Twelve Tribes Community in Boulder

Boulder, Colorado, United States

  • Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: August 25, 2011

Mission Statement

The Love of God

Community Description

Living here in South Boulder, our community (six or so families with children and several single people) gathers every morning and evening to hear from our Creator through one another. Devoted to the teachings and selfless life of our Master Yahshua the Messiah (Jesus of the Bible), we lay down our lives for one another (meeting each other’s needs first) to see His kingdom come to the earth. We work, rest, dance, laugh, and eat together as a family, enjoying one another’s fellowship.
We recently acquired our several acres here with plenty of housing and land for future growth. We are thankful to have land for our children to learn to care for animals (goats & bees) and our gardens, as well as space to play volleyball! We are also always looking for a larger house within walking distance to our Deli which is right in downtown Boulder.
In 2011, we acquired a space for our 24hr “Yellow Deli” downtown on the west end of Pearl St. We desired to create a unique social atmosphere for the people of Boulder, a gathering place where people matter; a place to go to eat, read, or talk and not feel pressured to be unreal. We wanted to build a place with warm hospitality and solid artisan-ship that’s not showy or fancy, but harmonious; every part working together synergistically for the total effect. We finally opened our Yellow Deli in April of 2011. We offer sandwiches (made with breads baked in-house), salads, smoothies, waffles, and fruit and yogurt parfaits. Also, an espresso and fresh juice bar which specializes in yerba maté drinks.
The Ultimate Purpose of any community endeavor however, is to be the home that our Creator has always desired for the lonely, just as spoken in Psalm 68:5-6. We are thankful to have this life of love together as a people, and we welcome visitors anytime! Friday evenings at 6pm is an especially wonderful time for visitors to come and enter into our celebration of the Sabbath; we gather in our home at 5325 Eldorado Springs Dr.
Please come visit our Community in Boulder, Colorado!

Child Rearing Practice of the Twelve Tribes Communities

We train our children according to the Word of God as recorded in the Bible. Part of this training is correcting our little ones for errant behavior. Setting boundaries for our children is an integral part of building good character into them at a young age. Loving protection for children is of supreme importance to us. We do not tolerate violence or abuse, whether physical, psychological, or verbal, nor do we condone disrespectful or rebellious behavior. We believe it is the God-given right and responsibility of parents to discipline their children if they are disobedient or disrespectful to parental guidance.

God is love. He loves children and His word is clear on what it means to love your child as Proverbs 13:24 says: “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” Proverbs 23:13-14 makes it clear that spanking is an act of love to save your children from the destruction of their souls, and restore them to the way they should go. “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod ... you will save his soul from destruction.” And Proverbs 22:6 states that if you “train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.”

The Bible does not describe the rod itself, but surely God did not intend something that would damage a child. We use a thin, reed-like rod, which stings but causes no damage or injury. We have purposefully chosen this method, inspired by God’s love, as part of our child rearing practices because His Word commands us. We see the good fruit in our children, which is recognized all over the world, even by those who don’t understand it.

Because we love our children, we discipline them only for attitudes and actions they know to be wrong, and only after the child admits to wrongdoing and is willing to receive discipline. Godly discipline is always followed by forgiveness, reconciliation, and encouragement.

For a fuller statement about our thinking about Child Discipline, please visit:

Publisher’s Note: FIC has a policy of not listing communities in our Directory that advocate violent practices, and there is controversy over whether the Twelve Tribes Child Discipline practice crosses that line. While we are convinced of the sincerity of their belief that their practice is not violent, we are also aware of visitors and ex-members who hold that it is. In recognition of this controversy, the Twelve Tribes leadership agreed to have this note referenced as a regular part of each community’s listing, so that users of the Directory could be more fully informed and make their own decision about this important matter.


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 6
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership


  • Adult Members: 25
  • Child Members: 10
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please call, email, or drop by the Yellow Deli on 9th and Pearl St.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Come for a day or to stay… Those who stayed are those who fell in love and couldn’t stay away!

  • Additional Comments:

    We are building a common vision of peace and unity on earth

    We follow the life and teachings of Yahshua the Messiah (Jesus of the Bible), and we have left the camp of organized religion, as recorded in the Scriptures.


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We are part of a confederation, every member is responsible and necessary to maintain outspokenness and uphold the values and pattern of the common life.

    Various weekly meetings of trusted brothers or brothers and sisters.

    We are a confederation, we are all responsible to express our constructive thoughts and insight. A representative govt. discusses issues in counsel.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    (Those who have chosen to stay volunteer to give all everyday)

    (Debt isn’t an excuse for us to exclude anyone)

    We all work together

    We all work various tasks together to build up a common vision, this takes up all of our time.

    Our work is structured around our daily gatherings, our common workplace is a 24hr teahouse and deli.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    (Individual health needs are considered and met.)

    (We want our food to be wholesome, simple, and nourishing.)

    (Visitors who use tobacco are welcome, but will be asked to smoke outside.)

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): The Way of Abraham (Gen 18:19)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Twelve Tribes

Community Affiliations

Twelve Tribes Gemeinschaft in Klosterzimmern, Twelve Tribes Comunidade de Londrina, Twelve Tribes Community on the Lake of the Ozarks, Twelve Tribes Community in Winnipeg, Twelve Tribes Community in Vista, Twelve Tribes Community in Rutland, Twelve Tribes Community in Plymouth, Twelve Tribes Community in Nelson, Twelve Tribes Community in Manitou Springs, CO, Twelve Tribes Community in Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Twelve Tribes Community in Ithaca, Twelve Tribes Community in Chattanooga, Twelve Tribes Community in Cambridge, Twelve Tribes Community in Boulder, Twelve Tribes Community in Bellows Falls, Twelve Tribes Community at The Woolshed, Picton, Twelve Tribes Community at the Morning Star Ranch, Twelve Tribes Community at Peppercorn Creek Farm

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: [email protected].