Deep Listening

Cloughjordan Ecovillage | Deep Listening Series – Saturday 27 March 2021 1700h – 1830h GMT


KAREN LITFIN University of Washington, Author of ‘Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community’JULIE LOCKETT  Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School, Resident of Cloughjordan EcovillageJONATHAN DAWSON Schumacher College, Former President of the Global Ecovillage Network
Around the world ecovillages have acted as micro-laboratories and destinations for learning how we build sustainable communities and make the transition to a low carbon and resilient society. In this session we explore what can we learn from ecovillages and why they might be relevant in these challenging times. 

Join us in the fourth episode of our Deep Listening Series where Karen Litfin, author of  ‘Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community’ will be in conversation with Cloughjordan Ecovillage resident Julie Lockett, dance artist and co-owner of award winning Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.   Jonathan Dawson the former President of the Global Ecovillage Network will share his reflections on the question. The session will be introduced by Veronica Ryan, Education Officer, and facilitated by Davie Philip, who is based here and Co-President of ECOLISE, The European Network of Community-Led Initiatives for Climate Action and Sustainability.  

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Karen Litfin is a professor of political science and environmental studies at the University of Washington and the author of, ‘Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community’. This traces her journey to fourteen ecovillages around the world to learn firsthand from those who are practicing sustainable living.

Julie Lockett first visited Findhorn Foundation Community in Scotland as a dance artist in 2004, after which she and her husband Joe Fitzmaurice decided to join Cloughjordan Ecovillage and build a house and a wood-fired bakery there. Riot Rye is internationally renowned for its fermentation, teaching and fossil-free baking.

Jonathan Dawson is a sustainability educator and a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, He leads the Schumacher College’s Regenerative Economics Master’s programme.  Jonathan lived for a decade in the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland, he is the author of Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability.