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Communities that Mathijs has actually paid a visit to - and would recommend.

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Permaculture village / school in Romania.
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Unfiled. Edited by Mathijs 338 days ago
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Unfiled. Edited by irisutza@gmail.com 338 days ago
Brand new ecovillage in the North of Spain.
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Unfiled. Edited by Mathijs 384 days ago
The idea of the village came to me when I realized my desire to live in a facilitated, picturesque and forest enclosed property near the lake. Amatciems is the result of this idea and now home for me, my children, friends and other people who hold the same view regarding to the place of residence. I admit - initially I developed the project to fulfill my selfish desire to live in the environment that is suitable for me. The Internal rules were developed based on the experience of similar villages in foreigner countries and my vision how to live in the facilitated village and get on well with nature, wild animals and other inhabitants of Amatciems. The Internal Rules are provided for like-minded people who do not consider them as restricting their action but promoting peace and silence. They determine that there are no fences in the village, during the evenings and night time it is not allowed to make a loud noise and remind that dog is a friend of yours and can not be chained.
My purpose is to maintain the natural environment as much as possible. Near the lawn, I leave also meadow with wild flowers and do not turn forest into park. I leave dead or wind cracked trees and tore roots of trees in the forest as pleasure and covert for wild animals – woodpeckers, squirrels or foxes. The visual image of the village displays the environment where a man lives in harmony with nature. In the lawn you will not find the glow-worm but when the darkness falls in Amatciems you can find hundreds of small “eyes” that glow in the grass.  During the summer time in the ponds resounds the chorus of green frogs that is a great honor for me because the green frogs live only in a very clean and unpolluted environment.
Here dominates nature. Not a man.

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