Radical Sharing

by Raven

Sustainability is important to many people. Some of the newer income sharing communities, such as Living Energy Farm and the Stillwater Sanctuary/Possibility Alliance, focus on reducing their carbon footprint, but Twin Oaks, a large, older communities, has never been very concerned with this, and still uses almost 20% of the resources of an average American.

The reason is that Twin Oaks embraces what Paxus refers to as ‘Radical Sharing’.  Twin Oaks has 17 cars for nearly 100 people.   (To compare, a hundred average Americans probably have 67 cars.)  They share tools and bikes and even clothes, not to mention books and musical instruments and, of course, income.

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Truly, most communities, even co-housing communities which are sort of at the other end of the spectrum from income sharing communities, do some degree of sharing.  However, most of the income sharing communities, by their very nature, do much more sharing than simply income.

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Car sharing board at Twin Oaks

Acorn also shares cars and bikes and tools and clothes, as does East Wind.  And at new communes such as Cambia and Compersia the work of building the community is shared.

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Car key cabinet at Twin Oaks

I have a button that I wear sometimes that says “Consume Less, Share More.”  In the communes this type of radical sharing is a daily reality.

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Radical Sharing

Cambia’s Barn: 4 months later

By Telos Cambia

A while ago, at the end of October, we shared some photos of our work on a new building at Cambia. At the time, we had the building framed and were getting started creating an earthen floor. Work has continued since then, despite the lack of photos, and now we have something starting to resemble a complete building!

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Here’s the barn! It’s a two room structure with live-edge poplar siding. The room on the left is a common gathering space, and the one on the right is a bedroom. We’re getting ready to add an awning to the left side that will act as a tool shed- we just dug the post holes today!  Josie, one of the newest Cambians is out front propagating plant cuttings.
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We’ve made the door handles out of various interesting and beautiful branches we’ve found.
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Here’s the earthen floor of the barn’s main room. In the center, we have a pit of pea gravel that will be used to sit on in a circle. The entire floor is set up to be heated from below by tubes carrying hot water.
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The earthen floor of the main room extends part of the way up the walls, creating a bowl that contains the occupants. The rest of the walls will be finished with oak panels. Currently, you can still see the (freegan- saved from the landfill) styrofoam insulation.
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We shaped candle holders into two corners of the cob wall!
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The floor even extends over the bottom of the tall windows on the southeast side of the main room.
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Here’s a view from the loft of the main space. These boards will be removed once everything is done, but for now we use them to get around to various places we need to work.
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And here’s a view from the back of the barn, featuring the previously mentioned tall windows.
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This is the bedroom attached to the mains space. It’s already finished, complete with skylights and beautiful oak walls. Scott and Josie, the newest Cambians have made themselves at home!
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Josie rigged this counterweight that keeps the front door close without a latch! Maybe we will add a similar one to the main space’s door…

 

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Did we mention that the barn has a matching chicken coop? In the foreground, you can see our two ducks, Squiggles and Schmoo.

 

 

 

Cambia’s Barn: 4 months later

Trust Fall

by Gil Cambia  (published simultaneously with Your Passport to Complaining)

Ask anyone what is the first association they have with the term “hippie commune” and you’ll get “free love.”  This term technically makes no sense, unless you assume that all love in Babylon is expensive and that Milton Friedman, bless his heart (or lack thereof), didn’t mean to say “no free lunch” but “no free love”. Either way, it begs the question of what is meant by that term and whether there is any truth in it. This article is somewhat of a personal account through the thorny rose garden of compersion[Compersion is the feeling of joy associated with seeing a loved one love another; contrasted with jealousy.]

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Ever done a trust fall? You know–when you step up on a platform and fall back, against every bit of intuition which yells at you “We’re gonna die!” and “Don’t do it,” only to be caught by all of your friends. I’ve done it many times and guided many people through the process, as I’ve worked in the ropes course industry for many years. I still remember the look on this 11-year-old boy’s face after getting caught. His eyes sparkled with a combination of elation, disbelief, sheer love, and a little bit of residual tears of fear from the 5 minutes it took him to finally drop. What I saw in him was actually a new emotion, one that he didn’t expect to experience. It was more powerful than he had words for.

