A year ago I wrote about ecovillage between Mesopotamiawhen we went to see our friends how they were doing and what they were doing. This time we went to the settlement of Glorious, which is not far from Pushchinowhere we lived for a week. In fact, we have already been to Glorious many times already and even had a plot there, since for us the alternative to living in Moscow is living in such a settlement. While we have not yet happened with this, but first things first.
If everything is just beginning in Mesopotamia, thenGlorious is already underway. Yes, of course, there is still a lot of work here, but at least some people already live year-round and take the first steps in terms of ecology: they master permaculture, build adobe and thatched houses, use alternative energy sources, plant their own farms. Of course, it’s still far from ecovillages that have existed abroad for decades. We have few examples in Russia to learn from experience and therefore this process is very long, you have to check everything you read in books for yourself, and for money, many things are very expensive, not to mention time. After all, not everyone can immediately buy a house for himself or several months to independently practice construction. It is especially difficult for those who still live in Moscow and travel here only on weekends. We have calculated here, in the summer of only 24 days off, well, what can be done during this time if you start from a bare field and you are not a businessman and you have to do everything with your own hands. So the houses in the settlement are completely different, and people of different incomes, live as they can. It is important that all are united by one idea - to make an autonomous settlement with jobs sooner or later, build good houses for year-round living and move there permanently, grow your vegetables and fruits, raise healthy children and open your school.
In addition to money issues, there are difficulties withregistration of land. In most cases, this is agricultural land and must be transferred to another status and converted into private property so that it can be used. I will not describe here in detail what the options are, let me just say that in different eco-settlements the processes are at different stages, and in Glorious, for example, everything has been reissued into a peasant farm and is now becoming private property.
In fact, it looks like an ecovillage GloriousIt resembles dachas, but the difference is already there and it lies in society. How much we did not think about moving from Moscow, but the question of communication in a new place always arose. Of course, we can communicate with anyone, but we want more close communication, friendly, which is possible only with people of very similar interests. You may disagree, but it’s very cool to live with friends and with those who understand you and think about the same direction, who don’t have to prove anything and with whom you can safely share your thoughts. Truth and illusions, too, should not be built (this is a mistake of many beginners), people are all different, and despite the similarity of views, there will still be disagreements. But it’s enough for us personally that people want to live on their own land and most of them are non-smokers and non-drinkers (some are vegetarians) who are interested in a healthy lifestyle, which means our children will have a good role model in addition to their parents
I want to say thank you to our friends for acceptingWe visited, fed and watered. By the way, they blog about a healthy lifestyle, although they rarely write lately, since summer and there is a lot of work on the site.
About us and our attitude towards eco-settlements
We traveled a lot in eco-settlements, and we don’t knowhearsay how and how people live, what difficulties they have. Perhaps someone perceives them - “they say, they have come here rich,” but as practice shows, 90% of the settlers are completely ordinary people. Well, when there is an apartment, you can rent it out or sell it, but again, the majority have only a salary, which in the regions does not allow you to turn around. So the easiest way, like us, with remote work By the way, this is one of the reasons why it was important for me to switch to remote earnings and stop being tied to the office, we, too, were thinking about going to live in an ecovillage. By the way, the same Interfluvewhich I already wrote about, we started to create together with the guys, but then we left the project ...
Initially, we considered ecovillage asthe only option for moving from Moscow, since there is an opportunity to buy a large plot of land (1-2 hectares), which at a price will be cheaper than 6 acres at the dacha (it’s all about the agricultural purpose of the land), which means it’s not close and real finance for us. A large plot is needed for several reasons - firstly, this is the minimum area where you can try to create your ecosystem and manage your household, and secondly, I can’t endure summer cottages with tall fences and a closed space in which you sit like in a cage, and neighbors rustle around and look at you from the upper floors of their houses. It is wonderful to rest in the country, but to live permanently - dismiss.
Then, however, thoughts of moving toa village in the Krasnodar Territory (this is how my favorite mountains and the density of people there are smaller), as well as a temporary life in Thailand. And precisely because of Ty, we abandoned the site in Glorious and now regret it a little, since we still remained in Moscow. But in any case, everything is done for the better, and it means that we will still find our place to live. So in Glorious we now have many friends and now we go there just to visit. Although who knows, maybe everything will turn out in such a way that we will be there again. We are now trying not to think much.
I post photos 1-2 years ago of us and our site in Glorious, and a short video of the sunset (like, timelapse).
P.S. Who is interested in a similar subject, you can ask in the comments about Glorious or other settlements, tell you what I know