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New Oasis For Life-the Second Home of Lifechanyuan (New Site I )

Last updated: May 13, 2016 (9 months ago)

Listing created on: September 7, 2011

New Oasis For Life-the Second Home of Lifechanyuan (New Site I )

(Kaili City, Guizhou, China)

Mission Statement:

The Second Home mainly consists of people who are not ready to get married and establish a family, people who choose not to remarry and set up another family after divorce, and couples who are both Chanyuan celestial. This new life pattern mainly copies the life style of celestial beings in the Thousand-year World. The main content of the new life pattern includes mainly:

1. No ownership is practiced, with everyone owning nothing, but possessing everything.

2. There is no marriage, no family, and no distinction between close and distant relations; the relationships between people are those between sisters and brothers, close relatives, and lovers.

3. Everyone contributes their best and receives what they need, and does not indulge in luxury or extravagance.

4. The homestead shall collectively be responsible for everyone’s food, clothing, shelter, transportation, birth, aging, illness, and death, for the rearing and education of children, and for the nursing and supporting of the elderly.

5. Everyone chooses a job according to their talents and abilities and tries their best to ensure the best performance in the work for they are responsible. There is no place for lazybones or easy riders in The Second Home.

6. Everyone has a sacred free-space bedroom which is free from disturbances and interference into which no one should ever intrude under any pretense or excuse. All other places are public.

7. Everyone shall have a happy, joyful, free, and blessed life.

8. Individuality shall blend with commonness, commonness shall accommodate individuality, and there shall be both uniform will and personally comfortable mood. Policies are carried out to ensure that everyones talents and abilities are fully utilized. The Second Home is both an integrated group and a paradise consisting of mutually independent individuals.

Community Description:

From 2009 to 2016, we experienced epic progress in establishing and developing, but three times we were threatened with being dissolved and had to withdraw and find new sites and then begin again. Please allow us to share this story through a clear timeline:

May, 2009 to November, 2013
We established three branches with 150 permanent members scattered throughout three locations in Yunnan Province. The community developed well and attracted dozens of foreign visitors from fifteen countries.

April, 2013 to March, 2014
One of our branches was threatened with being dissolved by local authorities. They cut the electricity line, destroyed the road and water pipes, abet local villagers to provoke us, claimed the land contract was illegal, and more. Then, the other two branches also encountered serious threats. After negotiating and communicating with local authorities with no realistic results, we were left with no option to remain. Then, all members were forced to withdraw from between November, 2013 and March, 2014, from each of the three branches.

March, 2014
As we withdrew, we began looking for new sites, and many young members went into the cities to work. Other members moved to two farms in Xinjiang Province, northwestern China, and one farm in Jiangsu Province in eastern China. We then restarted our life of farming and living together, although our numbers were substantially reduced.

July, 2014
The Jiangsu site was known by the local government and we encountered the same situation as in Yunnan Province. Water pipes and electricity were cut, officers from land departments came to claim that the temporary buildings were illegal and then removed them. In July, we withdrew from Jiangsu, and moved to Xinjiang and found a new farm for these members.

October, 2014 to January, 2015
Two farms in Xinjiang were inspected frequently and eventually forced to dissolve, by local authorities. On one farm, the buildings which had been constructed just two months prior, were pushed over by forklifts and shovels. Members had to move out on cold winter days with ninety percent being supported by the community and by our friends. They returned to the cities to work, scattering among five regions of China. A small farm in the northwest was kept with fewer than twenty members.

January, 2015
We started looking for sites that could accommodate members who were not suitable for work, and also opportunities to continue the community dream through new channels. We found a new site in southern China, a place with a nice climate and a natural environment. In cooperation with our friends, the site would be built with the goal of having an eco-tourism site with natural farming and life without using artificial chemicals.

At the same time, the small farm of Xinjiang was under construction as a local resort.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Suburban

Housing

  • Status: We do not have land
  • Area: 45 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 48
  • Planned number of residences: 80
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments: we have 2 sites, altogether around 45 acres.

    In China there is no private land ownership, land belongs to the country.
    We rent the land from local people and decide to develop it into eco-friendly, green fertile land.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 45
  • Child Members: 5
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process: Visitor Process:
    Due to the situation described above, we are now quite low-profile. Foreigners visiting would bring undesirable attention to the local authorities and they are very sensitive to this. We’ve stopped promoting our community online for more than one year, including the community updates to our international network in order that any misunderstanding that we have connections with overseas political organizations and individuals will be avoided. This is why we cannot receive visitors from abroad at this time.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: 1. Reading through the corpus of Lifechanyuan. As long as you feel resonant with our values, you may apply to become Chanyuan Celestial (name of membership) by writing an application, and become a member of this spiritual and soulful home.

    2. Continually communicating with all Chanyuan Celestials and our “Spiritual Guide” online is a necessity for all Celestials. At least six months interaction is a requirement to allow all of us know each other well.

    3. To be a community member, a Celestial needs to contribute materially, spiritually, and mentally, do what they can to support the development of Lifechanyuan, e.g. community building, the running of our website, sharing posts, or help with resolving issues that come up, to be ready to devote oneself to the construction of the new life mode, and to give more than is taken.

    4. Once the community accepts one as a permanent member, all their life needs will be covered by the community, including food, clothes, shelter, transportation, birth, death, illness, and old age, and they are also expected to fully utilize their talents and abilities to the progress and development of the community.

  • Additional Comments: Lifechanyuan Values can be outlined as 800 Values for the New Era Human Being.

Government

  • Decision Making: Holographic management
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have a spiritual guide, who is also the community founder. He is responsible for leading our members onto the way to revere the Greatest Creator, revere LIFE, revere nature, and practice the spiritual values in daily life with a clear frame of reference and the method with which to reach it. We can sublimate our life quality by collective life through this new life program and to refine ourselves by practicing scientific and dependable cultivation.

    We also have branch directors who are responsible for community construction and for production and life-related events. However, everyone is also the host of the community. The director of every branch has no power to force their personal will on anybody. That is why we have a very unique management style— Holographic management, which can not be described clearly in words, but which contains rich and flexible meaning and offers effective solutions in reality.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 48
  • Open to members with existing debt: No

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: 100%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Stage or Auditorium, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: About 90% vegetarian:

    vegetables,fruits,eggs,bean food, some meat

    we only have alcohol on parties or big festivals

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): the Way of the Greatest Creator
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Expected Healthcare Practices: We have a set of exercises that can improve the body’s health and immune system, however it is not a requirement that everyone must practice. Members can decide whether they would like to take advantage of this or not, but we recommend it.
  • Healthcare Options: Community Plan, Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan
  • Additional Comments: We have monthly parties and games. On the party day, everybody dresses up, sings and dances, performs, plays games, and shows their most beautiful selves. We want to express our deep happiness and gratitude to nature, to earth, to our harmonious home, and to the Greatest Creator for always blessing us along our way.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), GENOA ( GEN Oceania & Asia); GEN China

Community Affiliations

Konohana Family, Japan

Keywords

build up a new life mode for the world, a lifestyle with no traditional marriage and family

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