This is all nice and good, but there is something different that happens to parents when they watch their children try the trust fall. They don’t get to have the endorphins, adrenaline, and peer pressure. It just feels so scary to watch a loved one go through it, especially if you don’t get to be a catcher. I’ve had some parents tell me that they went through a more challenging ropes-course experience in watching their children participate than in participating themselves. Nonetheless, it can be a powerful growing experience even when it isn’t very enjoyable.

So my little family and I moved here to the Louisa communes and started a new one called Cambia, and we’re doing quite well, all things considered. Something you need to know about the Louisa communes, however, is that people are very polite. They don’t just assume that because you are a family you must be monogamous. In fact it might be rude to utter such Babylonian terms, so they ask you right away if you are polyamorous. And asking one spouse is also too presumptive, and one should really ask both in case one of them is poly and the other is still stuck in their ways.

This is all well and good. We, of course, do not believe in sexual possessiveness and felt mildly appreciated for that. So no, we didn’t get subsumed into orgies right away. People just wanted to know in the same way that they want to know one’s preferred pronoun. But the compersious challenge came right away when my son said he didn’t want me to be his primary and that other people are more fun to play with.  

Hmm… he’s right. I’m often preoccupied and am trying to do multiple things while watching him. What do I do? I try to be better and more fun but a part of me wants to tell other people in my community to not be so much fun. I don’t want him to start crying every time I tell him it’s my turn to watch him. It is so insulting. Does he not remember all of the reusable diapers I washed by hand with hand-pumped ice cold water in the rain? The answer is no, he doesn’t and he doesn’t need to remember. I wouldn’t want him to be polite and suffer through his time with me, pretending it’s the best thing since homemade flatbread. And just to add insult to injury, he sometimes calls other people “Daddy” and seems to not bother changing that mistake. Sometimes calls me by other people’s names too, but he never confuses me with the really fun people in his life.  

Good Gaia, he’s only 4, not 14. I’m not ready to be snubbed. Why is this happening??? I know why, and I know that it’s good. He is growing up with endless adult attention, people to play with and teach him things. On my end, however, not only do I feel inadequate as a parent, but I also feel like I must not want what’s best for my child but what’s best for my ego.

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So guess what, I realize that there is no way to win his heart without offering mine completely. I try my best to play with him with full attention, with creativity, but without being contrived or fake. I just started taking more interest in him and in wanting him to enjoy the game I create for him. This effort turned out better for everyone involved. And if Milton Friedman was reading this paper he would attribute it to the breaking of monopoly that I had over him, and that the competition sparked improvement in quality. Ugh, maybe you’re right just this one time. In the big picture, though, Milton, you’re wrong. Competition also leads to reduction in quality and increase in the Kitsch factor. The pressure on me was to be a better dad and not a more attractive dad, because my motivation was not sales but connection.

Sorry about this economic digression. Let’s digress into anthropology instead:

It takes a village, right? There is one culture remaining that does not have a word for “father” and does not have a word to distinguish “mother” from “aunt”. This is one of the last matriarchal societies on this planet.

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The Mosuo people of the southern Yunan province of China have been living in a matriarchal and matrilineal way for longer than recorded history (not fair; they had no written language so most of their existence is before recorded history). Every household has a matriarch whose mother, sisters, and brothers help with raising all of their children regardless of who birthed whom.

The Mosuo traditionally have no marriage. They practice something they call “walking marriage,” which is a secret connection between a man and a woman as the man is invited by the woman to her private room, which she gets when she turns 13 after her “flower ceremony,” where she has the liberty of inviting whomever she wishes to her space and they must leave by dawn.

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This ritual functions to create a complete uncertainty of paternity. Every man knows who his nieces and nephews are, but not his children. This is far from perfect now. There are many Han (dominant culture) influences and their traditional ways of life are disappearing.

The important thing to realize about the Mosuo is that they have very low rates of violence, rape, murder, warfare, child abuse or abandonment in comparison to patriarchal tribal societies. Though difficult to document or verify, it appears that more sex and more sexual diversity is experienced by both genders. This last point should surprise us, shouldn’t it? When women are in charge, there is more sex and more diversity than when men are in charge?

