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
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!
Day 2 We head off late morning towards the Derbyshire hills above Sheffield on our way to the Quaker Community at Bamford. We stop off for a short stroll at Surprise View and then to grab a quick lunch at Continue reading Road Trip (Part 2) – 25 years young.
What do you say when you get a call out of the blue from old friend inviting you to go on a tour of communes, Just for the hell of it? “We could write an article for the Guardian about Continue reading Chris & Mike’s Road Trip (Part 1)
It has always been part of the communal utopian dream to set up village scale intentional communities, – in the past couple of decades the talk has been of Eco-villages, even Eco-towns. But it always seems that the transition from Continue reading Villages of Utopia 1
Moving some archive boxes recently I came across a pile of old newsletters of the Alternative Communities Movement (ACM) from the 1980’s. The ACM was run by a commune called the Teachers who had a base in Bangor and a Continue reading Learning from the Teachers
“Your liberals and radicals all want to govern. They want to try it their way– to show that people will be happier if the power is wielded in a different way or for different purposes. But how do they know? Continue reading Walden 3.2