Twelve Tribes Community in Boulder

Last updated: September 18, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: August 25, 2011

Twelve Tribes Community in Boulder

(Boulder, Colorado, United States)

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!


  • Adult Members: 25
  • Child Members: 10
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • 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.

Social Factors

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


  • Type: Commune (organized around sharing almost everything.), Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization, School~ Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer~ Internship~ Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing
  • 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.

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 5 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 6
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • 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.



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Planned food produced: Almost All, up to 90%


  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional 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.)


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Twelve Tribes

Community Affiliations

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Fair Housing Laws

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