Vision: To build an ecovillage where our members work joyfully together to help create a world where all of life thrives.
Mission: To demonstrate the power of healthy community (body, mind, and spirit) in order to support the vegan movement in having a solid foundation upon which to grow exponentially
Live in alignment with and continue refining our values
Have all organizational community structures in place.
Complete the building of living structures and food production at the site of the future Vegan Utopia Ecovillage.
Develop ways to support ourselves so that residents can make money doing things that are in alignment with our values and goals by April 2019.
Christopher Mikkelson published Are there biting bugs in AR? in Community FAQ 2017-05-19 15:45:19 -0500A:
Late spring is when the bugs come out, and they stick around until early fall. There are mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers. We keep the lawn short at the event center, but there may be times when you may need to go into the tall grass or woods. Please bring natural bug repellent. We will give instructions as to how to avoid the bugs.
Christopher Mikkelson published Why can’t I bring pets and/or children? in Community FAQ 2017-05-19 15:41:21 -0500A:
Pets sometimes don’t get along with other pets and even though they could be kept on a leash we find it simpler just to say no pets. We understand people need their service animals, so just let us know your situation and we will work with you. We love children and want to make the event center an inviting place for people to bring their children to events, unfortunately, It can be hard to watch young children and also work. If you have older child(ren) who can work and put in the required hours, then they are welcome.
We have indoor dorms for those who want to be inside and don't mind sleeping in the same room with others. We have one for women and one for men. .
Or you can sleep in a tent outside.
Or, if you have trailer or RV, we have limited spaces for them.
For more detailed information, you can visit this page:
By Trish Mikkelson, Founder, and Director
Fulfilling the vision of a vegan utopia-a world where all of life can thrive--we maximize our efforts when we live in healthy vegan communities.
Right now, we are living in a "vystopia." Living in a close-knit community can help us to overcome the effects of this difficult situation.
Clare Mann, a vegan psychologist, coined this word.
"The existential angst for the vegan is something I call vystopia, the “existential crisis experienced by vegans which arises out of an awareness of the trance-like collusion with a dystopian world. It’s the awareness of the greed, ubiquitous animal exploitation and speciesism in a modern dystopia”.
"The cure for vystopia is a vegan world that extends beyond the non-exploitation of animals to encompass the non-exploitation of humans.
Exploitation of humans will always exist whilst we are part of a machinery that maintains us in a state of trance where we don’t even question the abuse. This may sound like an unachievable Utopia. However, all positive steps in human history arise out of people coming together and holding a vision which is very different from their current reality.
It takes leaders to share this vision and ‘walk the talk” of their conviction so others say, “We can indeed do better than this and we will!” Vegans are the new leaders in creation of this brave new world and each of us must rise to the challenge and be on the right side of history. Together we can create a world in which we all wish to belong and in which all sentient creatures are respected and honoured."
Here are some more inspiring quotes that inspire us to live in community:
"Spiritual community gives a sense of meaning and direction, and of life that's bigger than one's own. It's healing without therapy."
— Rabbi Omer-Man in Working on God by Winifred Gallagher
“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”
― Dorothy Day,
Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.
(pg.99, "The Body and the Earth")”
― Wendell Berry,
“Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don't need a lot of money to be happy--in fact, the opposite.”
― Jean Vanier,
“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.”
― Idowu Koyenikan,
“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”
― Desmond Tutu
“To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.”
― bell hooks,
Christopher Mikkelson published Animals are Feeling Beings Too in Directory 2017-03-20 13:09:48 -0500A:
Supporting animal organizations is just one way I help animals. On my blog, I write about a wide variety of topics and types of animals, and I usually share links so you can check out the organization/topic being discussed.
Land costs are lower compared to other places in the country. We welcome people who have similar goals and who have big dreams just as we do, to explore purchasing land nearby. There is room for many small communities on the 600 acres where owners have access to the beautiful Prayer Lake. Contact Trish@Jesusvegans.com for more information.
Taxes are relatively low compared to the national average, while consumable goods taxes are a bit higher.
Food: Healthy organic food can be higher, but we hope to offset that by growing and providing for ourselves and others.
Wanted: Assistant Director And Founding Members
By Trish Mikkelson, Founder and Director
I am looking for an assistant director and live-in founding members so we can do the following:
*Finish planning all details of the ecovillage so people can feel secure in exploring possibilities and joining.
*Give each other emotional, spiritual and physical support so we can have the strength to complete this task
*Publicize the project and inspire people to join on various levels.
Qualified applicants can live here in the beautiful log house that I have use of until Oct 15, 2018. However, I am open to working with someone from a distance.
William Wilberforce and his friends, who helped abolish slavery in England over a 40 year period, lived in a community setting. They provide an example of a spiritual community which helped to change society in radical ways. With the internet and all the knowledge gained over many decades about thriving in community, we have the potential to create healthy ecovillages that nurture our bodies, minds, and souls.
Once up and running, Vegan Utopia Ecovillage can help others start their own rural and urban vegan ecovillages.
I believe we can address every challenge that we face on this planet when we have the power of community. Do you want to be the assistant director and/or founding member to help this get off the ground and make a huge difference in the vegan movement? Learn more here.
We are not accepting interns at this time. Please contact us if you want to be put on a waiting list. We can't wait until we have the capacity to get this program going!
For Sale: Retreat Center and/or Farm Animal Sanctuary Site
Imagine purchasing the perfect site for a place of your dreams. Is this for you or someone you know? The six-bedroom log house is perfect for all kinds of activities including workshops, retreats, healing events and family gatherings. Volleyball, swimming, kayaking, are available at the nearby Prayer Lake, a private 40-acre spring-fed lake. 5 acres of pasture land plus 9 acres of forest is ideal for a farm animal sanctuary. We want to find a buyer who wants to keep this as a vegan retreat center and/or have a farm animal sanctuary. The Vegan Utopia Ecovillage site is only ten minutes away and we can cooperate! Learn all about it here.
We offer resources for living a life of health and compassion using a plant-based diet. We encourage a whole-foods approach with mostly raw foods. Making ethical choices in all aspects of life, including what we eat, is a foundational decision that helps our body, mind, and soul. Just as importantly, we help to alleviate greatly our negative impact on the environment. As long as people eat animals and hurt them, we will have human suffering. We want to alleviate suffering for all of life. Learn more here.