new logo, website, ideals, people, at
the crossroads, on the new path to life...
ekōbius international, come join us!
ecological community (ecovillage) in the amazon
Come to visit or join us now, beginning September 21st through
December 31st at our new permanent settlement site, its the last ranch
near the end of the furthest road on the foothills of the Guiana
highlands in the northernmost reaches of the Amazon.
Special Notice: From September 26 -
October 15, 2013 this website will be under development and under constant
change while being developed online. Links have been completed to future pages
so it's OK to bookmark the URLs for incomplete pages now.
creating a neo-human eco-culture
Our project's goal is to become an idyllic demonstration community
and extreme model for other ecovillages. We like to think that our
effort is different because of the special exceptions and treaties we
have developed with our neighbors, the government and international
organizations to now develop and build a special hybrid experimental
model of a hamlet, kin circle, agrarian, and indigenous community all
rolled into one.
All of those who join by December 31st will have their name on the
permanent settlement marker as one of the founding ecopioneers, owners
and cooperators of our special village.
Several people have already joined as founders to advance our
progress, others have arrived to collaborate their labors as regular
members, we also have some volunteers who have stopped in to do a little
work, in the end everyone here are the same and everyone is included
because this is a true cooperative enterprise as much as it is a real
community where our joint interests and ideals overcome all obstacles
what is ekōbius?
An independent nonprofit sustainable cooperative community and
socioproductive cooperative located in the forested foothills of the
Guiana Highlands on the Catañiapo River (part of the Orinoco River
Watershed) of Northern South America in Venezuela. Our site is 108
acres, is approximately 20 miles (33 km) from Puerto Ayacucho in
We are seeking individuals and families that want to create the
idyllic ecovillage using their education, practical experience,
intuition, ideas, and dreams to build our utopia. Our focus as an
intentional community is on attaining a completely integral and natural
existence as a sustainable ecological self-sufficient village based on
shared values in the commonwealth principles of liberty, equity,
justice, peace, knowledge and abundance.
As a cooperative we are legally constituted business enterprise that
is legally registered with the Venezuelan government as a nonprofit
association "to cultivate medicinal, aromatic and spice plants." But
that does not mean we are limited to just growing herbs. As a
cooperative with property and the rights of a legally constituted body
politic we can build a village, establish other businesses, open a
school, and even participate in the state assembly by selecting a
The community in formation now is simply the spontaneous evolutionary
result of people with a wide-range of commonly held interests that we
have identified as the foundational cornerstones (listed) of the new
development. (See philosophies and interests right menu)
Anyone can visit ekōbius while we are in formation, developing, and
under construction. Don't expect too much though, after-all, we are just
getting started. We do request that if you plan to join us that you find
out more about our ideals, philosophies, and become a member first.
Being a member of our cooperative eliminates many legal loopholes
relative to insurance, visas, and waivers other legal requirements of
treating you as a visitor. It also allows us to guarantee the privacy of
confidential information between the cooperative and yourself through
the natural establishment of our special co-member relationship. Members
can join for as little as $10 as 'friends of ekōbius.'
unique ecovillage and worker's cooperative opportunity
Our general purpose idea and immediate goal is to experimentally
integrate our intentional community with the surrounding natural
ecosystem as a open-source demonstration project with a natural heritage
educational center where others can come to participate in workshops and
courses to learn about the techniques and methods to reproduce our
sustainable lifestyle (which we shall evolve communally).
In actuality our current initiative (now project under construction)
has experience and is now a v2 project, second generation because we
worked out the bugs and ironed out the kinks relative to our horizons,
desires and destinies.
The original concept and initial effort was to create a community
remotely located in the middle of the Amazon Highlands, 100 kilometers
away from roads and towns, but the level of difficulty, danger and
diligence to coordinate a voluntary motivated group large enough and
well-trained enough to take on such a project proved impossible to
manifest based on its romantic value alone.
The planning and execution of the establishment of the foundation for
ekōbius is the work of 50 year old, Col. David Wright, well-known North
American conservationist and environmental advocate living in Venezuela
since 2001 during the social reform of the Bolivarian Revolution.
From 2006-2012 the project attracted 21 participants
from 12 countries over the 5 years who came to Venezuela to participate
in hikes and expeditions as economads exploring different parts of the Guiana Shield
resulting in the establishment of a permanent outpost which is a 3 day
walk into Guyana near the Venezuelan border.
Jaguars, snakes, deep forests, raging rivers, biting insects, ample
food, and safety were all major concerns presented by first time participants, to
effectively address those concerns among those originally interested in
becoming part of the idea we used to create the initiative in the first
place much more preparation was in order: a training camp would first
need to be developed; participants would need to live together and like
each other well enough to set off on the adventure; logistically teams
of porters and guides would need to blaze the trail; some wanted to
bring along a medical doctor, and the list goes on.
To incorporate all the concerns a budget of over 700 thousand dollars
would need to be raised and we would need weekly helicopter delivery of
food for the first 4 months with the original plan and the modern
necessities of our guests. Way too much.
The dream we shared is not dead though, today we are systematically
by virtue covering all the bases brought up and instituted by the these first
brand new open-source sustainable ecovillage opportunity
Our sustainable community development plan and cooperative involves
members working with ecotourism, organic farming, agroecology,
permaculture, non-wood forest products, local education, indigenous
peoples, native wildlife, arts and crafts and much more.
We call ourselves open-source because we utilize technology,
techniques, methods, and ways developed globally that have been
identified as sustainable and practical for our purposes and uses. Our
findings and final results through implementation are then available
listed in the intentional communities directory, icdb, gen, and
You can now find newly updated descriptions of our project since we
have acquired the property.
what makes us different from other ecovillages?
We are the only ecovillage and non-indigenous cooperative effort that
is compelled by law to voluntarily live under the laws of that govern
indigenous reservation communities, and special laws involving
ecotourism, cooperatives and of course the natural laws mandated by
By David Wright, Author:
Ekōbius on Google+
IndieAuth Me Links:
Street Address: Via Gavilan Kilometro 24
Region & Postal Code: Municipio Atures 7101
Locality or State: Estado Amazonas
Country: Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela
Tel:(+58)(212)516 03 61
Pat Craig, and