Last updated: June 6, 2015 (5 months ago)

Listing created on: October 1, 2007


(Ashland, Oregon, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1974
  • Start Living Together: 1975
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Anne
  • Address:
    PO Box 446
    Ashland, Oregon, 97520
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please visit our website at

    Write to us at: Eloin, P.O. Box 446, Ashland, OR. 97520.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    See our website:

Mission Statement:

We are a model of possibility, working toward sustainable living, spiritual growth, and living in harmony with nature.

Community Description:

We are vegan,off grid,commune and wilderness preserve. We seek to live simply, ecologically, self-sufficiently and in harmony with all life. We are a mystical order called the Order of the Trees. We have men and women, single and married. We are a spiritual commune with roots in several spiritual teachings. We honor the truths that run through all religions. The Creator is our common ground. Our main activities are gardening, working with horses, and maintaining the facilities—homes, dining hall, bathhouse, stable, barn, and greenhouse. We are working toward self-sufficiency. We are off grid, producing our own heat, hot water, and electricity. Our public outreach is to provide a model of possibility, stand as guardians to one of the last old growth forests in Southern Oregon, produce publications and information on sustainability, wilderness preservation, health, vegetarianism, and spiritual development.

Our lifestyle does NOT include TV, radio, newspapers, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine.

It does include organic food, fresh spring water, clean air, kind people, board games, great hiking, hard work, living in a park, music and an occasional movie.

Our land is verdant and lush, with forest and meadows and springs and a river. Our climate is mild.

We are happy, fun-loving, and positive people who want to share our community with like-minded people who love to work and grow with others.

We welcome those interested in living a simple vegan life in the forest.

For additional information go to our website at



  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Looking for hardworking, dedicated, kind visionaries.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Commune (organized around sharing almost everything.), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.), Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities.), Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization, Volunteer~ Internship~ Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities.), Volunteer, Internship, Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing
  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 80 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Planned number of residences: 24
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All~ up to 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Close to all income
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debts)


  • Required Labor Contribution: 40


  • Regular Fee: 250
  • Additional Comments: Yes, but we will not assume their debt.

    We work together to make it all work. We all do what must be done and do not keep track of hours.

    After probationary period, contribute what one has except for personal needs.

    We have a probationary period of 9 months when we ask that the potential members contribute as they can to food and supplies. After becoming member we share all we have.



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Planned food produced: 100%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)


  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.


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


  • Additional comments: vegetarian


Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


Vegan, Spiritual, Wilderness, Sustainable, Communal

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