Last updated: January 15, 2013 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: March 5, 2011

Cosmic Beauty School

(Lawrence, Kansas, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2008  Established: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Cosmic Beauty School
  • Address:
    1145 Pennsylvania St
    Lawrence, Kansas, 66044
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please email us to set up a day and time for your visit. If you drop by without prior communication, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to host you, house you, or give you a tour. So please- be in touch! We look forward to meeting you.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

permaculture, justice, health

Community Description:

We are building and modeling a sustainable shared space in East Kansas, and creating an examined, loving, & cooperative home. We are converting an old mixed-use residential/commercial building into a demonstration site for compassionate intimacy, appropriate technologies, radical methods of intensive food production, urban permaculture, sustainable personal relationships, pro-dignity & anti-oppression social justice organizing.

We host hands-on DIY/DIO workshops, body-movement classes, and spiritual meditation times. We laugh and struggle and celebrate. We orient toward the gift (and trade) economy, while negotiating needs and desires and resources. We practice compassionate communication. We are learning and growing, and so manifesting healthier flows of relating without using too rigid structures. We do have a membership process, and a rental/visitor policy.

We are looking for people to join in these efforts and join up in collaboration of living out shared ideals.

If you are wanting to:

~ Deepen and explore your skills at intimacy and communication.

~ Develop critical thinking and dialogue about the de/construction of gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, and documentation status, and other social identity markers.

~Become more personally and communally liberated, from food preservation, to mechanical competencies, and realize independence from systems based on the exploitation of land, labor, and resources.

~ Live in community among people enthusiastically throwing their lives into these exciting efforts, or share your inspiration and

~ Support this home and project to take root and blossom, ultimately to benefit the greater Lawrence community and beyond…

Then definitely connect up with us. :)


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Meditation, prayer, yoga, dance, and other forms are practiced by individuals, but never required.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist, Protestant/Lutheran, Sufi, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: House norms are by consensus of all residents; large project decisions made by consensus of members and input of residents.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Area: 0.05 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: We plan to have collective ownership in the future.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Free will volunteer labor encouraged, between 10-40 hours/month.

    Monthly mortgage/rent payments are agreed upon.


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Other
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Most food is for share, and some is labeled for personal use. We compost.

    Balance of local, organic, vegetarian, fair trade/fair treatment, and dumpstered.

    Alcohol- Permitted, with specific policies regarding alcohol abuse and negative interactions with uses. Drugs- No heroin, crack/cocaine, meth, or abuse of prescription pills. No growing or selling drugs on the premises. Being under the influence of drugs is not an excuse for disrespectful or dangerous behavior and not allowed at house meetings.

    Only outside at least 5 feet away from doors/windows/in-house drafts, with butts deposited in designated can.

Fair Housing Laws

Our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.

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.