Acorn Community is a medium sized egalitarian, intentional community located in rural Virginia, USA and is a member of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities . Acorn was started in 1993 as a daughter community of the older, larger Twin Oaks. For reasons not entirely clear, the early 1990s saw a surge in interest in intentional communities. The Twin Oaks population swelled to capacity and Acorn was born. The population and stability of Acorn has fluctuated significantly in its relatively short history. Financial crisis and interpersonal conflict have brought the community close to an end on a number of occasions. However having survived these difficult times its business has now paid for its startup costs and it members are optimistic about the community's future. ...more on Wikipedia about "Acorn Community"
Andrew Cohen is an American guru, spiritual teacher, and author who has contributed to the subject of what he calls "evolutionary spirituality." He sees himself as working to bring about "the next stage" of human cultural development. ...more on Wikipedia about "Andrew Cohen"
The Bioregional Revolutionary Movement is a political organization promoting ecovillages, bioregionalism, permaculture, natural capitalism, and local currencies as solutions to what they perceive as a world of coverging problems. Among the problems, they see " peak oil" as the first of the many problems (including overpopulation, global epidemics such as bird flu, climate change, water scarcity, and ecological destruction) to affect us in the 21st century. This organization is associated with the Revolutionary Army for Nonviolence and Sustainability or RANS, ...more on Wikipedia about "Bioregional revolution"
The Children of God (COG), later known as the Family of Love, the Family, and now The Family International is a new religious movement that started in 1968 in Huntington Beach, California, USA. It was part of the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s, with many of its early converts drawn from the hippie movement. It was among the movements prompting the cult controversy of the 1970s and 1980s in the United States and Europe and triggered the first organized anticult group ( FREECOG). ...more on Wikipedia about "Children of God"
Colonia Dignidad ("Dignity Colony", now known as Villa Baviera, " Bavaria Village"), is a settlement located in an isolated area in the Maule Region of southern Chile, near the village of Parral. It was founded by a group of German immigrants led by Paul Schäfer in 1961. The full name of the colony was La Sociedad Benefactora y Educacional Dignidad, like its precursor which the immigrants started in the mid- 1950s. ...more on Wikipedia about "Colonia Dignidad"
A commune is a kind of intentional community where most resources are shared and there is little or no personal property (as opposed to communities that only share housing). The best known communes in the modern world are the kibbutzim of Israel. There are also many communes currently active outside Israel, where they are often referred to as egalitarian communities. ...more on Wikipedia about "Commune (intentional community)"
Communities magazine, the Journal of Cooperative Living is a primary resource for information, issues, and ideas about intentional communities in North America - from urban co-ops to cohousing groups to ecovillages to rural communes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Communities magazine"
Egalitarian communities are groups of people who have chosen to live together, with egalitarianism as one of their core values. A broad definition of egalitarianism is "equal access to resources and to decision-making power." For example, decision-making is done by consensus or another system in which each person has a voice; it is not done hierarchically with only one or a few people making choices that will affect the whole group. If the group shares assets (income, vehicles, etc.), they are distributed equitably throughout the group, and each member has access to more-or-less the same resources as any other member. ...more on Wikipedia about "Egalitarian communities"
Endeavor Academy, which also operates under the name "The New Christian Church of Full Endeavor",is a spiritual residential community/school that incorporates many aspects of the spiritual teachings known as A Course In Miracles (ACIM). The organization is headquartered in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, USA, and is headed by its primary teacher, Charles Buell Anderson, who is also referred to as The Master Teacher, and who appears to be teaching a modern day version of Messianism#Adventism Adventist Messianism. The academy currently advertises branch centers in Germany, Poland, Holland and Columbia. Some of these advertised branch centers appear to be only websites with no local buildings or facilities. These website-only branch centers appear to be representing recently closed centers. A former residential community in Byron Bay, Australia has also been closed, after facing many legal and financial difficulties. ...more on Wikipedia about "Endeavor Academy"
The Federation Of Damanhur, often called simply Damanhur, is a commune and spiritual community situated in the Piedmont region of northern Italy about 30 miles north of the city of Turin. It is located in the foothills of the Alps in the Valchiusella valley. ...more on Wikipedia about "Federation of Damanhur"
