Bird River Oasis

Middle River, Maryland, United States

  • Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 15, 2012

Mission Statement

Local sustainable community

Community Description

We have a dream of co-creating a mini-community of people wanting to explore the idea of rebuilding the earth, from the ground up, through grounding in self, grounding in nature, and grounding in community. An Oasis where one can come, meditate, and ground in self and nature. An Oasis where one can come, tend organic gardens, and share vegetarian meals grounding in nature and community. An Oasis, where it is safe to explore those “you’s” that have remained veiled and hidden and want to be opened and examined, grounding in self and life. An Oasis where you are welcome to create gatherings for celebration, teaching, arts, organizing, grounding in community.
  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2009
  • Start Living Together: 2016
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Jack
  • Phone: 410-371-4160


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities)
  • Location: To be Determined


  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact via email or phone and express interest.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Prefer term


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Homeowner hoping to create a small community with like-minded people


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    general housecleaning/maintenance and garden/yard upkeep

    Visitors, voluntary contribution. Residents, security deposit

    Visitors, voluntary contribution. Residents, negotiated monthly rent

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy sources: Wind
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Arts Ashram of Atco (NJ)