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As one anthropologist describes it: “In matriarchies, mothers are at the center of culture without ruling over other members of society,”  “The aim is not to have power over others and over nature, but to follow maternal values, ie. to nurture the natural, social and cultural life based on mutual respect.” From a reproductive perspective, it makes perfect sense. For the reproductive fitness of the female, it makes sense to have support in raising children. Unlike men, she cannot have hundreds of children through raping and pillaging, and restricting the reproduction of other men will not help her children in any way.

This is the reality of the bonobo and the naked mole-rat. They also have structurally determined paternity diffusion, and what’s the result?

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Cuddle puddles! Unlike gorillas and chimps, bonobos do not fight invaders, steal their females, kill their young, play political games, or abandon their orphans. And yes, they have more sex than any other primate, and they are pretty undiscriminating about their sexual partners.

When a male does not know who is his child, and he figures that at least a few in the group are, he has an evolutionary pressure to care about the entire group, not just his own. Also, if he can’t stop a female from mating with others multiple times a day, it’s better for him just to join the fun than to try to control it.

So how did it go for me? How am I handling being in an open relationship? It wouldn’t be very interesting if I said that it was great, would it? It really wasn’t easy, though. Of course I love those who love my spouse, but it’s hard not to feel insecure. I’ll spare you the details that you may have read this far just to get to some juicy stuff.

Let me just say the following: it’s the greatest trust fall of all. Just when you think you are falling to your death, when it’s someone else’s time to spend the night with your partner, you get caught by both your partner, their new partner, and the entire support network of poly love warriors.  It’s an incredible feeling. Your intuition yells to you, “She doesn’t want you anymore!” and your partner smiles and reaffirms that she will always love you. You lay there in the hands of those who caught you and you think you must have fallen to your death and woken up in heaven, and the truth is you did.

When love loses restrictions, suddenly the love with a partner becomes a true rather than an obligatory expression. Suddenly your partner not only feels owned by you but actually appreciative for the effort and struggles you are willing to go through for his or her well being. What better way is there to show love?

To be honest, it isn’t instant nirvana. It takes a long time to overcome the internalized patriarchy completely. But luckily, the path is not pure suffering. There is a distinct experience of greater love and greater security.

The cultivation of compersion is that of true love. It’s about vulnerability, it’s about trust without control, it’s both letting yourself fall and getting caught by the soft loving hands of your friends, and about watching those you love get caught by others and not by you. Through this process you get nudged to become a better, more loving, and more lovable person (or so I hope.)

In a broader perspective of communal living, our movement is focused on creating wealth out of sharing, not out of possessing or overproducing. We have mastered it in shared land, housing, work, risk, costs, childcare, and many resources, but the most important aspect, the one that is also the least depleted by sharing with others, is love.  

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Why I’m moving to Cambia, even though I love Twin Oaks

By Telos

(The following has been adapted from an open letter I posted at Twin Oaks, explaining my decision to temporarily move to Cambia, a neighboring commune less than one mile away from here.)

I’m planning to move to Cambia for the winter – which unfortunately means I’ll be dropping Twin Oaks membership for the time being. I truly wish I could exist in a universe where I lived at Cambia and Twin Oaks simultaneously, but as of yet there’s no precedent for dual membership between these two communities. The reason I’m moving is to keep Gil and Ella sane with another mind and body during a winter of low membership – to be someone who will help carry the torch, build infrastructure and dream about Cambia’s future. While not completely certain that I’m the best one to fill this role, some communards seem to have a lot of faith that I can make a difference in this way, so I’m going to see what happens.

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Cambia–photo by Rejoice

I’m excited to live at Cambia. I’m excited to be where the (larger) community needs me, to be part of a young community still in a phase of becoming, to have lots of quiet time for contemplation, and to spend more time with the exceptional Cambians already living there. I’m not excited to leave Twin Oaks – it is also full of excellent people. I feel wanted and accepted there, have engaging work, enjoy abundant social opportunity, and am becoming a better human/gardener/bike mechanic/dairy farmer/etc. It’s possible I’ve never been happier overall than since coming to Twin Oaks – thanks to the all the people who help make that true.

