Skala Ecovillage, Greece is an attempt to form and accomplish an ecological friendly and collective way of living. We dream the Ecovillage as a vibrant and open social proposal which can replace the conventional structures of competition and fear with the constants of trust, solidarity and cooperation with ourselves and to life herself.
Currently, four adults and three children live permanently at Skala Ecovillage. Last year (2014) it has been created a core group of 8-10 people, which is working intensively on the implementation of the vision.
At the same time, a wide network of friends and collectives, both in Greece and abroad, supports us in several ways.
We try to close the cycles of production and consumption of food and energy locally, so that we have the smallest ecological footprint and less resource depletion.
Water: Autonomy (the water comes from local natural sources) and enrichment of groundwater. Water holding tanks, rainwater harvesting etc.
Skala canyon: The skala canyon is on the north side of Hortiatis mountain (central Macedonia of Greece). It is a deep, wild and with great vegetation gorge. The length of the canyon is about 5 km length. It starts from an altitude of 820 meters and finishes at the altitude of 220 meters at the region of Platanorema (platanus stream). The stream hosts a rich fauna of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds as also a rare species of freshwater fish of Briana (Barbus macedonicous).
On the 20th of September 2015, Skala Ecovillage (skalaecovillage.com), Thessaloniki region, Greece, organized a day dedicated to the Water inspired by the international Walking Water event. An open invitation was calling people to gather, connect and take action at the beautiful and alive Skala’s Gorge situated next to our land.
It was not a coincidence that this event happened at the very same day of national elections here in Greece for a new government, reminding us that environmental and political issues go together.
Together with a diverse group of people we entered the gorge keeping in mind the connection with the Californian Walking Water pilgrimage. This raised the feeling of being part of a global action. At the destination point, sitting in circle, surrounded by magnificent plane trees, the group exchanged ideas and knowledge about the issue of water.
Back to the meeting point, a relaxing pick-nick brought the heterogeneous group even closer. Some of the participants moved to the residential land of Skala Ecovillage and had a tour were the existing swales (rain catchment infrastructure) were presented. The day closed with the presentation of Walking Water’s movie.
We wish that the seeds of this action may be shared with the rest of the world!