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Doc Forest and Blue Mountain Ecostery:
A Narrative for Creating Ecological Harmony in Daily Life

by Alan Drengson, Ecostery House, Victoria, BC 1993


Click to enlarge This book is in the tradition of such novels as Ecotopia. It is a resource for those who want to create their own honored and sacred place in harmony with nature. An ecostery is a place devoted to living with ecological wisdom or ecosophy. The environmental crisis challenges us to transform ourselves and relationships to live nonviolently with each other and other beings. The ecostery movement is a growing network of individuals, families, groups and communities who are acting positively on a daily basis to create more humane, just, honorable and ecologically harmonious lives and relationships. Ecology is the study of living interrelationships and philosophy is the loving pursuit of wisdom. Combined in ecophilosophy the aim is to create our own ecologically wise life style (ecosophy) based on nature grounded values and practices. This book is for those who want to construct and maintain their own urban, suburban or rural ecostery as a place in which to put down roots and become indigenous dwellers of the land, natives to their place. Ecosteries are as diverse as individuals, cultures and ecological places. Doc Forest conveys the ecostery vision complete with references and organizational suggestions.

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Reader's comment about the ecostery vision put forth in Doc Forest and Blue Mountain Ecostery:

"The ecostery and land trust are two examples of social organizations worth investments of time, energy and contributions. Both...empower participants in their daily lives.... The ecostery concept derives its origin from monastic forms of land based communities.... Monastic form has possibilities for decentralized, more or less self-sustaining communities, committed to work on bioregional restoration over long periods of time, without demand for profits or centralized power. Alan Drengson, an Emeritus Professor at the University of Victoria, has suggested the term ecostery be used to refer to such a form of community. ...The word ecostery was formed by combining elements from monastery and ecology.... Drengson sees the ecostery movement as an important part of the deep, long-range ecology movement because it emphasizes lifestyle and practice, while other parts of the movement emphasize political change and changes in social policy." Bill Devall, in Living Richly in an Age of Limits, Gibb Smith, Salt Lake City, 1993.

Alan Drengson is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria in Canada. His recent books include Beyond Environmental Crisis: From Technocrat to Planetary Person, and The Practice of Technology: Exploring Technology, Ecophilosophy, and Spiritual Disiplines for Vital Links. He is the coeditor of three anthologies, The Philosophy of Society, The Deep Ecology Movement, and Ecoforestry. He has also published three books of poetry, the Sacred Journey series, and is the founding editor of two journals, The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy, and Ecoforestry. He is a Nidan in Aikido the Japanese martial art. He loves wild journeying, spirit dancing and music of all kinds.


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