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GSBN:nominating new member - Croatia

Dear All -- Yesterday I spoke with Robert Schenk, a member of a new network in Croatia called EkoSense. He was ordering a number of books and videos for the group to become more familiar with strawbale construction. Currently the GSBN has no members in Croatia.

I suggested that one of their members could potentially join the GSBN to represent their group, and strawbale construction in Croatia. He suggested that member be Ana Marija Unkovic aunkovic@... - who I would now like to nominate.

I hope that in general you-all agree. In addition to the books & videos they ordered, I will be donating a set of back issues of TLS to the group, to help bring them up to speed. Also, I have sent them information for the upcoming European Strawbale conference in Germany, in August, which should be an excellent event to attend.
 Thank you for your consideration.  -- Catherine

Below is information about their network, and here is a short message from Ana Marija:

I am an architect and recently I became chairman on board of EkoSense. They love to call me an architect, but there is a lot of things I should learn about ecological building and therefore I am a beginer and a student in such enviromental caring approach to architecture. We have already collect some books and I have started with my education, but soon we will need some practical advices and proffesionals to teach us how to build, and how to think when things come to the construction sites. So, thank you for your care and effort to help us in all fields we need, and first we need education and connections with you and all experts in eco building, permaculture and everything that is connected with a goal of beeing in harmony with Nature and ourselves.
And thank you for nominating us for GSBN.

EkoSense  --  We create a Culture of living in harmony with Nature
 Ecological Building
We acquire land in order to Create Shelter in a balanced and nature-friendly manner.

We adapt the architecture to the natural landscape, applying traditional ways of building, using local materials and implementing new ecological technologies like passive/active solar power, wind turbines, heat pumps, water recycle systems etc. Ecological building also puts focus on traditional handcrafts and arts for the construction and the interior of the buildings, like woodwork, blacksmithing, weaving and tanning.

Creating Shelter implies a comfortable atmosphere for people and animals to come back to nature and themselves. We utilize beautiful design, organic shapes, restful ambiance, healthy materials, comfortable beds and a good kitchen·

Sustainable Agriculture -- We apply knowledge and technics of Permanent agriculture.

Permaculture is a science of designing and managing the land by creating a balanced human environment in nature, taking care of flora, fauna, buildings and infrastructure (water, energy, road connections) and its interrelations.

The goal is to create ecological and economical systems that are sustainable in itself by observing and respecting already existing natural systems and thereby making the natural surroundings a richer source of energy and improving the profit of the land.

Permaculture combines wisdom attained from traditional agriculture and modern scientific techniques without exhausting or polluting the environment.

We support biodegradible manuring, ecological water management, organic food production, respecting bio-diversity, environmental friendly sowing and harvesting·

We connect locally, nationally and internationally in order to find partners and share knowledge on sustainable living. The foundation is forming an open platform, a network with easy access to quality information and practical knowledge on all fields ecologically based.

This shared information can range from finding materials, tools, workforce, eco-architecture and building techniques, financial aid and legal advice to a way of promoting the services and products.

Different projects within the foundation create a network, knowledge, accommodation, work, products and education in ecological building and agriculture as well as training and personal development.

In order to create awareness and to support ecological initiatives we will create a platform that offers online current information and databases, publish articles to share experience and we organize gatherings like seminars, hands-on workshops and cultural festivities to invite and welcome everybody who is interested in our mission·

.....finally proving that, Ecological does not mean restriction and reduction but opening new possibilities in abundance!

        BOZIDAR & MARIJA YERKOVICH - EkoCentar Lipa www.ekolipa.com
are creating a premier destination for people who seek to bring their lives into balance by learning to live mindfully. EcoCentar Lipa is created to allow people to authentically connect to their life, meaning and purpose by creating and exploring different experiences. A place of deep inquiry and inspiration, dedicated to the transformation of heart, mind and culture. Bozidar is active entrepreneur in building business and doctor of biophysics. Marija has a master`s degree in group psychology.

ROBERT SCHENK - EcoExtreme -- is specialising in ecobuilding combining traditional and high-tech materials. Beside creating individual property on U?ka he prepares a project of demo-village in Kordun accommodating commune of people in different types of houses, permacultural activities, sciences and arts. Robert is inventor, entrepreneur, graduated cellist and founder of Accord case Co.

