Donald’s View

Eagle Rock, Virginia, United States

  • Last updated: January 30, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 8, 2016

Mission Statement

Community allows us to celebrate our accomplishments together and support each other to overcome setbacks.
The community structure will be designed by the core group to embody these goals and ideals.

Our Four Most Important Elements:
• Diversity
• Bridging
• Consciousness
• Communication.

Consciousness is the base of Diversity and Bridging. Bridging is built by consciousness and makes diversity sustainable. Communication sustains all three.

We intend our community and our selves to be bridges. We bridge:
• within ourselves as consciously as possible accepting all our inner diversity and the greater self-unity and inner peace and joy this gives us, and the more joyful and peaceful energy that results in our relating to others.
• to each other as members of the Donald’s View intentional community by using the bottom-up, 100% democratic problem-solving methods of the Assemblies pioneered by Donald Anderson with the National Association of the Southern Poor.
• as a community, with
o our neighbors and society at large to move forward to a livable future.
o towns, counties and communities surrounding us geographically
o other intentional communities region-, nation-, and worldwide
• from the old, “taker” paradigm in which corporations have the same rights as individuals without the accountability to a new, planetary community of harmony paradigm which future inhabitants will view as an aesthetic and practical enhanced, including considerations for geological orientation, geological sustainability, and golden mean in construction
• from a reductively calculated cost-benefit paradigm to an artisan paradigm where all acts are of beauty in spiritual alignment with a mutually respectful future
• from work that harms others as it sustains us to work that sustains others as it sustains us.
• from a problematic present to a peaceful future, to our better tomorrow as a multi-cultural community living to thrive with no ecological footprint with all our neighbors: humans, animals and plants.

Community Description

Donald’s View is a forming intentional community in rural southern Virginia. The Original Founding Member is Michael Brickler; the land has been connected with Michael’s family since his ancestors were enslaved on the land. This intentional community is multicultural to honor the slave and Native American heritage of the land. It is also a bridge for the larger surrounding community to cross to a future where our region can live in a more conscious, democratic, sustainable and fulfilling way. Our name comes from Michael’s Uncle Donald Anderson, who through his organizing work with the National Association of the Southern Poor was one of the main people who helped Michael develop this view of life and who was responsible for our family keeping this land which was a part of the plantation where my great-great-grandfather was born.
Donald started a celebration of friends, family and neighbors that we have kept going for over 46 years called “Usufruct.” He explained Usufruct as “honoring the fruit of the land without owning the land.” We want this idea of Usufruct to be part of our daily life at Donald’s View.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 126 acres
  • Planned number of residences: 10
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house
  • Additional Comments:

    See our additional comments at the end of the “About Your Community” section.


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Child Members: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Please see our comment at the end of the “About Your Community” section.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community

Additional Comments

The community is actively seeking passionate founding members and financial contributions from every interested party. Fundraising is one way we keep membership in our community affordable; no one should be turned away for financial reasons–and everyone contributes financially and otherwise. We are also actively seeking guidance and simple interest in our aims and have a mailing list we’d be happy to add you to.

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Multicultural, African-American, Native American, Democractic, Sustainable, Consciousness, Bridging