In the last few weeks I have been reading John Micheal Greer‘s utopian novel Retrotopia – set in a future where the USA has collapsed into a number of separate states the lead character takes us on a tour of Continue reading Looking backwards from nowhere
One reason I like visiting other intentional communities is that it often gives me a different perspective on my home community. More often than not one I was unlikely to get whilst living in the thick of it. The new insight can come Continue reading Suffering from Founder Member Syndrome
As we drive toward Tamera the roads get narrower and less well maintained, finally turning into a dirt track. It starts to feel like we are a long way from anywhere, but that could just be the low population of Continue reading Tamera Trip (Part 2)
I set off for Portugal in late June last year to visit the Tamera – School and Research Station for Realistic Utopia – in order to check out facilities for the International Communal Studies Association ICSA conference this summer. I Continue reading Trip to Tamera 2015 (Part 1)
There seems to have been some circumstances more than others that led to the formation of communes by those involved in counter-cultural rock music scenes. One of these would appear to be the point where rock music overlapped with performance Continue reading We play rock. We live together in a commune. We love each other.
No this is not a warning from a Buddhist sage about the perils of following a spiritual leader. ” Beware the ultimate guide my child as they lead not to enlightenment, but to……….” No this is by way of a Continue reading Beware the Ultimate Guide
After our unscheduled stop off with Clive and June we head back across the border into England and arrive at Berrington Hall in the middle of the afternoon for the 40th birthday celebrations of the Crabapple community set up back Continue reading Road Trip (8) – The end of the road?
After a somewhat make shift breakfast of fresh bread & honey we head off in a north westerly direction towards Shropshire. Great drive along the coast road where we stopped to take in the view of Cardigan Bay before stopping Continue reading Road Trip(7a) The FFFF service
Glorious morning driving west over the Severn estuary bridge and down to Swansea for lunch in a beach café-cum-sports centre where we arrive on Beach Babies Friday, which has odd echoes of Lower Shaw being a sort of trendy municipal Continue reading Road Trip (7); the goalposts keep moving!
We press on from the Land of cctv cameras, porkpies & plenty and head for our next community Lower Shaw Farm in Swindon. Lower Shaw was not going to be on our original road trip itinerary, but East Bergholt to deepest Continue reading Road Trip (6) “Well at least it’s not boring!”