He was a founding member of GEN-Europe and later for three years its president. He is still active within the GEN network and was part of the initiation of the Ecovillage Design Education (EDE). Currently he serves as an adviser to the Baltic See Region “Ecovillages Project” financed by the EU.
In 1984 he joined the Bauhütte community which later became ZEGG. At ZEGG he is the chief landscape designer creating fertile soil and an edible landscape on glacial sand using intuition and Permaculture knowledge. He studied Permaculture with Fukuoka in Greece and with many others in Germany. He also works as an eco builder on the multi-facetted challenges of retrofitting and insulating existing houses with renewable materials. Currently he is engaged with Terra Preta soils and using all local ressources for its production.
He is motivated by a deep caring, compassion and love for people and life. Achim always seeks new edges to learn and teach. For the last 20 years he has been teaching integral Forum and awareness training in German, English and Spanish including Worldwork, “the work that reconnects” and others.
Achim has written a booklet on “Ecology and Sustainability at the ZEGG Community” where he describes the background of his ecological work and the applications at ZEGG.
Bárbara Stützel. Psicóloga, cantante, formación y experiencia en el mundo del teatro. Varias estancias e intensa labor en Latinoamérica. Miembro de ZEGG desde el 2001. Aparte del arte su pasión es abrir espacios dónde quepan las verdades humanas y aportar así al crecimiento personal.
Born in 1961, trained originally as a teacher, has been a passionated peace and environmental activist from her youth. When she joined the community, she was involved in the guest department, in giving community trainings, and in working at the communitiy’s children’s house. Being, sharing and learning with and from people was and is her passion.
She was one of the founding members of the ecovillage ZEGG where she has been active in various ways since 1991. For many years she was executive secretary of the Global Ecovillage Network of Europe, (www.gen-europe.org), which supports the implementation of sustainable communities in Europe. Since 2004 she is involved in Gaia Education (www.gaiaeducation.org), a holistic approach for education for the future. She has been a communications trainer and supervisor for 20 years, specializing in building community, creating transparency and trust in group processes. She is familiar with Non-Violent Communication, Deep Ecology and other methods which support people to share from the depth of their hearts.