Last updated: January 30, 2014 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: January 26, 2011


(Kressberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2010
  • Start Living Together: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Roman Huber
  • Phone: +49(0)1799162056
  • Address:
    Tempelhof 3
    Kressberg, Baden-Württemberg, 74594

Mission Statement:

authentic communitiy

Community Description:

You can subscribe to Tempelhof News, an email which comes out three or so times a year (in German but with lots of photos) by writing to:
[email protected]

You can get your questions about volunteering here answered in English by writing to:
[email protected]

In December 2010, after 3 years of personal growth processes, a core group of about 40 adults (mostly German) plus children purchased a small abandonned castle village with 31 hectares of land in Baden-Württemberg, southern Germany. We are self-organized into numerous overlapping collaborative Work Circles (Arbeitsgruppe AG), one of which is a Coordination Circle. Decisions are made at Village Meetings using a six-step consensus process.
15 Tempelhofians in the Construction Circle (AG Bauhütte) spent 4 months renovating certain buildings to serve as temporary quarters until sustainable structures are erected. In March/April 2011 about 40 people moved in. By now we are about 140 including 40 children. The Agriculture Workgroup (AG Landwirtschaft und Gartenbau) is planting our second crops now while erecting a new glass greenhouse next to our two 40 meter greenhouses. One field is already planted with sunflowers for the bees to use this summer.
Groups have formed to bring heating, electricity, water, sewer, economy and human culture all into sustainability.
Last year our own school for free evolvement was founded and approved.
Our Guesthouse and Seminarcenter is also going well with about 5600 overnights per year

•Stiftung Tempelhof (Foundation)
•Genossenschaft Tempelhof eG (Cooperative)
•Tempelhof e.V. (Association)

4.Relationship- and Communications-Culture
5.Radical Responsibility
6.Economic Transformation

Tempelhof is already a complex and evolving culture that includes elements such as:

– The “We” Process. (

– Six-step consensus decision making. (

– Artabana health circles. (

– Personal development.

If you can read German, please review for details about Vision & Werte, and Arbeitsgruppen (work groups). Otherwise please write or call at the numbers listed.



  • Area: 76.6 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 80
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: 4 hectares are for building on. Very little woodland so far.

    None of the land or building are privately owned.

    We are refurbishing old buildings as temporary residences until we can construct sustainable structures.


  • Adult Members: 80
  • Non-member Residents: 15
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please try to inform yourself about what we are doing here before you arrive. Since most everyone at Tempelhof is German is helps if you can speak some Deutsch. Also it helps if you have read through the website, some related books (such as Directing the Power of Conscious Feelings by Clinton Callahan) and have discovered in yourself some strong attractive resonance to our 6 Principles. The focus of Tempelhof is personal development, so it helps to have some understanding of the necessity for growing up. When in doubt, call us. We love meeting new people.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: see website for approach process
  • Additional Comments: Consciousness


    Homeschooling is still illegal in Germany…


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: All leader principle means individual responsibility.

    Yes and no. We find it useful to function with a Coordination Circle who organizes recommendations.

    We use the six-step consensus decision making with members at village meetings


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Additional Comments: We are still figuring out how this goes.

    We are not really prepared to absorb debts, but we have lots of possibilities for collaborative entrepreneurs.

    Minimum 20 community hours per month.

    Please see FAQ section of the website for financial details.

    To cover utilities and the usual operating expenses.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: From 50-75%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Great food!

    This year is our second planting, and we still have grain for all year bread baking left over from last year! We intend to have 90% self-grown organic food.

    Who are you kidding?

    Alcohol and other drug use is questioned.

    Tobacco and other drug use is questioned.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community

Additional Comments

Tempelhof is a tiny village in the middle of gently rolling farm land.

Photo Gallery

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


sustainable, more democracy, personal development, consensus, bio, permaculture, germany, europe, fr

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.