GEN12This year's Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) European conference took place in the Krishna Valley community in Hungary. Thomas Heuser from ZEGG attended. He was particularly impressed at how thoroughly the spiritual community have implemented their ecological beliefs, dramatically reducing the ecological footprint for their 200-strong community.

CTS-12-Georg-6340 adults and 30 children took part in this year's Come Together Song Festival in ZEGG. Hagara Feinbier and Raimund Mauch demonstrated their abilities as festival organisers once again. Everyone was invited to sing and swing together in the mornings and evenings, with the afternoons offering a platform for guests to show off their own talents in smaller open space groups.

Besuch-Munyasia-7-12In the wake of the annual meeting of the Global Ecovillage Network, Philip Munyasia from Kenya travelled on and visited ZEGG. Taking advantage of his trip to Europe, he was able to visit further projects and present his permaculture school OPETIC.

GartenOn May 13 we started our programme for "summer guests". The season started well and we have already hosted many willing helpers from Germany and abroad. Every summer we offer the chance to stay for a while in ZEGG and contribute by working in the kitchen, garden or guest house.

Gorleben 365-20In ZEGG we know how necessary it is to actively build up viable alternatives, such as communities. But we also see the necessity of preventing things that pose long-term threats to life, such as nuclear energy. So 15 of us from ZEGG and the Fläming region set off to take part in the "Gorleben 365" action, blocking the access road to the construction site for the long-term nuclear waste repository there for a day on May 16 (www.gorleben365.de).

Gmk 2012 1For five weeks our community was graced by 26 people taking part in our Community Course. They started with a 9-day intensive training in community development from Achim Ecker and Ina Meyer-Stoll. Then they began to help out in the garden, the site team or the seminar business. This helped them to get to know ZEGG members and the various working areas within the community. It also gave them time to integrate what they had learned and experienced in the initial phase.

Rundgang mit GMK 3.12 2Recent years have seen the number of residents in our community grow - now our site has grown, too. We have taken the opportunity to purchase 1 ha (2.5 acres) of horticultural land right next to our existing garden.

Transition Town Treffen 3.12Is our region Fläming ready to become a Transition Region? This was the question posed last Monday which opened an inspiring meeting held at the Wiesenburg Station co-operative centre. Seven ZEGG residents attended.

gorlebenA power supply that leaves behind nuclear waste with millenia of dangerous radiation is not compatible with our values! That's why we are taking part in the "Gorleben 365" action at the construction site for the long-term nuclear waste repository there.

Polenreise Ina März 12The EU-funded sustainable development initiative "Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013" includes a sub-project on the topic of eco-villages – "Ecovillages for sustainable rural development" – which was launched by the Lithuanian agriculture ministry. ZEGG is an associate project partner and our representative, Ina Meyer-Stoll, serves as a consultant.

ZC FestDon't let the photo give you the wrong impression – the ZEGG-Club Fest last weekend wasn't a "boot camp" designed to get the participants back into shape! It was taken on the opening evening and shows an "ice-breaker" exercise to provide a little movement and a chance to make contact with some of the other guests: in groups of five, ten and then twenty we had to build "human statues". Afterwards we relaxed to music and listened to each other's latest news.

Kultur-KreativeFor two years, the Hungarian filmmaker Frigyes Fogel invested his own time and money to create a film about the "cultural creatives" movement. His motivation came from his observations that although cultural creatives account for several per cent of the population, they often feel they are alone.

This film is intended to put an end to that phenomenon. It features interviews with scientists who studied the movement, Nobel Prize winners and many of the projects themselves, including ZEGG. The film can be watched via the internet with subtitles in various languages.

Beusuch der KoreanerOn Feb 16, a group of 22 South Koreans visited ZEGG, primarily to find out about our new heating system. The delegation were staying in Berlin and a coach brought them to Bad Belzig for their tour of ZEGG, where in spite of the icy conditions they spent almost two hours walking around the site, accompanied by Ina Meyer-Stoll. The excursion had been organised by a Korean teacher working at a university in Berlin, who chose ZEGG because of its suitability as an example of sustainable development.



ZEGG – Center for Social and Cultural Design
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 89, 14806 Bad Belzig
Germany

phone: +49 (0) 33841 595-100
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Web: www.zegg.de


The ZEGG is a community of about 100 adults and children. How can we create a sustainable and creative life and an awake awareness to promote issues of love and sexuality, ecology, community, and create policy. We invite you to visit us, especially our summercamp.

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