Julian Woods Community

Julian, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Respect and sustain our selves and our living environment

Community Description

Julian Woods (established 1975) is a diverse group of 17 adult members and several residents/potential members on ~250 acres, mostly hilly forest. The common land is in School of Living Community Land Trust, and there are 68 acres of adjacent land also in the trust. We are located 15 miles from Pennsylvania State University. Members may own or lease home lots after a capital investment in the larger land and infrastructure. Families are autonomous, are financially independent, and own their own homes. Community decisions are made by consensus of a 5 member Board.

We own and operate a living machine in two greenhouses that constitutes our wastewater-treatment system with almost year-round growing space. We have many gardens (and many deer), a recreational pond, and an interest in finding others to continue to build our community, especially young adults. Although there are currently no open building lots, that may change, or already existing homes could become available.

We are artists, teachers, carpenters and builders, an accountant, a forester, and a mechanic/designer. Tom’s Community Woodworks repairs and refinishes furniture. Barbara has created a beautiful space for meditation and yoga in O-AN Zendo. Debbie grows flowers in and outside the greenhouses for the local farmers’ markets.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1970
  • Start Living Together: 1970
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Community Inquiries
  • Phone: 814-355-5755
  • Community Address:
    215 Julian Woods Ln
    Julian, Pennsylvania, 16844-8617
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 250 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 12
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Additional Comments:

    Home sites are individually owned, but most of the land is owned by School of Living CLT


  • Adult Members: 17
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Call, write, or email in advance.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    No new lots available currently, but there is space in existing buildings for new members. In the last 2 years, 2 houses/lots have become available and were sold to new members.


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We have a 5 member board that makes decisions by modified consensus. 1-2 board members are elected by the membership each year.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $65
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    A fee, currently about $30,000, gives an incoming family a building site with water and connection to water treatment facilities. The fee is determined by the level of investment already made by current members. This fee will part of the purchase price of a house/lot.

    We have monthly dues of about $65/adult member or adult resident

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Whole foods, local foods

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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