Last updated: April 29, 2014 (11 months ago)
Listing created on: January 26, 2005

Next Step Integral

(Winlaw, BC, Canada)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1992  Established: 1992
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Stephan Martineau
  • Phone: 250-355-2206
  • Address:
    G 4 C17 RR#1
    Winlaw, BC, V0G 2J0
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Visits may occur only with prior arrangement in writing.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

integral life, human evolution

Community Description:

Next Step Integral, formerly Morning Star Community, is an integral* community founded in 1992.

We are an international body of individuals touched at a core level by a call to come together in service to the work of consciousness evolution. As we deepen our understanding of the next step in consciousness evolution, we place a primary focus on actually applying our discoveries to our lives. We are awed, fascinated, and humbled by the potential breadth and depth of human life. We are aware of a real need for integral examples of life to find expression here and now on earth. Our main emphases are personal and global transformation, research, education, collective intelligence, and networking.

Our vision is that we become a living body that will continue to grow and evolve. We seek to respond wholeheartedly, seriously, and joyously to the predicament of our times—to listen to the whisperings of Spirit that invite us to full Union, to communion, where the One and the Many are present and alive.

The vision of Next Step Integral arises from the knowledge that a quantum leap in consciousness is possible and necessary—one that will balance our awakened authentic individual self with the communion that is inherently possible between humans.

* integral: derived from “integrate,” to bring together, to join, to link, to embrace—not in the sense of uniformity, but in the sense of unity-in-diversity.


  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: human consciousness evolution

Social Factors

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


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 80 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 15
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 100 miles), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas

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.