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The following strategies of the Yarrow EcoVillage are arrayed in three dimensions (Social-Economic; Ecological and Cultural-Spiritual). Each dimension has five elements (e.g., Learning/Teaching...). Each of the elements contains one or more descriptive statements or critical success factors.

YES strategies

YES Strategies, adapted from: Ecovillage Living: Restoring the Earth and Her People by Hildur Jackson and Karen Svensson



  • Experimentation
  • Research and demonstration
  • Internal and outreach education and communication
  • Lifelong learning

Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Preventative healthcare
  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Holistic healing

Supportive Community

  • Shared vision and agreements that express commitments
  • Listening for meaning
  • Consensus decision-making
  • Collaborative conflict resolution
  • Co-intelligence
  • Sharing resources with one another and with the wider community

Diverse and Accessible

  • Inclusion of individuals from various backgrounds and stages of life, differing abilities, incomes and family structures (including singles), and diverse cultural, spiritual and religious backgrounds
  • Barrier-free design
  • Provision of affordable housing options, (i.e., rental, lease to own and use of sweat equity).

Localizing Economics

  • Economic activities planned for, enabled and supported on site
  • Encouraging worker ownership
  • Supporting the local economy
  • Community economic development


Minimizing Ecological Impacts

  • Green business
  • Life cycle and ecological footprint analysis
  • The Natural Step

Conserving Resources

  • Green building
  • Renewable energy
  • Local water care
  • Alternative waste disposal

Organic farming

  • Local food production, consumption and recirculation
  • Certified organic farm
  • Sustainable year-round food production


  • Encouraging the wild and native flora and fauna
  • Habitat restoration
  • Ecosystem protection and management


  • Permaculture design



  • Artistic expression
  • Personal unfolding


  • Respecting, honouring and celebrating everyone's spirituality
  • Finding and incorporating beauty in all elements of life

Celebrating Life

  • Honouring cultures
  • Celebrating significant events and passages
  • Promoting peace and nonviolence

Holistic Worldview

  • Philosophy and science supporting the interconnectedness of life

Connecting with Nature

  • Attuning to natural cycles
  • Bioregional thinking