Cedar Moon

Portland, Oregon, United States

  • Last updated: May 24, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: July 10, 2006

Mission Statement

Becoming ancestors of (an) earth people that navigate the coming tumult with spirit and courage.

Community Description

Cedar Moon is a community dedicated to growing movement for healing and resilience in the world.

We are co-stewards with Tryon Life Community Farm and the Bridgewalkers Alliance of seven beautiful half-wooded acres surrounded by a 650-acre forest, all inside Portland on a bus line half an hour by bicycle from downtown. (TLC Farm is a separate and independent nonprofit sustainability education and demonstration center–see www.tryonfarm.org. The BWA is a POC and trans collective focused on making the land available to marginalized people who have less access to land.) We are blessed with the opportunity for the work of our relations with each other and the earth to be shared with thousands of visitors. As we learn the skills and practices of growing respect, responsibility, and joy, they resonate out through our communities.

In this way, we’re becoming ancestors of an earth people that navigate the coming tumult with spirit and courage.

We were born in fire. Our evolution on this land between 2004 and 2006 was galvanized by the campaign to prevent the land we occupy from being bulldozed for a high-impact housing development. We have faced the stresses, conflicts, and tensions this high-pressure environment caused, as well as the “standard” ones all communities face, and have developed a clear focus on community process to deal with them.

It is a lot of work to live here. Members pay the equivalent of market-rate rent, and are expected to contribute at least ten hours to the community’s economic work every week, and volunteer with TLC Farm (many do more). We have weekly meetings, alternating between business “meetings of the minds” and relation-building “meetings of the hearts.” We share evening meals and rotate cooking, cleaning, and maintenance chores. We encourage low-impact density and so have relatively little individual space (though a great deal of shared, communal space).

And yet the rewards are tremendous. We live deeply interwoven with all our relations. We encourage each other to discover our evolving niches in the ecology of change: political action, deep spirit, earth-rooted wisdom. We reduce our ecological footprint, learn the resonance between autonomy and cooperation, grow into wisdom and compassion, and jam rhythms and harmonies and sutras into the long, warm evenings.

Members are encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation (we have a car co-op), minimize energy use (no central heating), and eat local, organic, unrefined food. Our regular community ceremonies (from circles around dinner to high holidays) reflect our eclectic backgrounds, but are earth-based and heart-felt.

If your soul yearns to work closely with others in an integrated lifestyle catalyzing the emergence of a new world in the shell of the old, contact us!

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2003
  • Start Living Together: 2003
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://cedarmoon.us
  • Business, Project, or Organization: http://tryonfarm.org
  • Contact Name: Cedar Moon
  • Phone: 503-244-1776
  • Community Address:
    11640 SW Boones Ferry Rd
    Portland, Oregon, 97219
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, Festivals, Conferences, Events, Earth culture
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 7 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    Co-stewarded with TLC Farm, and with the Bridgewalkers Alliance, a parallel sovereign residential collective of POC and trans people

    Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust (OSALT): www.osalt.org

    Two large houses, plus outbuildings and temporary structures, and room for more.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 10
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Please note the distinction between TLC Farm (the nonprofit education center) and Cedar Moon. To visit the demonstration projects and/or schedule a tour of the land, see www.tryonfarm.org for drop-in and contact information. If you’d like to consider joining Cedar Moon or living here temporarily, please contact us directly and tell us why you’re interested, how long you’d like to stay, and when.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Elaborate, and generally involves building a relationship with the land and the people before moving in.

  • Additional Comments:

    We have community ceremonies, but various individuals follow their own paths day to day. At the same time, a spiritual connection with the earth in general, and this land in particular, is encouraged.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Full consensus on all decisions except one: if half of the community asks a member to leave, they must do so.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $500
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 10
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We also have community cottage industries.

    Members contribute a variable amount for room space, depending on size and amenities of private space; this ranges from about $200 to about $350 per person, most of which goes to mortgage and maintenance payments. Members also split utilities (~$50/mo) and food costs (~$180/mo).

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Biomass, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    All commonly purchased and prepared food is vegetarian, organic, and relatively local, and we attempt to accommodate individual allergies or special diets; however, there are no restrictions on supplementary diets.

    A significant number of omnivores, and some vegans, as well as strong interest in raw foods.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist, Jewish, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Northwest Intentional Communities Association

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].