model of COHERENCE


NEW Culture Ecovillage has a design ethos that supports the creation of a healthy community culture and social ecosystem.

The CC model is facilitated by the symbol of the cross, powerfully portraying a deeply aligned coherence, or - when elements are amiss - the challenging experience of community crucifixion!


The X Axis of the cross is the Foundational Level. This is the stable structure comprising the community vision and its cultural principles for living - the What.


The Y Axis is the Growing Level. Here you have the flowing movement of social design, e.g. the training, social structure, conflict resolution as well as therapeutic practices which will evolve and shift over time - the How. 

As three concentric circles:


Vision &

Cultural Principles


Social Design

1. The vision is the outer circle, which contains everything. Like a fractal, its patterning runs through every layer of design.

2. The vision contains the cultural principles for how people live and operate within the community.


3. The principles contain the social design, which determines the health of the community dynamics.

Note, these levels could also be perceived from the innermost layer to outer; what matters is the fractal principle of patterning. 



NEW Culture Ecovillages may be built upon any vision that truly inspires the members' hearts & aligns with the energy of the land upon which it is built. 


The 'Four Wind' Vision, whose name is inspired by cross-cultural wisdom, consists of:


South (outwards, radiating energy) 

West (inwards turning energy) 

North (present moment, stillness energy) 

East (moving, airing energy).



WEST - Protecting the future generations & land within  






SOUTH - Being a torch to the world & spreading the message 


NORTH - Living the experience of paradise now 


EAST - Cultivating paradise through the principles 



The five ‘New Earth Ways’ are a fusion of yin and yang, matter and spirit, tradition and innovation: the birthed wisdom child of the Permaculture Principles and the ‘New Time Energy.’ They aim to create coherence and unity within a culture. Shown here as a five-pointed star, seen commonly in various seeds and the centre of an apple, the pentacular geometry has always been associated with nature as it has perfectly harmonic golden mean - fibonacci proportions, a ratio which can be found everywhere in creation.

1. Stay Tuned in – to live and act from natural, conscious alignment 

2. Respect Energy – cultivate awareness of yours, others’ and nature’s

3. Honour the Circle – to sustain balance and self-replenishing abundance

4. Embody the Vision – to operate from one’s heart, truth and purpose 

5.Celebrate Individuals – to create a symbiosis that serves the whole

SOCIAL design


The social design recommended uses the four elements - again extracting the wisdom already present in nature to design social infrastructure.


The first three may prevent a large extent of potential conflict from ever arising, leaving the last element of air to clear the remaining conflicts and extract the elixir of learning and growth. 



AIR - Conflict Resolution Practices 





EARTH - Structures & Teams 


FIRE - Training, Enquiry, Practice 


WATER - Therapeutic Practices 


The Community Coherence model is outlined fully in a new book by Karen Aiyana Birch (to be published in 2020)

'NEW culture points to a reality where individuals are fully actualised, empowered, aligned, living their truth,  and leading a new world in regenerative initiatives.'

Karen, a conscious catalyst and ‘keeper' of our planet, is dedicated to calibrating the greatest truth and most impactful possibilities for both individual human consciousness and global culture. She sees the unifying of ecological regeneration and advanced human operating as imperative, and advocates a shift from ‘awakening’ to ‘mastery.’

Karen is founder and director of the British Isles regional branch of the Global Ecovillage Network, named  GEN WISE  for Wales, Ireland (RI &NI), Scotland and England.

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