Natural Villages is a group of sustainability activists dedicated to delivering legally built, surprisingly low cost sustainable housing. Utilizing the basics of earth building methods used the world over for a millennia – this group is placing the hand made house back into the hands of motivated sustainable lifestyle advocates.
Since their inception in 2006, Natural Villages has worked effectively on several projects in Native nations with the SEVA foundation, as well as generating close to $100,000 in donations through active Razoo pages for critical land protection projects and programs. They have supported the training and education of University of Santa Cruz student leaders utilizing retreat space at Wind Tree, a teaching community for sustainability advocates located in the Santa Cruz mountains of California.
Today Natural Villagers are seeking donations and grants to further outreach into rural and urban communities who seek the legal means to design truly sustainable lifestyles by training and teaching these integrated house and food-garden building processes.
Most citizens do not realize that local building and permitting laws and zoning regulations can be altered and even changed in a single voting cycle where the will and organization are at hand.
The website for the Natural Villages community is building itself into a hub for those seeking to change these permitting processes to better support truly sustainable lifestyles.
The group now offers certification courses for those who choose to train through local and international workshops and building projects. In 2015 they made a formal alliance with the Aravindam Foundation to further deliver village building methods in India, through utilization of their Natural Villages India chapter.
This movement has ushered in a new way to approach urban and rural development. Laws in place today were designed originally by major corporate interests internationally to make it easy for the brick layers industry and the timber industry to take over the housing markets – opening a doorway to the mass produced and often poorly constructed homes that begin to decay within a few short decades.
The idea of building an artfully sculpted earthen home that can be passed down to great grandchildren is a testament to what truly sustainable is actually supposed to mean – in addition to the profound reductions in the basic carbon footprint of our housing development processes.
Most people do not realize that the urban neighborhood development model is responsible for the complete erasure of all regionally appropriate wild plant life, wildlife and ecosystem balance. The only authentic return to our community housing approaches that actually support our sustainable future – lie in the hands of those who are no longer willing to go along with the status quo of the major corporate housing interests. Join and support the community at naturalvillages.org today.