Template Homestead

Decatur, Tennessee, United States

  • Last updated: February 23, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: July 18, 2013

Mission Statement

Human Purpose & Spirituality

Community Description

The Template Homestead, an intentional community, was established in 2003. It is a residential community, set on 129 acres, in rural Decatur, Tennessee.

Its members are also members of the Emin Way, a not-for-profit, and non-denominational, spiritual educational organization (501 c 3). It is a community, an international gathering of individuals from all walks of life, who are in concert with the belief that human life is a purposeful, spiritual arising, out from an ordered and growing universe.

The understanding of the human’s high purpose is a lifelong discovery process, both as individuals and as a species. We gather around the belief that the universe, God, and the human are an intertwining, evolutary process, each dependent on the other for its progression and refinement.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2003
  • Start Living Together: 2003
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.templatehomestead.org/
  • Contact Name: Jane Goodman
  • Phone: 423-368-2250
  • Community Address:
    1775 Ward Rd
    Decatur, Tennessee, 37322
    United States
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2013
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 129 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Additional Comments:

    Mutual Benefit Corporation


  • Adult Members: 15
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    If you would like to visit for the day send an e-mail to [email protected]platehomestead.org and let us know when you want to come
    No drop-ins please

  • Open to new Members: No
  • Additional Comments:

    up to the individual family to decide


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

    consensus when possible, 2/3rds majority when not


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

Sustainability Practices

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


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Library, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool
  • 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 seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual


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