A week ago, I had the privilege of staying at a wonderful little spot in Fairfield, Iowa. Sweetwater Bunkhouse incorporates green building design and Maharishi Sthapatya Veda. I had a simply lovely stay surrounded by the Abundance Ecovillage. Staying there gives me hope for the possibilities of human creativity in a time which necessitates living in harmony with the Earth. I just loved it from the get go: orientation of the house (including the kitchen window) toward the east, wide and open porch on the east (fitting for yoga, meditation, and communing with a visiting cat), use of rainwater, power provided by solar and wind, quiet retreat, dark skies at night, graciousness of hosts (Bill and Stacey Hurlin), inspiring artwork (especially by Stacey), willingness to share by hosts and neighbors.