Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: in my deepest intuition
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I lived in a commune for two years. It was an intentional community dedicated to the awakening of consciousness.
It was The Lama Foundation. It started in the late 60s and had about 300 people. A few weeks into the process, the founders decided "No Drugs" and their numbers went down to about 5 people. It has grown from there but still the numbers are small. Usually there are about 15 residnts living there year-around and then in the summer when retreats happen it gets more like 40.
Actually the woman who founded it lives in Batesville, VA.
Anyhow, my experince was wonderful. I actually think Lama spends too much time with each other and that can be as bad in a community as too little time together. It seems like there was always so much more work to do and the place really turned people into work-a-holics if that was their tendency.
What I though was so great is the support we all had for each other. We spent some good time having mediators and communication specialists come to teach us and work with us. They followed the concensus process which comes from the Quakers and it was really cool to learn about.
Once we left, I was really excited to have my own kitchen and bathroom. I was glad to not have to get up to a bell ringing early in the morning. I felt good not having so much of a schedule.
Anyhow, I could go on and on, but I'll stop here.
Good luck with your decision.