Last updated: March 14, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: August 25, 2011

Twelve Tribes Community in Boulder

(Boulder, Colorado, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2011  Established: 1972
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Malak Chesed
  • Phone: 303.974.5097
  • Address:
    380 Seminole Dr.
    Boulder, Colorado, 80303
    United States
  • Visitor Process

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

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

The Love of God

Community Description:

Currently living here in two houses, 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 are looking for a larger house within walking distance to our Deli.
Almost two years ago, we acquired a space for our “Yellow Deli” 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 are currently meeting at our house on Seminole Dr.
Please come visit our Community in Boulder, Colorado!


  • Adult Members: 25
  • 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


  • Decision Making: By a 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 common life

    Weekly meetings of trusted brothers

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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Suburban, Suburban
  • Area: 0.5 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current number of residences: 2

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Shared Expenses: 100%
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • 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.)


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: 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

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

Our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.



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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.