Breitenbush Hot Springs
Detroit, Oregon, United States
- Last updated: February 9, 2016 (1 year ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
To provide a safe and potent environment where people can renew and evolve in ways they never imagined.
The members of the worker-owned cooperative make major decisions about community and business affairs at annual meetings, and elect the board of directors from their midst to oversee operations. The business, financial and marketing directors all work as a team and report to the board. To be a worker-owner, a community member must be employed for one year, be an employee in good standing, and purchase a membership share of $500.
The community lives across the river from the retreat center in an ecovillage setting. We have regular community sharings, and three times a year we close for a four-day community renewal where we join together for training, fun, and community building.
We live a rich, full life here. We delight in an abundance of diverse people, innovative ideas, healing practices, friendships, and challenges.
From our credo: “Our primary service is to provide a healing retreat and conference center that promotes holistic health and spiritual growth. We mutually support and respect each person’s dignity, and awaken to the Spirit within each of us that acknowledges we are all One… It is our hope that the thriving Community which we create will be an inspiration to others in their exploration of lifestyle and community. We also extend ourselves to the greater society in which we live, the world community, and commit ourselves to being socially, spiritually, politically, and environmentally responsible.”
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1977
- Start Living Together: 1977
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
- Website address: http://www.breitenbush.com/
- Phone: 503-854-3320
- Mailing Address:
PO Box 578
Detroit, Oregon, 97342-0578
- Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
- Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
A Board of Directors of 5 is elected from the Membership. They meet every 1-2 weeks and make the going business decisions for the Retreat Center/Community. We also have 3 directors who have limited decision-making ability. A Business Director, Marketing Director and a Finance Director.
- Join Fee: $500
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: No
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
The Business Director, Finance Director and Marketing Director are all salaried. All other staff make minimum wage with housing and benefits and are expected to work minimum of 32 hours weekly avg.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
- Energy sources: Hydro-Electric, Geothermal
- Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
- Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
- Common Facilities: Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
- Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
- Shared meals: About once a week
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Mostly Vegetarian
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Sometimes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Additional Diet Comments:
Community Members are free to make their dietary/alcohol/tobacco use choices as long as they respect other people’s space and choices. We have one community vegetarian kitchen and one meat kitchen.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)
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