Gaia Center<br />Creating Intentional <br />Community <br />
What is Intentional Community Anyway?<br /><ul><li>An intentional community is a planned residential community designed to...
The members of an intentional community typically hold a common vision.
They typically have shared resources and responsibilities.
Intentional communities include; cohousing communities, eco-villages, communes, co-ops, etc. </li></li></ul><li>Many Hands...
Our Project’s Goals<br /><ul><li>To have a working farm that produces food for the community members (and possibly a CSA/ ...
To have cooperative businesses that support our endeavors.
To build and live in a way that is in harmony with the Earth.
To live out these goals in a way that is conscious of our intent and celebrates the challenges and rewards of collective l...
About the Land<br /><ul><li>78 acres of land, 16 acres of pasture.  62 acres of wooded rolling hills.
The land has a creek and a few groundwater springs.
We are located on a gravel road 3 miles off the interstate.
The land is located outside of Colfax, Iowa.  23 miles east of the Capitol.
It has an existing open-sided barn with electric, and three fenced paddocks.
There are many black raspberries, mulberries and wild plums growing wild across the property. </li></li></ul><li>The Land<...
The Community House<br /><ul><li>The Main house is a 2,300 sq ft. building designed for community dining, workshop and off...
There is living space on the second floor.
A wrap-around porch will accommodate outside seating when completed.  </li></li></ul><li>Community House Details<br /><ul>...
100 yr. old barn beams and other recycled materials designed into a pole framed structure.
Designed and built as a strawbale building.  The plaster failed and the walls were re-constructed using ‘stick framing’ an...
Plans include incorporating-water catchment, solar hot water heat and PV Panels.</li></li></ul><li>We Live & Learn <br />C...
Thoughts on How it Could Look<br /><ul><li>Membership
Decision making and Group Process
The Farm
Cooperative Businesses
Housing
Structure
Culture
Spirit</li></li></ul><li>How We Grow Together <br />
Some Membership Options<br />Most people are full time Residential Members.<br />Others are transitioning to the farm, and...
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  1. 1. Gaia Center<br />Creating Intentional <br />Community <br />
  2. 2. What is Intentional Community Anyway?<br /><ul><li>An intentional community is a planned residential community designed to have a much higher degree of teamwork than other communities.
  3. 3. The members of an intentional community typically hold a common vision.
  4. 4. They typically have shared resources and responsibilities.
  5. 5. Intentional communities include; cohousing communities, eco-villages, communes, co-ops, etc. </li></li></ul><li>Many Hands Make Light the Work!<br />
  6. 6. Our Project’s Goals<br /><ul><li>To have a working farm that produces food for the community members (and possibly a CSA/ market farm).
  7. 7. To have cooperative businesses that support our endeavors.
  8. 8. To build and live in a way that is in harmony with the Earth.
  9. 9. To live out these goals in a way that is conscious of our intent and celebrates the challenges and rewards of collective living.</li></li></ul><li>A Rural Farm Village<br />
  10. 10. About the Land<br /><ul><li>78 acres of land, 16 acres of pasture. 62 acres of wooded rolling hills.
  11. 11. The land has a creek and a few groundwater springs.
  12. 12. We are located on a gravel road 3 miles off the interstate.
  13. 13. The land is located outside of Colfax, Iowa. 23 miles east of the Capitol.
  14. 14. It has an existing open-sided barn with electric, and three fenced paddocks.
  15. 15. There are many black raspberries, mulberries and wild plums growing wild across the property. </li></li></ul><li>The Land<br />
  16. 16. The Community House<br /><ul><li>The Main house is a 2,300 sq ft. building designed for community dining, workshop and office space.
  17. 17. There is living space on the second floor.
  18. 18. A wrap-around porch will accommodate outside seating when completed. </li></li></ul><li>Community House Details<br /><ul><li>Whole tree construction using ‘round wood’ taken from the property.
  19. 19. 100 yr. old barn beams and other recycled materials designed into a pole framed structure.
  20. 20. Designed and built as a strawbale building. The plaster failed and the walls were re-constructed using ‘stick framing’ and recycled cellulose insulation.