Because I love spending time at Twin Oaks, I plan to work there around two days a week as a Cambian. This will also serve to build Cambia’s LEX balance – FEC communities have a Labor Exchange program (or LEX) whereby members of one community work at another, then the other community “repays” those hours by working at the first community later.  My working at Twin Oaks will allow Cambia to claim help from TO members with their various projects – like building more housing, so they can grow. I’ll maintain strong ties with Twin Oaks by working there, and as a result Cambia, a young community, will get support from a well established community.

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Telos helping out at Cambia–photo by Rejoice

This is a big part of the reason I’m moving to Cambia too: to be a bridge. These two communities share many of the same core values, and are populated by interesting, kind, talented people. Being less than a mile apart, these two communities should be strongly associated… and they are, but they could be more so. Part of my purpose is to tighten this bond. I’ll be at Twin Oaks frequently, sharing stories of life at Cambia, and I also hope to be a reason for Twin Oakers to spend time at Cambia, getting to know it themselves. Once Twin Oakers feel connected to Cambia, a bond might be struck between the communities that will far transcend my time there.

I don’t feel like I’ve learned all I can at TO, and Cambia is likely to receive the new energy they need in the spring, so my current plan is to seek Twin Oaks membership again in the springtime. Since I’m not yet a full member of TO, this would mean another visitor period – a necessary inconvenience. If accepted for return, I’d come back and start helping the new garden management with their first growing season as soon as the waiting list allowed.  Gardening is the work I am saddest to be away from, especially considering the garden at Twin Oaks is short on labor, and the garden managership is about to change hands.

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Telos and Gil at Cambia–photo by Rejoice

I think it will be good to spend some time away, even though leaving Twin Oaks doesn’t feel easy. It will be an opportunity to see how a different community feels, and to have a taste of what it might be like to found a community. I’m especially looking forward to spending time in a more meditative environment and (re)developing some good habits that I might have lost in the buzz of life at Twin Oaks. Hopefully the time away will also be a chance to reflect on and affirm my love for Twin Oaks. If love Twin Oaks as much in a few months as I do now, then I’ll be back there before long.

Signed,

A young, idealistic communard.

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Telos in the Mountains
Why I’m moving to Cambia, even though I love Twin Oaks

Work Party at Cambia

Cambia has been hard at work at building its new barn. The following photos are from a work party day in which the first layer of the cob floor was mixed and laid. The party drew lots a crowd of participants from the nearby communes, most of whom had never worked with cob before but had an inkling of how much fun it would be. They were not disappointed. Here are a few pictures from the event.  Hopefully there will be more soon.  (All pictures courtesy of Rejoice.)

For those who don’t know about cob, it’s an ancient building material made by mixing sand, clay, and chopped up straw. It’s cheap and requires not equipment or skill to make, and has the great advantage of holding heat or cool incredibly well. It’s also a very sculptural building material. Just try a Google search of ‘cob house’ and you’ll see what we mean!

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Davi from The Mothership rakes gravel for the base layer
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Trevor Acorn supervises the cob mixing
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Telos Oaks and Gryphon Acorn get into the mix
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Ella and Gil discuss world politics surrounded by workers
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Getting cob right is all about the dance – Gil Cambia, Gryphon Acorn, and Taiga get into the groove, while Telos Oaks is poised for a flying leap
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Mac Acorn and Telos Oaks lift the tarp to help with mixing, while Kai in the barn smooths the parts of the floor already laid
Work Party at Cambia

Why start community?

by Ella Cambia with an addition by Gil Cambia

Every community, like an evolving organism, is informed by its genetic past and adapted to its current environment. Such is Cambia, a newly formed income sharing community in Louisa, VA.

Why start community when there are so many already? When some of those communities aren’t even full and are looking for members? There is a niche to fill in the ecology of community, and without it, the ecosystem is not as resilient. What is this niche?

why1To some degree, we have not wanted to define Cambia.  We have wanted to let her slowly develop her own vision. We have also been focused on how we are being together, not just what we are doing together. We want the how to be as important as the what. But slowly, with the help of offsite members and supporters, Cambia’s vision is becoming more and more clear. It is our hope, however, that Cambia will continue to be flexible and evolving, using our collective values to guide us rather than some end goal.

