Eco Village Film Festival
The Program
Sunday 3 November 2019

The “Eco Village Film Festival” in Maleny Queensland celebrates the rise of sustainable communities, using appropriate technology to combat the effects of climate change, to refocus on care for the planet and promote a healthy lifestyle for the future of humanity. We’ll screen documentaries and interviews about ecovillages around the world – and our special guest speakers will present short presentations relating to ecovillages between videos also.

NOTE: Doors open at 10am.
Come early and browse the i
nformation tables, and network with our speakers and other guests.
CHAI and teas, coffee and snacks
 will be available all day.

Book early and save! 
Prebook entire day $45 (Save $9)
Single Session pre-booking = $8.50
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NOTE: Ticket price at door is $9.50 for single session or $55 for all day.

Please note: Times and items listed are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at the discretion of the organisers. Also, whilst we will try to avoid this, times may vary if speaking sessions run over time.


Session 1
11am to 12 noon
Claire Ogden & Michael Ney introduce the day’s proceedings and themes
and includes a short video with Kosha Joubert – executive director of Global Ecovillage Network.


>> Diana Leafe Christian

How Ecovillages Influence the Wider Culture  (46 minutes)
A presentation at Songaia Cohousing, Bothell, Washington, 2018

Diana’s mission is to help intentional communities get started successfully, function effectively, and achieve their goals. She has learned what works well from founders and long-time members of more than 170 communities worldwide — ecovillages, cohousing neighbourhoods, housing co-ops, shared group households, income-sharing communes, and more. She is author of Creating a Life Together and Finding Community as well as appearing in many video program and podcast interviews relating to ecovillages and other kinds of intentional communities.

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Session 2
12.00pm to 1.15pm
Andrew McLean and Claire Ogden present updates on their new ecovillage in Maleny. More info:

>> Ecovillage Pioneers – A journey towards low impact living
A documentary by Helen Iles (48 minutes)

Presenting the story of the UK’s first planned ecovillage, Lammas, and more. Independent filmmaker Helen iles explores community living at Crystal Waters permaculture village in Australia, appropriate technology at Sunseed in Spain, and spiritual connection with the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. She visits Ireland’s first ecovillage and meets the Tinkers Bubble and Kings Hill communities in Somerset. In Wales, Tony Wrench’s turf-roofed roundhouse radically alters the Welsh government’s policy on low impact housing and paves the way for Lammas – the UK’s first planned ecovillage.
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1.15pm to 2pm – LAUNCH & LUNCH
Eat, mingle, be merry, more networking!

a launch event for Eco Village Voice
Claire Ogden & Michael Ney

Eco Village Voice is an online magazine originating at Crystal Waters Ecovillage, but it is also a video channel and independent social media platform celebrating the rise of new models of sustainable communities around the world. The aim is to provide education on many aspects of ecovillage living, on regeneration and permaculture principles and appropriate technologies – care for land, people and fair share – as well as foster alliances and encourage more communication between other ecovillages for the sake of our planet’s wellbeing.

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Session 3
2pm to 3pm
Trudy Juriansz will introduce us to the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), and Global Ecovillage Network Oceania & Asia (GENOA) and how we can be involved.

>> Ecovillages – A Movement for lived sustainability
GEN Europe presents many ecovillages.
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>> Auroville – The Indian Paradise of Human Unity
by Journeyman Pictures
Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity. Mirra Alfassa or ‘The Mother’ founded the ‘City of Dawn’ in Viluppuram in 1968. Her work within the experimental township has promoted a harmonious lifestyle to all who live there – 2000 people from all over the world – where property ownership is not allowed.
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Session 4
3pm to 4.15pm
Robin Clayfield explains how “social Permaculture” works in an ecovillage, and why it should be more widely adopted.

>> Lammas – How to Build an Ecovillage (48 Minutes)
A documentary by Helen Iles

In a fast-paced world, many of us dream of going back to the land. See what it is like for these families who decide to build natural “hobbit” houses in an attempt to live as a more sustainable community and learn from first hand accounts about how to build an ecovillage. Tony Wrench had a natural building that radically challenged the government’s policy on low impact housing. This paved the way for Lammas – the UK’s first planned ecovillage. A new policy of the Welsh government allows for low-impact and natural development, but only if certain strict guidelines are met. For instance, houses must be built from sustainable materials, and residents must earn at least 75% of their needs from the land. This film explores these goals, and addresses the need to create more affordable housing which renews our ecological relationship with the planet.
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Session 5
4.30pm to 6.15pm
Robin Clayfield and filmmaker Michael Ney introduce this feature length documentary.

>> Crystal Waters – 30 Years On (90 Minutes)
This lively documentary celebrates the past, present and future of the world’s first permaculture ecovillage and peeks behind the scenes into the diverse community and artistic activities. Given a UN Habitat Award in 1996, Crystal Waters is known worldwide for its permaculture setting and educational courses. Author and facilitator, Robin Clayfield, holds regular dynamic group workshops as well as teacher trainings and also importantly, Social Permaculture, applying permaculture principles towards social change. Amy Jansen, land manager at Crystal Waters, and Morag Gamble explore the importance of riparian zones, and Graeme Harpley shows us a bush regeneration project on the property which he manages… and so much more.
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Session 6
7pm to 9pm
Jimmy Hirst will talk about Tiny Houses and Ecovillages.

>> (selections from) Visions of Utopia – Experiments in Sustainable Culture
>> To wrap up we’ll show excerpts from other ecovillages too.
Visions of Utopia by producer/director, Geoph Kozeny, profiles 7 diverse intentional communities in USA. Have an inside look at what it is like to live in intentional communities from people who are doing it. Get “up close and personal” while you listen to members tell their stories, joys, laughs, and struggles in their own words. Includes a fascinating brief history of the last 2,500 years of intentional communities, plus insights into what works and what doesn’t, and an exploration of what holds communities together.

Ananda Village (Nevada City CA)
Breitenbush Hot Springs (Detroit OR)
Camphill Special School (Glenmoore PA)
Earthaven (Black Mountain NC)
Nyland Cohousing (Lafayette CO)
Purple Rose (San Francisco CA)
Twin Oaks (Louisa VA)

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