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Gondwana Sanctuary

Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Gondwana Sanctuary

(Tyagarah, New South Wales, Australia)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1986
  • Start Living Together: 1986
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.gondwanasanctuary.org
  • Contact Name: Mitra
  • Phone: +61-2-6684-7210
  • Community Address:
    23 Prestons Lane
    Tyagarah, New South Wales, 2481
    Australia

Mission Statement:

Meditation,

Community Description:

We are a residential community near Byron Bay.

The community and most, though not all, of the people living here are inspired by Osho. If you are inspired by permaculture, Papaji, meditation, bush regeneration, Amma, 5 Rhythms, NVC, Watsu, gardening, John de Ruiter, vipassana, contact dance, yoga, or just long walks on the beach, then you are likely to find people here who share your enthusiasm.

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 111.2 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 11
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments: Community owns most of the land, individuals own their own house sites.

    Though its close

Membership

  • Adult Members: 30
  • Child Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: 12
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact the phone number or email, and someone will get back to you and let you know if there is space for any visitors. Our Wednesday-night community dinners are also open to visitors. Call the number to confirm that it is happening.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Depends on availability of shares

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Seeks consensus first

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: 6 hrs/month

    Requires purchase of a house, people often participate as renters before that.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Our common spaces are vegetarian, but people have personal choice in their own spaces.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Osho
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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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