Our “physical” sustainable practices include organic farming, permaculture principles, green building, water harvesting, carpooling, composting, and more. As important are our “non-physical” practices which encourage honest, loving, and respectful communication in order to create an emotionally and spiritually sustainable environment.
We are Acorn Community, a secular, egalitarian community, founded in 1993. We are committed to income-sharing, sustainable living, and creating a vibrant, eclectic culture. Our thriving seed business – Southern Exposure Seed Exchange– is part of an exciting movement and growing network of farmers, gardeners and seed savers dedicated to organic and heritage agriculture. Our community encourages personal responsibility, supports queer and alternative lifestyles, and strives to create a stimulating social, political, feminist and intellectual environment.
Twin Oaks is an intentional community in rural central Virginia, made up of around 90 adult members and 15 children. Since the community’s beginning in 1967, our way of life has reflected our values of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, equality, and ecology. We welcome you to schedule a visit.
We do not have a group religion; our beliefs are diverse. We do not have a central leader; we govern ourselves by a form of democracy with responsibility shared among various managers, planners, and committees. We are self-supporting economically, and partly self-sufficient. We are income-sharing. Each member works 42 hours a week in the community’s business and domestic areas. Each member receives housing, food, healthcare, and personal spending money from the community.
Facebook Post 3/24
“I realize I have a deepening longing for community – for tribe. I am tired of wandering around in a city of disconnected strangers, chattering into the void on their cell phones, seeking weekend oblivion through booze. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live with 20 – 200 friends – people I actually care about – in a natural setting. It is so outside of my experience up to this point.
“Earthaven is where the human community
is bonding with the Earth in a manner
capable of healing the devastation of the past
and inspiring a new grandeur for the future.
At Earthaven, even for a brief while,
we experience what it is to return to ourselves.”
–Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth.
Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage is located on 165 acres of rich farmland in the sacred Santa Cruz Valley of Southern, Arizona. We are a collective of kindred spirits united by a common vision. Being a spiritual intentional community as well as an ecovillage, our efforts to live in harmony with nature are rooted in our spiritual walk and recognition of the interconnectedness of all life.