The Eliopoli Ecovillage Project is an intentional community project located in south west Nova Scotia, Canada. In the image above you can see the wonderful Darling Lake peninsula on which the ecovillage is located. The name means “City of the Sun”, from ancient Greek Helios (Sun) and Poleis (City). By making this project, we express our intention to live in a different way, applying values to our every-day-life. Eliopoli is the focus of a wide network of ideas. Eliopoli is not a “protected greenhouse” for fragile people, but a forge of strong and gentle human beings. Our major goal is to balance economical, environmental and interior aspects in a rich synthesis, building an intentional community around archetype symbols.
We like to compare ourselves to the founders of the ancient Greek colonies in the Mediterranean sea. Rich in their culture, the ancient colonists were seekers of new possibilities and spaces, and founded some of the most prosperous and beautiful cities of their times (for example Syracuse). We see Canada as a huge “promised land” full of unexpressed potential.