Ecovillage Pathways: Youth and Elder Event

Ecovillage Pathways: Youth and Elder Event

LA CITÉ ECOVILLAGE, New Hampshire – June, 14-17, 2018

How can we catalyze healthy culture across the generations? How do ecovillages serve as fertile ground for youth and elder collaboration in wider culture? A group of people passionate about intergenerational community connection gathered this past weekend at an event called Ecovillage Pathways, an annual event in it’s 5th year. This year’s gathering was hosted at La Cité Écologiuqe of New Hampshire, an ecovillage with 35+ years and three generations of experience. Participants learned from the community’s alternative school, ecological businesses and hillside organic farm. This highly unique three-day event brought together those who have been living for decades with those inheriting new leadership in reflection, inspiration, and celebration. Present at the event were 30+ participants, ages ranging from 3 to 88 years old. Together they explored the emergent future of thriving community.

The first day of the event was focused on exploring intergenerational relations, with a facilitated dialogue and a video call with community movement elders from around the world. Elders from La Cité expressed tears of gratitude for feeling deeply seen as respected leaders of the community and sharing their burden of responsibility with the youth. The second day was organized using Open Space Technology to give participants an opportunity to share about their knowledge and passions. “Movement building requires accumulative knowledge so that each younger generation doesn’t start at the square one again,” said participant Crystal who is creating Feminist Oasis, a community advancing equitable practices and building sustainable alternatives to systemic oppression. “The generational respect and honor for elders experience while remaining open for new universal shifts guided by the youth was very refreshing and inspiring to witness and be part of.”

Ecovillage Pathways organizers were able to offer significant scholarships to participants who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend the event, including a family with a three-year-old daughter hoping to start a community school in India. The organizers are starting to plan their 6th event and invite donations to make scholarships available for participants. Visit to support this initiative.


NextGEN North America (NextGENNA) propels young adults to energize ecovillages and intentional communities. NextGEN is a youth initiative born out of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). There are NextGEN groups in all five regions of GEN – including Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. In North America we are activating a movement of young people who believe that community is a viable solution to environmental and social crises.

Head to my Consultation page if you want to learn more about NextGEN and how you can get involved! We are always excited to connect with young people who want to make a difference in the world.

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Cynthia Tina

Hi, I’m Cynthia.

I’m the community matchmaker, here to help you find an intentional community to call home. I’ve visited hundreds of communities around the world — ecovillages, cohousings, agrihoods, housing coops…

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.