THE CAST

COYOTE ALBERTO RUZ

A pioneer, veteran and historian from the intentional communities, ecovillage and bioregionalist movements, Alberto Coyote has dedicated 40 years to the study, creation and promotion of international networks for peace and ecological justice. 

The co-founder Huehuecóyotl ecovillage, Mexico, and co-initiatiator of CASA Latina amongst many other initiatives and achievements, Coyote’s lifework is punctuated throughout with examples of selfless dedication to renewed harmony for all.

 

DECLAN KENNEDY

Co-founder of GEN, Professor Declan Kennedy is an Irish Architect, Urban Planner, Mediator, and Permaculture Designer, teaching and practicing urban design and permaculture, landscape, renewable energy and agricultural planning, coupled with holistic healing strategies.

Long a leading light for the ecovillage movment in Europe, he is also Co-founder (1985) of Ecovillage Lebensgarten Steyerberg, near Hanover, Germany and has worked on various advisory projects for an ecological Europe. 

DMITRY SOLOVYEV

Dmitry was born in Moscow but has had a strong interest in rural lifestyle since his teens. In the early 2000s, he joined the ecovillage movement as a member of Kind Land and tried to find answers for questions such as how to live harmoniously with nature, how to get the best from towns and villages and how to implement it in rural territory. Since 2016 Dmitry has been GEN Russia consul and co-organizer of the annual Kind Land eco-festival and sustainable development settlement forum. He thinks that one of the most important parts of ecovillage activity is to work with teenagers and youth, to mix ecovillage and youth culture for creating a better world.

ETHAN HIRSCH TAUBER

Ethan Hirsch-Tauber is an ecological educator, deeply involved in the international ecovillage movement. He lived in Tamera Healing Biotope in southern Portugal for four years and is presently under the tutelage of Dr. Rajendra Singh, Waterman of India, studying decentralised, community-based water catchment systems. He founded the company Worldwide Water Wizards in 2018 to offer this work professionally.

Ethan previously served as Internal Communications Director at GEN’s international office  and taught as faculty for Living Routes’ university accredited sustainability program in Auroville. He is also a facilitator for Gaia Education’s EDE and the Bridgedale360  educational tool.

GENNY CARRARO

Managing Director of GEN Europe for five years (2015-2020), Genny is also a member of the ECOLISE and Italian Ecovillage Network councils, co-founder of the Italian Processwork and Deep Democracy School, and member of Arterra Bizimodu community in northern Spain. Besides her background in International Relations and humanitaria assistance, she is a highly experienced facilitator and a deeply respected advocate for ecovillages and national ecovillage networks.

IRENE GOIKOLEA

For 28 years, Irene Goikolea has been working for the awakening of consciousness, facilitating individual and group processes of personal development. She has been trained in different disciplines, but fundamentally specialized in shadow work. Her hands-on approach towards the shadow is based on the experience gained in the workshops she facilitated in the platform of an intentional community project during almost 3 decades. Along this time, community has been a container where her work on the individual shadow led her to delve in the collective shadow.  Irene is a Doctor in Depth Psychology by the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

JAKE JAY-LEWIN

 Jake was born into the Findhorn Community, Scotland and has stayed active in the Ecovillage world since. Between 2013 – 19 this was primarily through co-founding the global part of the youth arm of the Global Ecovillage Network, NextGEN and then holding leadership positions within it and the European level. He also uses his experience from visiting close to 50 communities worldwide and of Ecovillage Education to empower organisations and individuals towards a regenerative culture through balancing organisational and personal needs. He has done this while managing teams in a refugee camp, facilitating trainings and workshops, and through focussed consulting.

JOHN CROFT

John Croft is an international trainer and consultant, who for 40 years has worked in the field of ecologically sustainable community education and community economic development. He developed the Dragon Dreaming process, drawing on aboriginal wisdom, with others from around 1990 while continuing a career of lifelong service to community building, sustainability and cultural transformation.

LAURA KAESTELE

A regenerative designer, grower, network weaver, and facilitator practising integral design thinking, permaculture, regenerative agriculture, connective culture, human transformation, team and network development, combined with holistic living. Deep care for planet earth, people, and all life fuels her passion to work for the regeneration of thriving ecosystems and communities.

After living in a community as a teenager she continued as a nomad in the regenerative movement; living, working, and learning in about 60 different ecovillages, communities and permaculture projects over 7 years. Laura is actively engaged in NextGEN,.

MACACO TAMERICE

Macaco Tamerice (Martina Grosse Burlage) is a life coach, an expert in human processes specialized in community-building, inner transformation, leadership and conflict resolution. She has been living at Damanhur, Federation of Communities since 1993, where she has held many roles of artistic and social responsibilities; and also as part of the top leadership positions in the community through the years.

In 2008, she became Vice President and eventually President of GEN Europe until 2015. She is president of Damanhur Education, a GEN and Damanhur Ambassador, and one of GEN’s United Nations representatives.

MARGARITA HAMATSU

Margarita spent her childhood in the Philippines and moved to Japan at the age 17 for higher education. She was always fascinated by different languages, culture and society, which drove her towards pursuing education in University of Iceland where she studied M. Ed. International studies in Education. 

She currently works as a project manager in an eco-center in Sólheimar ecovillage, Iceland., a community of  about 100 individuals in the village, 45 of which are individuals that have both mental and physical disabilities.