Copyright: October 2001
By Daniel Brady and Wendy Wolters
land we seek is first found in the heart, then in the mind,
then in the world
The Word, Letters, New Persons
News, Subscribers, Humor
My own commentary: A surprising number of persons wrote in during this period. That bodes well. I hope that in the course of the next few years we will find a place to call home. A community of persons, friends, neighbors, and more. I believe that it is only a matter of time before we have real possibilities to discuss.
Community of Light
We want to co-create with others a community in a rural area, grow a portion of our own food, create a profitable cottage industry, and so be self employed, or partially so. We want to take good care of the land we live on and engage in right livelihood. We also want to contribute to the community around us and so benefit our society. Ideally, we would want to be near a town of 50,000 or possibly a college community. We could each use our talents, abilities, or professions to provide for ourselves as well as whatever the"cottage industry" would be.
Consider yourselves welcome to email us to express your ideas about what our community should be. We are, after all, the persons who could make it up.
I imagine there are a lot of ideas out there and I know that what has been written in this or prior issues are meant as to be a working concept, one that is in progress, and meant to be discussed, even debated.
If you have not been to the Community of Light web page we now have a listing of other communities that are forming. It may be educational to visit some of those sites to see what's new in the community universe: the URL for our web Address is this:
If you would like to leave a telephone message for us, you can leave one at Wendy's voicemail which is 415-364-3045
Thanks, Dan and Wendy
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the introductions from persons that have written us since we began. Those new contacts who have introductions already are marked with a + next to their names. To see all of the introductions see our: Subscriber's Introductions This page has a new look!
Fuufnmf@aol.com Chad +
My name is Chad, and if only you needed a man that can fix anything. Your idea is fantastic. Actually I agree with your thoughts on the type of property. Especially the part about being below the snow line, way below.
As far as the part apart me being able to fix anything; well that is the reason I get up in the morning. I have been a millwright (industrial mechanic) for 3M, Acme manufacturing ( no we did not make equipment for the Wildly Coyote), any other major companies. I have left them all due to the rat race of the big corps. and have now been self employed for three years.
Within all my years I have longed of becoming part of a dream that we both share. This has been the first time that I have researched the idea of living a life as hard and challenging as a life in a self sustained community.
Please, when you find time from your busy days email me about some more of your ideas and your beliefs in all aspects of life. Thank you for your time and I wish you all the best in your future. Be good to yourself and have fun. Chad Leichliter
I would love to be on your email list. I've been interested in communal living since reading Waldon Two in college. Look forward to hearing from you- Jane
I am so interested in the commune I would love to help in any way shape or form so email me with more at email@example.com Please
FaeryGoddess5@aol.com Jacqueline Reasor
Your site interested me very much, and I felt it necessary to write to you for more information on your mission. I have recently made the discovery of my desire to live a life similar to pioneers, freeing myself from industrial sources, if possible, and having fellowship with others who desire the same lifestyle. My challenge has been to find these other folks and work closer to fulfilling my dream. I currently make my own clothes, blankets, etc., garden, cook, clean, etc. I will also be starting to spin and make my own yarn and things of that nature, as well as explore the crafts of pottery, glass, and basket weaving. If you know of a place where I can be of assistance I would be very appreciative. I am nineteen years old, taking time off from college courses (majoring in Special Education) to travel and explore possibilities for myself. Please email back in response. Thank you so much for your time! -Jacqueline Reasor
Hello, I am interested in finding out more about said community of light. I have a rich background in Shamanism, Grof Holotropic techniques, Monroe Out of Body Work plus Armstrong instruction in developing psychic abilities. Spirit relocation and healings (of all types) are my specialties. I am retired, financially secure, and looking for some open and spiritually minded people. Sincerely, Don (Dongi) Paulus.
Please send updated newsletter. Don Paulus
What kind of people are you looking for? I am a medical laboratory technician and budding metaphysical healer. I study along the Hermetic lines of alchemy and currently very interested and aware of our changing energy grid and know that we are all co-creating the next phase of human experience and the new ways of experiencing Reality. So I think I understand what you mean by living "outside the energy grid" while the new one is constantly under construction.
