The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.
The second-best time is today.
We consistently make an effort to ensure structures which go up work in tandem with our large-scale permaculture design, meaning we take into consideration the neighbouring plants and trees, the sun, the flow & storage of water, the usage & transportation of energy and management of waste.
Valhalla’s first Eco-Build was inspired by something many of us in the community have heard about before. Earthships. Off the grid structures made out of recycled materials such as tires bottles and cans amongst other elements.
If we had to rebuild Valhalla from scratch – we would start with the kitchen! The pizza oven – passive fridge and kitchen counter has played a vital role in creating the consistency of Volunteer Saturdays. With a potluck lunch on the agenda weekly – having the ability to feed the volunteers and hard workers on the land allows us to make massive shifts in the growth of the community.
The flagship project of the Valhalla Montreal location – the Sustainability Learning Centre is essentially the alternative school we feel the world needs to shift culture and promote the sustainable communal lifestyle. An off grid eco barn design allows...
Permaculture (Permanent Culture) is a philosophy of working with nature through observation of all the functions of each element to design whole systems. Valhalla Montreal is applying principles of permaculture in all aspects of the project.
Natural Building; there are many solutions today that function passively using natural or reused materials such as Hemp, Earthships, Cob houses, Rocket Stoves and Compost showers. These innovative technologies provide accessible change for everyone.
Sociocracy is a self-managed decision making model for organizations and communities. Valhalla Montreal implements Sociocracy to ensure that all members are included in the decision making while still being efficient in our decision making.
Non-Violent Communication is a conflict resolution process that allows members to communicate from a place of empathy and understanding, and gives the tools to connect even with those who don’t practice it.