The idea of the ancestral family land makes a valuable contribution to the development of a new consciousness in which man returns back to the natural order of creation.
Traces of this primordial knowledge can be found among descendants of many ancient peoples on all continents. It is a proven and crisis-proof form of living together in settlement communities and genuine neighborhoods, which takes into account the individual needs and talents of the individual and ensures a high degree of personal responsibility and freedom.
Many of these archetypes of the ancestral family land and settlements were described in a wonderful way in our time in the Russian series of books "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" by V. Megre.
In Hungary individual ancestral family lands have been established throughout the country in the last 15-20 years, with a steadily increasing trend. During the last decade, there have also been well-known figures in Hungary who address the important role of ancestry family lands as a solution for our current crisis period in their interviews and presentations.
In recent years many of such life-stories have become known to the public through various social media releases resulting in even more individuals getting inspired in founding their own ancestral family land. Having insight into these life stories shows that building an ancestral family land had been a test of strength for many families over a period of several years, since the former townsmen had to relearn many traditional rural activities. Numerous families have the desire to implement this idea for themselves, but at the moment they do not yet see the way to do so.
The individual ancestral family lands act together as an alliance and are locally interconnected. The settlement-like structure of an alliance of ancestral family lands is also expressed in the commonly chosen term "kins domain settlement". Such a future ancestral family land alliance can consist of up to one hundred ancestral family lands.
The individual ancestral family lands are connected by walkable paths and each ancestral family land also has an access to a drivable road, if possible.
The natural variety of colors, shapes and fragrances in the plant kingdom awakens the creative powers of the inhabitants of the ancestral family land. This automatically leads to the desire to create one's own space into a harmonious picture in as many different ways as possible, like a painter with a blank canvas in front of him.
The combination of mixed forest and water area offers countless different animal and plant species a home on the ancestral family land. Through this diversity symbiotic connections develops moreover animals and plants grow together into a single ecological organism with its own micro climate, which naturally protects against extreme weather conditions.
A tall hedge of diverse trees and shrubs protects the ancestral family land from cold winds and associated frost and storm damage. Deep-rooted deciduous trees raise the water table through the capillary action of their roots. A larger natural pond also protects against extremes – in times of drought it waters its surroundings and in winter it serves as a heat reservoir and also protects against damaging frosts. In combination with a constructed wetland, the pond also fulfills other functions. Thus, every person living on an ancestral family land automatically makes a not inconsiderable contribution to a healthy earth.
The ancestral family land represents an information field: Due to the fact that the human being deals with his land over the years, cherishes it with love and joy, interactions arise between the people living on it and the plant and animal beings. These interactions function according to the resonance principle, according to the motto: "What you sow, you will reap" - all love giving into his land by man returning back by his land to the same extent. In this way, a space of love is created, which supports its inhabitants in their refinement and offers them protection from the outside. A too large piece of land makes it impossible to hold the space; foreign influences can penetrate more easily. A much larger area does not make one freer; it makes it more difficult to work the land, which is mainly done by hand, and its maintenance becomes confusing.
Of course, a pure self-sufficiency can also be implemented on much smaller areas, so that an independently functioning ecosystem with its own micro climate can develop, it needs however a certain land area – for this, among other things, a certain area of mixed forest and a larger pond is needed and also an appropriate biodiversity needs its place.
Furthermore, smaller plots of land are lacking of space for development of mind, also sufficient possibilities for individually designed secluded places for each family member, where creativity and creative power can freely unfold, are important.
The whole ancestral family land as living space is recognized as a "house". This paradigm shift goes far beyond the usual idea of just four walls around us. Thus, all areas of the property are considered equal living space.
The human being on its ancestral family land strives to create a space of love, for himself and his descendants – a space worth living in, in which all inhabitants feel happy and at home and carry it on with equal appreciation for the generations to come.
In this way, a viable and livable sacred livelihood in harmony with creation is established for the family over generations; the inhabitants thus continuously ensoul their space of love, which yet is ensouled by nature anyway.
In this way, the ancestral family land forms a unity of people, plants, animals and entities, which offers protection, security and love to all inhabitants within this space. We humans actively design this space and take on the great responsibility of satisfying the needs of all inhabitants as well as balancing all the existing energies and bringing them into harmony. Love being part of every single action we perform on the land and for the land, gets back with the same extent towards us – we take care of our land and our land takes care of us.
Vision of the ancestral family land:
With establishment of the ancestral family land alliance, it is expected that people from various countries will intent to join. We see the cultures and languages they bring with them as a valuable asset and multilingualism as an enrichment.
To enable a quick and good settling in of the foreigners, we see the willingness to learn Hungarian language as necessary. In order to integrate multilingualism well into the life of the settlement, voluntary language courses in the languages of the settlers are a useful addition.