  21. 21. Plans include incorporating-water catchment, solar hot water heat and PV Panels.</li></li></ul><li>We Live & Learn <br />Compost Happens . . .<br />And We Try Again – Possible is Better than Perfect!<br />
  22. 22. Thoughts on How it Could Look<br /><ul><li>Membership
  23. 23. Decision making and Group Process
  24. 24. The Farm
  25. 25. Cooperative Businesses
  26. 26. Housing
  27. 27. Structure
  28. 28. Culture
  29. 29. Spirit</li></li></ul><li>How We Grow Together <br />
  30. 30. Some Membership Options<br />Most people are full time Residential Members.<br />Others are transitioning to the farm, and are full time Associate Members.<br />At the beginning, everyone is a Provisional Member to get to know each other.<br />People that do not want the country life, but want to be involved, can become a Support Member (i.e., someone involved in a cooperative business).<br />
  31. 31. Together So Much is Possible<br />
  32. 32. Decision Making/ Group Process<br />Ideas we like~ <br />We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice in the process of community. <br />We would like to have regular meetings run with a modified consensus model (consensus minus 1). <br />We would like to have twice monthly business meetings.<br />We would like to have monthly visioning meetings. <br />
  33. 33. One Way It Could Look<br />
  34. 34. Life on the Farm<br />Permaculture Land use:<br /><ul><li>Food forest and perennial food crops
  35. 35. Humane animal husbandry (chickens, goats, etc.)
  36. 36. Organic vegetable gardens (ornamental flowers?)
  37. 37. Ponds and aquaculture
  38. 38. Greenhouses and four season food production</li></ul>We would like to grow most of the communities<br /> food on the land.<br />We would like to employ canning, preserving and<br /> drying to eat wholesome foods year round.<br />
  39. 39. Prosperity<br />
  40. 40. Cooperative Businesses<br /><ul><li>We envision diverse enterprises on the land.
  41. 41. Businesses could be owned by a few members or Community owned.
  42. 42. Some ideas we have~</li></li></ul><li>Even Working Together Can Be Fun<br />
  43. 43. Housing<br />We envision different options ranging from –<br />Green built cabins scattered around the property with a shared dining facility<br />Alarge central dormitory style building. <br />Yurts and other 3 season housing that people can live in while building more permanent structures<br />Lots of ‘common spaces’ throughout the community (i.e., libraries, music space, entertainment areas, workshops, meeting spaces, etc.) <br />One of the important things for us is that the community is designed for people to ‘run into’ one another during the course of our daily lives (while ensuring private space for individuals also).<br />
  44. 44. Home is Where <br />the Heart is<br />
  45. 45. So What are We Building?<br /><ul><li>Housing types-
  46. 46. Single family houses
  47. 47. Dorm/ Group housing
  48. 48. Short Term/ 3 season housing
  49. 49. Costs
  50. 50. Sharing the labor of building
  51. 51. Ownership
  52. 52. Leasing/ renting/ contract
  53. 53. Zoning & Permits
  54. 54. Styles-
  55. 55. Strawbale,
  56. 56. Cordwood,
  57. 57. Yurts
  58. 58. Cob
  59. 59. Underground/Berm
  60. 60. Living Roofs
  61. 61. Earthbag Foundations</li></li></ul><li>Finding Peace While Working Together<br />
  62. 62. Structure<br />How will we be organized? Areas to talk about are:<br /><ul><li>Legal Structure
  63. 63. 501 (c3) (d) non-profit
  64. 64. Limited Liability Corporation LLC
  65. 65. Community Land Trust
  66. 66. Cooperative
  67. 67. How will Enterprises be run?
  68. 68. Community Owned
  69. 69. Small groups (like an Arts Coop)
  70. 70. Individually
  71. 71. How would space be used for each of these?
  72. 72. Buildings/ Residences
  73. 73. Who will build them?
  74. 74. Where will the capital come from?
  75. 75. How would spaces/ land be allocated?
  76. 76. What happens iffolks want to move on?
  77. 77. Income and Community Resources
  78. 78. What will be the expectations for member contributions (both physically and monetarily) to the community?
  79. 79. Will there be work and enterprises that community members can support themselves with in the community?</li></li></ul><li>It’s Easy to Have Fun When Your Friends are Your Neighbors!<br />
  80. 80. Culture<br /><ul><li>An agreed on code of ethics:</li></ul>Non-violent, egalitarian, accepting of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races and ethnicities.<br /><ul><li>Goals:</li></ul> - To be joyous in our shared endeavors. <br /> - To strive to be:<br />Collaborative, respectful, open minded, helpful, communicative, progressive, and feminist. <br />- To pursue an environmental ethic, loving kindness, willingness to work through conflicts, sharing of knowledge & skills, inclusive socializing, tolerance of differences, practicing generosity, forgiveness & abundance consciousness.<br />- Most importantly to have the simple willingness to keep trying. <br />
  81. 81. Spirit in Community<br />~ Connecting in our common respect for the Earth and the cycles and seasons of the land.<br />~ Finding the Sacred in each other and ourselves.<br />
  82. 82. What’s Next?<br /><ul><li> Land Tour
  83. 83. Discussions
  84. 84. Potlucks
  85. 85. Decisions
  86. 86. Commitments
  87. 87. Work Parties
  88. 88. Drum Circles
  89. 89. Coop Projects
  90. 90. Planting
  91. 91. Building
  92. 92. Fun Creating</li></ul> Community!<br />
  93. 93. Let’s Dig In & Get It Built!<br />

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