Ecovillage Network of Canada

A Canadian Network to support sustainable and intentional communities

Since 1997, ENC facilitates the exchanges of ideas and information on sustainable ways of living in communities and promotes the principles and practices developed in the ecovillages around the world.

Depuis 1997, le réseau ENC facilite les échanges d’idées et d'information sur les modes de vie plus durables en communautés. Il fait également la promotion des principes et pratiques développés dans les écovillages à travers le monde.


Board of Director's Bio's

Lee Davies, EdD
A founding board member of the Ecovillage Network of Canada and the Ecovillage Network of the Americas. Involved in environmental activism for 22 years. Residing in a family community: Tycoed
Russ Purvis, MSc
Associated with Ecovillages and the Findhorn Foundation for 16 years. A former President of Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity. Founder of Kakwa Ecovillage Coop and Ecovillage Radio.
Michael Hale, MA
VP of the BC Assoc. for Regenerative Ag. A Director of the Yarrow EcoVillage Society Coop and Coordinator of the Yarrow Ecovillage Development Team. 25 years of management experience with the federal gov't.
Marie- Josee Vaillant has a life long association with ecovillage living. Chair for the Board of La Cite Écologique de Ham-Nord, Canada and a new ecovillage in Colebrook, New Hampshire, USA. President of Kheops International Inc.

Brenda Dolling is a retired teacher who is co-creating the Whole Village ecovillage in Caledon, Ontario.  She is president of the cooperative, co-ordinator of volunteers, fruit grower, co-teacher and host of an annual permaculture design course, and evolving communitarian.

Lawrence Miglialo is a traveler, teacher, videographer, lover and chef. Driven by the fire in his core, he gravitates towards truth and passion. He is one of the founding members of Valhalla Mouvement in Montréal. 
Nebesna Fortin is especially interested in working with NextGEN. She lives at La Cite Écologique de Ham-Nord and is a Member of it's Administration Council. She has visited: Damanhur (Italy), Siben Linden (Germany),Sirius, Twin Oaks, Earthaven, Ananda Village, The Farm 


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Ecovillage Network of Canada is a national confederation of people and communities that meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and promote education as a foundation of sustainable development using the Ecovillage as a model. ENC members are dedicated to restoring the land and creating sustainable communities.

Le réseau ''Ecovillage Network of Canada'' (traduction française:  Réseau des Écovillages du Canada) est une fédération nationale de personnes et de communautés qui se rencontrent pour partager leurs idées. Il vous invite à collaborer en discutant des aspects technologiques,  de développement, d'échanges culturels et éducatifs. Il se veut également un répertoire où l'on retrouve des lettres d’information et où l'on fait la promotion  de l’éducation comme fondement du développement durable, en prenant comme modèle les écovillages. Les membres du ENC s'unissent dans leur vision de restaurer la terre et leur désir de créer des communautés durables. 

ENC Regional Contacts:
Maritimes/Ontario: Lee Davies /email:
Quebec: Nébesna Fortin /email: 
BC/Prairies: Russ Purvis /email:


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Agreement of Conduct as a Condition for Participation

We are so glad you have joined ENCs Community. We all want this Community Network to be a useful and productive tool for working and learning together. To ensure this, we ask each participant to agree to the following as a condition for participation:

 * I will behave responsibly and respectfully towards all members of this Community, respecting their values and viewpoints as well as their feelings.

 * Acknowledging that differences of opinion and conflict will undoubtedly occur, I agree to resolve conflict constructively.

 * I acknowledge that if ENC deems my participation is not in keeping with this agreement, my ability to participate in this community can be suspended or terminated.

Want to support ENC? become an official member!

Annual Membership Dues: Ecovillage/Community $35  Individual $25

Address: PO Box 640, McBride, BC Canada V0J 2E0


Economic Self-Sufficiency in Community...

Started by Russ Purvis Jan 24, 2014.

News about NextGEN NA! 3 Replies

Started by Nébesna Fortin. Last reply by Russ Purvis Dec 10, 2013.

Help the most important ecovillage of China 2 Replies

Started by Nébesna Fortin. Last reply by Yannick Vallée Dec 6, 2013.

How Cooperatives fit the Ecovillage vision...

Started by Russ Purvis Oct 11, 2013.

Blog Posts

Un premier cours EDE au Canada | The first EDE course of Canada

C'est à l'écovillage la Cité Écologique au Québec qu'aura lieu le premier cours en Éducation au Développement d'Écovillages (EDE) du pays ! Cette formation sera également une première mondiale en français sous forme d’immersion en écovillage. Ce cours est une opportunité formidable d'augmenter ses aptitudes en développement de  projets éco-communautaire. Les participants du cours pourront recevoir la certification de…


Posted by Nébesna Fortin on January 5, 2015 at 8:30am

My own ecovillage / Mon écovillage à moi

Over the last years, many new intentional communities[1] have arisen. This movement expresses a wish people have to extract themselves from the individualistic, consumerist and disconnected society we are living in. In the movie 'The Trotsky', the protagonist – a young student in a quest for personal and collective meaning of life – questions himself regarding why so few people rise up against the sorrows that are afflicting our…


Posted by Charles Marceau-Cotton on December 12, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Want to live in Victoria, BC on an amazing Permaculture Farm? :)

Ann and Gord are Deep Green. Their vision is truly sustainable. If you'd like to join them contact via the link below:

Russ Purvis

Ecovillage Network of Canada

Posted by Russ Purvis on September 19, 2014 at 3:08pm

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GEN+20 Summit - Sumer 2015 (Findhorn) at Findhorn, Scotland

January 30, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
Organised by GEN in partnership with Gaia Education, the Findhorn Foundation and New Findhorn Association, the GEN+20 Summit is an invitation to celebrate 20 years of walking our talk.Established in Findhorn in 1995, the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) today connects more than 10,000 villages, urban neighborhoods and intentional communities in more than 100 countries worldwide. Spanning all continents, GEN showcases high quality, low impact ways of living that have led to some of the lowest per…See More
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"Thank you, Russ. I am currently living in Ontario and working for a spa, but, I am planning on moving back to BC in April."
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