The Aldinga Arts EcoVillage (AAEV) is an intentional community at Aldinga in the southern fringe of Adelaide, South Australia. It showcases the exploration of new lifestyles for a more humane, sustainable future.
Historically, the Village concept emerged from the interwoven philosophies of several distinct strands: the arts, Permaculture & environmental sustainability, and the desire to create more cohesive community. Out of this background has come our collective vision for an EcoVillage’ – a true ‘community’ of all age groups – characterized by “caring for the earth; caring for people, and working creatively together.”
Our Village is about people and for people. The participation and inputs of residents working together are what makes it work – through arts and cultural activities, community building, developing and maintaining our common land (including a small farm), looking after Village service infrastructure, being involved in community governance, and a host of other tasks aimed at supporting each other and nurturing our environment.
We acknowledge the indigenous Kaurna people, the traditional owners of our land. We salute the indigenous philosophy – people belong to the land, in contrast to the European philosophy that land belongs to people – recognizing that the traditional philosophy has much of value to teach us as we seek a more sustainable way to live in community.