Light of Freedom, Inc.

Willis, Virginia, United States

  • Last updated: December 30, 2015 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: November 22, 2004

Mission Statement

Forgiveness and relationships

Community Description

Light of Freedom is located near the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Virginia. It is a place for inner peace, and dedicated to healing through relationships. In Oneness, we see our equality. Everyone has their own chosen work and interests including horticulture, healing arts, crafts,architecture, aquaculture, and writing, on land owned by the community.

Light of Freedom is developing the “Caregivers Society” an organization that brings caregivers together for education, training, support group, and placement. We are creating a Caregiver List of qualified caregivers for the community to draw upon. We recognize that everyone is a caregiver in some form. We also recognize that non of us have been trained for this job. Our purpose is to fill that void. For more information you can contact.

Some individuals live in the community house and others build their own sustainable homestead. Alternative building methods are strongly encouraged. We prefer to catch and use the sun, wind, water, and earth given us, returning them naturally to the life cycle with zero pollution. Our first house produces its own electric power from the sun and wind, was built from sawmill poplar, and has an earth roof which demonstrates a sustainable life style. We maintain our quiet enjoyment of organic gardening, ponds, and orchard with future.

We give workshops and classes on “A Course in Miracles,” alternative building methods, and renewable energy systems. We meet as a community monthly where decisions are made by 100 % consensus. Meetings begin with our acknowledgment of peace as our one goal, and in peace, understanding comes, allowing us to perceive solutions to community problems. We recognize we share one spirit and one life, and all decisions are given to Spirit for guidance, directions, and resolution. We want to build a council center, and welcome any help in that direction.

For our community, living by the “golden rule” is to perceive in others what you would have them perceive in you. Our vision at Light of Freedom is, and will be, a happy gathering of equals. We welcome visitors; call or write for directions and availability of accommodations.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1993
  • Start Living Together: 1995
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Thais Abernethy
  • Phone: 540-593-2169
  • Community Address:
    231 Light of Freedom Way SW
    Willis, Virginia, 24380-5003
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 40 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 7
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    LOF is a 501c(3) non profit corporation


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Membership Process:

    At this moment we don’t have accomodations

  • Open to new Members: No
  • Additional Comments:

    A Course in Miracles

    Principles of A Course in Miracles

    member choice


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Members that live on sight


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    not at this point in time

    Fees and dues upon request. when the community decides through concensus it needs money, then it will decide through concensus how to acquire money

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • 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:

    onsight members eat at least once per week

    Working on expanding our gardens

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Fair Housing Laws

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