We are seeking to establish an eco-village not far from Winnipeg's urban environment, facilitating personal and environmental wellbeing through the arts and other subsistence pursuits.
Recent research in evolutionary psychology has uncovered that the modern human impulse to consume is hard-wired into our brains partly due to earlier, hunter-gatherer lifestyles. While the impulsive collection of food was key to survival for hunter-gatherers, that same impulse is the root driver of our modern propensity for instant gratification.
Interestingly, the impulsive desire is also said to be satisfied by subsistence-level production and consumption -- such as the arts, gardening, and other creative pursuits -- making them key to minimizing our built-in environmentally destructive impulses while also providing complete human wellness and fulfillment.
Our goal, therefore, is to replace destructive, impulse-driven forms of productivity often encouraged by urban "environments-of-plenty," with sustainable, subsistence-level lifestyles that are community-centered, yet provide for personal enrichment.
From artistic experimentation (the production of music, visual art and other media), to agricultural development (reconnecting with the earth and producing natural products via permaculture), or simply intellectual enrichment (providing a space to conduct research in a space ‘away’ and pursuing personal growth by learning/developing new skills), we hope to harness human nature for benefit by actualizing a more wholesome form of “productivity."
For more information, contact James or Kendra Magnus-Johnston, TW members profiled on the site.