Rainbow Farm

Last updated: June 25, 2015 (5 months ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Rainbow Farm

(Selma, Indiana, United States)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 1972
  • Start Living Together: 1974
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Ted Blodgett
  • Address:
    3801 S County Rd 575 E
    Selma, Indiana, 47383-960459
    United States
  • This Community is Re-forming

    We have been engaged in an 8 year process of separation from Emissaries of Divine Light which came to fruition in November of 2014. We are grateful for the many lessons learned during this time.

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Holding space for individuals to take whatever next step is needed in their life journey.

Community Description:

Rainbow Farm was an International Emissary Community from 1974 until 2013. Residents and friends purchased the 40 acre campus area known as Oakwood Retreat Center in November 2014. We are now totally independent of the Emissaries. The property is owned by Heartland Spirit Network and the retreat center and community operates as Oakwood Center, both 501(c)(3) organizations. Please visit Oakwood Center in this directory for more infornmation on our new incarnation.


  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Emissaries


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Land owned by: Other

Labor and Money

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


  • Additional Comments: Membership dues provide housing and other membership privileges



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • 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 seldomly, or ceremoniously.


Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns:

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