(This is the personal story of how I got into communal living – and what happened when I did. ) I Continue reading My Story (1) – Get a big house and share it 1975
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