Last updated: January 9, 2014 (3 months ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Twelve Tribes

(, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1972  Established: 1972
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Address:

    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please communicate directly with the community you desire to visit. We are always very open to visitors. We know there must be many more people with the same heart we have to be gathered together and to care for one another…

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

The spread of love

Community Description:

The folks that you will meet in the communities listed below are part of a tribal people. Our life is expressed through living together in community—a new social order. Our desire is to live as naturally as possible by being close to Creation and to people. Our vision is not a lifestyle, but the forming of a new nation—the twelve-tribed nation of Israel.

Although it is not a legal name or entity, we are known as the Twelve Tribes because we are organized as a tribal people in twelve different geographical areas (Northeastern, Southeastern, Midwest, and the West Coast of the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Germany, England, Brazil, Argentina, and Australia). In each tribal area there are a number of communities, depending on how long that tribe has been established. Each community consists of one or more households that all shares a “common purse” in that location funded by whatever industries that community has established. Some are farm communities, and some are urban. Some have cottage industries, some service industries, and many operate cafes and markets selling wholesome food at reasonable prices. In every community we live together, work together, teach our children together, take our meals together, and worship together.

Our life is not “religious” in the conventional way of thinking (we don’t “go to church”), but it is deeply “spiritual”—that is, we strive to maintain a heart-to-heart fellowship with one another, and with our Creator, at all times. To us, the only valid religion is one that expresses itself in daily, practical love and care for one another that overcomes economic, racial, social, and doctrinal divisions. We believe the Bible, living by the teachings of both the Old and New Testaments. We follow Yahshua, the Messiah, called “Jesus Christ” in most English Bibles. We prefer his original Hebrew name and title, because it connects us to his radical origins and mission—to restore the spiritual life that was supposed to characterize Israel. They were supposed to be a spiritual nation of twelve tribes whose life of love and unity was to be a light to the nations around them. But they failed.

So we have set our hearts to restore that life in a real and practical way, to carve out of this dying world places where children can grow up pure and undefiled, full of vision and purpose, and where weary damaged people can find healing and restoration. Together we can express the love of our awesome Creator!


  • 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


  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • 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

  • Housing Provided: No, we are a different type of community.
  • Location: Other
  • Land owned by: The Community

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Shared Expenses: 100%
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: full time hours/month

    We share all things in common


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Other
  • 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

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

    Visitors who use alcohol are welcome, but it’s use on our property is prohibited.

    Visitors who use tobacco are welcome, but will be asked to step outside

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Twelve Tribes

Community Affiliations

Twelve Tribes Community At Stepping Stone Farm, Twelve Tribes Communauté de Heimsbrunn, Twelve Tribes Comunidade de Londrina, Twelve Tribes Comunidade de Campo Largo, Twelve Tribes Comunidad en Buenos Aires, Twelve Tribes Community on the Lake of the Ozarks, Twelve Tribes Community in Winnipeg, Twelve Tribes Community in San Sebastian, Twelve Tribes Community in Rutland, Twelve Tribes Community in Oak Hill, Twelve Tribes Community in Lancaster, Twelve Tribes Community in Island Pond, Twelve Tribes Community in Hyannis, Twelve Tribes Community in Hamburg, Twelve Tribes Community in Coxsackie, Twelve Tribes Community in Cambridge, Twelve Tribes Community in Boston, Twelve Tribes Community in Bellows Falls, Twelve Tribes Community at Stentwood Farm, Twelve Tribes Community at Peppercorn Creek Farm, Twelve Tribes Communauté de Sus, Twelve Tribes Community at the Morning Star Ranch, Twelve Tribes Community in Arcadia, Twelve Tribes Community in Asheville, Twelve Tribes Community in Brunswick, Twelve Tribes Commu

Fair Housing Laws

Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit).

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.