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Camino La Ermita 22, Tijarafe, Canary Islands, ES
034 922 49 02 15
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Annette van Vuuren Guido Knibbe Myrto Castanas Sophia Oakes
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Rural, Residential, Intentional Communities, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz, Financial Economic, Political

Project Summary

“Autarca, Center for Ecological Development ", model project: Applied Permaculture , Deep Ecology, holistic healing of the landscape and Matriarchal subsistence economy, Autonomous Academy, Tinizara, La Palma.

Project Description


Bioclimatic housing, self-sufficiency, creating edible forests, creating TerraPreta, integrating wo&men into natural cycles, wastewater treatment, worm farms, seed saving, healthy bees, solar cooker, Urban Gardening, creating biodynamic  earth-medicine, water and mineral cycles, reforestation strategies, integrating wild and domestic animals, vital gardens, retention tanks following Sepp Holzer.

The step-out-pioneer recognizes the exponentially growing destruction of Mother Earth and the oppression of her creation as a consequence of the patriarchal-characterized world view and therefore she steps out deliberately. The step-out-pioneer says no to the chaos of war, economic and social injustice, atomic, genetically engineered and electromagnetic contamination, abuse and exploitation, logos-driven perception and ego-centred lifestyle.

The step-in-pioneer puts life in the centre of her work and her activities. She encourages vividness with heart and creativity, the joy and the health for all beings; she feels that she is part of the whole, part of Mother Earth. The step-in-pioneer walks the path towards life-centred livelihood focused on the origin, he creates powerful visions of a healthy Mother Earth and he assumes full responsibility for his actions. To become more uncompromising and more life loving there are changes to plan and to realize in all areas of life.

We all are in dependence with the existing systems that are based on a patriarchal world view. The successful step out is not to be forced overnight. The deeper we get involved with life and the more skilful we get of life-giving activity, the more sustainable we step out of consumerism, greed and exploitation. The step-out-pioneer knows that six thousand years of patriarchalisation of the human race leave their mark to the innermost mental, emotional and spiritual existence and to the base of cellular level, too. Vividness became divided, oppressed and buried. The step-in-pioneer liberates herself gradually from the patriarchal world view. She uses this new sense of liberty and spare time to build her Life-Biotope. The step-in-pioneer liberates gently the buried and frozen vividness in his nature. This gained freedom gives him ground, orientation, spontaneity, grace and the ability to empathic participation. In order to win back life, the step-in-pioneer works his outer as well as his inner world. The inner and the outer working levels fertilize each other mutually.


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