WORKING SINCE 2018
As of early 2021 we are out of furlough and in the final stages of finding the right property.
We continue to be open to your ideas and feedback as we move towards opening in late 2021.
PROFESSIONAL & ORGANISED
Noah Walton | Founder & MD
Born in London, Noah is passionate about creating a hostel and hub for sustainability and social change in the city. His passion comes from first-hand experience of visiting communities around the world. He is well organised with a track record of successful projects:
He has co-founded two residential communities in London. Having lived in communities for the past 6 years, he has extensive experience in facilitating successful group environments.
In 2015, Noah co-founded Family Sangha London, the city's first all-age mindfulness group for families.
Over the past decade, Noah has explored and stayed with many eco-villages and intentional communities. He has been practicing mindfulness with Plum Village Buddhist communities since 2006.
2019 Launch Event
Kasia Stepien | Manager
Kasia is passionate about bringing positive change to communities.
She is a group facilitator, experienced in fundraising and international youth work and holds Masters Degree in Strategic Business Management and Accounting. She is weaving her educational background with 6+ years of experience in working in NGO/charity sector in Poland, the Netherlands and the UK managing, coordinating and overseeing educational projects.
Kasia has lived, worked and volunteered in various communities and hostels around the world. She is 5Elements dance teacher, mindfulness practitioner and social change facilitator passionate about sustainable, low impact living and creating safe inspirational spaces for people to grow, learn and be.
An independent not-for-profit
Eco Soul is a not-for-profit company and Registered Charity. 100% of profits are reinvested in our work or donated to support social and environmental causes and broaden access. Our Trustees are completely independent and do not get paid for their role in leading and providing oversight of the organisation.
Marcos is a certified lawyer and accountant with an MBA in Finance. He was previously a partner in an investment firm. He has worked for the Foundation of Developing Compassion and Wisdom, and was recently the Executive Director of the Jamyang Centre in London. From this role he brings valuable experience of managing volunteer-run accommodation, a community centre and cafe in London. He brings with him the experience of running this flourishing centre:
Jamyang Centre's short-term accommodation has close to 100% occupancy, despite not being advertised.
Resident Volunteer roles at Jamyang receive high numbers of applicants and are filled months in advance.
Flo has worked extensively in communications and community-building roles at non-profit organisations such as FrontlineSMS and the Humanitarian Centre. She holds her MA in Anthropology and Development from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and her BA in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Sussex in the UK.
Currently Communications Manager at the Network of Wellbeing, her core passions lie in connecting people and communities. She enjoys enabling individuals and like-minded groups to work together to make a positive difference on issues they feel strongly about.
Ira is passionate about using technology to create social change. She is the co-founder of Redecentralize - promoting and bringing together networks for decentralised and democratised digital technologies. Working as a Director within NHS digital, Irina brings significant senior experience from her previous roles in companies and governments.
Eco Soul is working with the best in the industry.
We are raising capital through Triodos Bank, one of the most ethical banks in the UK (source: Ethical Consumer Magazine). They have independently reviewed our business plan.
We take legal advice from Bates Wells, one of the most reputed firms in London who have been at the heart of the not-for-profit sector for decades.
We are proud to work with Third Sector Accountancy, a brilliantly professional workers-cooperative Chartered Accountancy specialising in social enterprise.
We have sought advice from the best in the industry including the CEO & Senior Leadership Team of the YHA, and the planning consultancy Collective Planning, as well as community centre, cafe and hostel managers from across London, the UK and Europe..
Alex Nunn | Community Development Expert
Alex is a communications and mobilisation specialist with 10 years experience developing innovative projects in the third sector. In his current role at Action for Happiness he has trained volunteers across 19 countries to deliver interventions that deliver measurable increases in wellbeing, compassion and social trust.
Anika Jacobs | Eco Hostel Founder
Anika is a social entrepreneur who founded and runs the successful EcoMama and CocoMama Hostels in Amsterdam. She is well-known in the field of social innovation for the integration of sustainability in the hotel and hostel industry. Anika and her team offer pro-bono support and advice to the Eco Soul project. We shadowed and consulted with her and her team in Amsterdam for 3 days in May 2018.
