Sustainability meets comfort in a hemp house

hanna.lofgren Sustainable Houses

“This house has been described as hugging its occupants, which is exactly what I wanted in my new home.” Donna The house sits on a sloping block with sweeping views across the valley. It is a single storey house split over two levels following the natural slope of the site. The upper level has a burnished concrete slab floor, which …

A family of Finno-Swedes make Narara their home

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Recently joined Ecovillage members, Hanna and Peter Lofgren and their four children, are excited to be embarking on a new adventure in sustainable, community living. The Lofgrens come from a minority called Finno-Swedes who have Swedish as their first language, so they are tri-lingual and are dual citizens of Australia and Finland. Peter studied history and film in Copenhagen and …

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Jaw-Dropping Houses at Narara Ecovillage

John Huang Video

We are excited to bring you the creative minds behind some of the Ecovillage’s most distinctive houses. Join us as we discuss their vision and journey so far. Circular, hexagonal, natural and organic – this session will be a delight for your eyes.

Deb and Dan – seeking more connection and meaning

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Deb and Dan were looking for a place where their kids could roam free, and they could have meaningful connections with their neighbours. They had visited other ecovillages before choosing Narara, and were wanting to know they would have like-minded neighbours. Deb says: “We had heard stories of inter-connectedness, but hadn’t really felt it. What we didn’t really expect was …

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School Options (around the Central Coast)

John Huang Community, Video

A conversation between families in the Ecovillage who have chosen different schooling options for their children. Which schools are great in the Narara area? What are considered to be the best schools on the Central Coast? How do the local Steiner, Montessori, Home School and Public Schools differ in aspects of classroom sizes, homework and use of technology? Which dovetails …

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Natural Building at Narara Ecovillage

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Ben’s House  Ben’s workshop We’ve had a great Winter on the build of this round recycled home, with plenty being done to get us from a bare slab to a roofed and walled light-straw-earth and cob home, thanks greatly to the help of some pretty awesome workaway volunteers (big shoutouts to Euge and Fran, Lois & Koen) and our designers/natural …

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Sharing ownership to create an intergenerational ecovillage at Narara

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By Lyndall Parris The original and key aim of Narara Ecovillage is to, among other things: ‘research, design and build an intergenerational, demonstration ecovillage’. Currently of the 190 Nararians, 37% are under 50 years of age (20% of these are children); interestingly, no one in their 20s, perhaps for very explainable reasons. We recognise the importance of intergenerational living as …

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Sociocracy: How we get things done at Narara Ecovillage

Rafaele Joudry Community

People often ask us how we make decisions and handle our differences. We use a method called Sociocracy: an evolution beyond democracy and beyond consensus. Sociocracy includes many practical elements such as: 1  Decisions are made in smaller or larger groups meeting as circles In a circle, each person’s voice is valued equally; we take turns speaking and listening. The …

Introduction to Narara Ecovillage

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In the past, we have held a short talk for Open Day visitors to share some of the vision and reality of Narara Ecovillage. With the coronavirus restrictions, we have had to change the way we hold these events, so please enjoy this online video version of our Open Day talk.

Candy’s Earthship

Marg Sustainability, Sustainable Houses, Video

An Earthship is a passive solar earth shelter that is made of both natural and upcycled materials. Candy’s features earth-packed tires, cob walls and a natural geothermal cooling system. This earthship was only the second approved in NSW. “At least a hundred people helped me build this house. It was made with so much love. Anybody that comes here feels …

Ecovillage Living: Intangible Benefits for Kids

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By Deb Mohr I love that my two kids enjoy lots of free play, climb trees, help with the weeding and the community chooks and have access to so much more land than we could afford to maintain ourselves. This was definitely one of the draw cards for us, when choosing to move our family to Narara Ecovillage. But some …

Triplespan Growing Experiment

John Huang Community, Video

What happens when you get a bunch of permaculturalists, landscapers, growers, botanists, and people who like good food in the one place? The veggie patch version of a cosmic explosion! Join us to chat with Marg from the Triplespan Growing Group about the niche growing ideas used in the Triplespan Greenhouse here at Narara Ecovillage. There’s sure to be a …

Living with Wildlife at Narara Ecovillage

John Huang Sustainability, Video

Join us for a fascinating chat about birds and wildlife with avid birdwatcher and Ecovillage member Richard. It is wonderful to see how many different species we share our home with, and you can learn about some of the ways we actively encourage the increase and diversification of native animals. Find out how you can track the change of season …

After school at the Ecovillage

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-by Megan Wallace My son rushed in the door, so animated after sharing a ride home from school with our neighbours.  After a quick chat and snack he hears our home schooling buddies riding by and rushes out to play. I take the opportunity to walk over to our common area and am delighted to progress our idea of a …

Healthy Homes Series #3 – Drainage, Eaves and Gutters – and Roofs too!

Liz Bassett Sustainability

-Mikala Dind In this six-part series, Narara Ecovillage member Mikala Dind shares her knowledge about what makes houses healthy or unhealthy. While this article is about existing homes, the information will definitely assist anyone seeking to build a home. One of the most common reasons for mould problems in a home is water finding its way into the building.  In …

Creative Financing

John Huang Community, Video

Alternatives to the Traditional Models of Home Ownership and Bank Finance at Narara Ecovillage. Our next Friday night zoom will see us chatting with Deb who does the finances for our Ecovillage. We have many interested followers who can’t afford to buy a lot and build a house, or who don’t want to be tied down to a mortgage for …

The Values Behind Sociocracy

Liz Bassett Community

What is sociocracy? Sociocracy is a set of powerful collaboration tools that allow large and small numbers of people to make decisions and work together effectively.  We use these tools at Narara Ecovillage, and I think it’s fair to say that sociocracy has been key to the strength, resilience and energy of our village. I recommend this article from Sociocracy for …