I noticed the thread about welfare and wanted to share my concept. Here's my dream. Please feel free to send private messages, or to subscribe to my email list (link at bottom of message) if you are interested in hearing more about my dream, or if it sounds like something in which you would like to participate. Also, feel free to forward this post to anyone who might be interested.
In my ideal world, children are welcomed gently into a healthy,
loving tribe. Every new mother has loved ones around to teach her to listen to her heart and to her baby. The entire community
provides for the basic needs of the group. Those without children
of their own don't feel that they are missing out, because all of
the children of the tribe belong to them.
This is my dream, born of my own personal struggles and passions. I intend to manifest this into reality. I am in the process of creating a non-profit organization to establish and support an
intentional community that will provide a haven for single mothers
and their children. I envision this community functioning like a
small village with people of all ages coming together. There will
be a focus on simple healthy living and on attachment parenting.
There should be enough space for organic gardens and animals. A thriving cottage industry provides enough income that the community is self sustaining. It's first incarnation will be within a couple of hours of the Atlanta area. It will become a model as an alternative to welfare and/or daycare.
I share my dream with all of you so that you can help me dream it
into being. I have confidence that the Universe will provide what
is needed in the appropriate time to make this dream happen. I
sometimes feel afraid and sometimes lose my focus. If I know that all of you believe in my dream too, it will help me when my faith wavers. I welcome responses onlist or off. I'll be happy to
elaborate on my idea if there are those who are interested in
hearing more. The more I talk about it, the more it develops and
crystalizes in my mind. I'm including links to a site on intentional community and one on attachment parenting for those who are interested in reading more about those concepts.
Intentional Community is an inclusive term for ecovillages,
cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban
housing cooperatives and other related projects and dreams...http://www.attachmentparenting.org/
Attachment Parenting is a philosophy based in the practice of
nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to the infant or child's emotional needs, and develops trust that their emotional needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps the child develop secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring
p.s. I've created an email list for those who are interested in
supporting and/or sharing this dream. To subscribe -http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TaraTribe/join