Morninglory

Killaloe, Ontario, Canada

  • Last updated: July 24, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Live simply, respect all Life.
Morninglory is a community where:
1) we have the freedom and opportunity to grow and flourish though living our individual and collective dreams, and
2) where we share a commitment to cooperating with, understanding, respecting and caring for one another, the land, its inhabitants and the natural rhythm of life.

Community Description

We are a village of separate households of single people and families scattered over 100 hilly wooded acres. We homestead in varying degrees, living off-grid using some solar electricity and heating with wood. We grow organically much of our fruits and vegetables; some eggs and meat. We’ve spent 46 years learning how to be good neighbors, which has been a worthwhile process.

Most of our children were home birthed and are homeschooled; ages two years to nineteen. Swimming in our pond, trampolining, tobogganing, snowshoeing, new-moon women’s circles, music jams, and potlucks are some of the things we do for fun. We all share a love of nature and the arts.

A multi-generational community, we are all involved with the surrounding and supportive rural community in varying degrees.

Guests are welcome if they arrange in advance and help out while they’re here. Please write us describing who you are and why and when you would like to visit us. Also please let us know what skills and experience you would like to contribute to the community, and what you would like to learn here. Permission is required before taking photos, videos or audio recording.

Organic growing practices, composting, Humanure composting, sustainable forestry, carpooling, cooperative food buying, non-violent comunication, light footprint on the land.

May all people find harmony with Earth and each other!

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1969
  • Start Living Together: 1969
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Contact Name: Robbie Anderman
  • Community Address:
    RR4
    3416 Mountain View Rd
    Killaloe, Ontario, K0J 2A0
    Canada
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2016
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 100 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Additional Comments:

    The original log farmhouse from 1878 has become our “Community Center”, with a family residing upstairs and caretaking the building, while we share all costs for its heat and upkeep.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 18
  • Child Members: 10
  • Non-member Residents: 21
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please write us describing who you are and why and when you would like to visit us. Also please let us know what skills and experience you would like to contribute to the community, and what you would like to learn here.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    First someone has to contact us. Then visit as a guest with a specific host for two weeks. Then ask the whole group to stay longer if a host can be found. After living on the land for all four seasons while attending weekly meetings, one may apply for membership.

  • Additional Comments:

    Respect for Earth and each other

    Learning at home/community

Government

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

    The theme of the decision to be made decides whether it is a membership only decision or a decision for the whole adult community to decide. If there is a personal or group conflict, a Circle is called to resolve it. The circle process involves going around and around, with no speaking out of turn or responding to what is said, unless permission is given by the speaker. Listening with full attention and heart, with the interests of the Whole and of Peace at heart. Round and round until resolution and harmony arrive.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    All contribute to the land taxes

    All residents are expected but not required to contribute to our occasional community work projects when they can.

    Community projects that benefit everyone, such as road upgrades, well upgrades and snow plowing, plus approximately $50 monthly “Maintenance Fees”

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Gluten-Free, No restrictions, all “allowed”
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Pot lucks for birthdays, Solstices, and other events

    Organic Gardens and Orchards, chickens and other livestock

    Mostly homegrown, local, organic, with occasional fish or meat

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Each individual looks within
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    Children are encouraged to be children. Adults are encouraged to be responsible adults

Community Affiliations

Ottawa Valley Community Arts Studio, Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Killaloe Craft and Community Fair, Herb Fair, Orphan Wisdom School

Keywords

Rural, Cooperation for mutual benefit