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“If you can’t take a year off to visit ecovillages around the world, this marvel of a book is the next best thing. It’s actually even better for the carbon it saves, the questions it asks, and the wisdom it shares. I am eager to share it with all my students and fellow teachers.”
Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy

Ecovillages offers that rarest of gifts: wisdom. It asks not simply how to address the build-up of carbon, dwindling of species, and toxification of our world, but how we can live together joyously on a single earth.”
Paul Wapner, Professor of International Service, American University and author of Living Through the End of Nature

“Ecovillages have for many years acted as micro-laboratories for building a low carbon, post-growth society. But what can we learn from them? How much of ecovillage life is scaleable and replicable? Karen Litfin set out to find out, and her learnings and insights are invaluable. We owe her road trip and her research a great deal, there is much wisdom and treasure here!”
Rob Hopkins, author of The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience

“Litfin combines her intellectual prowess with her sensitivity and compassion to tell a hugely important and inspiring story.”
Chris Uhl, Professor of Biology at Penn State and author of Developing Ecological Consciousness

“This first-rate book deserves to reach the widest possible audience; we must pay attention to it if we are going to thrive as a species on this fragile planet.”
Nina Wise, author of A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life

“One of the most powerful questions asked of us by our world crisis is, ‘How can we live together in ways that allow us to “be the change” together?’ Karen Litfin’s book gives us answers. These ecovillage experiments – idealistic, imperfect, courageous, creative and honestly described – will help us transform our consciousness and find our way forward.”
Terry Patten, co-author (with Ken Wilber) of Integral Life Practice

“An inspiring and instructive journey to the wide range of communities pioneering a sustainable global future.”
Jakob von Uexküll, founder of the Right Livelihood Award and former member of the European Parliament

“Nature teaches us that nothing disappears when it dies, it merely becomes something new. Karen Litfin’s lucid and heartfelt book reveals the new life emerging in the cracks of failing systems. Through her eyes, we meet people everywhere who are building high-joy, low-impact communities. Litfin is the perfect guide: intellectually rigorous, spiritually awake and deeply caring. If you want to create a richer, gentler life for yourself and your community, read this book!”
Vicki Robin, bestselling author of Your Money or Your Life and Blessing the Hands that Feed Us

“In these times of political gridlock and myopia, Karen Litfin’s tremendously engaging and informative exploration of ecovillages around the world points the way to a viable and attractive future very different from the bleak place to which we are now headed. You will enjoy this book!”
James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible

“The world is in for a major transition, a huge downshift, ready or not. For those inclined to roll up their sleeves and get ready, ecovillages offer insight and hope. As Litfin shows in this compelling book, they exemplify an ‘affirmative politics,’ a politics at once ecological, economic, community-oriented and spiritual. Ecovillages aren’t for everyone, but in these uncertain times, their lessons may be.”
Thomas Princen, University of Michigan, author of Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order

“Karen Litfin understands that we need inspiration as much as information, to forge the vibrant communities that will carry us into an enduring future. The success stories she brings to life are just what we need to revivify our existing communities on a planet perched at the precipice.”
Kurt Hoelting, author of The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life

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