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Vlierhof

Last updated: July 7, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: January 29, 2005

Vlierhof

(Kleve, Millingen, Netherlands)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 2002
  • Start Living Together: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.vlierhof.org
  • Contact Name: Vlierhof
  • Phone: +49-(0)2821 970242
  • Address:
    Postadres: Postbus 33, 6566 ZG Millingen a/d Rijn
    Nederland
    Kleve, Millingen, ZG6566
    Netherlands

Mission Statement:

sustainable, healing, organic,

Community Description:

Vlierhof is a farm, 3.7 hectares on the border of Germany and Holland, walking distance from the Rijn River, just inside Germany near the village, Keeken, and the border town, Millingen, in Holland.

We’re interested in sustainability, wellness, artistic expression, relating compassionately, health, and organic living.

Currently, 7 to 15 people live here and we have a care farm for people who need the healthy environment of a farm to improve five days a week. We have an acre to grow organic vegetables, currently have nine chickens, some cats, and an area for art projects.

Some of us are living in caravans and others in a large, old farmhouse, and now the renovated barn, as well as a guesthouse. Most people are Dutch and there is one American.

We like Nonviolent Communication (cnvc.org) by Marshall Rosenberg, but are still not very good at it. We eat lunch and dinner together. We have incredible organic, vegetarian/vegan meals. We have installed a wood burning heating system that involves burning huge amounts of firewood and heating water to flow through the walls. There are other construction plans underway to create more living space and room to accommodate groups and festivals. We have built a large greenhouse, created a one-acre organic farm. We also have a sauna and a natural swimming pond.

We would like to become a center for consciousness and communication possibly in the near future.

Visitors and volunteers are welcome and those who would like to see if they would fit in here to live. We particularly could use someone musical for improvisational singing, maybe a ceramicist, and people who bring peace from within, as well as people to work with the care farm people, etc.

We are quite serious about no drugs or alcohol on the property.

About

Housing

  • Area: 9.1 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: a few have invested in land

    currently people are living in house, caravans, and one in a separate building. We are going to build more spaces in the deel (barn). Recently we completed 3 more rooms in the back barn.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please contact us by email, phone, or letter.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: We would really like to have more people.
  • Additional Comments: Osho, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Shapiro, etc. is appreciated, but what one believes or practices is an individual choice.

    Our 3 year old is starting kindergarten parttime. Home schooling is definitely an interest.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Its up in the air, right now, due to small number of community members, sociocracy is probably where we will go.

    Core group of 4 people make basic decisions.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: It varies with the person’s needs, abilities, and situation

    We need people to contribute to the upkeep and growth of the community.

    Depending on situation, but some members do contribute for rent and most are expected to contribute for food.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: we don’t eat breakfast together

    We ate alot from our farm in its first year. Now we get all our veggies from our land, in the fall, fruit.

    Vegetarian except for fish, usually once a week.

    We don’t have and don’t wish to have anyone who is addicted to alcohol.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Community Affiliations

Tamera – Healing Biotope I

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