Project_____   Magic Mountain                                                  _____                                 A des...
Zhidevitsa__________________________________________________After a long, intense and adventurous quest, we finally found ...
Our plans____________________________________________________We want to design our project according to the principles of ...
The following aspects are individually described for the purpose of overview. Bear in mind – as our ideas relate topermacu...
The art of living together...How can we overcome the rigid patterns and resulting unaware behaviour that society has infli...
Interconnectedness...  •   with already existing projects in Bulgaria (Permaship, Trinoga, Greenschool, etc.)  •   on an i...
Financing...Generally, as already stated, the costs for developing the project should be as small as possible. It is impor...
We ask for your support_______________________________You are not investing in an anonymous, abstract idea, neither in a r...
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Projektbeschreibung englisch

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This is the first description of our future eco-project in Bulgaria, which we intend to kickstart next year. It's a call for support and building a network of supporters. Thanks very much for reading, if you have any questions please contact me or Katja personally under: woistix@yahoo.de respectively beyer.k@gmx.de.

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Projektbeschreibung englisch

  1. 1. Project_____ Magic Mountain _____ A design for life & the future A place of research for sustainability and reconnection to the earthZhidevitsa, B ulgaria
  2. 2. Zhidevitsa__________________________________________________After a long, intense and adventurous quest, we finally found the place where our vision can become reality: To develop abase where we and others can life a self-directed life of freedom, a place where we can learn again what really matters,where life should be a constant education, a constant expansion of living knowledge, a place where we will be part of thesolution, and not of the problem.We are located in Bulgaria, the land where Asia and Europe merge, the so-called and actual „Garden Eden of the East“.Here, nature is still mostly unspoilt. There is much space for wilderness, pristine and healthy plants and wildlife.We found the place that fascinated us so much in the mountain range of the Stara Planina in central Bulgaria – the „OldMountains“. It is called „Zhidevitsa“, an old hamlet in an altitude of about 900 mts, located between thesmall towns of Teteven and Etropole. Zhidevitsa itself is part of the village Brusen (5 kms away) - butnot located on any map. It lies sheltered on a southern slope and is surrounded by wide, openplateaus and thick, native forest. There are various springs in the vicinity bubbling with freshmountain water, as well as various small brooks.The property itself contains 25.000m² of land,including two well maintained old houses, abarn and other outbuildings. We were taken bythe incredible diversity of the landscape there.On a relatively small scale there are openpastures, mixed forest, loads of fruit trees,water courses and buildings – almost alwayswith an open view to the beauty of the StaraPlanina chain.The neighbouring properties are partlycommunity owned – but also useable for us,partly they can be acquired for little moneylater on (when our project grows). Theres awhole variety of possibilities.
  3. 3. Our plans____________________________________________________We want to design our project according to the principles of permaculture, a concept that aims at creating perpetuallyfunctioning, sustainable cycles in cooperation with nature. Ecological, economical and social aspects are all integrated intothese designs, and the main aspect is to use existing resources (in any sense) wisely and integratively. Permaculturallydesigned habitats combine the cohabitation of people, animals and plants in such a way that all needs are met. A systemlike that can work for an indefinite time.Bill Mollison, one of the pioneers of this idea,describes permaculture like that:“Permaculture seeks the Garden of Eden & whynot? The overall aim of permaculture design is toproduce an efficient low-maintenance productiveintegration of plants, animals, structures & man;with the ultimate result of on-site stability & foodself-sufficiency in the smallest practical area.The aim is also to plan for craft or other productson larger areas, that yield a trade or commercialpotential for clients, again as diverse productsresources. The design should aim for a total,secure, long-term integration of all elements;stability & diversity are the keynotes.Conservation of soil, water, & energy are centralissues.The system combines rational landscape design,organic gardening methods, & alternative energysystems into a unified design encompassingmany trades, skills & disciplines.”
  4. 4. The following aspects are individually described for the purpose of overview. Bear in mind – as our ideas relate topermaculture - that they influence each other and should not be looked at as isolated from each other or static.Self-sufficiency...Our goal is to reach self-sufficiency in the areas of water, food, energy and living space, while being an integral part of aconnected network of like-minded people and projects. • Water ◦ lake / water landscape (storage, micro-climate) ◦ grey water usage (circular water usage) ◦ use of the „Sunpulse“ water pump (Sunvention) ◦ compost toilets (without water) • Food ◦ gardens (according to permaculture principles); forest garden ◦ use of the existing landscape (various fruit trees, herbs, mushrooms, nuts...) ◦ use of local ressources (milk, dairy prodcuts, honey from the locals) ◦ processing (canning, drying, etc.) • Energy ◦ solar energy and warm-water production (cooperation with Sunvention) ◦ wind (wind turbine) ◦ water (use the slope and existing small streams for energy production) • Living Space ◦ use of local materials (adobe, stones, wood) to extend the existing buildings und for building new ones (workshop, atelier) ◦ collaboration with the locals (carpenters, tools, material)
