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8th Life EcoVillage Project
8th Life EcoVillage Project
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Garafía, Isla de LaPalma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canarias, ES
0034 922 400 133 / 0034 699 72 15 82
Climate zone:
Dry Tropical

Alice ruzza Annette van Vuuren Bram van Overbeeke Carlo Makhoul Carsten Luedemann Delphine Drory Harry Campbell Hubert de Kalbermatten Miguel Ángel Vargas Myrto Castanas
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8th Life EcoVillage Project

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Intentional Communities, Community, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz, Financial Economic

Project Summary

8th Life is a project that's been growing slowly & organically whilst we observe & respond to what the local, regional & international community & situation seem to require of us. In 2011 we are in our 8th year & starting an EcoVillage project.

Project Description

Finca Luna started in 2003 on a 7.5Ha rented farm on the island of La Palma, NE Canary Islands.   We started by regenerating an abandoned property, taking care of the 500+ mature almond trees, halting soil erosion, breeding goats, setting up chicken-tractor gardens & making the whole experience available for visitors as an informal action-learning permaculture programme.

The Gaia Tasiri Association (www.finca-luna.com) was started as the legal structure backing this & other permaculture projects.

In 2006 we were able to start buying an adjoining 1.5Ha property, also an abandoned old farm site, kept the name Finca Luna and started regenerating this new permanent site with much swaling, chicken tractor systems, mass planting of native fodder nitrogen-fixing bushes, fruit & nut trees, setting up a nursery & starting to refurbish the original stone buildings.   

During these first 5 years we made the new site available for a more formal annual permaculture 3 to 5 month intensive action-learning programme, complete with PDC course.   As we had just moved in, the students were able to design a site from the beginning, under our guidance, starting many original projects themselves.  Most designs were documented in our online project portfolio.    

In 2011 we enter a new phase as an embryonic eco-village, selling shares of the original farm & inviting like-minded people to buy the adjoining farm properties (we're in the middle of an old hamlet, originally a large & rich family farm which has suffered the typical rural de-population of 'developed countries').  New project site up at www.8thlife.org & Stella's design portfolio describes some of the developments: https://sites.google.com/site/stellapermacultura


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