Gondwana Sanctuary

Tyagarah, New South Wales, Australia

  • Last updated: November 26, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Mission Statement

Meditation, Rural Living

Community Description

We are a residential community near Byron Bay.

The community and most, though not all, of the people living here are inspired by Osho. If you are inspired by permaculture, Papaji, meditation, bush regeneration, Amma, 5 Rhythms, NVC, Watsu, gardening, John de Ruiter, vipassana, contact dance, yoga, or just long walks on the beach, then you are likely to find people here who share your enthusiasm.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1986
  • Start Living Together: 1986
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.gondwanasanctuary.org
  • Contact Name: Mitra
  • Phone: +61-2-6684-7210
  • Community Address:
    23 Prestons Lane
    Tyagarah, New South Wales, 2481
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 111.2 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 11
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    Community owns most of the land, individuals own their own house sites.

    Though its close


  • Adult Members: 30
  • Child Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: 12
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact the phone number or email, and someone will get back to you and let you know if there is space for any visitors. Our Wednesday-night community dinners are also open to visitors. Call the number to confirm that it is happening.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Depends on availability of shares


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

    Seeks consensus first


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0.5
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Requires purchase of a house, people often participate as renters before that.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Our common spaces are vegetarian, but people have personal choice in their own spaces.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Osho
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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