With our work we want to create a nature reserve with the people as an equal part in the Nemes region*. All living beings have their destiny according to the plan of creation – this is true for plants and animals as well as for human beings. In the emerging nature reserve, all people living here will become guardians of the region and support the animals and the plants in order to achieve the best possible development together. The Nemes region becomes the first nature reserve in which people also live on an equal footing and responsibly guard the space according to the example of ancient cultures.
By building up humus, creating wind barriers in the form of hedges and forests, establishing vegetation over a wide area and avoiding soil compaction and plowing, creating water retention areas and thus increasing biodiversity, the region is given the opportunity to regenerate completely.
* The term “Nemes Region” is a creation of the association members, as all our already existing ancestral family lands are located within an area consisting of villages with “nemes” as root word in the names. The Hungarian “nemes” equals the English “precious”.
In an ancestral family land settlement, basic services are incurred, such as the construction of paths. In addition, it makes sense to acquire certain goods collectively and to distribute and use them within the settlement framework. For this reason, the establishment of a small construction yard an well as further infrastructure is envisioned:
The supply of electricity (public grid/self-sufficient power supply) depends on the geographical conditions and the decision of each individual ancestral family land.
The supply of drinking water through communal wells is, as far as feasible, reasonable and will be striven for.
Roads should be avoided as much as possible. Each ancestral family land should have the right of access to the family land boundary whenever possible. Necessary roads will be constructed and maintained collectively.
In the early years settlers should be able to focus on building a strong community and commonly build the necessary infrastructure in an efficient way. Planning services necessary for this are provided in advance and materials are purchased in bundled form. New settlement candidates are given the opportunity to become involved in the planning process at an early stage.
Local experience with official and other necessary structural issues is collected and shared among the settlers. This simplifies official procedures (registration, motor vehicles, etc...).
Experience shows that achieving a complete self-sufficiency is very challenging for one family. The range of needs is also subject to great individual differences. This is where one of the great advantages of a settlement opens up – self-sufficiency based on division of labor: In addition to gainful employment, settlers engage in numerous tasks according to individual interest and ability, which they can trade among themselves. They are then able to efficiently provide services beyond their own needs in one or more areas. Gainful employment and self-sufficiency based on the division of labor make it possible to live in prosperity with a high level of regional provision.
Specializations in the division of labor self-sufficiency may be found, for example, in the areas of fabric and wood processing, herbalism and gardening, and food processing, animal husbandry and preparation of resulting products, all building trades, and in the area of languages and the arts.
Already during the application process and in the trial phase, the self-responsible action of the settlement candidates is valued with high importance, because a strong community is characterized by the union of strong and self-responsible people. Each new family should also be able to support itself financially.
In planning the settlement, the association uses innovative models of self-organization and sociocratic decision-making. These include models such as Ubuntu and a protected space for conflict resolution.
Each member of the settlement strives to take full responsibility for his or her own actions and being, and to perfect himself or herself on his or her own individual path towards becoming a sovereign human being. Consequently, also in the construction and design of our future living spaces, a radical rethinking is required in the way we implement our common creation.
Basic values such as transparency, equal value of all participants (equal eye level), acceptance of different points of view, a positive error culture, as well as fairness and equitable balance in give and take – real humanity, are part of our work.
Our decision-making takes place on the basis of arguments that are based on a joint decision (consensus). Since each individual contributes to the decision-making process, this results in creative solutions and a strong identification and motivation in the joint work and creation.
* Word origin:
Socius = companion, comrade, ally, crony, member.
Krat(e)ia = power, dominion, force, strength.
** Nonviolent Communication is a concept of action developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg with the goal of developing human relationships in such a way that those involved spontaneously and willingly contribute to each other's well-being. The basic prerequisite for this is voluntariness.
*** "A European explorer offered a game to hungry children of an African tribe. He placed a basket of sweet fruit by a tree and told them whoever got there first would win all the fruit. When he gave them the signal to start, they took each other's hands and ran off together, then sat down together and enjoyed the treats. When he asked them why they all ran together when everyone had a chance to win the fruit for themselves, they said, "Ubuntu – How can one of us be happy when all the others are sad?" Ubuntu in their culture means, "I am because we are."
The association is the superior legal body for the implementation of the individual projects and measures. However, decisions within an individual settlement are made autonomously and independently of the mother association by the settlement council of the corresponding settlement.
The association promotes and supports the emerging settlement in its development, but the settlement should, as soon as it is able to do so, manage itself and establish a suitable legal body.
