Kristian David School

Madonas nov., Latvia

  • Last updated: May 31, 2016 (11 months ago)
  • Listing created on: October 6, 2012

Mission Statement

SCHOOL
-Christian private school with licensed elementary school programme.
-Elective specializations are available in music (piano, brass instruments, percussion, guitar, basic vocal training), in visual arts (drawing, painting, building) and in sports (gymnastics, team sports, skiing).
-We teach children to take an initiative and be proactive.
-Personal attention to every student due to small class size.
HOME
-The children enrolled in the school are in the care of the Christian community.
-family atmosphere
-own farm where to learn practical skills
-students may stay over summer holidays
-support for low-income families
HOUSE OF PRAYER
-Daily prayer and Christian lifestyle
-Denominational cooperation (Ecumenism)

Community Description

We are an intentional community in Latvia and we run a state accredited primary boarding school since 1991. We have 35 children in school and about 15 community members/educators, most of whom live full time in community and receive no salary for their work. We have an organic farm and fields, which provide our school with almost all necessary foodstuffs. Children work side by side with teachers on the fields, with animals, also in the kitchen baking pastries, engaging in culinary experiments etc. Some of the pupils are orphans who have become foster children of our community members and are being cared for till their adulthood and beyond. We try to teach them christian values, open-mindedness, creativity, empathy and compassion. We get immense joy from growing in mind and in spirit together. Our classes are small, children get individual attention and help whenever it’s needed. We play music with our brass band which takes part in music festivals. We sing and pray together every day. Our music teacher composes music for school theatre and our art teacher also runs an art studio in the town. We try to cultivate the culture of cooperation and mutual aid amongst ourselves. School’s family-like environment gives children opportunity to acquire various practical skills. They can learn to take care of the animals, ride a horse or a pony, grow vegetables and fruit, do some light household DIY and acquire some technical skills in the garage. The result is confident, self-reliant, multifaceted human being whose both mental and physical capacities are developed. We have friends from other countries who help us financially, materially and through regular visitations create a paradoxically international environment in the middle of sparsely populated Latvian countryside. We are always happy to make new friends. Contact us at [email protected]
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1990
  • Start Living Together: 1991
  • 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.kdskola.lv
  • Phone: +371 27810800
  • Community Address:
    Kalna skola
    Barkavas pag.
    Madonas nov., LV-4834
    Latvia
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Area: 143 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 8
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    2 school buildings, 7 residential houses, large farmhouse, some barns and workshops

Membership

  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 15
  • Non-member Residents: 15
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visit our website www.kdskola.lv for our coordinates or contact us by email [email protected]

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Contact us. Come for a visit. Stay for a while and we’ll going to make a collective decision. We are in a process of trying to become more financially independent, so it would be nice to have someone with a business experience

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    No specified labor contribution hours, but definitely work in school and farm necessitates labor contribution

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: 100%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • 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
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    we grow vegetables, berries and fruits, collect wild plants – cranberries, blueberries, herbs and mushrooms. We have about 20 cows, some pigs, chicken, ducks, bees, a horse, 2 ponies and 7 goats.

    No community members smoke, visitors can smoke outside

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian, Protestant, Lutheran, Catholic, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community

Additional Comments

We have 2 locations (farmhouse/residential location and boarding school) 30 km apart. Farmhouse location is 6 km from the city of Madona, Latvia.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Moravian church, European network of communities (e-n-c.org)

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