Thanks to all the contributions, we have reached 146470$. We plan to buy the land on Monday! You can still support our mission with donations over the weekend.
After an extensive search, involving numerous land visits, we have discovered a remarkable 6.5-hectare plot of land in the Lagodekhi municipality of Kakheti, nestled at the foot of the Greater Caucasus mountains. This land harmoniously aligns with our vision for ecovillage. See more about the land
We have until the end of November to secure the full amount of $150,000 for the purchase of this land, and this is where your support can truly make a significant impact.
We are actively searching for like-minded individuals to join this project as residents, volunteers, donors, lenders, or advisors.
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Ecovillage Georgia is an intentional community which aims to create a sustainable, ecological and low impact residential community in rural Georgia. It is represented by a group of Georgian and international people.
We are a non-hierarchical organization, making decisions based on consent. We share core values and pursue similar lifestyles in all our diversities. Members have been coming and going, each contributing with ideas and energy.
Rural Development Specialist
Pedagogue/ Art Therapist
COnnect, COlearn, COlive, COcreate
Nongovernmental organization established under the initiative Ecovillage Georgia in 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions
An Ecovillage is a community where residents aim to minimize their impact on the environment. The goal is to achieve greater sustainability in social, cultural, economic, and ecological aspects of living.
Typically, an ecovillage includes shared spaces like gardens, work areas such as offices and workshops, alongside private ecological housing. Alternative water and energy management techniques are employed to supply residents with water and electricity. Additionally, the community often develops ecological businesses and eco-tourism initiatives to cover ongoing land maintenance costs.
We’re aiming for a community size of 10 to 30 households, ensuring everyone has plenty of space while enjoying a shared area embraced by the beauty of nature.
With the residential loan of $5000, you gain the right to utilize 500 sq.m. of land for your private use. The land is owned by the NPO, granting residents the right to utilize designated portions for building homes or businesses. Additionally, you will have free access to the remaining 6.5 hectares of land and all other communal facilities(community center, workshops, community garden, etc.)
While our communal spaces will remain alcohol and drug-free, we won’t impose restrictions on residents within their private spaces. We embrace diversity, accommodating vegans, vegetarians, and those who include meat in their diet, as well as individuals with varying preferences regarding alcohol consumption. Respect for each other’s choices and lifestyles is at the core of our community values.
While we aim for a degree of self-sufficiency, it’s not our primary focus. Our goal isn’t to live apart from society; instead, we aspire to be an integral part of it. We value modern achievements and aim to contribute meaningfully to society
There will be people living in the ecovillage full time, others part time. Everybody’s free to do whatever they want to do. Each resident is expected to contribute according to their abilities a couple of hours per week in communal tasks and regular meetings to be part of the community decision making processes.
You are responsible for your own living space. However, there are architects and natural builders in our group that will provide different options for ecological buildings, infrastructure and plans to be developed over time. We (our experts) will also develop guidelines for natural and environmentally friendly buildings. The community is responsible for infrastructure such as water, electricity and sewage to some extent. In the beginning, we are considering temporary houses in the form of containers, tents and vans. Also the existing buildings can be used as well for living.
The cost of a house depend on size and your ambitions. For a minimum of 5000$ you can build a small house if you do everything by yourself and use local/recycled materials. The house can be as expensive as you need it to be, as long as it fits with the general ideas of sustainability and taking into account general guidelines.
Houses should be made of natural materials as much as possible. Straw and Clay buildings are a good option as environmentally friendly, affordable and highly energy efficient buildings. The technology has proven its sustainability in the world and in Georgia. Other options such as Earth Ships, tiny houses and other recycled options can be considered. It is important that all buildings fit in esthetically with each other and in the landscape.
We’re financing the purchase of the land for the ecovillage Georgia using our collective resources. This includes contributions from over 10 individuals through ‘residential loans’ ($5000 each), support from our families, additional loans, and generous donations from various sources. We’re currently in negotiations for further loans and anticipate the involvement of more residents as our community grows.
Once we have purchased the land, our immediate focus will be on developing essential infrastructure such as water, sanitation systems, gardens, communal areas with workspaces and social enterprises. Our financing strategy involves:
- new residents joining the project (as it was the case in other villages)
- applying for existing foundations as ‘Produce in Georgia’, EU-funds like ENPARD and other available funds for rural development to realise our projects.
- Generating income by the community house and other social businesses operating on the land.
These ways of generating income are a common practice in other ecovillages to finance infrastructure and projects, and to cover our own operational costs, communal services and taxes.
Your loan is fully refundable. In the ecovillage, we’ll actively assist in finding a buyer for your share and, if relevant, consider purchasing any real estate you’ve constructed on the land. As part of our agreement with residents, there will be an approximate 6 to 12 months period for the completion of the refunding process.
We’ll prioritize repaying loans based on the order of incoming residents—those who loaned first will be refunded first. Our aim is to completely settle all regular loans within a two-year period, allowing the land to be fully owned by the NPO. In the unlikely event of project failure, loans received before December 2023 are secured by the land’s value and can be repaid through the land’s sale.
The land will be owned by a Nonprofit Organization (NPO). Funds for the NPO will come from Resident Loans of $5000, regular loans starting at $500, and donations.
The land will be owned by the NPO (REimagine 4). Each resident will hold a refundable contribution (Residential Loan) within the NPO. This setup is legally permissible and offers both legal and financial security.
The residential section will be coverted from its current agricultural status to a non-agricultural status.
Ecovillage Georgia can not help with residency.
You can check the link about getting settled in Georgia, types of visa, residency and citizenship:
Interested in our project?
Whether you’re interested in becoming a resident in the village, volunteering, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you.