Last updated: September 11, 2014 (6 months ago)
Listing created on: March 10, 2007

Little White Pines

(Michigan City, Indiana, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2006
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Address:
    8177 n 500 w
    Michigan City, Indiana, 46360
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Since the community is not yet operational and is just in the formation stage, visitors would need to have communicated beforehand and be seriously interested in becoming part of a core group, and also seem to be a good fit. A more formalized process will be used once a working community is operating. That will probably include a visit and trial period.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    we prefer diversity in our population. until the community is operating, we would like to find members for a core organizing group who will be mutual accepted.

Mission Statement:

small, interactive, open group

Community Description:

i have lived here a number of years now and envision a a small intentional community, Little White Pines, forming on the 20 acres of rural, wooded land in Indiana near Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dune State Park. The land is just east of Michigan City and close to the Michigan state border. It is about two hours from Chicago by car or train. Michigan City which is close by, is a small town that is exploring it’s possibilities and has it’s own bus service.

Hopefully Little White Pines will become a small community of singles and families of differing ages that welcomes children and nonhuman companions such as cats and dogs. it would be made up of people from differing backgrounds who are accepting and sympathetic to each other; a community that allows its members to pursue their own interests and goals with the support and assistance of the community.

Self-sufficiency, exploring the use of alternative power and building methods and learning the principles of permaculture to live lightly on the land would be one of the goals.

Core values would be a respect for the earth and nature; a respect for each other; an open-mindedness to other opinions and outlooks; an interest in helping each other in the community and contributing to the outside community with a sense of wonder and fun.

There would be a balance of individual privacy and solitude, as needed, with the opportunity to share in work and play with fellow members and friends nearby.

All members, as they are able (whether they are young, disabled, or elderly), would participate in decision-making and in participating in the running of the community.

There are a number of possible home sites and there are rooms in the main house while building. A separate new apartment is in the above ground basement of the house where i. a retired Montessori teacher, live.

Further and more specific plans will be made by a core group as it forms, so there is quite a bit of flexibility in how the community will operate based on core member input. There are possibilities for community or individual businesses that would not conflict with protecting the land and our individual privacy. A childcare center or nature center are only two possibilities. The community would remain small, in order to preserve and protect the woodlands and it’s wildlife.

A core group will form beginning with emailing to find interested people. If you think you may want to help in starting this community, please introduce yourself by email. Questions and feedback are very welcome. constructive input is always appreciated. please read all information here first and hopefully we can start a mutually helpful dialog.


  • Adult Members: 1
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: we would encourage individual beliefs and philosophies as long as they do not interfer with others

    beliefs and philosophies that are accepting of others.individual choice that does not interfer with beliefs of other members

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: there would be leadership as needed based on a consensus, but no permanent leader.

    a core group needs to be formed to become an active community

    hopefully some training or knowledge of consensus would be provided

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 20 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: mostly climax forest with a few small clearings

    changes may be determined by group to allow everyone to be on a more equal basis

    there are sites for individual/family homes to be built. existing house has an apartment on ground floor and there are bedrooms available that could be used while buiding.

    it is a possible model to be decided by core group when it is formed

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Open to possibility of community or individual business(es)

    as long as they honor community financial commitments

    to maintain property and community. specifics not yet determined

    to be determined

    possibly for land use/maintenance. to be determined


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: possibly a weekly planning meeting with a pot luck

    we would like to grow as much of our food as possible and become part of a food co-op/ buy local organic produce when possible

    it would be an individual decision

    up to individuals reasonable use that does not interfer with others

    private use by individuals that does not interfer with others

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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
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.