The Fellowship for Intentional Community nurtures connections and cooperation among communitarians and their friends. It provide publications, referrals, support services, and sharing opportunities for a wide range of intentional communities, cohousing groups, ecovillages, community networks, support organizations, and people seeking a home in community. The FIC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in the United States. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fellowship for Intentional Community"
The Findhorn Foundation is a Scottish charitable trust registered in 1972 to act as a focal point for the work of the community that grew up around Eileen and Peter Caddy and Dorothy Maclean near Findhorn, Scotland, from 1962 onwards. ...more on Wikipedia about "Findhorn Foundation"
Ganas is an intentional community located on the north shore of Staten Island, New York, USA. Ganas was founded in 1979, by the Foundation for Feedback Learning founded in 1978. "Ganas" is a Spanish word meaning "motivation" or "desire". As of 2005, Ganas consists of a small core group of leaders who co-own ten houses and four retail stores (focusing on second-hand furniture and clothing), and a flexible population of 80 to 90 people who live in the houses and either pay expenses or work in the stores. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ganas"
Gaviotas, Colombia, is an ecovillage founded in 1971 by Paolo Lugari. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gaviotas"
Halcyon, California is an unincorporated community of approximately 125 acres (0.5 km²) in San Luis Obispo County, California, located just beyond the southern border of the city of Arroyo Grande, at . It was founded in 1903 as a Theosophist intentional community and is the home and headquarters of a religious organization, The Temple of the People (not to be confused with Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple). ...more on Wikipedia about "Halcyon, California"
An intentional community is a planned residential community with a much higher degree of social interaction than other communities. The members of an intentional community typically hold a common social, political or spiritual vision and share responsibilities and resources. Intentional communities include cohousing, residential land trusts, ecovillages, communes, kibbutzim, ashrams, and housing cooperatives. ...more on Wikipedia about "Intentional community"
The Jesus Army is the outreach ministry of the Jesus Fellowship Church, an evangelical Christian movement based in the United Kingdom. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jesus Army"
Jesus People USA is a Christian intentional community in Uptown, on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1973 and came out of the Jesus Movement and is one of the few remaining communes from that movement - The community organizes the annual Cornerstone Festival. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jesus People USA"
Jonestown, a town in Guyana established by Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones, was located about six to eight miles (10 to 12 km) from Port Kaituma ( ). At Jones' directions, the inhabitants committed mass suicide in 1978. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jonestown"
Kerista was a new religion that was started in New York City in 1956 by John Presmont. Throughout much of its history, Kerista was centered on the ideals of serial monogamy and creation of intentional communities. From 1971-1991, the community was centered at the Kerista Commune in San Francisco, California which practiced group marriage and maintained a very high profile (including operating of a popular free newspaper and several national media appearances). In 1991, the community experienced a major split, and the founder went on to create "The World Academy of Keristan Education". The term polyfidelity was coined by Kerista Commune. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kerista"
Life Keys was a name brand created by Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey, co-founder, along with then-husband Haven Boggs, of Living Enrichment Center. Life Keys produced audio tapes, CDs, and video cassettes of Mary Morrissey's Sunday talks. The videos were broadcast on many cable access stations across the West Coast of the US. The audio tapes were sold by subscription for more than $200 per year. ...more on Wikipedia about "Life Keys"
This is a list of ecovillages: ...more on Wikipedia about "List of ecovillages"
This is a list of intentional communities. ...more on Wikipedia about "List of intentional communities"
Living Enrichment Center was a New Thought church headquartered in a 94,500 square foot (8,800 m²) building on a forested area of 95 acres (384,000 m²). "LEC," as it came to be called, was located in Wilsonville, which is a suburb of Portland, Oregon. The congregation was estimated at anywhere from 3000 to 5000, making it one of the biggest churches in the state of Oregon. LEC was the biggest New Thought church in Oregon, and one of the biggest New Thought churches in the world. ...more on Wikipedia about "Living Enrichment Center"
Namaste Retreat Center was a retreat center headquarted in Wilsonville, Oregon. It shared grounds and facilities with New Thought church Living Enrichment Center. The retreat center took its name from the sanskrit word namaste, in tribute to the eastern spiritual philosophy that was embraced by many staff members, retreat participants, and members of the congregation. From 1997 until 2004, Namaste Retreat Center was one of the most popular retreat centers in the state of Oregon. In its literature, Namaste Retreat Center billed itself as "Oregon's leading spiritual retreat center." ...more on Wikipedia about "Namaste Retreat Center"
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