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Earthship Intentional Community Discussion - January 3rd

Are you interested in creating an intentional community built with earthship homes?
If so, please join us from 7-9:30pm on Friday, January 3rd for a gathering of like-minded people!
We'll be meeting in the Great Hall of Epiphany Episcopal Church in the Seattle neighborhood of Madrona. We would like for all of us to share our personal visions of community. Please come prepared with your own vision statement, which should include some of the following:

- Potential location and relationship to the land (urban or rural, small gardens or large farming operations etc)
- Preferred distances from cities, major airports, educational resource centers such as colleges and universities, wilderness or recreation areas, and other places important to the individual
- Lifestyle issues (diet preferences, oriented to single people or families with children or multiple generations; pet issues; sexual orientation and gender issues; drug-use issues etc)
- Preferred financial set-up (whether everyone will contribute the same or different amounts, whether contributions will be tied to decision-making rights; which expenses the community will share)
- Spiritual issues (whether a preferred spiritual orientation or practice, be spiritually eclectic or secular)
- Political issues (whether you'll be activists, or will support politically active members)
- Educational Issues (whether the community will offer classes, or will be a model or demonstration site, etc)

We may end up forming several small groups, depending on the interests of those that come to the meeting. Our goal for this meeting is to get to know each other so that we can find direction in our common dream of community.

Some more specific directions: It's probably easiest to park behind the church on Howell St. Standing on Howell St, facing the church campus, you'll see a brown house on the corner. Take the stairs to the left of that house, follow the sidewalk to the right, and into a courtyard. On your left you'll see double doors marked "Parish Hall". Enter the doors, go up the stairs and you'll be there.


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  • tony r.

    The real question for me is how can I do it? I wish there was a kit I could buy, or a modular earthship that was as easy to roll on to so property as easily as a mobile home. I hope some has an in with Ksharma Sawant, maybe we can get her to zone some neighborhood as an "Earthship zone".

    January 14, 2014

  • Bev L.

    Wish I could.

    January 14, 2014

  • Florian

    Report from the meeting:
    We had 25 people.
    3 questions went around the room for everybody to answer:
    - What gets you up in the morning?
    - What attracts you to community?
    - Your top 2 priorities or deal breakers for your potential intentional community?

    The main themes that transpired:
    - Loneliness / support
    - Ecological sustainability
    - Business / financial sustainability
    - Interpersonal relationships / honesty
    - Earthship / off-grid living / technical questions

    Potential divisive issues:
    - Diet (vegetarian/vegan vs. cattle/meat consumption)
    - Urban vs. rural
    - Monetary reliance

    Suggestions of community building events:
    - Work party at the Beacon Food Forest on Jan 18th
    - Eviction/foreclosure protest with "SAFE" on 1/10 at 4:30pm, does anyone remember where exactly?

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed meeting all of you, and being in the same room with so many people who share so many passions is quite magical. Here is the link to the Ringing Cedars book that I mentioned. It describes the past (and present) communities of recluses living in remote areas of Russia through Anastasia. It describes philosophy, politics, relationships, education as they have been most successfully practiced in the past - and can be again.

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Bridget S.

    So sorry - I just got back to town and it is almost 7pm - I see this is across town about 35 min away....I think I had better bail!!
    I hope it is a inspiring conversation with great connections. I will try to make a gathering in the future....have fun!!!

    January 3, 2014

    • Florian

      Thanks for the heads-up! It was good, we had 25 people. You could have come late. Next time! (probably Sunday 1/19, TBA)

      January 3, 2014

  • Bridget S.

    I am putting myself down as a 'Yes' however it is more of a maybe. If I am in Seattle, I will come. I am very interested in being part of a community and due to moving to Whidbey, may need to start something myself to realize this dream. Off grid and natural building methods could incorporate earthships in this community....

    1 · December 29, 2013

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  • Florian
    Earthship Seattle Coordinator, Steering Committee Member, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Melanie
    Event Host
  • Susanne +1
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
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