  5. 5. The art of living together...How can we overcome the rigid patterns and resulting unaware behaviour that society has inflicted on us to keep us incheck and stay under control? How can we meet in the fullness of our individual being while exploring our inherentconnection to everything and each other ever more deeply without becoming prey of an ideology or agenda?Our place should be one where we can rediscover our original connection and freedom without huge a priori statements. Allour efforts should be part of a path in this direction. The most important thing thus is the ability to open yourself anew againand again for the unprepared and many times difficult wonder that is life, to leave prejudices and used-up attitudes behindand get into direct contact with your source, your friends, the earth again. All common activities, but particularly talking-stick circles and shamanic earth ceremonies (sweatlodges, dances, which are planned for the future) will help us with that.Whats more and very important is that everybody here will have the freedom to follow their individual paths, as long asthey dont try to impose it on anyone. We want a place where spiritedness and possibilities count most!Artistic Lifestyle...Our place should develop into an open, creative space for directly lived art – the art of life. This is expressed in all areas ofthe project, for example in planning and designing the landscape. To develop new ideas yourself, to work on individualsolutions is a creative act in itself.Furthermore, there should be enough time for personal artistic unfolding in areas as diverse as painting, music, dance,literature and craftmanship. Future plans include a music-eco-festival (several are already taking place in Bulgaria eachyear), a library, craft workshops, a nature playground, poetry readings, various forms of land-art, sweatlodges et cetera –all to turn the project into a vibrant center of exchange.We also plan special workshops for children and teenagers, for example wilderness experiences, work with natural materials,getting to know the local flora and fauna to the point of production of for instance ointments made from local and self-collected herbs.
  6. 6. Interconnectedness... • with already existing projects in Bulgaria (Permaship, Trinoga, Greenschool, etc.) • on an international level (Ecovillage Network; Woof, Volunteering) • on a local level (neighbourhood, schools, farmers, craftsmen)We want to be in constant contact and exchange with other projects and initiatives, to learn from each other and together –in all areas. During our travels in Bulgaria we already met some of these projects and people and participated in variousworkshops.Furthermore we want to organise workshops for all areas mentioned in this paper, for example participation in building alake, et cetera, so that those who take place can expand their knowledge and give their own experiences and knowledge tous at the same time.
  7. 7. Financing...Generally, as already stated, the costs for developing the project should be as small as possible. It is important for us toreach economic self-sufficiency, to achieve this, we see several means of income: • Eco-tourism ◦ experience the natural treasures of Bulgaria ◦ accomodation, meals ◦ workshops • Workshops ◦ also with guest teachers ◦ accomodation, meals, donations • Sale of homemade biological products ◦ natural cosmetics (in particular through the already existing company of our partner) ◦ gastronomic specialties (dried fruit, chutneys, et cetera) ◦ installation of a small shop and sale on touristic places • Testfield for developing the solar technologies of Sunvention ◦ installation, advancement, workshops ◦ cooperation as part of the existing worldwide network ◦ self-sufficiency in the areas water and energy supply ◦ future possibility of licensing production for the eastern european market, licence fees generate income • Internet ◦ website including donation button, crowdfunding for specific projects • Grant applications
  8. 8. We ask for your support_______________________________You are not investing in an anonymous, abstract idea, neither in a relief project of some big NGO. You can directly witnessthe creation of a dream coming to life.We would like you to pay us a visit once were ready, welcome to a free place of possibilities! You can now directly supportus and thus be part of a new beginning, you can contribute and make a change. Solutions are direly needed, so that thisearth can turn into a liveable and humane place again.We will not wait and complain any longer, we willnot only fight a tiring battle against anunreformable system. We begin now to help createa future worth living – locally, decentralised and inclose contact to others and the earth, wellconnected in a network of like-minded people.Like this we want to become part of a globalnetwork that is already unfolding – without hugemedia coverage and thus easily overlooked, whichis growing and is getting more stable and diverseall the time. We can give the solutions we workout here back into the world, as they are verymuch needed now.So that we dont have to admit at the end of ourlives: “Yes, we should have changed something,but we were too afraid and confused to still listento the call of our hearts...”Thank you,Felix, Katja and Joanna.

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