The interconnectedness of life includes the interconnectedness of individual people. Living harmoniously as part of a sustainable community is a learned behavior. In the West, the separate individual is idealized and the community suffers because of it. At Eco-Israel, we understand that it is impossible to live sustainability on your own. That is why we put an emphasis on community and communal living. Through listening circles, where our students practice listening and speaking from the heart, ceremonies, activities and other aides we facilitate a long-lasting (sustainable) community experience. The community aspect of the Eco-Israel experience is often times the most challenging part of our programming but also the most rewarding.
As a large family, we cook together, eat together, and work alongside one another. We also enjoy life together, creating time for music, stories & laughter. The hope is to cultivate a community based on mutual respect and communication, guided by the ideals of compassion, not just for each other but also for the life of the plants, animals, and wildlife surrounding us.
As we grow food, we aspire to cultivate the art of communal self-sufficiency and healthy living. The residential community of the farm is usually about 30 folks. Besides Eco-Israel, Hava& Adam is also home to Israeli National Service and Year of Service volunteers, as well as several international volunteers that also live and work on the farm.