Not putting time and energy into fighting the existing system, too busy building the new one!
The philosophy of Life B is turn our energy away from protest and rebellion, of inequality, injustice, exclusion and aggression , toward alignment, inclusion and unity, finding ways to collectively unify and find common ground, to cooperate rather than compete, as Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Once you you start growing your food locally, working together and sharing resources the world has begun to change.
Living sustainably is something we need to be already doing and it’s never too late to start, as another great saying goes; The best time to plant trees was 20 years ago the second best time is now.
One of our most important needs is food security, we achieve this through local and regionally coordinated, gardening and organic farming.
We need to get involved with others who are giving it a go?
Connect with like minded people.
We need a life that’s closer to nature, eating local food. A life with fewer products and more presence?
We need to be like a mycelial network of micro ecovillages; clusters and threads of self sufficiency and eco authenticity, where we are learning and working together to feed and house ourselves in ways that harmonise with nature and ensures direct food security.
We are all about self sufficiency, food sovereignty, and getting real about our relationship with nature and being honourable partners in it, building a network that grows strong and resilient bonds through sharing work, food and fun.
We are about organising and facilitating the kinds of things that bring us together and foster the growth of the network. Like co-gardening, workshops, farmers markets, pot lucks, skill sharing and generally having each others backs in real and meaningful ways.
So if you’re the owner of a property that holds these values, or a person that would like to find somewhere to practise this lifestyle, you’ve come the right place. Life B is the network that brings us together.
The basics of Life B is that instead of an ecovillage that covers perhaps dozens of hectares and is populated by a large number of people, an ecovillage can be made up of many dozens of properties over a wide area, the people supporting one another, in the form of food growing/swapping, garden sharing, labour pool, skill sharing. Regular get togethers.
When we grow and share our own food we’re not affected by inflation or long supply chains. We get to eat fresher, more nutritious, less processed food, we get to spend time with others and reap the physical and social rewards.
We want to provide a starting point for the organising layer, creating connections and the network to foster the growth and stability of the egregore.
Maybe some you are doing already or would like to achieve this year or perhaps by 2025.
99% food self sufficiency, grown locally i.e. 10-50km
Off grid/low energy
Regular local meetings/potluck (weekly – monthly)
Regional whole day get-togethers, farmer markets/swap meets (monthly – 3 monthly)
Workshops and classes. Become a teacher/student in the school of life.
Learn/teach; woodworking, sewing, cheesemaking, bee keeping, offgrid power, music, spinning, blacksmith, pottery, harekeke, (arts, crafts & trades of all kinds) etc.
Vegetables, fruit, nuts, mushrooms, cheese, chickens, composting, seed security, fermenting, preserving and drying…..
i.e. Living with nature.
We are starting Life B here in New Zealand and hope the idea and the network will spread across oceans and borders everywhere.
Regional areas small enough that it makes it possible for groups to get together, swap produce, teach and learn, plan, coordinate and celebrate. The areas are more a tool for coordination of things like food production rather than a way of separating people into small groups, we are all part of Life B.
travelling and keen to wwoof, or would just like some participatory experience of the self sufficient lifestyle.
looking for somewhere to settle and try the lifestyle for a longer time.
living on your own land and want to be part of a wider network
You’re a land owner and offer short term wwoofing placements.
A land owner who would like to offer some longer term opportunities.
Someone who would like to be involved in the organising, promotion, network or other admin of lifeb.org.
Group Life B
You can, if you want, Join Cohabitat. A long term hands on workshop, on how to start and maintain a self sufficient ecologically sound village.
Participation cost $10k and up.
You and 20 or more others get something like 20-300 hectares to work with.
Like a reality survival game show , but it’s not a game and there is no show.
Like a mycelial network of micro ecovillages distributed across the planet, clusters and threads of self sufficiency and eco authenticity.