Last updated: October 4, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Sunrise Ranch

(Loveland, Colorado, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1945  Established: 1945
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://sunriseranch.org
  • Contact Name: Keahi Ewa
  • Phone: 970-679-4200
  • Address:
    100 Sunrise Ranch Rd
    Loveland, Colorado, 80538
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact Sunrise Ranch by phone: 970-679-4200

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Honoring Universal Being

Community Description:

Sunrise Ranch is one of the longest-standing Intentional Communities in the USA. Founded in 1945, and located about 10 miles west of Loveland, Colorado, Sunrise Ranch has 70-80 multi-generational residents living and working together on 360 acres in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

The community has weekly worship services, an elected governing board, regular community meetings, internship and visitor programs and a retreat and conference business handling groups up to 200. It also runs a farm, growing organic vegetables and raising grass-fed beef.

Sunrise Ranch honors Universal Being in all its forms—through people, through nature and through all creation. We see this attitude of honor for Universal Being as the pivotal factor for the future of humanity.

Most of all, we honor and welcome the expression of Universal Being through ourselves. We believe that this orientation in living is what opens the door for a full knowing of the wisdom and love that is within everyone. It is what lets the individual give their greatest gift to the world and know the greatest fulfillment that is possible for a human being.

All of Sunrise Ranch is dedicated as a teaching and demonstration site for this essential wisdom—both the inner knowing of Universal Being and the practical application of that knowing. This is why we practice and teach sustainable agriculture and farm-to-table food preparation. This is what is behind all the workshops, conferences, concerts and courses that we offer. This is what we teach in our internship programs and in all our courses for spiritual awakening and personal development. Sunrise Ranch exists to embody this truth and to bring it to the world.

We believe that Universal Being is doing its best to incarnate and express fully through each person, not as a separate reality but as the core reality of who they are. And when it does, that person becomes whole and creates wholeness in their world. They bring healing to the land, to other people and to the planet. Whole people—whole world.

This is what allows our individual worlds to thrive. This is why Sunrise Ranch is flourishing. And it is the experience of this simple, profound truth that will let Planet Earth become the garden home that it is destined to become.

To us, this is not just a nice idea, but a guiding principle to be embodied in everything we do. If you agree, we welcome you to join with us in bringing this experience to the world.

Population

  • Adult Members: 80
  • Child Members: 10
  • Non-member Residents: 10
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Emissaries of Divine Light

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Emissaries
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Private School off the property, Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: David Karchere

    Executive Group

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 360 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 35

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: several donate income

    variable hours/month

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • 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 occasionally.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Rainbow Farm, Hundred Mile Lodge, The Glen Ivy Center, Edenvale

Keywords

spirituality, farm, garden, internship, children

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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.
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