Rainforest Lab

Forks, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: May 4, 2017 (3 weeks ago)
  • Listing created on: April 22, 2013

Mission Statement

We are a hub on the West End that is co-creating an egalitarian, peacemaking, and sustainable nonviolent way of life. We seek to explore and practice this way of life through restorative justice, Nonviolent Communication, permaculture, trauma work, gift-economy, and the common holding of income, land, and resources. Besides engaging in community, we want to act for global systemic change. We seek to accomplish this by stewarding a larger culture of nonviolence around us to empower this possibility. We acknowledge this work will not be accomplished until every system on this planet is designed to fulfill and respond to the needs of All.

Community Description

Vision Statement:

We strive to create a culture which acknowledges our interdependence, and that empowers all to live their deepest truth and stand up for our collective well-being. We long to hold one another accountable in embracing the challenge of living with integrity and nonviolence in the world. Our hope is to deepen our courage to transform patriarchy, capitalism, racism, and imperialism. We recognize the immensity of this work and seek to sustain one another in nourishing community and empower a worldview which honors the sacredness of all life.

Description:

We are an intentional community with five permanent residents at the moment. As a hub for inner and outer transformation we are focused on community-oriented projects both on the land and off-site. Our community members have a range of focus and passions from music, gardening, Nonviolent Communication facilitation, community building, animal care, group leadership and teal organizational development, mushroom cultivation, and Restorative Justice.

When you come out here you can expect to be treated with respect and compassion. This space is cultivated for self-expression, creativity, and play! We offer an opportunity to explore your fullest self with others on the land.

For guests:
Please answer via an initial e-mail to our community the below questions so there might be some clarity for us about what you are fired up about in life:

-What draws you to be apart of this community space?

-How do you embody your values in the world?

-What is your focus in life? What do you hope to bring into your life by joining our community?

Also, this is a link to a document called “Rainforest Lab for Cultural Transformation TLC Constitution”:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/19NDaS2hWJSwWQHixr_oN6-vIeKqOH_xiTetQ1uw_ah8/edit?usp=sharing

Please also read through the Purpose and Principles and the Membership and On-boarding System to reflect on our community before reaching out to us.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Area: 5 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Land owned by: The Community- in the process of changing land ownership into 501 (d) status

Membership

  • Adult Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please read the bottom section of “Community Description” listed above.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Our membership process can be found under the sub-header “Membership and On-Boarding System” in the Rainforest Lab for Cultural Transformation TLC Constitution link listed above.

Government

  • Decision Making: See Community Government Comments section
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    For clear information on our governance system see the sub-header “Governance System” under the Rainforest Lab for Cultural Transformation TLC Constitution link above.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    One aspect of our current economic system is a community-shared bank account. For more information on this system go to the “Resources” sub-header in the Rainforest Lab for Cultural Transformation TLC Constitution link.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Internet Available: No
  • Internet Fast?: There is no internet access at our community.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual

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Keywords

Non-Violent Communication, organic, permaculture, social change, holistic, transformative learning