My views about Life and what work is really supposed to profit us take me outside the mainstream of society though I am well adapted and can "get along" with any reasonable Being. Lisa R.
My name is Melinda..i am an artist,poet and Teacher of music+
I also am a women of peace. Having raised two children learning peace was a everyday experience. Please put me on your mailing list. Your goals seems somewhat of what I am looking for to bad the entire world can't see things in a peaceful way. Looking forward to hearing from you. I think not only can I help you (teaching etc..)..I am hoping in turn that I, too can be helped. peace as always,
Received: from Thepulsiferboy@aol.com Aaron
I'm very interested in living in a communal self sufficient community. I've always wanted to live in California but rents appear to be outrageous. I have some gardening experience and basic skills that might be helpful. I'd like to live around other like minded people. I would love to hear as I'm looking for some sort of future plans and this sounds like a good direction....thanks for your time.
Please put me on your mailing list-+
I am searching for a community with a cottage industry that I would be able to participate in-thanks, Anne, Dervishheart@aol.com
From: "J. E. Moxley" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001
To: Dan Brady Subject: Re: Newsletter/community
Okay, put me on your. mailing list. Truthfully my interests now are travel, writing, and alternative methods of spiritual , psychic, psychological exploration. Also life extension, as I'm growing older and would definitely be a senior member of your group. Perhaps sometime in the future I might think of something practical I could contribute. Right now my only contribution is Spirit, and a belief in infinite possibilities.
Dan: I have some friends in Colorado who have similar beliefs can I send them your newsletters?
I have told her that I would not mind her fowarding the newsletter to her friends, in fact I encourage anyone to do just that. We may find opportunities that way.
We are very happy to tell you that a major dream of ours is coming true. After looking for the right community for us to live in for about eight years......we finally found it.
Here is a description of Three Springs. We have visited them and have been developing our relationship with them through mail, phone and email. Our plan is to move to Three Springs (in Ca.) sometime this summer after our home sells. We'll keep you all updated. But our email addresses won't change. Take care, Monica and Mark Filimonov
Subject: Three Springs (where Monica & Mark are moving)
Three Springs is a five-year-old, environmentally-oriented community. We are presently a 7 member group with plans to bring on new members in 2001. We ultimately see the community growing to approximately 14 adults.
Our primary focus is to share our land, and strive to create healthy relationships with each other and all living things around us. We are excited about the communities movement and what it can do in a positive way for people and the earth. As we gain experience, we hope to share information and resources to help others.
We are located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, 5 miles south of North Fork, 45 miles northeast of Fresno, and 35 miles southeast of Yosemite National Park. Our beautiful 160 acres is an idyllic, peaceful, rural setting abounding with a great variety of native plants and animals.
Through the land runs a crystal clear, year round creek with waterfalls, swimming holes, and rock formations. This riparian area is surrounded by ponderosa pines and incense cedars. On the rolling hills oak, manzanita, bull pine, open meadows and granite outcroppings dominate the landscape with views into the High Sierras. Thousands of acres of the Sierra National Forest are adjacent to us with trails that connect to the Willow Creek, the San Joaquin River, Redinger, Kerkoff and Corrine Lakes and many more interesting viewpoints.
Three Springs 59820 Italian Bar Road - North Fork, Ca. 93643...Telephone: (559)877-7113 Fax: (559)877-419 EMail:email@example.com
Hello out there,
I, too, am looking to become part of a vibrant, community rich with earth-caring, sensitive, motivated individuals. Currently I'm up in the Portland, Oregon area but my house is for sale. I also have 9 acres about 35 miles outside of Klamath Falls. The problem is that I'm going it alone and am realizing, finally(!), that I really need to be connected with a group that shares common beliefs about land, our relationship with it, and with each other. I also have a generator, 500 gal water tank, pump and water heater. I have friends who (due to county regulations and politics) need to sell a 30 ft yurt, solar panels, an inverter, water heater, solar refrigerator, water pump,... .
I want to "homestead" and live sustainable, without debt, with minimal expenses, harmoniously within my surroundings. I want to use my time in a way that expresses my own journey path. Currently my path seems to be dragging me down the road of a writer. I've got a fair number of power tools and limited but functional experience building things. Depending on which way I go, I may access to some resources (particularly after my house sells). I am particularly drawn to the Southern Oregon, Northern California area: Grants Pass to Ashland to Mt Shasta and westward.
I am doing this, I'm already in the process, and for me, it is happening very rapidly. You would not believe the doors that the Universe has opened up for me and it is literally kicking me into a far richer and deeper level of my path. If you folks are genuinely serious about putting your vision out there and letting it flourish, please send me a mail or give me a call 503-557-3001 and lets talk about what is happening and what may happen if we are receptive and dynamic.
I wish you well on your quest. The time is ripe for people of vision to come out of themselves and create!
I heard about this community and thought that someone might want to visit it for the experience of a good hearted community. That person would get experience, the community would get a good volunteer. It could be a win, win.
Camphill Communities of Ireland - Living and Working with people who have special needs. Our website is about communities living and working with people who have special needs in Ireland. All people in our communities are volunteers, some come for a half year, some for a year - some for a longer time. We are looking for volunteers to join us all the time. People need enthusiasm, creativity, and the willingness to respond to needs The URL for Camphill is: http://www.camphill.ie
I just read youor latest newsletter and thoght your readers might be interested in this site if they are looking for a way to make donations without actually spending money. It helps the rain forests, the pandas, breast cancer and, my favorite, the big cats. You might want to check it ouit and pass it on - I've been there almost daily clicking to help for well over a year: http://www.care2.com
And, within care2.com there is a site that I have used as partof my "free Philanthropy Log on Protocol." The site is http://bigcats.care2.com
It hs links to rhe Rain Forest Race, Panda Race and Breast Cancer Race, contributing is as easy as on the Hunger Site, that URL is here: http:/www.thehungersite.com
I have set up the hunger site as my browsers opening page, it can be done in using the preferences settings of Netscape or Internet Explorer.
Or look at this rain forest site: http://www.savarainforest.net/
From: Robert Redford firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Thank you from Robert Redford
Fellow Biogems Defender,
Email has proven effective, we can all participate, it is rather easy to do. I fell it is the least we can do.
I just wanted to thank you for visiting htt://www.savebiogems.org and taking action against President Bush's plant to open the Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil development. This on-line campain, which began with an email message to a few thousand people, has already generated 450,000 letters of protest to Congress. The fight for the Arctic Refuge continues against the president's destructive proposal. What a shining example of our collective power to make a difference! We'll keep ou posted on the outcome of this important fight for our natural heritage.
In the meantime, if you want to do even more to hel save America's last wild places, then please visit http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/.
There you'll learn how the Bush-Cheney energy plan endangers Yellowstone and other unspoiled wild lands of the Rockies -- and how you can help save them.
Thank you, Sincerely yourls
Robert Redford, Trustee, Natural Resources Defense Council
If you want to research intentional communities this is a good place to start.
Communities Magazine comes out regularly and it is a resource for those seeking to explore the life in a commune. The directory that they have is a great primer in understanding the variety of life out in the community universe. You can write them at the address given below. This is their office address.
Communities Magazine, 138 Twin Oaks Road, Louisa VA 23093 USA or call them at: Tel/Fax: 540-894-5126. Their website is at Intentional Communities
You might also find the resources on the Northwest Intentional Communities site to be valuable. There are lists of legal documents, process advice, how to find people, etc. They can be found at: http://www.ic.org/nica/resource.htm
This is a list of places seeking members, communities forming and the like. I have come across it at the F.I.C.'s website: http://elph.anu.net/reach/reachbook-all.html
It might be a place for some of you to do research and get a good impression of what is available in your area.
I am not now comfortable with publishing email addresses in the newsletter and so I have had to consider how else to allow everyone to talk to each other. I am willing to send messages to the list of subscribers if there is someone who wants to send a message out to everyone. I am willing to try this.
I would also like to know how many of us would like to use either or both of the methods below to encourage communication between us all. Both methods have advantages and so I am asking for feedback. Please let me know which means you'd prefer or if you have other ideas.
Free Long Distance Calls!
I have noticed that nearly half of the email addresses we have use AOL. It is not surprising perhaps but could be useful.
AOL has an instant messenger that is free to download from their site and allows voice chat between users. I have talked cross country and although it has some quirks, it does work, and it is free.
I am encouraging all of us to use this AOL service so that we can talk to one another. Once you log on any friend that is also online becomes available. Any one of you who would like my user name will be welcome to it.
Another avenue to increasing communication between us all would be to create a email subscription listserv group at Yahoo. One of us suggested that idea and it has its merits as well.
I would like to know who might be interested in this kind of communication, it would help us confer and learn about each other.
I received this and it seems that it might be worthwhile for those concerned for their privacy. I did not do this because I want my credit information available.
Re: Good Information email@example.com
If you haven't already heard, the 4 major credit bureaus in the US are allowed, as of July 1, to release YOUR credit info, mailing addresses, phone #, etc., to ANYONE who requests it. If you would like to 'opt out' of this release of info, you can call 1-888-567-8688. You can also take care of anyone in your household if you have their SS#. Be sure to listen closely as the first 'opt out' is only for 2 years. Make sure you wait until they prompt you to press 3 on your keypad to 'opt out' for goo-d.
An elderly man in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough."
"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.
"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old man says.
"We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.
"Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this."
She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at the old man, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing,
DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up. The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife.
"Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own fares . . . Now what do we do for Christmas?"
What do angels look like?
Like the person who returned your wallet yesterday, or the taxi driver who told you that your eyes light up the world.
Like the small child who showed you about the wonder in simple things.
Like the poor man who offered to help you with something, or the rich man who showed you that it is really possible, if you only believe.
Like the stranger that just helped you along when you had lost your way.
Like the friend who touched your heart, when you didn't think you had one.
ANGELS come in all sizes and shapes, all ages and skin types.
Some with freckles, dimples, and wrinkles. or disguised as friends, enemies, teachers, students, lovers and fools.
They don't take life too seriously, they travel light and they leave no forwarding addresses, they ask nothing in return.
They are hard to find with your eyes closed, but when you choose to see, they are everywhere you look.
So, OPEN YOUR EYES and count all YOUR ANGELS - for you are truly blessed!!
From: Dan R. Stevenson
Well, How I look at is that they (a community) have a choice they could accept grants or become slaves to the banking system paying off a bank loan which could take decade or more to pay off. A couple of bad seasons could spell disaster for the community. I have a very limited amount of savings and with the job situation in my area it would take me up to four years to raise the money for a small amount of property and that is not including the housing.
With grants you must show where the money is going but you must do this anyway when you form the community into a corporation if you choose to incorporate. What I like to do is form a nonprofit as a research and education foundation. This way we could teach others what we have learned and maybe influence others to go more green. Many of the grants are put aside for community projects such as affordable housing and for providing food for a community. There are countless grants for research and education foundations. As I see it the corporations and government owe us for what they have done to the environment and the American people and grants to help create a sustainable community are one way to make amends. There are also grants to start business in rural areas that your group could look into once you have been established. They also have grants and information for those who wish to use alternative power and farming techniques.
I created a Yahoo groups for those who are interested in the creation of an intentional community at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CommunityForming or look at this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/CommunityForming
Thanks. Dan R. Stevenson
Other thoughts from: Dan R. Stevenson
Yeah, it really depends on the area you live or want to build in. Texas,especially in the counties is very easy to build in. You can just about do anything you want in outside city limits, and Austin allows straw bail houses inside the city. You still have to get permits inside the city. But there is a whole movement out there and there are even organizations that the members help each other build houses. Especially straw bail, people want to learn how to build there own home so they are willing to help someone else so they can learn how to do it. http://hem.dis.anl.gov/eehem/96/960712.html
I've thought about doing something like this myself. And you can't build a community overnight. I don't know how much land you are trying to put together, or where you plan on building. I would recommend using this money for the land and go from there. You can buy land for 1800$ an acre (in and around Texas). That's a pretty nice size piece of property. If you buy a piece of land that already has a farm house or at least well water and electricity, you have a base of operation to start with. And there are some really great ways to build very cheaply with alternative materials and design. You can always get off the grid and refine the community as it grows. No matter how much money you have, it won't be a self sustaining community overnight and you can use the membership to build eachothers homes.