Membership Rights and Responsibilities

OUR PURPOSE: Dedicated to caring for people and the Earth, and recognizing the Oneness of all life, we come together to create and to sustain beyond our lifetimes a learning community village, by gaining the skills, cultivating the attitudes and sharing with the public the resources for a holistic, regenerative culture.

UNDERSTANDINGS: We acknowledge our spiritual bond and aspire to express in the way we live understandings that:

1) We believe in nourishing ourselves, others, and this planet through a simple, sustainable lifestyle, incorporating and celebrating love, work, play, free inquiry, learning, multi-cultural expression, and spiritual practices.

2) We honor the inherent value of all life and dignity and worth of all people, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, financial resources, or spiritual and political beliefs.

3) Our greatest challenge is to co-create with Spirit a wise, just and sustainable culture in balance with the natural world, and to serve as a living example, manifesting spiritual ecology – a vision of a new reality.

4) Cooperation is the fundamental model for human endeavor. When a proper balance exists between the independence of the individual and the interdependence of the community, each enhances and compliments the other. While we choose to cooperate in community, caring for and supporting each other’s well-being, we believe we should each take primary responsibility for our own actions and needs.

5) Conflicts and problems resolved through group cooperation and mutual creativity often transcend answers generated by any single person. This collective process can transform the very arena of conflict itself. We commit ourselves to transcend mere compromise and to reach for truly transformative solutions.

6) Decision making power is earned by active participation in the shared life of the community.

AGREEMENTS: I will abide by these basic agreements to:

1) Live with respect for the land and one another, acknowledging the Greater Self in all things.

2) Build consensus among concerned members as the basis for collective action in our community.

3) Deal directly, openly and honestly with others, avoiding physical and emotional abuse.

4) Remain attentive and open to respectful feedback from other community members, and when conflict arises to begin resolution with the individual(s) involved, seeking mediation as needed. I will also support and encourage others to resolve conflict when I notice it has arisen.

5) Sustain my involvement in the community by contributing my ideas, talents, and energies in the spirit of active commitment and participation.

6) Encourage my own and other’s fulfillment and observance of these covenants, maintaining awareness of the vision and purpose that brought us together.

GOALS: I support these goals, to:

1) Make conscious our connection to Spirit and the Earth and our interdependence with the web of all life;

2) Facilitate the transition toward a life of elegant simplicity.

3) Nurture abundance in the world by enhancing living systems while reducing the consumption of resources.

4) Foster the lifelong learning and growth of every community member recognizing that each individual is both teacher and learner.

5) Preserve our land and the vital presence of wild nature throughout the community via proper stewardship, designation of undisturbed habitats and ecologically sound use of our resources.

6) Cultivate and sustain a living demonstration of our beliefs while fostering The Source Farm Foundation-based educational institutions that are agents of positive change.

7) Envision a sustainable, regenerative future, and develop the skills to manifest it.

8) Promote personal and planetary healing on all levels.

9) Connect with and serve the wider community, as we encourage a sense of inclusion, integration and spiritual and cultural diversity.

10) Stimulate the growth of our village by attracting members who are aligned with our purpose, understandings and goals.

11) Encourage the establishment of ecologically sound, member-owned businesses.

12) Support through action the intentional communities, Permaculture and bio-regional movements as we are able.