Set outside the charming ‘Iowa Great Places’ town of Fairfield, Iowa, Abundance Ecovillage is adjacent to an organic farms and the Sustainable Living Education Coalition campus. Located on 15 acres, the EcoVillage is a living example of the phrase “beyond sustainability.“ The Abundance EcoVillage features cutting-edge sustainable technology, and is one of the first developments of its kind in the United States.
The Abundance EcoVillage is a place where neighborhood design, energy, water, waste recycling, and landscaping are all designed to work in tune with nature. This means that the systems we use to obtain living necessities are both socially and environmentally responsible, resulting in better living conditions for both nature and mankind.
Our homes are carefully designed synergies of highly efficient systems pattered after nature itself. The majority of our resources are created on-site, and waste systems are recycled or managed on-site. Our goal is to provide you with a greater living environment that provides all the comfort of modern luxury, while leaving a much lighter footprint on our great planet.
By design, the Abundance EcoVillage seeks to foster opportunities for informal, positive, interesting and regular interactions between a diversity of residents. No particular lifestyle is required to live at the Abundance EcoVillage, although many residents experience a deepening in their appreciation for nature, and a more conscious approach to interacting with Nature. The EcoVillage features a variety of space for outdoor interaction including gardens that speckle the landscape, ponds for swimming, winding trails, and an outdoor amphitheater. We host films, lectures, and workshops on sustainability, and concerts at our outdoor stage. We grow vegetables and herbs in our community garden.
Although not a requirement, many EcoVillage residents enjoy commuting by bicycle. Our community is located within 3 miles from the town-center of Fairfield, Iowa, making it an ideal location to enjoy the tranquility of country life within biking distance of city amenities. Other common destinations are 1.5 miles south to the Maharishi University campus, .8 miles south to the 17 mile Jefferson County Trail Loop or 2.5 miles northwest to Maharishi Vedic City. Many of these key destinations can be ridden by bicycle more directly on quieter rural and town roads without the need to ride on Highway 1.
We moved from our lovely 4,000-plus square-foot home to our 850-square-foot, off-the-grid EcoVillage home. One might call it drastic ‘empty-nesting’ but I would have to say it was the best change we could have made. Our quality of life increased tenfold. Living at the EcoVillage allows us to understand and learn to live more in tune with our environment, making use of the climate instead of bracing ourselves against the elements. -Stacey Hurlin, Resident