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Last updated: February 17, 2014 (2 months ago)
Listing created on: November 26, 2004

Twin Oaks Community

(Louisa, Virginia, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1967  Established: 1967
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.twinoaks.org/
  • Phone: 540-894-5126
  • Address:
    138 Twin Oaks Rd
    Louisa, Virginia, 23093
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Read our website visiting section and then correspond with us to arrange a Saturday tour and/or a three-week visit. Arrangements must be made well ahead of any visit.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

egalitarianism, income-sharing

Community Description:

Twin Oaks is an income-sharing community of 100 people living on 450 acres of farm and forestland in Virginia. We were founded in 1967, and our lifestyle reflects our values of egalitarianism, ecology, and nonviolence. We welcome scheduled visitors throughout the year. We are economically self-sufficient.

Members work in our community businesses–making hammocks and chairs, indexing books, and making tofu. These businesses provide about one-third of our work; the rest goes into the tasks needed to support a rural village of 100 people–organic gardening, milking cows, equipment and building maintenance, office work, and more. Our work schedules of 44 hours each week are very flexible. In return for member’s labor, the community provides all basic needs, including housing, food, clothing, etc. Twin Oaks has an intricate community culture.

Our everyday lives include many recreational activities–social and support groups, performances, music, games, dance, and art. Our culture values tolerance of diversity and sustainable living. We share our vehicles, we build our own buildings, and we share houses of 10-20 people. Some of us work actively for peace and justice, ecology, and feminism. Each summer we host a Women’s Gathering and a Communities Conference; see our website for details.

We offer a three-hour tour on many Saturday afternoons; please call during business hours or email to reserve a place. Our three-week visitor program is a prerequisite for membership and must be arranged by letter or email well in advance of the proposed stay. Information about visiting is available on our website or by mail.

Population

  • Adult Members: 100
  • Child Members: 15
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: by current planners, with input and veto by membership

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 450 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 8
  • Additional Comments: Formally owned by Twin Oaks Community Inc.

    Dormitory style housing, each member has private room.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Shared Expenses: 100%
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Weekly work quota, 44 hours.

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Only a few acceptable areas for smoking tobacco.

Video Gallery

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC)

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.