Avalon Organic Gardens & Ecovillage is one of the worlds largest and longest sustaining EcoVillages, situated on 220-acres of historic & sacred agricultural land in Southern Arizona’s fertile Santa Cruz River Valley. At Avalon Gardens, over 115 dedicated individuals practice farming using traditional permaculture principles and time-honored techniques of organic gardening, as well as new sustainable technologies. We have people from all over the world with a diverse age groups and cultural backgrounds.
We are a fully operational micro-society showcasing the success we have had incorporating a modern lifestyle within the sustainable context of a land-based society. In addition to pursuing the classical “off-grid” definition of sustainability, the EcoVillage also pursues self-sufficiency by providing meaningful vocational work, ongoing education, spiritual exploration, and dynamic cultural experiences to each of the committed, residential members of the EcoVillage.
For members of the EcoVillage, life here is an ongoing statement of disagreement with the predominant system of greed and extortion that rules Western, consumerist lifestyles. We feel our lifestyle is an example of direct action and solutions for change. We actively promote the emergence of new-paradigm organizational patterns by beginning with a value system based on honesty, integrity, and stewardship of the environment. This is a living experiment of believing in the more beautiful world we all know is possible. We seek to create regenerative and nourishing systems that wholly capture the multifaceted meanings of permaculture and sustainability.
For over 25 years we have built both physical infrastructure, in the form of our buildings, gardens, and tools, as well as spiritual infrastructure, in the form of strategies, diversions, and counselors to promote conflict-resolution, cooperative work skills, and honest communication. By consciously merging the physical and spiritual worlds in this way, we work to create a reality within the EcoVillage that demonstrates “spiritual physicality” – the realization of spiritual ideals through tangible progress.