Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology is situated in Israel’s southern Arava desert. Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology has developed and demonstrates permaculture design techniques in extreme desert conditions, natural building methods, local organic food systems, renewable energy, sustainable waste management and alternative technologies. Center for Creative Ecology founded by pioneers and you could see their pioneering projects.

Our flagship programme Green Apprenticeship is a hands-on training programme with theoretical lectures and practical’s. It includes a number of topics, such as Permaculture design techniques, sustainable engineering, sustainable organic agriculture, natural and most-energy-efficient building designs and techniques. 

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When you are looking for new things to do in Israel such as a journey close to nature in a unique desert environment, to work with ecological pioneers, to contribute to a place living sustainably, and to spend time living in a close-knit community within a kibbutz framework, then the Eco-Experience could be just what you are looking for.

The Eco-Experience on Kibbutz Lotan offers you a hands-on opportunity to work with the staff of the Center for Creative Ecology, building natural earth structures, developing sustainable architecture, planting and harvesting in the organic garden, experiencing permaculture gardening, maintaining the educational Eco-Park, and living in the Eco-Campus. Come for just one week, or stay as long as you choose.

Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology (CfCE) is situated in Israel’s southern Arava desert. Participants on the Eco-Experience live in the Eco-Campus, a prototype neighbourhood for sustainable living comprising earth-plastered geodesic domes, eco houses and incorporating appropriate technologies such as composting toilets, solar ovens and bio-gas system. To register: http://kibbutzlotan.com/cfce/eco-ex/?lang=en

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

20 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Hebrew

People on site

150 - 200

Dry season

August to October

Wet season

November to January

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms

Vegetarian Food

  • communally cooked meals
  • communal kitchen access


  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    3-5 times per week

Getting here.

Flight to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport then bus 390 or 394 to Lotan Junction. 

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