Are you interested in living in
an eco-village in Nova Scotia? 

Visionary Village is the working title for a future rural village in Nova Scotia where people can learn, practice, and teach a holistic, sustainable, co-operative culture that recognizes the sovereignty of all life.

We're in the very first stages of finding collaborators. Planning will commence when we have a core group of enthusiastic people ready to get involved. 

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The Vision

Almost everything is "to be determined," including the location, people, and everything else, but there are a few guiding principles that are the driving force of this village. 

  • Mentorship: Building leadership capacity in others. Leading by example, and teaching directly with workshops, demonstrations and apprenticeships.

  • Regenerative stewardship: Caring for the land and all its inhabitants, regenerating the ecosystem.
  • Plant-based food production: The village will be a demonstration site for sustainable food production without the exploitation of animals. 

Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things,
man will not himself find peace.

Albert Schweitzer


Carolyn Anne

So far, "we" is just me, Carolyn. I've been dreaming of creating an ecovillage since I WWOOFed on a subsistence permaculture farm in Tasmania in 2003. They built their own off-grid house, grew their own food, welcomed WWOOFers, built community and were leaders by example.
I also draw inspiration from small villages of the past where cottage industry thrived, and everyone ate local before it was cool. 

Some ecovillages and other inspiring places I've been to: 

  • Auroville in India
  • Govardhan Ecovillage in India
  • EcoReality on SaltSpring Island, BC
  • O.U.R. Ecovillage on Vancouver Island, BC
  • The Deanery Project, an environmental education land centre in Nova Scotia 
  • Sherbrooke Village, a preserved 1870s village and econo-museum
  • Sovereign Hill recreated gold mine town, Ballarat, Australia
  • Louisbourg, archeological site and reconstruction of an 18th century French settlement


My Qualifications

I've never started an ecovillage before, but I have some transferrable skills. 

I have a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University where I focused on natural building methods. I have also been involved in building with cob, straw bale, and mudbricks. 

I imagine my role to eventually be in the realm of planning, marketing, and administration.

Want to join me? 

I'm looking for people with a passion for sustainable living and compassion for animals to join me in creating this ambitious village. 

Get in touch if you're interested, or if you just have questions, ideas, or advice for a budding ecovillage, I'd love to hear from you. 


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