Twelve Tribes Community in Vista

Last updated: October 14, 2015 (1 month ago)

Listing created on: March 14, 2005

Twelve Tribes Community in Vista

(Vista, California, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2002
  • Start Living Together: 1972
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Mevaser
  • Phone: 760-295-3852
  • Address:
    2683 Foothill Drive
    Vista, California, 92084
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Give us a call, or write, or just drop by.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    We get to know one another and over time it becomes evident if we’re able to live together in harmony…

Mission Statement:

Bring God’s kingdom on earth

Community Description:

Welcome to the beehive! The Community in Vista is bustling with activity round the clock these days, as the focus and heartbeat of our community is our 24-hour Yellow Deli in downtown Vista. That’s the best place to find us during the week. The Yellow Deli has become very popular in North San Diego County since we opened on Valentine’s Day in 2010. People from all walks of life, every nationality, and all ages come and enjoy our steamed sandwiches, fresh salads and delicious deserts, all made with love.

There is nothing on earth quite like the Yellow Deli. It is a place where we can all work together on common ground. Every person and position is vitally necessary. What would we do without the dishwasher, or sandwich maker, or the bakers, or the drink-bar girl, or the host? It is like our human body, where every member is vitally important. This is the essence of our life together in the Community — the Body of Messiah — everyone is necessary and needed in every way. No one is overlooked or unimportant. This is where we come to know the love of God, through our brothers and sisters, as we all give all we have to love and care for one another and for those who come to visit our homes and our delis.

One of our homes is actually another little beehive of activity — this is where we home school our children. We have the most wonderful devoted teachers working together to invest in our precious children. We have a pretty thorough curriculum that we have developed over the years, which seems to challenge and stimulate our children causing them to learn and grow.

The high point of our life is our morning and evening gatherings, where we all gather in a circle and share our hearts, songs, dancing and prayers. Afterwards, we share a meal together with gladness and sincerity of heart. On Friday afternoon, we close the deli at 3pm. Then we gather at 6pm in our homes for a special Sabbath Eve celebration. This is an especially wonderful time for people to come and get to know us, as we are all home and available for fellowship. There is always lots of good sharing of hearts, a special meal, and festive dancing. We would be very honored for you to come!


  • Adult Members: 60
  • Child Members: 25
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We follow the life and teachings of Yahshua, the Messiah

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Type: Commune (organized around sharing almost everything.), Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We are learning to recognize the grace and wisdom in each person, all are able to speak from the Spirit who leads us

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 4 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 4

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: We share all we have



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


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


  • 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.


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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 Rutland, Twelve Tribes Community in Nelson, Twelve Tribes Community in Manitou Springs, CO, Twelve Tribes Communauté de Sus, Twelve Tribes

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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