Last updated: December 30, 2010 (4 years ago)

Listing created on: October 12, 2010


(Baturaden, Colorado, Central Java, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2010
  • Start Living Together: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Morpheus
  • Phone: 3037369452
  • Address:
    20884 Cattle Drive
    Baturaden, Colorado, Central Java, 80549
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    We do not allow drop-in visits. Please schedule your visit well in advance by sending email to our contact listed on this site.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

intentional community

Community Description:

Lothlorien was inspired by the Monkey Forest in Ubud and the Baturaden nature preserve near Purwokerto. The old rain-forest is such a beautiful place we decided to name ourselves after the fairest forest realm of the Elves in J.R.R. Tolkein’s novels. We are currently gathering members with the following shared goal: We will be an income-sharing community of 100 people living on roughly 450 acres of farm and rain-forest land in Java, Indonesia. We were founded in 2010, and our lifestyle reflects our values of egalitarianism, ecology, and nonviolence. We will welcome scheduled visitors throughout the year. We will be economically self-sufficient.
Members will work in our community businesses–making tempeh, tofu, wooden masks, paintings, and as mountain guides. These businesses will provide about one-third of our work; the rest will go into the tasks needed to support a rural village of 100 people–organic gardening, milking goats, equipment and building maintenance, office work, and more. Our work schedules of 44 hours each week will be very flexible. In return for member’s labor, the community will provide all basic needs, including housing, food, clothing, etc. Lothlorien will have an intricate community culture.
Our everyday lives will include many recreational activities–social and support groups, performances, music, games, dance, and art. Our culture will value tolerance of diversity and sustainable living. We will share our vehicles, we will build our own buildings, and we will share houses of 10-20 people with smaller multiple-person dwellings for those who sleep together. Some of us will work actively for peace and justice, ecology, and feminism.
We will offer a three-hour tour on many Saturday afternoons; in the future, please call during business hours or email to reserve a place. Our three-week visitor program will be a prerequisite for membership and must be arranged by letter or email well in advance of the proposed stay. Information about visiting will be available on our website or by mail.

Please see our website for more information.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Individuals have their own spiritual practices

    Up to the individual

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Buddhist, Paganism/Earth Religions, Eastern, Protestant/Lutheran, Emissaries, Quaker, Roman Catholic, Hutterian Brethren, Sufi, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Muslim, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions), Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Type: Commune (organized around sharing almost everything.)
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 450 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Additional Comments: This how much we think we’ll need

    Indigenous land

    We need to find a site

    10-20 per unit when completed or 3-5 per unit for multiple-person dwellings(family units).

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Additional comments: 100% food produced on-site


Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


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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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge