Ecovillagers New Culture Weekend April 20-23

Intimacy in Community: Tools for Creating a New Culture

Ecovillagers Alliance is opening our Spring 2018 retreat to anyone looking to build community and to learn interpersonal skills that we all need to do it!

New Culture is an experience of examining every aspect of our existing culture and experimenting to find out how to create a world based on love and freedom rather than fear and violence. It is about creating sustainable, rich, intimate personal relationships based on transparency, delight, freedom, and community—and a sustainable world to enjoy them in.

We particularly recognize that personal growth and positive social change are inseparably intertwined.

On this weekend together, we'll co-create heartful workshops and group connection time. We will also introduce ZEGG Forum, a powerful intimacy building process where a community can create and deepen understanding with each other by witnessing and sharing what is alive in our hearts as well as what is under the surface. By opening a compassionate space where we can appreciate each perspective without taking it on as “truth”, ZEGG Forum helps groups transcend conflict and develop the deep listening skills that sustain and nurture our relationships and our selves.

There will be a special add-on Sunday night and Monday morning where people interested in building leadership capacities can debrief the experience of the weekend and receive professional guidance on what it takes to bring New Culture skills, exercises, values, and concepts into our communities.

We will begin with an optional community Shabbat dinner Friday at 5:30pm. The first workshop will begin Friday at 8:00pm. Saturday's and Sunday's workshops will begin at 9:30am following an optional self-serve light breakfast. All workshops, Friday and Saturday dinner, and Saturday and Sunday lunches and light breakfasts will be held at a private home in Lancaster, PA. Details will be emailed to all registered participants on Thursday.

All are welcome, and registration is required. Please help us plan by registering ASAP if you think you can make it!

Out-of-town guests overnighting in Lancaster: If you need or would like overnight homestay accommodations, please describe your needs under "Additional Information" when you register.

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Our Facilitators

Debby Sugarman is a skilled meeting facilitator, mediator and transformational coach. She is dedicated to approaches that integrate the wisdom of mind, heart and spirit to help groups and individuals navigate through stuck places and relational challenges. She is passionate about teaching and sharing skills to help people skillfully manage difficult emotions, communicate needs and desires with clarity, and navigate difficult conversations.


Indigo Dawn (They/Them) is an impact-oriented love activist, whose vision is to create a sustainable society for all its stakeholders. Their schemes to make this happen include sharing non-sexual touch as a Cuddlist (cuddlist.com/indigodawn), and creating events and workshops that change lives. As a key organizer and presenter for Center for New Culture, Indigo spreads skills and mind-sets that support sustainable relationships and communities--including self-awareness, open communication, authentic connection, and healthy boundaries. Their most recent project is co-creating intentional community at Chrysalis in Arlington, VA, and Allegheny Crest in Mt Storm, WV.


Ecovillagers Alliance

The Ecovillagers Alliance is a charitable nonprofit organization run by volunteer organizers, teachers, communicators, and social entrepreneurs in the Mid-Atlantic region. It exists to cultivate grassroots democracy, healthy communities, and sustainable land stewardship through a regional network of ecovillage neighborhoods owned and managed cooperatively by empowered neighbors.