Dolphin Community – Black Forst Network

Last updated: December 1, 2015 (2 hours ago)

Listing created on: January 26, 2005

Dolphin Community – Black Forst Network

(D-79737 Herrischried – Niedergebisbach, Germany)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years
  • Started Planning: 1995
  • Start Living Together: 1998
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: +49-(0)7764-933999
  • Community Address:
    D-79737 Herrischried – Niedergebisbach, 79737
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
    Please write one page about yourself and why you want to visit us. The best times to visit are during our monthly seminars for searching for and founding communities (the dates are in our email newsletter) and during our Communities Festivals, which occur each summer and between December 28th and January 1st.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

helping others finding God

Community Description:

In Native American mythology, the dolphin represents the combination of heaven and Earth, spirituality and matter, vision and realization. We are already living communally in this sense, in a small communal home and others living within 10 kilometers. In our spiritual diversity, communal singing, eating, hiking, baby-sitting, decision making by consensus, and solving conflicts, we are learning from the experiences of older communities and are passing on our own experiences through the Ökodorf-Institute: consultations, festivals, a mail-order business, and seminars on searching for and founding communities. Regarding service to fellow human beings, at the moment we are supporting the establishment of free schools in Africa. We are friends with several dozen local residents and are in friendly contact with others. South Black Forest considers itself something of a melting pot, since southern and eastern Europeans have been working in the textile industry here for over 150 years. In the long run, we would like to establish a spiritual-ecological village in addition to being integrated into the existing village and region. This new village will probably be close by and will make it easier to become self-sufficient. We would like to build the village together with a regional network of friends of our community. As a first step in this direction, we have established a local labor-exchange system (Wiesentaler instead of Euro), and we will use the Artabana health community instead of health insurance.

We trust that God/inner voice will guide us in deciding what to do next, just as we have been guided so well since 1995. People interested in joining should first send us a page about themselves and their vision. We will then send more information about ourselves as well.

In 2009 we have been searching to buy a farm in Germany or near it with some hectares to plant our own vegetables, etc. We also want to grow our community in such a way that we can help old, dying members to die in a good way, inside our community.


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Workshop
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.


  • Type: Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.), Spiritual or Religious Community, Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities.), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 2.5 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Additional Comments: + wood from ecofarmer

    some live in cohousing, other together in a commune-house

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: No



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.


Additional Comments

in Schopfheim

in Hausen im Wiesental

Photo Gallery

Cohousing Info


    Spirituality, Sustainability, Music, Agriculture, Cohousing, Communication, Conferences, Events, CS

    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