Dolphin Community

Last updated: December 8, 2012 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: January 26, 2005

Dolphin Community

(D-79737 Herrischried – Niedergebisbach, Germany)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1995  Established: 1998
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: +49-(0)7764-933999
  • Address:
    D-79737 Herrischried – Niedergebisbach, 79737
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    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 year sometime between August 8th and 14th 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, with 15 people living 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: 100
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 100
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 2.5 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: + wood from ecofarmer

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

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: No
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


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