ANA-MARIJA UNKOVI® is an architect specializing in ecological and passive building. She is full-time engaged in all mentioned projects as designer and information provider on legal and practical issues (design, materials, quality control, labour, etc.)
DAVOR PENTEK - Natura Studio
is active director in three companies operating worldwide. Beside his ãNatura Studioä specialised in passive building in countryside areas, he expanded his interest and investments in ecological food production, traditional crafts, animal care as well as implementing new supporting technologies.

        IGOR DRANDIC - Eko-art center EIA www.eia.com
owns a place for ecological education. He has immerced everyday life in meadow and forest, caring for animals and plants. He hand built houses of timber and straw, energy from wind and sun. He organises workshops aimed at improving the relation to people and nature. During his extensive travels Igor lived on different continents and experienced life in many cultures. With his wife Lili he lives on their permaculture property near Pula.

        IVAN TVRTKOVI® - Avellana
is entrepreneur and chairman of the board of the agricultural co-operative ãAvellanaä. They plan to grow organic nuts and fruits, as well as producing bio-diesel, in still intact areas of Croatia.

        FRANK & ALICE FREESTONE  - U?ka Lodge www.uckalodge.com
have restored a traditional stone house in Ucka Nature Park to create an educational eco-tourism destination. Encompassing nature, tradition and culture, to promote sustainable living with minimal environmental impact. Frank is experienced entrepreneur in building business.

        PETER SCHELTUS - Bogata Éuma www.liveyourdreams.nl
Bogata Suma 1, a high quality small eco resort that is in construction in Vojnic (Kordun), with excellent kitchen -fresh products out of own garden- and accommodation. Young people will be invited to become co-entrepreneurs of sustainability in a countryside once more Îsexy'. This cooperation will be based on learning by doing. Creating an atmosphere of restful belonging in life. For guests and partners. Peter is an experienced coach/trainer, blacksmith and has a Ph.D. in project management.

is revitalizing all but forgotten arts of traditional building, tool making and doing agriculture the way that predates tractors and chemical fertilizers on his famliy farm in Donji Lapac. He is planting and making selection of heilroom seed varieties, all in the effort to produce food that will go even beyond today's organic cetificates when it comes to taste and aroma.

        DRAGAN KNEÚEVI® (GAGI) - Alter Ars d.o.o. www.alter-ars.com
is human development trainer and personal coach. His role is to put together puzzle pieces and facilitate the various initiatives and projects lead by one single vision. Dragan's call is to extend our network and welcome other people in nature, in their natural sanctuaries and in themselves.

owns an individual estate in Slovenia, were he works based on permacultural principles in building and in use of land. Emphasising on technical craftsmanship and working with metal.

        MIRO KORAC
is master of all trades. He made a living by maintaining, repairing and building in urban and rural areas. Innovative creator out-of-nothing, precise and patient technician, builder and handyman. Years of walking in the woods of Kordun and passion for nature inspired him to open mind for combining his skills and sustainable building and agriculture.

        NENAD BACH www.nenadbach.com www.croatia.org
is composer, performer, producer, entrepreneur. Played all over the world. Environmentally conscious. Would like to see Croatia become a world oasis where one can find silence. Genius of artisanship is growing in Croatia right now. He wants this concept to be recognized and supported. On a more practical level, he as a civil engineer is ready to build unthinkable with the group...

has practical knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship consulting as well as skills of finding available financial funds and making project applications. Sheâs a great supporter of the projects and activities and will assist the managers to represent their projects to the target group and interested parties as well as communicate with government and NGOs, communities and other stakeholders and donors in order to increase their awareness and support to the foundation's projects.

is a Dutch representative in Croatia with experience in tourism, hospitality, organising cultural events and has a university degree in communication and public relations. She has a special interest in promoting eco-tourism and education, by combining learning with creativity and fun in a natural, relaxed and playful setting.

        SLOBODAN MAROJEVI® - Eolmeteo www.eolmeteo.hr
has a company for all works in construction businesses, trades and installations of solar FV systems, wind turbines, mini hydro-turbines, solar heating and meteorological systems and equipment. For all type of business in construction and installation, Eolmeteo provides many friendly specialised co-operants.

is graduating macro-economist connecting her passion for nature and interest in sustainable development. Beside supporting the foundations activities, she also finds her place as an active member "in the field".

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