Several members of the Eldenbridge community went to visit the Earthaven Ecovillage outside of Asheville, NC the past weekend. The team got to see some of the sustainable systems that the village has been developing and experimenting with such as the community’s off-grid power systems that runs on a combination of solar and micro-hydro. Many of the residents also incorporate elements of permaculture design into their lives, creating systems that are regenerating the fertility of the land around them.
After the tour, the team sat down with several residents of the community and Alan presented key points from the Eight Transitions talk. This opened a broad-ranging conversation that included the need to create community-level resilience, the importance of a mentoring culture in helping children develop into their full potential, and the critical role that shared stories and narratives play in determining how communities respond to the challenges of a world in transition from a period of centuries of uninterrupted growth to a time when continued growth is increasingly difficult.