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CampOma

Last updated: February 28, 2016 (4 months ago)

Listing created on: October 30, 2010

CampOma

(Eagle Creek 25 miles outside of Portland, Oregon, United States)

Mission Statement:

enviro-spiritual, healing camp.
My vision for the land:

A place where families and individuals contribute to a community of acceptance, love, joy, and a place for meaningful work. A place where individual’s visions can become reality – so long as it melds with the the existing group and their parameters of being environmentally sound. A healing, smoke and drug free environment. Self sustaining, off the grid, able to grow most of our own food using a permaculture model. A strong commitment from members to deal with one’s emotional stuff and a willingness to learn how to communicate compassionately and be respectful to everyone.
This is a healing center for the community, our guests, and the land. We aim to have a retreat in the woods with tree houses, cob, cord wood, strawbale and all sorts of fun eco-structures (ie. boat beds in the air, hammock camping, hobbit holes etc! – your imagination is the limit). A campground for individuals of all ages and families to learn about the natural environment and gain skills they can use elsewhere. An outdoor school program. Eco-businesses such as furniture making from the 100 acres of maple trees, natural building workshops, Llama packing, wilderness survival, mushroom growing for entrepreneurial souls are but a few ideas to generate our own economic security. Everyone will contribute what they can in time, talent, and treasure (perhaps 50% income sharing?). Work as little as possible for the money economy on the outside world and incorporate a fair trade system, including exchange for our services like food, helping build each other’s housing, retreats, and workshops. Generate enough capital from business off the land to sustain ourselves and be debt and mortgage free. Yeah! We will serve as good stewards of the land to rejuvenate the previously clear cut forest and rehabilitate the creek. We intend to have a permaculture garden and food forest, and recruit interns to teach gardening and natural building to.
We want to extend ourselves beyond our boundaries to share our skills and tools with neighbors and visitors. We aim to establishing eco-village zoning to be able to grow beyond 20 members to approximately 120 -130 members eventually. We will serve as a world-wide model of a new operating system which meets our social, economic and basic human needs without oppressing others, with cooperation rather than competition, which is life affirming as the fullest expression of what it is to be a self actualized human able to joyously care for each other, our neighbors and our environment!

Community Description:

Just 25 miles outside of beautiful Portland, Oregon, situated in the foothills of Mt. Hood on 120 acres, is the home of a rustic enviro-spiritual, healing, permaculture community. Ideally looking for 10 -15 pioneering individuals or couples to put energy into creating this community. The land is paid for already, so that is not a hurdle; however, everything else: road in, the buildings, water, energy sources, monetary resources etc. still needs to be created. If you like to start with a completely open slate and create from scratch, then this community is for you! Open to all sorts of ideas provided they fit within the realm of being environmentally sound and are suitable to forestland. Consider furniture making, building treehouses and natural buildings, setting up a camp for kids and adults to learn about nature and survival skills, hosting healing retreats, doing llama packing, spinning your own wool etc. Really the possibilities are as large as your imagination. You must be emotionally mature and ready to learn, expand and stretch beyond your comfort zone to make a healthy community and create a true space of love.
We are aiming to create eco-village zoning to become an all encompassing eco-village of 120-130 members, if permitted way down the road. THIS IS A DRUG AND SMOKE FREE COMMUNITY (including marijuana and limited to preferably no alcohol). That’s the main limitation/liberation! Please submit your ideas and the gifts you bring for consideration as a founding member of this community to FionaRhea. If you’re local to Portland, we meet bi-monthly to discuss the logistics of how to structure our community, what projects to undertake, and have social time as well as discussing the books Creating a Life Together and the Ringing Cedar series and share other resources. Every summer we’ll be hosting campouts on the land to work on a building project usually around July 1 – 15 th so we can participate in the Oregon Country Fair, wild and crazy festival. If you’re ready to shake your world, you’re welcome to just come for rustic living and start a project.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have raw land
  • Area: 120 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 2
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: :Paid for in full.

    FionaRhea currently – will section off a portion for the community.

    First ecocottage built in 2013!

    Unsure if zoning will permit everyone to build what suits their fancy up to 200 sf. and share a common house (yet to be built) for other needs, if not, we’ll build one big house with private rooms with lots of space inbetween.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Be prepared to camp out in a rustic, rugged and beautiful setting! In winter 4 wheel drive is best for access. You are responsible for your own potable water and foood at this point in time.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Seeking rustic, pioneering souls who are Drug, Smoke (including marijuana) and Alcohol FREE. People who are emotionally mature and able to deal with their emotional issues.
    There will be a 2 year “courtship” before someone is selected as a permanent resident.
  • Additional Comments: Just an ackmowledgement that All paths lead to God.

    Any religious or spiritual practice is OK so long as there is an acknowledgement of God/Spirit/Creator, but you are not promoting a certain religion for everyone to be a part of.

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: FionaRhea, founder for the time being is heading up this project, but it is collectively governed and we are actively looking to spearhead a governance group and create our by-laws.

    Self governing group

    Interested in Sociocracy / modified consensus

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have not decided on this yet but hope to make money free living as feasible as possible. Possible 50% income sharing

    But you pay off your own debt with your own means.

    Volunteer hours will be part of community life perhaps 12 – 15 hours per week, but it will be based on what you want to contribute from your heart.

    We are exploring the notion of gift economy and 50% income sharing.

    A monthly fee if living on the land of around $400 – $500 to be determined.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Recreational vehicles, Waterfront access, Internet, This is the goal to share these resources together.
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Prefer no alcohol at official functions. Definately no illegal drugs and no smoking. Prefer no marijuana.

    Our goal is to be self sufficient in feeding ourselves. We have planted some fruit trees.

    Prefer vegetarian for group functions, but free to eat what you like.

    When doing group functions or workshops diet is vegetarian, but each member can eat whatever they want in their own homes.

    NO DRUGS, Prefer NO ALCOHOL,

    NO SMOKING OF ANY KIND, No Marijuana

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices: “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.”
    Hippocrates
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Just 25 miles from Portland metropolitan area of 2.5 million, yet completely surrounded by nearly 1000 acres of forest! Closest small towns are Eagle Creek, Sandy and Estacada just 15 minutes away.

First eco-earth-bag building built in 2013

Mostly active in summer months presently though making headway towards the goal of living collectively out there by 2017.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

www.meetup.com/Intentional-Community-Ecovillage

Keywords

CampOma, environmental, permaculture, spiritual, healing, retreats, Ringing Cedars, sharing

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.