GaiaYoga Gardens (of Earthly Delights)

Pahoa, Hawaii, United States

  • Last updated: April 26, 2017 (1 month ago)
  • Listing created on: October 22, 2004

Mission Statement

To create a sustainable-and-holistic culture that supports and manifests True Human Freedom!

Community Description

GaiaYoga Gardens (of Earthly Delights) is holistic cultural experiment, permaculture homestead, and intentional community on Hawaii’s Big Island. The vision we are manifesting is expressed in the book True Human Freedom: The Inspiration and Argument for GaiaYoga Culture, by Ano Tarletz Hanamana. We’re dedicated to living in harmony with the Earth, connecting with Spirit, engaging personal growth and healing, fostering cooperative community, and developing holistic and sustainable life patterns. We practice and teach Permaculture and other sustainable food systems, Nonviolent Communication (NVC), natural raw diet (Instinctive Eating and The Primal Diet), Light on Shadow (Shadow Work) connection parenting, cooperative living, and holistic and shamanic spirituality.

Our lifestyle includes:
1) Living simply, sustainably, and close to nature – rurally and off-grid in low-impact eco-dwellings; growing food; operating eco-businesses; and trading for goods and services.
2) Cultivating a healthy self through eating a raw & organic diet; having an active work/service life; engaging personal growth work; balancing autonomy and interdependence; having a life-affirming orientation toward sexuality (this includes, but does not require, polyamory/polyfidelity); and being clothing-optional.
3) Establishing a land-sharing community that’s intimate, caring, and feels like family. This includes practicing cooperative decision making, nonviolent communication; cooperating relative to resources and land development; having community businesses; sharing childrearing; and having fun together!
4) Integrating spirituality into our communal life through morning circles, prayer, hatha yoga, rituals, shamanic journeying, rites of passage, and spiritual study, all according to individual preferences.
Our dream is for GaiaYoga Gardens to be a beacon of light and love and a living example of the kind of world we want.



  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 18 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 8
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: As of 2016 held by a couple, but we will change this to being owned by an LLC owned by community members
  • Additional Comments:

    All neighbors have large acreage too.

    We intend the community to become the landowners in the future, but at this point the land is co-owned by Ano & Melekai. We have created an LLC to own the land, but don’t quite yet have people buying in.

    Our structures are tropical breeze houses, which are sophisticated tarp-roofed structures. It’s easy to make more living spaces.


  • Adult Members: 7
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 7
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    People can do a day-visit with us by doing a Landance-&-Lunch. For overnight to a couple week stays, we offer eco-rentals. For those considering residency or wanting an in-depth learning experience we offer our GaiaYoga Immersion Program. For more information, go to our website, or email us.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    1-3 month initial stay, followed by 9 month or longer residency period, followed by trial-membership period, followed by membership.

  • Additional Comments:

    There’s not one unified way we handle our spirituality. People draw from Tantra, Taoism/Daoism, other Eastern traditions, paganism, shamanism, Waking Down and Nonviolent Communication.

    Unschooling or homeschooling are also frequently practiced in the area.

    We’re a very passionate group!


  • Decision Making: Blend of Consensus, anarchy, community leader decisions
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Ano, the only person here from the beginning, is the de-facto leader, though this is not an intentional fixed hierarchy.

    The people who are committed to being here make most of the decisions.

    Decision-making is based in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process: creating a quality of connection in which everyone’s needs matter and are met by natural giving. Some decisions are consensus, some are made by the current owners. Sociocracy or Holocracy is our overall goal/vision for decision-making.


  • Join Fee: $35000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $50
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    By choice. We cooperate a lot with money, but at this time we don’t share income among the entire group, though this aspect could change.

    Members participate in 20 hours/week or contribute an additional financial amount to the community to compensate for doing less hours.

    $35,000, plus $3,000 to $20,000 for a home-site. This amount can be paid all at once, over time, or through sweat equity. You can stay here for over a year before considering joining.

    During the first 3 months, fees are higher as you acclimate to the community and develop the skills necessary to contribute effectively to it, potentially participating in classes for those purposes. The Immersion, which lasts between 1 and 2 month costs between $300-$900 (depending on the payment plan you choose). After that, there is a $50/month ongoing residency fee. Also, any food you eat that must be purchased is not included in these fees.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet, Recreation Room, Kitchen/Living Room
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Raw or Mostly Raw
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    People eat together here and there, but we don’t have a lot of sit-down meals because many of us eat a mono raw food diet and just eat when we’re hungry, though smaller groups of people frequently collaborate on particular meals. We have a shared kitchen and often 2 or 3 people eat at the same time. We share food freely with each other.

    We intend to grow all of our food, but all of our trees won’t be mature for several years. We already have abundant avocados, bananas, jackfruit, abiu, lilikoi, guava, and certain greens. We also forage/trade for about 1/3 of our food, including all-you-can-eat coconuts. We have 2 cows that we milk which provide lots of dairy products.

    We want people to eat only organic foods and to maximize whole, fresh, local, unprocessed foods. We teach instinctive eating, which involves only raw foods including raw meat and dairy, and encourage that eating style and those similar to it, such as the Primal Diet / raw paleo.

    Dietary practices include raw foods diet, usually including raw meat, or natural diet of raw & cooked, indigenous-style foods. We practice individual choice relative to being omnivorous, vegetarian, or vegan. Our focus is on natural, organic, local diets that are optimally supportive of health for each individual, and we emphasize practicing tolerance, respect, and support relative to individual dietary choices.

    Very seldom used. Most of us don’t drink at all.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Buddhist, Jewish, Wiccan, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions, Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Private School off the property, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    We consider a lot of “diseases” detoxes, and we hold off on Western Medicine as long as we can.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We support polyamory, raw food, tantra, permaculture, personal businesses, communal businesses, and are wanting to find mature people to join as members!

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Community Affiliations

Polestar Gardens Community, La’akea Community


Raw food, instinctive eating, NVC, permaculture, tribal, Tantra, Polyamory, Free Love, Holistic