Loving Earth Sanctuary

Paso Robles, California, United States

  • Last updated: September 4, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 2, 2016

Mission Statement

We believe in finding a non-violent solutions to the exploitative system of production/consumption of modern society through:

-Personal Growth: Allowing members time for spiritual practice and self-care, and developing skills for conflict resolution.

-Self-Reliance/Earth care: using permaculture and low-tech methods of subsistence.

-Service/Activism: Spreading kindness to fellow human beings through charitable donations, protesting
harmful activities, political activism, promoting community projects we support, and providing a space for those in need.

Community Description

Located in the Santa Lucia Mountains, and a partner of Still Water’s Sanctuary in Missouri, Loving Earth Sanctuary is committed to non-violently resisting the exploitative, consumption-driven systems upon which modern society subsists. We believe that to do this effectively requires us to cultivate personal growth, heal our relationship with the planet, engage in voluntary simplicity, and actively work toward an electricity- and fossil-fuel-free lifestyle, as well as to engage in service to our fellow human beings.

At this point our group is in the early stages of formation. We have 3 core members, 40 acres equipped with a barn, cabin, and working hand-pump. We are working to expand our small kitchen garden and food forest, and actively seeking anyone interested to volunteer, stay with us, or simply nourish their spirit on the beauty of the hills.

Our long-term vision is to have a thriving, almost completely self-sufficient system for meeting our basic needs respectfully from the land. In addition, we want to be a source of support for those in need for whom the rural lifestyle would be beneficial too. Possibilities we’ve discussed include creating spaces for recharge, respite, healing, and mourning. We hope to be an educational center providing learning opportunities freely (without a price attached) the skills necessary for living in a time of ecological uncertainty.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2012
  • Start Living Together: 2016
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Phone: 805-235-5547
  • Community Address:
    PO Box 2813
    Paso Robles, California, 93446
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Area: 40 acres
  • Planned Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    At this point one member is currently the legal property owner and we’ve discussed the possibility of creating a land trust in the future.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Mail a letter, send an email, or call the number provided. While there is no computer on the land (nor will be) we currently check email during our “in-town” days. Please note that we sometimes take a while to get back to you but we always do. Please be persistent.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Interested folks are asked to come visit and work with us on the land, then if they wish to be involved further, they can join us as an Intern for a longer stay. Once someone has experienced the land in all of its seasons and we’ve gotten to know one another and determined that we all feel comfortable living together, you will have the opportunity to join our core membership and consensus decision making circle, if you see yourself as being invested in the project in the long term. During the internship period you still will be involved in community meetings, group planning, and be permitted creative leeway on various projects.

Government

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

    The core leadership group is all adult members within the community.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    All members are expected to contribute some toward property tax, and homeowners fees (which go toward maintenance of the dirt road). In addition we plan to have members contribute on the basis of gift economy, freely and anonymously putting money into a community fund jar from any personal funds they make from cottage industry or outside work. On regular meetings we will count up the funds and if we are ever lacking to proceed with necessary projects encourage members to see if they have more to offer, or brainstorm about ways to raise such funds.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Human power, and small solar panel for charging cell-phone. We intend to use wind power for pumping water, and wood gasification to fuel a shared truck
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: No
  • Internet Fast?: There is no internet access at our community.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegan, We try and keep ourselves flexible to different members/visitors preferences. We mainly eat a whole foods, plant-dominated diet, and occasionally have eggs, and canned fish. Other possible animal products include goat’s milk, honey, and some meat–though our intention is to minimize killing.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Our original vision was to create a no-kill farm, meeting our needs without ending lives. However, due to various health-related concerns, and a strong commitment to finding a means of subsistence off the land we’ve begun to consider hunting and occasional slaughter of animals for food purposes. By no means would members have to eat meat, though it would be our hope they could find a local way of doing this.

    Our philosophy toward drugs and alcohol tends to be that self-control and moderation are important for expanding our relationship with the earth and deepening our awareness. Members are allowed to enjoy spirits within their own households, but not in the common areas, to allow those spaces to be entirely substance free.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Quaker, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    We are open to people of all religions. In general our members draw from many spiritual paths on our journey toward personal growth. We also adopt earth-honoring traditions and holidays.

Keywords

Luddite, Low-Tech, Permaculture, Subsistence, Agroecology, Climate Change, Service, Earth-based,