventures, you can come, of course, but you can also send us some money to become more autonomous, welcome more people and organize more events : More infos here (in French) : Nos besoins.

It’s moving also in our village. The social space we want to create in the village will be partly financed by the region. We’re gonna be able to organize more events and get more in touch with the locals.

The Eofestival was also great : We had over a hundred persons coming to our place to celebrate collective horizons. About 15 projects have been presented and some are on their way. You can find more informations about them here : (link).

We’re gonna spend a quiet winter in our little paradise and we hope to see you in spring or later !

With love,

The eotopia family