Mind & Body Connections
(Disclaimer: We are not scientists. Our intuitions and instincts are mostly our guiding stars. However, there are thousands of years of human experience and historical observations that point us here. The science is out there. And feel free to challenge our thinking)
Buildings have an affect on the occupants and the community. Physically and mentally buildings can nurture health and happiness or at the other end of the scale they can be toxic and depressing. Most are somewhere in between. There's no doubt however that toxic buildings and environments play a role in high incidences of crime, cancers and suicide.
Healthy communities as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as places where people report feelings of health and well-being and require fewer referrals to healthcare services.
When we study the reasons the science is irrefutable. Stimulate the brain with art, music, positive social relations and purpose, to create positive feelings. Exercise, living close to Nature, growing even a little of your own food is mentally liberating and biologicallly nourishing.
The Tehuia EON is my expression of my direct connection with Nature and especially living forests. Living amoungst the giant redwoods of Northern California 1st awakened me to the benefits of living amoungst trees. Living amoungst Kauri trees here in New Zealand nurtured my enthusiasm.
For me living with whole round logs that rise from ground level to converge at the the skyward apex just feels naturally aspirational. Yes its unconventional here in NZ, where the European approach to architecture is commonly all right angles. However, Increasingly 'free thinkers' are challenging that model. Nature does not replicate right angles, its all about circles and flexibility, adaptation, and innovation. The human mind similarily loves these same processes.
Unfortunately, straight lines and right angles have been great for big business. You need a bank to help you build the conventional western home. Being debt free is liberationg and the sooner we can do that the better. A Radiant Life Village is fundementally about opening up opportunities for living debt free.
Indeed what has conventional square box homes done for us thats so great? Are they healthy in a wholistic way? Does conventional building create waste? Is it overly expensive? Does it stand up to current environmental extremes? Is it making people well? Does it work for healthy societies? Will it be around in 200 years? Perhaps its time to change things around. BEING UNCONVENTIONAL MIGHT BE AN IMPROVEMENT,
For us the unconventional EON does tick the ecological boxes and as the basis for an eco-village, eco-tourism, eco-health retreat, it makes perfect environmental & economical sense.
EON Ticks The Boxes
In some instances what is written above is based on our experience over the 6 years we have been building and living in the EON. Specific detailed scientific testing will be done over time that may provide definitive proof. Wind tunnels and scientific testing at Universities will follow but why wait for that. Citizen science is all about just doing it.
The essential pyramid shape of the EON has been around for thousands of years. We however are the first people we know of, to build these with whole logs, at least in modern times, to live and work exclusively in a living working community. Thats why we call this a New Age Model. Its a work in progress, but one with 6 years of hosting guests, renters and living in one ourselves,