Name of Project: The Eden Project [The Essence Of Eden]
Current Stage Of Project: In Progress
Of Project: Mentone, Alabama
When Did The Project Commence?: The Idea Originated Over 12 Years
Ago [Focused Actions Now In Progress]
Initiated The Project?: Derek/Teresa/ The Eden Project [Founding]
What Is The Main Purpose Of The Project?: To
Live, Learn & Teach A Better Way.
What Are The Key Features Of The Project?:
The concept of
Eco Villages, “Energy-Economics-Environment".Energy is a renewable energy such as Wind Power, Sun Power & Water Power.
Its economy from the rural economy/resource based, and learning
workshops.Also a Healing Center/Retreat. Environment is formed in very environmentally friendly ways and considered in balance with
the natural surroundings.
Who Are The Main
Beneficiaries Of The Project?
Those who want to live
in the Intentional Community [Eco-Village], the surrounding
community and the people who want to visit our Community to learn
how to live a better and smarter way.
Briefly The Cost Of The Project and/or Planned Future Funding Of
To support the system:
To obtain the
Heartwood Retreat at Mentone, set up legal structures, fund
initial utilities, setting up alternative utilities, initial
materials & housing, monthly operational expenses, and growth will
need about $1 - 5 million dollars in the full vision. Far less with proper financing
avenues engaged.An initial fund-raiser to raise funds to take over the property and begin operations is now in progress.
Initial legal structure set up and property will be the key to
determining total needs. Members monthly assessments, join fees,
and income producing vehicles from the community will cover
ongoing expenses and growth.Workshops, Events, Festivals and other related living, spiritual and educational projects are already in
motion.For now, still own self-reliance; will submit proposals to obtain funding from donor agencies and others who may be
concerned about the environment, alternative energy, alternative
building, sustainable living.
What Has Been The Involvement Of The Local Community In The Project?
Heartwood Retreat is already an operating spiritual retreat and the
owners wish to move on to other parts of their lives, having grown
older. The local community itself consists of people with different views and outlooks, but open and inviting.
What Future Plans (if any) Are There For The
Eden: This project may fuel newer
communities/villages which are spread across the country with the
concept of environment-friendly self-sustaining new ways to live,
and will become the center in communities/villages across the
What Are The Key Innovative
Aspects Of The Project?
Optimize the potential of the
location using the resources available locally.
To What Extent Has The Project Been Replicated Either Locally,
Nationally, or Internationally?
The Eden Project
[Essence Of Eden] will be a pilot, fully self-sustaining community
that will be applied in the model communities/villages that have
local & national, as well as international potential. It is possible
to replicate, once we come into being, using & experimenting
with the best ideas from many sources who are already trying some
See our links [below] for further information as it
becomes available. Thank You.
In this stage of fund raising we are asking for contributions to open/register our LLC, which in turn will be taking
over the Heartwood Retreat at Mentone, Alabama for the purposes of
establishing an intentional community and learning center.
Retreat is a rather well known spiritual retreat/sanctuary in the
Mountains of Northeast Alabama currently focused on healing
& spiritual growth in a natural setting, just a few minutes walk
from the East Fork of the Little River.Your contribution will not only help cover
initial expenses in establishing this community (ie; lease w/option to
purchase, utility deposits, and servicing of those payments), it will
provide you access to excellent camping property, as well as access to
any number of future functions & events that will be held on this
property that will eventually serve as a form of income generation
leading toward the self sustain-ment of an intentional community.
community will continue to provide a place for healing and spiritual
growth, but will also become an education/learning center for future
generations to learn about the many facets of self sustainability and
the benefits of creating & living in intentional communities.Your gift creates endless possibilities. A series of other eventual fund raisers will
address the purchase of the property, improvements, and growth.
Currently, this fund-raiser is not a deductible item, but these
arrangements can be made through another non-profit:
Contact Liane at:
...for details, for your gift should you need that.
Otherwise, your gift here we believe will open you up to receiving in many ways.Thank You
"Your contribution will provide
you with the following...
Membership in "Friends of Eden"
$50 - one week's worth of camping any time of year, providing its not during a scheduled event
.$150 - one month's worth of camping anytime
of year, providing its not
during a scheduled event
-  2 night cabin/retreat
anytime of year, providing it's not
during a scheduled event
[reservation required - subject to
availability at time].
*camping presently $5.00/head/per