Valley of Light

Independence, Virginia, United States

  • Last updated: October 19, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: November 20, 2014

Mission Statement

The Valley of Light is a sustainable spiritual community dedicated to the Principle of Peace and to the Universal Laws of Truth, Love, and Light.

Community Description

The Valley of Light is a micro-community founded by members of The Oracle Institute, a 501(c)(3) educational charity and think tank which serves as an advocate for Peace and a vanguard for Conscious Evolution. Oracle operates an award-winning publishing house, a multi-faith spirituality school, and a global peacebuilding practice. Recently, Oracle organized the “Building the New World” conference at Radford University, which FIC co-sponsored.

The Valley of Light (“VOL”) is a sustainable, spiritual community located in a high energy region within the New River Valley of Virginia. VOL is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in a small town called Independence. We have 22 stunning acres along the New River, which is the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere and the third oldest river in the world.

VOL Members are aware that the world is on the verge of a major paradigm shift, the likes of which we have not witnessed in 2000 years. The worldwide resurgence of religious fundamentalism coupled with emerging New Age theosophies are just two indicators that we are in the midst of intense spiritual confusion and a looming sociological transformation.

VOL Members also are cognizant of the many unprecedented factors contributing to this turbulent period, including: global warming, food and water shortages, pandemic indicators, terrorism, energy limitations, and a lack of visionary focus by political and business leaders. We therefore believe that the key to a smooth transition into the 21st Century is the adoption of a new way of living based on an awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. To that end, Oracle and VOL are committed to creating a model micro-community using the most advanced community on the planet as our template: The Federation of Damanhur in Italy.

Currently, VOL is building the “Peace Pentagon,” our community center and headquarters for our charity, The Oracle Institute. From the Peace Pentagon, we will expand our peace programs to include a multi-media “HUB.” VOL is designing the HUB with Barbara Marx Hubbard and a team of IT experts. Ms. Hubbard has visited the Peace Pentagon and supports a bicoastal HUB network, with the East Coast HUB at the Valley of Light in Independence, Virginia, and the West Coast HUB in Berkeley, California.

If this brief description of our community and mission resonates with you, please contact us to explore whether you arrived at this critical juncture in human history to help build the Valley of Light!

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), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Organization, Resource, or Network, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 22 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 11
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: limited liability company

Membership

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visitors and potential members should submit a request to visit at this page on our website: www.TheOracleInstitute.org/Visit

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    After a series of visits, a 3-month trial residency, and a 1-year total trial residency, trial members may request admission into VOL as either a Resident or Non-Resident Member. Current Members vote whether to admit new members (super-majority required for admittance).

Government

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

    Our governance structure is a blended democratic/council of elders model. Day to day decision are made by all Members using sociocracy. Members also elect a governing council to make large decisions for the community, after further consultation with Members when needed. Resident Members meet weekly for business and also do a weekly spiritual meditation together. The full community (with non-resident members) meets monthly or quarterly.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 5
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    Community members financially support the common areas, which include: the Peace Pentagon (our community center); roads; food garden, recreation areas along the New River and Saddle Creek; trails throughout our woods; outdoor labyrinths; a tractor; and certain real estate taxes.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biofuel, Geothermal
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Waterfront access, 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: About once a 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.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Humanist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), The Federation of Damanhur

Keywords

Valley of Light, Oracle Institute, Peace Pentagon, spiritual, multi-faith, sustainable