Vladimir Megre (Puzakov), born on July 23, 1950 in Chernigov Oblast, USSR, now Ukraine) is a Siberian entrepreneur and writer best known as the author of the Ringing Cedars of Russia series („Anastasia“). Megre grew up in the village of as a child in the village of Kuznichi, in present-day Ukraine. He spent most of his childhood with his grandmother, who he describes as a village healer.
Megre left home at age 16 and moved to Novosibirsk, where he worked as a photographer, camera operator and film director in several commercial co-operatives. He married and had a daughter, Polina. Like many other new Russian capitalists, he took advantage of Perestroika and the subsequent collapse of the communist system to launch his entrepreneurial career. By the late 1980s had become the president of the Inter-Regional Association of Siberian Entrepreneurs.
The Ringing Cedars of Russia
Megre’s experiences on the Ob River voyages form the central narrative of his best-selling series of books, The Ringing Cedars of Russia (Russian: Звенящие Кедры России tr. Zvenyashchiye Kedry Rossii), written between 1996 and 2010. The first volume, Anastasia, was printed on credit at the Moscow Print Press Number 11 and the first copies were sold by the author himself in the Moscow metro.
The primary concern of the series is the correct approach to planning, conceiving and raising children, which should all occur at the same location: a family homestead, or self-sufficient plot of land surrounded by a hedge with a water source, dwelling, woods, a meadow, vegetable gardens, berries, herbs, mushrooms, a greenhouse, sauna and beehives. The homestead should be created by a mother and father for the health and enjoyment of posterity.
In the tenth and final book, Megre describes the series as “fictional” in form, and earlier writes that he used the format of a novel to minimize the resistance of skeptics. Being an entrepreneur, he set up his own company to publish subsequent volumes and a self-organized reader’s group soon assisted in distributing the books more widely. The books have sold over 11 million copies, mostly in Russia, and have since been translated into twenty languages.
Family Homestead settlements
The central idea of the Ringing Cedars of Russia series is to create a garden and ancestral dwelling on a plot of land at least one hectare in size, known as a Family Homestead or Kin’s Domain (Russian: Rodovoye Pomestye). The result is a living environment perfectly attuned to its human inhabitants, thereby creating a ‘Dimension of Love’ for the beneficial conception, birth and upbringing of new generations.
Before the publication of the first book in 1996, there were virtually no eco-villages in Russia. In 2014, a conference of the Ringing Cedars Movement in Vladimir city attracted delegates from over 150 eco-villages from 48 of the 89 regions of Russia.The current register of Ringing Cedars-inspired settlements lists 213 villages with an Internet presence. During a presentation at the United Nations Nexus Summit in New York City in 2014, Megre presented a map showing the locations of 230 settlements in Russia.
The books have become the basis for a Russian Back to the Land movement based on permanently sustainable, self-reliant, and self-sufficient simple living, providing both physical subsistence and spiritual fulfilment. They combine deep ecology with traditional family values, unlike communal hippie lifestyles. This image is based on the idea of self-sufficient family homesteads or kin’s domains.
Active readers’ groups have formed to organize and support the establishment of family homestead settlements. They are found in Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia and the United States.
- 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)
- Parables (includes morality tales from chapters in the “Ringing Cedars of Russia” book series)
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