Sieben Linden

The Ecovillage Sieben Linden, situated in the community Beetzendorf in the Altmark – District Salzwedel, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, was established in 1997. It has the aim to realize collaborative and holistic sustainable lifestyles, that connect a small ecological footprint with a high quality of life. A recent study of the university of Torino proves that we are on a successful way to this call.

Currently a little more than one hundred adults and forty children and adolescents are living in eleven straw-bale houses and about fourty well insulated construction trailers.

The cooperatively organised village covers over a hundred hectars of land; there of 80 hectars of woods, which is managed sustainably. The core of the village is a half timbered ecologically restored farmhouse, that accommodates the community and seminar rooms. In the garden fruits and vegetables are cultivated for self-sufficiency. Composting toilets, a sewage treatment plant and solar panel provide local energy and closed material cycles.

The lean structures of the village offer the possibility, to shape social, ecological, economical and cultural aspects. In the interaction of all those areas may develop a sustainable entity that offers space for the diversity, creativity and the different needs of there residents.

The Ecovillage Sieben Linden is liberal-minded and hospitable village. We welcome people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds, age groups, with and without disabilities.

Ecovillage Sieben Linden defines itself as a village that strives for sustainability in all its 4 dimensions: Ecology, Economy, Social and Culture.

2 Responses

  1. Svetoyar says:

    Hello. My name is Svetoyar Basov.
    I am the organizer of one of the eco-settlements in Ukraine and I help in organizing such eco-settlements across the country
    At us this theme develops hardly more than 10 years. Experience is not always positive, there are difficulties in shaping common rules, communication between future neighbors, creating economic independence.
    It is important for me to find contact with the communes that strive to live in harmony with Nature and who have managed to create a holistic, effective community.

    Now I help organize for the citizens of Ukraine a series of webinars on green building, organic farming, autonomous energy.
    I would be glad if you can conduct for us a small webinar with a story about your eco-settlement or the community in which you live.
    You can tell everything that is important, you will have the opportunity to scroll through the slides, and show the video from YouTube during your presentation. You can tell in English, we’ll look for an interpreter.
    It is very interesting for us to know your experience, your history, your core values. Also interesting are the principles of decision-making, your advice for those who want to use your model for the development of similar communities in our country.
    Thank you for your interest and desire to share your experience.

    • Aniko says:

      Dear Svetoyar,

      thanks for your interest in our ecovillage. I think it’s a really nice project to organize a webinar about green building, organic farming, etc. in Ukraine! I will forward your request to our PR-group, so that you will hear from us soon again!

      Best regards,