a year ago some of us had the idea of an intentional community. In the
three weeks we were in Auroville in southern India we were deeply affected
by their universal belief that in order to create a world that is sustainable
for all we must expand our consciousness. We were also impressed by their
high quality of simple living using alternative technologies and building
methods and materials. In Sri Lanka and Bangladesh we were touched by the
sustainable lifestyles of the villagers and their lack of need for what
we in western cultures have come to depend upon, while enjoying a seemingly
joyful lifestyle that most of us can only hope for.
When we returned to the United States, we felt like many people upon similar returns: overcome and disheartened by the enormity of our consumer society. Over the summer our plans for a just and sustainable community began to emerge.
At the center of our yearnings to create community is the belief that we are responding to an inner call of the Spirit to which we feel an urgency to respond. Because the Spirit is at the core of our vision, purpose, and mission, our community have a spiritual center that will be not only a sacred place but also the center that is held in our hearts. This will honor that each individual makes the choice for their personal expression of the Divine and will not be founded on any one religion or means of expression.
elieving that the land belongs to everyone and to no one individual, we plan to hold the land in common. Each member of the community will choose in collaboration with others in the community a location on which to build their own home out of their personal finances. As in Auroville, a home that anyone builds here will be theirs to live in for the remainder of their life and if some of their family want to live in it after that, then, with the approval of the community, they may do so. However, it will be "owned" by the community and will not be deeded to any individual.
Nature's Spirit is seeking differing ways for people to be involved.
óWendell Berry, Recollected Essays 1965-1980For more information on Nature's Spirit, contact Carolyn Vaughan, 455 Quail Ridge Road, Salem, SC 29676. E-mail: CarolynV@aol.com or NatuSpirit@aol.com