Vladimir Megre

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Vladimir Megre (Влади́мир Никола́евич Мегре́) (born 23 July 1950 in Chernigov Oblast in northern Ukraine) is a Siberian entrepreneur from Novosibirsk, and founder of the Anastasia/"Ringing Cedars" movement.



[edit] Background

Little is known about Vladimir Megre's early life, apart from a few experiences he describes in his writings. One of these occurred in the 1960s when as a teenager he made periodic visits to a monk called Father Feodorit at the Trinity-Sergiev Monastery, in Sergiev Posad (then known as Zagorsk), just east of Moscow.[1]

In the mid-1980s Megre was married, having a daughter (Polina) and living in Novosibirsk, where, like many other new Russian capitalists, he took advantage of Perestroika and the subsequent collapse of the communist system to launch into an entrepreneurial career. He formed a number of commercial co-operatives and by the late 1980s had leased a fleet of river steamers which plied the waters of the Ob River north of Novosibirsk.[2]

[edit] Anastasia and the "Ringing Cedars" books

Megre claims to have met a mysterious young woman named Anastasia on the bank of the River Ob in 1994. She reportedly led him deep into the Siberian taiga, where she revealed her philosophy on Man's relationship to Nature, the Universe and God, as well as lifestyle, education, nutrition, spirituality, love, family, sexual relations and other plants. These teachings became the basis for a series of best-selling books, The Ringing Cedars of Russia, first published in 1996. In ten years they sold over 10 million copies and have been translated into twenty languages.

[edit] Back to the Land movement

The Ringing Cedars series offers material about living close to the Earth in a village of Kin's domains by creating a 'Space of Love'.[3] The books have become the basis for a Russian and increasingly worldwide Back to the Land movement based on the Russian tradition of self-reliant simple living on the land, providing physical subsistence and spiritual fulfillment.[4] It is one of a number of such projects in Russia.[5] The books and communities combine deep ecology with traditional, even conservative family values, quite unlike the conventional hippie alternative lifestyle.[6] This is based on the idea of "kin estates" or self-sufficient family homesteads.[7] Before the publication of the first book in the series, there were virtually no eco-villages in Russia. By June 5, 2004, eight years later, a conference of the Ringing Cedars Movement in Vladimir, attracted delegates from over 150 eco-villages from across 48 of the 89 regions of Russia[8]

Megré's ideas are similar to those of Russia's agricultural economist Alexander Chayanov eighty years earlier,[9] referring to harmonious relationship with nature based on sustainable rural settlements consisting of individual family-owned homesteads.[10] Also like Chayanov, Megré presents his ideas in a novel-like format. He admits using this strategy to minimize initial resistance to his writings.[11]

In addition to Russia, Anastasia centers can be found in Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands,[12] New Zealand, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.[13]

One New Age writer relates the Ringing Cedar books to the "great change" Edgar Cayce prophesied for Russia.[14]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Vladimir Megre, The Ringing Cedars of Russia, Chapter 24 pp. 119-31
  2. ^ Vladimir Megre, Anastasia Chapter 1
  3. ^ Laura Dunham, Spiritual Wisdom for a Planet in Peril: Preparing for 2012 and Beyond, Langdon Street Press, 2008 ISBN 1-934938-21-1 Page 161
  4. ^ Sharashkin, L. and Barham, E. 2005a. The Ringing Cedars: Exploring the values behind Russia's back-to-the-Earth movement. Paper presented at the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society conference in Portland, Oregon, June 2005.
  5. ^ Leonid Sharashkin, The socioeconomic and cultural significance of food gardening in the Vladimir region of Russia, Phd Dissertation, University of Missouri–Columbia May 2008 p.237
  6. ^ Paul Spinrad, Russian Eco-Cult Community in California
  7. ^ Sharashkin, L. and Barham, E. 2005b. From peasantry to dachas to Ringing Cedars kin estates: Subsistence growing as a social institution in Russia. Paper presented at the Rural Sociological Society meeting in Tampa, Florida, August 9–12, 2005.
  8. ^ Sharashkin, L., Gold, M., and Barham, E. 2005. Eco-farming and agroforestry for selfreliance: Small-scale, sustainable growing practices in Russia. Proceedings of the Association for Temperate Agroforestry Conference. June 12–15, 2005, Rochester, MN.
  9. ^ Kremnev, I. 1920. Puteshestvie moego brata Alekseia v stranu krest’ianskoi utopii. Moskva: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo.
  10. ^ Leonid Sharashkin, The socioeconomic and cultural significance of food gardening in the Vladimir region of Russia, Phd Dissertation, University of Missouri–Columbia May 2008 p.237
  11. ^ Megré, V. 2006. Co-creation. Columbia, MO: Ringing Cedars Press.
  12. ^ A New Anastasia Village in the Netherlands
  13. ^ Anastasia Communities - Anastasia Eco-Settlement Project, Mount Shasta, California
  14. ^ John M. Living, Intuition 'on Demand' , Holistic Intuition Society, 2008, ISBN 0-9686323-3-5, p.162

[edit] Bibliography

  • Vladimir Megré, The Ringing Cedars of Russia series
  • Anastasia (book 1)
  • The Ringing Cedars of Russia (book 2)
  • The Space of Love (book 3)
  • Co-creation (book 4)
  • Who are we? (book 5)
  • The Book of Kin (book 6)
  • The Energy of Life (book 7)
  • The New Civilisation (book 8, part I)
  • The Rites of Love (book 8, part II)
  • Anasta (book 10)

[edit] External links

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