We envision a committed, cooperative community and network of concerned individuals and organisations, who exchange knowledge, experience and wisdom in the creation of communities from all over Oceania and Asia; communities where people live sustainably with dignity, in harmony with each other, with nature and in the belief of evolutionary process.
GENOA aims to create a world of regenerative culture through connecting, sharing, promoting and supporting existing and aspiring ecovillage communities and projects and the organizations and networks that support them.
Connecting international and national ecovillage networks including intentional communities and townships; ecological, faith-based and government initiatives and networks; indigenous and traditional communities, villages and networks.
Sharing information, knowledge, learning, experiences and wisdom relevant to the region.
Promoting traditional villages and communities, ecovillages and innovative settlements, projects and networks that bring forth insights and actions that are resilient, healing, self-empowering, regenerative, and restorative.
Supporting individuals, communities, villages, organisations, governments and networks to create, transition and maintain holistic sustainable living through trainings, consultancies, convergences and connecting resources as needed.
Since 2015, GENOA has been transitioning to shared governance, participatory leadership and consent decision-making. The team have learnt the art of self-organising, working autonomously and remotely, developing feedback loops, being accountable and nurturing trust. The core values of GENOA are: Integrity, Diversity, Trust, Service, Participation, Evolving and Oneness.
Our guiding philosophy
GENOA’s guiding philosophy is based on the mandala, the Sanskrit word for “Circle,” that is an Asian spiritual symbol representing the universe. The GENOA Mandala consists of seven dimensions, represented by the universal colours of the rainbow, which are reflected as seven systems of interpretation, called the chakras (Sanskrit for wheels or vortexes). The GENOA mandala, inspired by the Seed of Life, supported GENOA’s working circles during our restructuring process 2016 to 2018.
Our logo brings together the GENOA mandala and the GEN butterfly, symbolising transformation and the flowing of energy from one form to the other, honouring the Earth with all indigenous and cultural wisdom, while grounding in the present.