Braziers Park (School of Social and Integrative Research)

Last updated: November 18, 2015 (1 week ago)

Listing created on: June 15, 2006

Braziers Park (School of Social and Integrative Research)

(Wallingford, England, United Kingdom)

Mission Statement:

evolution ecology education

Community Description:

Braziers Park is a community, a residential college, and an architectural treasure hidden deep in the south Oxfordshire countryside. It was founded in 1950 as an educational trust, and is a continuing experiment in the advantages and problems of living in a group. Community members share responsibility for running the college and the estate.

“To make conscious the shape of the process of which we are a part, so that we may facilitate its development more efficiently.”

We keep sheep, pigs and chickens; we plant trees and vegetables; we live in the midst of beauty, and we eat well; we argue joyfully on good days; we argue pointlessly, and/or ignore each other on bad days. Lots of dreams and fantasies are stimulated here. There is always work to do…


  • Adult Members: 25
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: No one path followed, and many practices are very low-key

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Type: Commune (organized around sharing almost everything.), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.), Unspecified, or Other
  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No

Land and Buildings

  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 50 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Additional Comments: A formal organisation with some overlap of membership

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: None
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Fair Housing Laws

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge