Inspiration and Wisdom for Building Community?

Inspiration and Wisdom for Building Community?


Henry David Thoreau wrote the book, ‘Walden’ which was a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. Thoreau and his writings have been attributed to be one of the birth fathers of modern environmentalism and even coined as the father of American Green Anarchism.  I am sure these claims can be argued until the end of time but that is not the purpose of this post.

The words written in, ‘Walden’ have similar purpose as The New Architects as it is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, and manual for self reliance.   Thoreau hoped to isolate himself from society to gain a more objective understanding of it, not to become a hermit or an isolationist.   Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau’s other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the 19th century.

Over the rather short span of my life time, I have heard many people reference Thoreau’s teachings and claim that it is either an example of the way we should live or it is an example of the way we should not live do to its outdatedness of the writings.  Personally, I feel the answer is a little of both and it pushes the question how has the teachings of Thoreau, direct and indirectly, effected the environmental communities?

Before we move forward, if you have not had the chance to read, Walden, please take this opportunity to download this FREE audiobook or eBook and get to know the writings – it doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with what it has to say – what matters is having a greater knowledge about our history.

Henry David Thoreau’s Walden – PDF or EPUB or audio-book.  (clicking either will start the download)

The key that we can learn from Thoreau is;  simple living in natural surroundings, self reliance and a sense of community with all, including non-human animals.  How can we apply these teachings on a larger scale?

Let me introduce a FREE book you can download called,’ Beyond You and Me: Inspiration and Wisdom for Building Community.’

It is a practical people care anthology for anyone seeking to rebuild existing fragmented villages and communities, establish new group enterprises and ecovillages, and heal the wounds of conflict and social division. Written by an international group of social and ecological pioneers, this is the first volume of Gaia Education’s Four Keys to Sustainable Communities series and is an official contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

In this wonderful book you will learn about;

  • Building Community & Embracing Diversity
  • Communication Skills: Conflict, Facilitation & Decision Making
  • Personal Empowerment & Leadership Skills
  • Health & Healing
  • Local, Bioregional & Global Outreach
  • and so much more!

Download it here in PDF format or read it below.

Beyond You and Me Inspiration and Wisdom for Building Community (ecovillages)

Beyond You and Me Inspiration and Wisdom for Building Community (ecovillages)

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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