By Diana Leafe Christian, Patch Adams
Author note: ahead via Patch Adams
Publish yr note: First released July 1st 2001
Creating a existence Together is the one source to be had that offers step by step sensible details distilled from quite a few firsthand resources on tips on how to determine an intentional group. It bargains extensive with structural, interpersonal and management concerns, decision-making tools, imaginative and prescient statements, and the improvement of a criminal constitution, in addition to profiling well-established version groups. This exhaustive consultant contains first-class pattern records between its wealth of resources.
Diana Leafe Christian is the editor of groups journal and has contributed to physique & Soul, Yoga magazine, and Shaman’s Drum, between others. She is a well-liked public speaker and workshop chief on forming intentional groups, and has been interviewed in regards to the topic on NPR. She is a member of an intentional neighborhood in North Carolina.
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Extra resources for Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities
The ability to hold to a vision and persevere has made all the difference between groups that built their communities and those that felt too discouraged to continue. Sometimes it will seem like the process is going well and moving for- 18 CREATING A LIFE TOGETHER ward; other times it’ll feel like you’re stopped at every turn. Keep your eyes on the goal, lean into the wind, and keep traveling. • Willingness to acknowledge others. You’ll need to thank and acknowledge each other many times for ideas, proposals, legwork, research, patience, living room meeting space, snacks, tea, and childcare.
Here’s an exercise you can use to begin the discussion while preserving everyone’s financial 29 privacy. Write the following on a sheet of easel paper and hang it where everyone can see it: A: Down Payment/Development. Amount you could pay as an equal financial contribution for the down payment and property development. B: Monthly Member Assessments. Amount you could pay on an ongoing basis as monthly member assessment fee for property payments (principal and interest on any loan(s) for property acquisition; property taxes, insurance, repair and maintenance fund).
In this community, we will not only have potlucks and hold babies, but we will practice gentleness, honesty, love and compassion in a tribal setting. We’ll have a place to eat, work, and make music among folks we have learned to trust, and it is this we will offer to the world around us. It is as if we are both watching a miracle happen and creating it at the same time. Could there be any better way to spend a Sunday? Excerpted with permission from Communities magazine, Spring 2000. Chapter 3 Getting Off to a Good Start Y of communities, vision statements, lists of values and goals, outlines of community processes, and community histories.
Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities by Diana Leafe Christian, Patch Adams