Julian Woods Community

Last updated: June 24, 2009 (6 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Julian Woods Community

(Julian, Pennsylvania, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1970
  • Start Living Together: 1970
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Community Inquiries
  • Phone: 814-355-5755
  • Address:
    215 Julian Woods Ln
    Julian, Pennsylvania, 16844-8617
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Call, write, or email in advance.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    No new lots available currently, but there is space in existing buildings for new members.

Mission Statement:

Community Description:

Julian Woods (established 1975) is a diverse group of 18 adults and 2 children on 140 acres. The common land is in a School of Living land trust, and there are 180 acres of adjacent land also in the trust. We are located 15 miles from Pennsylvania State University. Members may own or lease home lots after a capital investment. Families are autonomous, are financially independent, and own their own homes. Community decisions are made by consensus.

We own and operate a living machine in two greenhouses that constitutes our wastewater-treatment system with some indoor, almost year-round growing space. We have lots of gardens (and lots of deer), a recreational pond, and an interest in finding others to continue to build our community. Although there are currently no open building lots, that may change, or already existing homes could become available.

There are artists, teachers, carpenters and builders, an accountant, a forester, and a mechanic/designer. Tom’s Community Woodworks repairs and refinishes furniture. Barbara has created a beautiful space for meditation and yoga in O-AN Zendo. Jean teaches PSU classes in art and deep ecology so students experience woods and pond in community.

Some of us dream of some kind of community/learning center that would serve as a gathering space.


  • Adult Members: 18
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Open to home schooling

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have a 5 member board

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 140 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current Number of Residences: 12
  • Additional Comments: Home sites are individually owned,

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution: No


  • Additional Comments: People within households share income

    Not required, but we do anyway.

    A fee, currently about $25,000, gives an incoming family a building site with water and connection to water treatment facilities. The fee is determined by the level of investment already made by current members.

    We have monthly dues of about $50/adult member or adult resident



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Additional comments: Whole foods, local foods


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Community Affiliations


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