Charlotte Newman | Social Enterprise Expert
Charlotte is the Managing Director of the tech charity CareFree. Prior to this she was the COO of the Rainmaker Foundation, an accelerator programme for small charities.
Samantha Moyo | Community Development Expert
Samantha is a spiritual entrepreneur who specialises in community building, innovation and culture change. She designs transformational campaigns with positive social impacts and is the founder of Morning Gloryville.
Morning Gloryville is a social movement that championed the sobriety movement and grew a community of 190K globally within 18 months. The organisation won the award for best Zero-Alcohol initiative in the UK and featured in over 3,000 press features worldwide. Sam has been on TED, NBC'S Today Show, BBC, Chanel 4 amoungst others. Everything Sam supports companies and movements that facilitate the expansion of hearts and minds.
Esteban Ruseler | Social Enterprise Expert
Esteban is inspired by the possibilities that a more conscious and wholesome relationship with tech can bring to society; he writes, consults and creates in this space. Esteban is the COO of Datopian, having previously worked in business strategy & product development. He practices meditation in the Plum Village Zen tradition.
Laurie Parma | Impact Analysis Lead
Laurie is the founder of Lifecloud and an ambassador for the Art / Earth / Tech Institute. Previously a Researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, Laurie holds an MSc in Neuroscience and recently led one of the largest studies focussing on the benefits of yoga to wellbeing. Her research also covers environmental and behavioural economics, and she will be the lead researcher measuring the impact of Eco Soul on visitors’ wellbeing, citizen engagement and attitudes towards climate change. This will be measured via both qualitative interviews held periodically by PhD students on research residencies, and quantitative European Social Survey social engagement and well-being modules.
Conor Cregg | Community Cohesion Expert
Conor is a psychologist, counsellor and coach. He designs processes that help groups and individuals to deepen their self-awareness and create mutually supportive community environments. He is overseeing our programme design for the Resident Community and Short-term Volunteers
Nina Jankelson | Volunteer Fulfilment Expert
Nina lives in a London based co-living community and works as a consultant offering workshops to transform organisations.
As a previous Volunteer Coordinator at the The Barn retreat centre in Totnes, Nina has in-depth experience in structuring and managing and organisation to supporting the fulfilment, well-being and happiness of resident volunteers.
Paul Pizzala | Finance Advisor
Paul works with clients, like Noah and the Eco Soul team, who have a vision of a positive future, the entrepreneurial smarts and tenacity to make it happen. He has a background in investment, finance and holistic science providing strategic advice, encouragement and access to a wide network of like-minded people and partners.
Leonardo Valettas | Strategy Advisor
Leonardo has founded, managed and advised a variety of organisations in four different continents and in more than a dozen countries. He brings valuable C-suite and strategic experience in the tourism, hospitality and not-for-profit sectors to support Eco Soul as a pro-bono, close advisor to the board.
Steve Clarke | Social Enterprise Cafe Expert
Steve founded Cafe Van Gogh, a plant-based social enterprise cafe in Oval, South London. Steve is the founder of Café Van Gogh, a successful not-for-profit vegan restaurant and social enterprise in Oval, South London. He is advising Eco Soul extensively on the on-site plant based café, and will assist in recruitment of chefs, design and procurement.
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Our community, hub and hostel is part-staffed by seven Residents. They are the beating heart of Eco Soul. Residents volunteer to live at the hostel for 6 months.
What our volunteers receive:
The experience of living and working in a close community.
Advanced development and training in community organising and facilitation.
Accommodation on site (in a separate flat for the Resident Community).
Food and reasonable living expenses.
A one-week residential training course at a partner institution or ecovillage of their choice and a mentor of their choosing.
A fair exchange
Residents volunteer to work 32 hours per week (27 hours of shift-work plus 5 hours of training and team-management). They take ownership of up-fronting Eco Soul as close-knit team. The work includes welcoming guests, facilitating shared spaces, cleaning (supported by our cleaning staff and short-term volunteers) and administration.
Residents tend to be motivated by the learning and social value that comes from growing, connecting and experiencing life at Eco Soul. They are fully supported by the staff team on site each day.
Find out more
We will be opening to applications from people with a passion for community who are interested in being a part of our Resident Community from late 2021.