The settlement council is the superior committee of the settlement and is even superior to the General Assembly. All families are part of the Settlement Council on a timely rotational basis in order to incorporate the ideas of each ancestral family land. It consists initially of at least 5 people (current founding group) to a maximum of twelve people. Maximum two of them from the age of 14 (mental maturity of the adolescent assumed by the family and accepted by the settlement council in consensus). The aim is to have one adolescent girl and one boy each on the council. An equal proportion of male and female is to be ensured. Remaining in the council is per person in terms of time limited to 6 months. It depends on the availability of a replacement and can therefore be extended accordingly. After expiration of the council membership the council seat is to be filled again. Each ancestral family land may then register an eligible human for the election as a council successor. Any individual aged 14 years or older who has been a permanent resident of the settlement for at least 12 months and its last council membership has passed at least 12 month is an eligible candidate. The retiring councilor is to be replaced preferably by candidates of the same sex and in the case of young people (14-17 years) also of the same age. In case of more eligible candidates at the same time, the public lot shall decide before every one`s eyes of the Settlement Council. In the event of illness or absence of a councilor, he or she shall be replaced by the last member to leave the council. Consensus based decisions of the settlement council are to aimed in each and every case.
Every resident of the settlement is invited to the general assembly. The general assembly takes place once in six months. The settlement council can also invite to extraordinary general assembly meetings. Any resident is entitled to request an extraordinary general assembly meeting. The resident may then speak before the settlement council. The admission to the settlement of new families must be decided within the framework of the general assembly meeting on a consensus basis. The decision-making authority in this matter is the Settlement Council, but each resident must be heard upon request. The decision to include new families to the settlement must always be positively voted by all council members (consensus). Before the taking place of a general assembly meeting the Settlement Council decides which both important and the settlement affecting matters are to be topic to the meeting.
This council has the function to prevent the Settlement Council from making too quick or rash decisions due to its life and settlement experience. It has a one-time right to veto any decision made by the Settlement Council. For this purpose, one veto by any member of the Panel of wise is sufficient. If the Settlement Council should come to the same conclusion when re-making the decision, the Panel of Wise does not have the right to veto this decision again. A new decision of the Council of the Settlement may only be made after a re-thinking-time of at least 48 hours. The Panel of wise may be present at meetings of the Settlement Council, but shall not have the right to vote. People are elected to the council of wise men by the general assembly. An appointment of a wise man or woman requires 100% acceptance by the general assembly.
We pay attention to a balanced and reasonable composition of the future settlers. Interviews with the settlement council in advance via the Internet (e.g. Zoom) and later on personally in the settlement region are obligatory. One hectare of land per settlement is kept free for children from orphanages.
After a successful application, new families initially move into a trial plot of land the size of a quarter of an acre (2500sqm) for 12 months. They will not build a permanent house here, but live in mobile houses, yurts or larger garden houses. They can use the garden to grow and harvest their own fruits and vegetables. Of course, the applying family may also take care of their own needs, but the goal of the first year is to get to know each other and work together. To this end, the family should actively participate in community projects and neighborhood assistance. This is helpful to the settlement council, after consulting the general assembly, to decide about the allocation of land to each family after the probation period.
After the trial year, the family may choose one hectare of land and it will be allocated to them. If several families choose the same hectare at the same time, the settlement council decides on the basis of presented plans for the land by the corresponding families. As the last option, the lot decides on its allocation. This hectare is given to the family for four more years for its own orientation phase. The first 5 years the settlement council holds options to dissolve the lease.
At the end of five years, the family that has already been active within the settlement for the last five years and has also revived its own ancestral family land in the last few years, will receive the lifetime right of use and hereditary right of transfer of the chosen hectare. The most suitable legal framework for this purpose shall and will be chosen.
If a family wishes to give up its ancestral family land and return its right of use, this is possible at any time. The money paid in remains with the association. The selection of the new candidate is the solely responsibility of the Settlement Council and the General Assembly according to the rules for the admission of new families.
The association is the necessary legal entity as an interface with offices, commercial enterprises, sponsors, associations, etc. According to the current legal framework, the association is not authorized to acquire agricultural land in Hungary. However, a registered Hungarian farmer is legalized to take ownership of up to 300 acres of land. Considering the current legal situation, a farmer belonging to the association, can as a start purchase the settlement land. The aim of a subsequent legal examination is to find ways to convert the land bought by the Hungarian farmer into the assets of the association.
The settlement is association land in the sense of the association law and is exclusively available to association members as a permanent place to live. Every member of the association recognizes this by agreeing to the statutes of the association. In case of termination of the association membership by the association, the right of the housing possibility on the association area expires. After granting the life-long and hereditary right of use (after 5 years), all members of the ancestral family land become irrevocable and life-long honorary members of the Association. The same applies to their descendants of all future generations.