Sense of Community
A learning community is a group of people who share common values or beliefs, and are actively engaged in learning together with and from each other, and by supported habituation. Through increasingly skillful dialogue with one another we build authentic and nurturing relationships, with each person contributing their own particular gift to a rich shared experience.
The role of e(co)facilitation is to extend people’s sense of community to embrace all living beings on earth. There are many ways of contributing to a socio-ecological community, depending on each person’s skills, knowledge, experience and personal qualities. These become apparent in community; it’s as if we all find our ‘ecological niche’.
As with Sense of Place, we aim to co-create experiences of dialogue with human and non-human that can be translated to each person’s own extended community, thus enriching the experience of all concerned – and, by doing so, seeding the diverse field of emerging socio-ecological change.
Following the ashram tradition, in a learning community cohesive working groups (Eco-workshops) of participants, staff and volunteers carry out activities that nurture our bodies, keep our place beautiful or tend to animals, crops and pasture: all part of a real, sustainable dynamic process that creates a living community.