In 1983, there were people with Martinus philosophy who wanted to make a place called: Vegetarian 90. This project attracted people who had had enough of the big city and wanted to build ecologically and with shared activities and in 1990 the potato field was named Økologisk Landsbysamfund. We were inspired by Christiania, Svanholm and Thylejren and made our economies of experience from this: Common about the farm and the fields – personally about the area on which the house was situated. The place of the house and garden became a joint decision in our housing groups.
When the economy was clear (to some), we transformed into an association with shared responsibility about the whole and privately about our own house and renamed to the Økosamfundet Dyssekilde
The foundation of the village has changed as the houses were built and the assembly house, kindergarten and school took over the original farm which was home to 8 people and the common house for the growing group, now 140 adults and 60 children aged 0-93 years
The original idea behind the ecosystem Dyssekilde was to create a vegetarian, spiritual and human urban community. During the start-up phase, the foundation of the village changed several times, and now the foundation builds more on attitudes and values than a real concrete conviction.
We try to live a life with community, tolerance and respect, focusing on sustainability and ecology. It applies to the solutions we have applied to, among other things, our common house, wastewater treatment, waste sorting and vegetable cultivation.
The village is divided into 7 residential groups which have organized themselves with practical tasks and social activities. Here you will also be able to experience many exciting solutions to housing, energy, ecology, architecture, sustainability and much more.
Each residential group is responsible for the outdoor areas between the houses and they manage their own budget. Several residential groups also make various social events such as garden days, Christmas dinners, bike rides and summer parties.
Originally, the idea was that the housing groups should be the unit. The idea was small private houses, possibly. completely without kitchens and in turn, a common house in each residential group. Each enclave should have extensive autonomy, common eating, joint workshop, etc.
Along the way, we have developed ourselves so that the village has become the device where people meet cross-section of residential groups, while at the same time many have close relationships with their neighbors.
Many guests come here to look at the distinctive houses. Most houses are built with greenhouses to the south, so they can utilize the solar heat. Many houses have solar collectors and / or solar cells, and energy considerations are generally considered in the architecture.
We are very different people with different backgrounds and reasons for living here, yet we are bound by the vision of several values such as ecology, sustainability, social fellowship, respect and tolerance.
For Økosamfundet Dyssekilde, ecology means sustainability in relation to all resources – nature, environment, animals and humans. It is one of the fundamental elements of the village, and in practice it takes place in many ways and levels depending on the people involved.
Back in 1990, we started “Active Summer” with an ad in Information to share our wonderful country life with the city’s friends and show that culture thrives in the best of the country. Every year we have held a week with the opportunity to participate in various creativities in 1 1/2 hours of education and have called it ” bevaegelsefestival.dk ”
Similarly, a group has formed a music festival “Himmelstorm” which has attracted many people every year.
Firebrands get opportunities to develop their talents together.
Ellen Berring Dyssekilde
Ellen Berring, Kilden i Stjernen www.dyssekilde.dk