What got you interested in community living?


What sparked your interest in living in community? Was there one moment or a particular event that called to you?

I got inspired by visiting Tamera in Portugal for Love School and getting curious about intentional community

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I am not exactly sure. I think it was probably the mind programming I received as a young person.

Shows like “Fraggle Rock”, “Rainbow Bright” and “Sonic the Hedgehog” and even “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” in the 80s and 90s, as well as others, often showed and idealized communities of freedom fighters living in resistance to aggressive gangsters and dominant paradigms. That probably planted some early anarchistic thoughts in my head. But there may have been some inner guidance too because the dehumanizing depictions of supposedly native people in Disney’s “Peter Pan” didn’t sit right for me.

Anyway, I later found out many of the creators of shows intended for children were artists or idealists in some way or were at least willing to borrow the ideals for (or at the expense of) commercial interests. I viewed most effort at resistance futile until I saw it for myself.

After I experienced some hauntings, I woke up to “weird stuff” being real and not just Coast to Coast AM style entertainment. I quit my advertising job, I joined a building restoration effort, then lived on an organic permaculture farm in the late 00s, I met a bunch of resistance organizers who visited there, and then traveled and lived with an independent alternative researcher, and then moved into a co-op sharehouse, and so on. I realized it wasn’t just some childish whim but a serious adventure one can embark on in this life … to boldly resist the mundane, and heal and have fun doing it too.

So to summarize maybe … 1. childhood idealism reinforced by subversive messages in (or escaped from) colonizing culture and 2. paranormal experiences forcing me to wake up from and reject “default purpose” handed to me by colonizing culture

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It is my dream to live with a group of people, in peace. I may not be able to change the world, however living harmoniously with a group of people, seems more feasible (and perhaps useful to the world). I believe that can be much easier if I share common goals, purposes, or interests with those people, and have effective tools to realise those goals and purposes.

I think I’m naturally drawn to connect with others, like hardwired to do so, it “feels” good. Being able to truly trust people, flow in a group, know I’m safe and can depend on others. I believe many tools present in community and ecovillage projects facilitate that.

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I’m drawn more to nature & staying connected; as far from the city & [overbearing] society as I can get. I’m looking for an area that has access to water & in/near a large forest. I happened upon your website looking for an ideal place to plant my feet.

I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for in a community. I do know that I’m looking for a community that’s diverse (religiously, dietary, creativity (creative ideas/skills)), adaptive, open minded, & willing to teach/improve even the most basic of skills.

I’m not saying that I’m the dumbest person, I’m also not saying that I know everything — God knows I don’t. I’ve recently realized that I plan ahead of where I should be, yet such planning ends up helping me when it becomes the present; this is likely with almost everything I do. If I need to do something in the present, I usually wing it and hope for the best. My guess is I need to be a part of a community that can help me hone my planning processes. Fair warning: I can be stubborn & a pain in the rear — please have more patience than a spider waiting for a meal.

I apologize if any of the above is off topic.

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