Forming Formed: 2008 Established: 2008
This page last updated:8/21/2009
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Suderbyn was established during the summer of 2008 and has had year-round residents since August 2008. The old five-hectare farm is bicycling distance from the World Heritage town of Visby, and walking distance from pristine Baltic Sea beaches, on the Island of Gotland. Suderbyn Cooperative Society plans to establish a large permaculture forest garden on the property and establish a community-built eco-village in its center with local natural materials. For social and ecological reasons we wish to have a high proportion of collective facilities complemented by very simple private housing. We will work towards increased self-sufficiency in energy (solar, wind, and wood) and food. We have chosen to have only dry toilets and natural purification of our greywater.
We hope employment in the village will be possible. The location is excellent for tourist-related businesses such as artisan products, holistic treatments, courses, food-processing, book café, cultural and social centre, and offices and hostel to be located in our “eko-torg,” the former barn. We expect that residents who are not self-employed will have location-independent jobs or seek employment in Visby. Until the ecovillage is built, the old farmhouse serves as a collective for the first 8 to 10 pioneers.
We are at this time seeking contact with others who could help make Suderbyn a vital community with its own unique cultural identity and social cooperation. From the start, we see Suderbyn as part of the global intentional community movement and wish to attract a broad spectrum of people from Sweden and abroad to join us.
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This page last updated:8/21/2009
Visitor Process: Overnight visitors need to make prior contact to establish availability and details for a visit. Visitors are asked to contribute in work or money to cover their room and board.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(Until now consensus has been possible. We may have to consider have qualified majority decision-making if a vital issue was to arise where consensus could not be reached.)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(100 000 SEK for full membership)
(200 SEK annual fee 2009)
Land and Buildings
(7 km from town centre)
12.4 acres (5.0 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Just starting, will be 50% we hope)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Vegetarian meals based on local organic foodstuffs is the norm)
(Smoking is restricted to a smoking area outside)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(We expect all to be interested in individual paths to personal development)
(Both public/priv schools used now)
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