24 Mar Living Tree Alliance
Living Tree Alliance
Jewish Eco-village in Central Vermont
One of Livnot’s past chevre is starting a Jewish Eco-village in Central Vermont, called Living Tree Alliance. Stacey London-Oshkello and her husband Craig Oshkello have been working diligently for the past 5 years toward establishing a Jewish Eco-village that embraces earth-based Judaism in a community setting. Stacey was on the Tzfat #40 program over 20 years ago and was deeply inspired by her time at Livnot. Livnot stimulated her to live a spiritual life that is rooted in Judaism, and encouraged her to see the beauty of living among a community that learns, cooks, hikes, and celebrates together. Stacey and Craig returned to Israel on their honeymoon, and were able to spend some time together at Livnot, sharing the magic of Livnot and its wonderful staff, planting the seed of Living Tree Alliance. Living Tree Alliance is a residential, spiritual, farming Eco-village forming in Moretown, VT, where it serves as a new model of community living, with ecological structures and permaculture principles that allow for sharing of resources among residents, and environmental education for the wider community. The vision involves three interwoven strands, the residential community, the working lands, and the enrichment programs. All of these strands will have an emphasis on Jewish practice. We are a multi-generational, ecologically oriented community, founded with an ethos of tikkun olam, Hebrew for “repairing the world”. Together we explore the rhythms of Jewish life in relationship to each other and in stewardship to the land through homesteading, education, celebration, and service. The residential community will be comprised of 7 residences and a community center, which is legally organized as a co-housing community. The working lands will comprise wild areas conserved in Endangered Plant Sanctuaries and protected corridor, tillable acreage for carbon farming & growing grains and vegetables, pastureland for grazing livestock and making hay, and woodlands for maple sugaring, sustainable forestry, natural building materials, and bio-fuels. Our enrichment program aims to be grounded in Jewish spiritual practice and nature awareness; in order to create opportunities for learning, insight, healing and inspiration, accessible across age, gender, racial, and spiritual spectra. Living Tree Alliance has begun offering Sukkot and Shavuot festivals and educational programs that connect people to traditional skills, permaculture, and earth-based Jewish spirituality. Living Tree Alliance is currently accepting new residents, and is looking for a farmer to join them. LTA is also looking for volunteers to help with grant-writing, fundraising, building, and organizing events. For more information please visit our website at www.livingtreealliance.com, or email jcomecovillage[at]gmail.com.