As the community grew in spirit and size, there was an equal inclination towards living together according to the principles upon which the spirit of Bahay Kalipay was initially founded on – returning to simplicity and essential living.
Maia became the manifestation of this dream. Just a few years after Bahay Kalipay became stable, the community was able to find land an hour from the city, and without much hesitation, went to work on the gardens, structures and the community.
As one of the only spiritual and nutrition-based ecological communities of its kind, Maia has many facets as a geographical place, an ecological community and a framework for socio spiritual transformation. Eventually, Maia the Earth Village is a dream of living in a sustainable society, a collective aspiration that likely has no boundaries nor ends, resting on the strong foundations of sacred simplicity.
We Dream of a New Earth
If it was possible to redesign our world, to start from a clean slate, a fresh page, or turn over a new leaf, what would our societies look like?
Maia considers everything from the houses we live in, the way we grow food, the nutrition we place in our bodies, the way humans interact with others and nature, the way we heal sickness and in a straightforward way, how we think, speak and feel.
At the basis of all this is the underlying question, “what is at the source of all thoughts, actions and decisions?” To come to this source, is to establish where change truly happens. In Maia’s view, this source is what we believe in, our paradigms and mental structures that affect every aspect of our daily living.
As Maia was founded initially on the vision of Pi and like-minded individuals who understood the power of simplicity, the main service and gift it offers the world is as simple as – “Less is More.” That we can bring fullness and true actualization to society, by living on simple terms.
Historically, those who’ve lived in Maia have subsisted mostly on a 100% coconut diet. They consume very little waste as their food and other needs are provided by the nature around them. Homes are constructed out of mud, sand and rice hay, food is sourced from the fruit trees and enjoyment is part of the everyday flow.
The process of achieving this has not always been easy. As a spiritual community, we observe this not so much on diet and ecological lifestyles alone. Rather, we consider emotions and insightful perception as the key to bridging harmony between our internal and external worlds.
Today, Maia holds a contributory position for the Global Ecovillage Network in Asia and in the west where similar communities ask the same questions regarding sustainability and continuous visioning. Residents and teachers now hold roles and interests in the Philippine ecological situation, looking at openings for change that either take place on an individual or social dimension.
Often, these transformative openings will have much to do with crises such as climate change and the peak oil crises, water shortages, and energy resource depletion. When the Philippines faced numerous disasters in the last five years, Maia has sought to act as a rehabilitation partner, that would assist communities to rebuild in alignment with how nature works.
In a planetary future that faces severe problems in the form of energy resource depletion, an unfriendly climate, and an extremely imbalanced ecosystem, Maia is a simple yet essential model that offers some of the simplest yet best solutions for sustainability.