Last updated: May 4, 2010 (3 years ago)
Listing created on: May 4, 2010

Church of the Earth

(Haiku, Hawaii, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2008  Established: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.churchoftheearth.org
  • Contact Name: Rev. Robin Youngblood
  • Phone: 808 573-2784
  • Address:
    PO Box 468
    Haiku, Hawaii, 96708
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Email me at robin.yngbld@gmail.com to find out the status of the land and community at the time you want to visit.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

sustainable eco-spiritual farm

Community Description:

We are in the process of buying land above Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island) for a sustainable agricultural community based on worldwide indigenous eco-spiritual principles and practices, primarily Native American and Polynesian.

Currently, we are looking for shareholder/partners and/or investor/backers who believe in our vision and want to help us complete the purchase of this tropical paradise communal land.

The land is 20+ acres, zoned so that we can build an (organic) agriculturally driven eco-village. It already has 3 new homes, all on solar, and the equipment to install a hydroelectric system which will allow us to become a model of off-grid sustainability. The soil is 30′ deep and will grow anything.

We intend to use a combination of bio-dynamic ag, aquaculture, permaculture, agroforestry, and cross cultural edible organic gardening principles.

The land is a rectangle with views of Hilo town and the ocean. One long border of the property is a year around stream with three 50-70′ waterfalls and natural springs.

Our Pacifica Indigenous Grandmothers Council will invite indigenous elders to teach their lifeways through workshops at the Indigenous Institute of Holistic Health, our on-property Cultural Center.

We also intend to have programs for elders to mentor at-risk youth, teaching them to grow their own organic food, as well as understand the core principles and dynamics that will assist them to lead healthy lives.

We are a community of people dedicated to replenish and renew Mother Earth and All Our Relations in every way possible. We believe in ceremony and celebration as natural ways to invite, deepen and express our connections to each other and all Life.

As we have come to understand that there are only two things in life ~ Love and fear ~ we choose Love. We respect and honor the diversity of each culture, with the understanding that each culture holds a piece of the common puzzle, and no culture holds it all. Therefore, we invite people of all nations to share and discuss values and beliefs, in order to find the common good.

We do have structure and guidelines, and all new non-partner members will apprentice for one year before making a final commitment to become a permanent community member.

If you see yourself as a potential partner/shareholder or as an investor or philanthropist who would love to support our vision, please contact Rev. Robin Youngblood at robin.yngbld@gmail.com for further information.

Population

  • Adult Members: 7
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Native American and Polynesian understandings and practices

    Primarily Indigenous Traditions from several age-old cultures

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Paganism/Earth Religions, Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 20.5 acres
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Current number of residences: 3
  • Additional Comments: Church of the Earth owns the land, and we will discuss the option of a community land trust as we grow

    Materials availabe for a fourth cottage

    3

    Mixed – some house sharing, some individual units

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: With a solid plan to pay the debt off

    Has not yet been established

    10% of personal monthly income contributes to Church of the Earth for church projects.

Diet

  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.

Fair Housing Laws

Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit).

Keywords

sustainable, permaculture, organic, indigenous, culture, spiritual, eco-spiritual, off-grid, agricul

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.