To build a neighborhood based on respect and support where we invest our lives to fully honor and sustain the wellbeing of all life: ourselves, our families, our local community, the greater world of all living things, and the earth itself.
To form a community that values the voice of each individual, yet works toward interdependence and collaborative solutions in order to understand and appreciate ourselves and eachother more fully.
To create a place where we share and effectively use our talents, time and resources in order to pursue lives more fulfilling together than what we could ever achieve apart.
Our guiding principles
The principles we’ve outlined in creating this community have been heavily inspired by permaculture, a whole-systems way of thinking that weaves together ethics and design to create a healthier, more sustainable, more efficient way of living. The three permaculture ethics are: earth care, people care and fair share. Please keep in mind that this list is an evolving work-in-progress as the resident group continues grow. Suggestions are welcomed.
Balance of Self Care and Community, Model for the World
Where members are committed to self care, family care and community care. When people’s needs are met in compassionate and simple ways, the environment surrounding them will prosper. When a community prospers, the world is inspired to follow their path.
Where many hands make light work when it comes to tending to common spaces and common needs in order to save time and money for all members of the community. Seeking community expertise/labor before looking to outsource. (Time Banks, Committees, Work Parties). Community members will commit to helping the community and doing their fair share.
Where differences in age, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status, belief systems, and sexual orientation are respected for the diversity they bring to the community. (Variety of housing types and costs, integration of affordable housing, artist studios)
Sustainable Daily Habits/Patterns
Employing easy-to-adhere-by sustainable systems that allow all households to thrive. Examples include common meals, shared composting and recycling stations, shared wood storage, simplified food sharing.
Where children are raised and guided by a supportive, nurturing network of community members who respect that each individual family has its own, unique approach to raising children. We will encourage co-parenting, yet will always defer to each family’s sovereignty as long as it does not harm the community. Children will be encouraged to approach life with an adventurous spirit, and encouraged to interact with the outdoors as a place of wonder and learning. Within this environment, we foster the two edges of independence and social harmony from direct interaction with their peers and from the adults in the community. Together we will embrace opportunities for fun, growth, altruism and work. (Shared Childcare, Spontaneous social interaction in Common Spaces/Play Spaces: Treehouse, Tipi)
Where elders are respected for their time, wisdom and experience and cared for by members of the community as they age.
Clear Communications and Understanding of Expectations
A community committed to learning and employing effective communication methods so that expectations are understood and conflict is averted when possible. In the inevitable event of conflict we will have a committed process for resolution that best fits the community, while respecting the individual. This process for conflict resolution should evolve as we understand ourselves more fully, but it should also be clear that we are committed to the safety and highest good of the community even if it means challenging communication and direct action. At all times we will employ nonviolent communication with one another and the greater community around us.
(Mitigation, mediation, outlining clear roles and committee tasks, regular meetings).
Meals will are prepared with intention: locally sourced, organic and seasonal whenever possible with attention to dietary restrictions of community members. Meals are seen as valuable time spent with community where friendships are formed, solutions are created, and ideas are exchanged. Frequency of meals to be determined by resident group.
Common Spaces & Shared Equipment
The community will include spaces designed to promote human connection, interaction through shared interests and personal growth. (ie. Yoga, Meditation, Cooking Classes, Work Shop, Music, Shared Recreational Gear)
Homes and common buildings will be built with respect to the chosen land and with the planet in mind. Passive solar design principles that include orientation for our climate, energy and water efficiencies, privacy of neighbors, small footprints and conservative square footages will be employed. Architecture and design will be stylistically timeless and preferred construction materials will be authentic (non-toxic, naturally-based ie. stone, tile, wood, cement) in creating homes and common spaces that endure, never requiring extensive remodeling. Common buildings will be built to capture and reuse energy and water in keeping with our mission of sustainability and to keep ongoing community cost down. We will revisit and refine our design decisions over time as we acknowledge the impact of our previous decisions.
Where the landscape is in harmony with this bioregion, requires minimal water (and/or employs graywater runoff from built structures) and supports the uses that the community desires. (playspaces, firepit, outdoor gathering areas, fruit trees, berries)