SkyEarth is a living environment that is planned and built by those who come to study at Lilleoru. The core practices here are The Art of Conscious Change and Kriya yoga that are transmitted by Ingvar Villido, with spiritual name Ishwarananda. Lilleoru is also a member of Estonian Eco-communities Movement and a member of Global Ecovillage Network GEN-Europe.
The planning of SkyEarth village started in 2005. It has been a great learning process for all the present and future residents - part of our path of conscious self-transformation. This aspect has made the development process of the village unique, compared to the development of typical new contemporary settlements.By now, the first residents have moved in.
The social structure of the village, close collaboration of future residents, economy of the whole process and conscious choices of the residents – both in terms of building design and materials – all of this is actually not so unique, when viewed from a wider perspective, since many of these traits resemble the alternative model for villages that has emerged and grown in the last several decades – the model of a consciously created ecovillage.
Within the ecovillage model, there are four consciously designed aspects of life: worldview, social, economic and ecological. In the case of a particular ecovillage, some of these aspects may be more fully developed, and some less. With our SkyEarth village, all four aspects are visibly represented.
The definition of an ecovillage according to Global Ecovillage Network:
"Ecovillages are urban or rural communities where the intention of the members is to integrate supportive social living environment and a conscious way of life with moderate consumption. In order to achieve that, many different practices are used: permaculture, ecological design and building, green production, use of alternative energy sources, intentional community creation practices and many more methods and means."
During the time when the first consciously self-identified ecovillages were created, Robert and Diane Gilman's definition was used:
"Ecovillages and/or intentionally created sustainable communities are human-scale full-featured settlements in which human activities are harmlessly integrated into the natural world in a way that is supportive of healthy human development, and can be successfully continued into the indefinite future."