Next Step Integral

Last updated: April 29, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: January 26, 2005

Next Step Integral

(Winlaw, BC, Canada)

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.


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization, Organizations~ Resources~ or Networks
  • Programs & Activities: Organizations, Resources, or Networks


  • Area: 80 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 15
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Visits may occur only with prior arrangement in writing.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: human consciousness evolution


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 25-50%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 100 miles), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each individual

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