Last updated: November 23, 2012 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: October 29, 2004

Enchanted Garden Intentional Community

(San Diego, California, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1980  Established: 1989
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: 619-582-9669
  • Address:

    San Diego, California, 92115-3809
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please give Leslie Goldman a phone call and look at the website too. We are doing a lot of cleanup this summer. Volunteer help is needed.

  • Membership Process

    Please check for openings.

Mission Statement:

Seed Dreams Grow Here

Community Description:

Come, my friends, let us taste peace in holy foods forever; smell peace in wild baby herbs planted where unloved weeds grow; hear and feel its ode to joy from the mouth of earth-like Angels as we dare to dance with water hoses. –Leslie Goldman, Your Enchanted Gardener

Eight of us live together on a one-third-acre parcel surrounded by canyons within walking distance of the San Diego State College. The land exists to foster a healing relationship with nature, and help us each turn our beat around with nature through growing a bit of our own food, supporting local organic farmers, and living together. The land is an an oasis of green with many aromatic herbs and places to garden.The land calls for people who would like to live in an old home in the city and live as well in a natural environment suited to garden lovers. The garden is overgrown and needs a lot of helpers.

The library houses books and materials created by Leslie Goldman, founder, and works by his mentors, Bernard Jensen, natural healing arts elder, and Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, modern Essene renaissance pioneer.

The house is In private ownership, we are working toward shared management and eventually shared ownership. The house offers rental to those who would like to live as extended family and join in house meetings and shared house duties. Each person does 12 hours or more of work per month, or pays higher rent. Additional Every Day Upkeep is also asked.

Leslie writes daily on the Plant Your Dream Blog. For the latest information please google keywords: Enchanted Garden Intentional Community Plant Your Dream Blog. Thre is also basic information, some outdated on the link at

The Enchanted Garden is a name for the new Earth we can each grow one person at a time, one plant at a time, organically. Individuals who would like to live in this special environment while fulfilling their personal seed dreams and learning more about the Enchanted Garden are encouraged to be in touch.

Please be in touch if you want to volunteer help
or explore learning about the Enchanted Garden.


  • Adult Members: 8
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The preferred path are those into natural foods and living. Gardening is an option here. This is a perfect place for living in the city and feeling in natural surroundings.

    most have different spiritual or personal growth orientations. There is a library of health and Essene materials.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other


  • Decision Making: Democracy (majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: yes, though residents live here as individual living independently, mainly renting rooms.

    Decisions are influenced strongly by various members.

    what works. People living here determine a lot of what gets done and how. We are adjusting to shared leadership.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Area: 0.3 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: 1/3 acre surrounded by canyons.

    House is in private ownership. Some shared ownership. We may be moving to community ownership.

    One main house. Other structures on land.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: rooms are rented. Princes of some are $550.00

    12 hours or more per month or pay $120+ higher rent. Also do every day cleanup.

    Each room is individually rented.


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Other
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Residents prepare individual meals. Frequent sharing of meals by some.

    Some food grows here. Trees. Access to local grown organic food from Farmers’ Market.

    Various healthy diets encouraged. Kitchen is maintained as Vegetarian. Not all residents are vegetarian. Whole, Pure, and Natural is preferred. Not all health this way.

    We have some vegetarians and some other healthy diets. Lots of food focus.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

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.