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Achim Burkard

Achim traveled Europe for 14 years, joining various Ecovillages and Eco-projects with his vintage fireengine and circus caravan. In 2000 he found a paradisic place where he initiated „Valle de Sensaciones“. Even if many participants project got inspired to change their lifes, Achim aimed for a more effective contribution to social change. In 2010 he stepped into the IT team of the Global Ecovillage Network and started to develop a global platform to provide inspiration and knowledge about sustainable living and offer effective tools for Ecovillage creation. Working in the context of this vibrant global network inspired him to develop the concept of "Ecovillage laboratories", based on the experience of 12 years running Valle de Sensaciones, to hopefully inspire the creation of a variety of similar projects around the globe.

Ecovillage experiences

  • 1987 - 1989: Sulzhof (Ecovillage, Germany)
  • 1990 - 1991: Cortijo de la Loma (Cultural center, Spain)
  • 1992 - 1996: El Morreon (Sustainable settlement, Spain)
  • 1996 - 1998: Wilde Rose (Ecovillage / Artists community, Germany)
  • 1999: 3 month participation in Tamera (Ecovillage / Healing biotope, Portugal)
  • 2000 - present: Valle de Sensaciones, Spain
  • since 2010: yearly participation in the Ecovillage conferences of the European and the African Ecovillage Networks

Professional experiences

  • 1989 - 2000: Travelling craft man and instrument maker
  • 1996: Tutor of the musical youth camp (German musical council)
  • 1997 - 1998: Co-organisator of ‘Arche Nova‘, Caravan of peace (Travelling community: 100 artists on the road)
  • 1999 - 2000: Creator of ‘Medicine wheel of the senses‘ (artistic and educational park)
  • since 2000: Founder of Valle de Sensaciones (Experimental educative project about artistic sustainability.)
  • since 2000: Tutor for green building, eco-technologies, natural living, creativity, music.
  • 2001: gained 'Award about Research in Renewable Energy' (por Caja España)
  • 2003: Creator of 'Community mandala' (game approach to organize communal living)
  • 2010: Gained 'Award for the best musical game'. (German musical council)
  • 2008 - 2010: Administrator of the Iberian Ecivillage Network site
  • since 2010: Creator of GEN sites. (Collaborative online platform for Ecovillage Networking)
  • 2012: Architect of 'Solution Library' (Educational online platform of GEN).