So what part of Cambia’s vision is developing this clarity? For one, Cambia hopes to become a permaculture education center. It will be a hands-on, interactive, and inspiring day camp for children or novices to learn about permaculture in the most intuitive, practical and enjoyable way. And we don’t just mean gardening. We mean incorporating permaculture principles into the whole of the natural ecology, as well as the social and cultural ecology. We mean taking a design science and applying it, while also encouraging and inspiring others to do the same, in their own home, community, city, rural land. There are ways in which a widespread application of permaculture could mean supporting all the inhabitants of the earth in a healthful and sustainable way. There are ways that permaculture can help to remediate decimated ecosystems and slow global climate change. Although we are working on this locally and not globally, the long term and overarching goal is to affect some change in this direction.

why2The education center (which we are calling the Living Systems Exploratorium) is an answer to the question of how to have a business that has a strong symbiotic relationship with the community.  The more Cambia grows into her full self, the more her business would naturally thrive, and the more the business thrives the more it would support the community becoming her full self. The business is still in its infancy as well, but will hopefully grow as does Cambia. Currently, we are hosting workshops and work parties to allow people to come and experience natural and alternative building, and will continue to host workshops as we develop.

why3Applying permaculture principles to garden and landscape seems simple (read Gaia’s Garden to get an idea of how that works, if you are unfamiliar with the concepts). It isn’t simple, it is incredibly complex, but the basic ideas can begin to be worked with and applied easily. In comparison, social permaculture is incredibly elusive in application. But here we are, at Cambia, trying this as well.

One basic principle of permaculture is stacking functions. Community is already efficient in that just the act of sharing reduces negative environmental impact (use of fossil fuels, etc.). We are interested in more than that. Living communally answers a need many of us feel for meaningful relationships that are held together by the day-to- day experience, not separate from it. So if we are going to live together, we might as well stack functions and be good friends. (This may seem obvious if you haven’t lived in community before, but it isn’t always how it works.) So we are intentional about the time we spend together, whether in work, play, dance, meditation, or focused conversation. We value stretching our own interests to support each other’s passions, to be inspired by one another. And this is one niche that sets us apart from some other intentional communities: bringing intention into our relationships acts as a community glue that keeps the community from stagnation or collapse.

why4Another permaculture principle is “the problem is the solution.” This is applicable to our view on families and children. Some communities might view children as a burden. They can only accept a certain number of children because of the labor load the children require, and most people aren’t seeing the benefit. Well what is the benefit? We love kids. We are inspired by their curiosity. We are teaching them to be good people. In some ways, everything we are doing is for the next generation. Of course it is for ourselves as well, but we are working hard to provide a better world for our children. We want to incorporate them into our work. We want our work to be fundamentally understandable to children. Shelling beans, planting seeds, drying fruit, chopping firewood, building with clay and caring for livestock. Many of these jobs are too tedious or boring for grownups to do, but can be challenging for kids, and much more fun when doing them together.

why5The particular gift of children is that they “force” the adults to slow things down, to explain things, and even to celebrate more, get in the kiddy pool, jump on the trampoline, etc. Another benefit is that it gives a real job to the teenagers or to visitors of your community.  Whereas teens might feel disinterested in the workings of grownups or constantly want to escape into the virtual social world, they generally do not neglect their babysitting duties, and often have more energy and playfulness than grownups do. Visitors are often enchanted by the degree of independence, maturity, and knowledge of community kids, and gives the kids a chance to shine and impress the visitors, while the visitors get to offer real help by watching over the kids.

In wanting Cambia to be an ever evolving community that tends towards its goals of social harmony and positive ecological impact, we are brought to our third goal. We are forming a research institute for the study of intentional communities. We are gathering academic affiliations and intentions to create a working group and a conference place to focus scientific research that could help us understand the basic question of: “If communal living is so obviously the natural and good way to live then why is it so hard?” We are hoping the further research of this subject will help to inform Cambia as well as any other forming or established intentional community.

why6So what are those values that are informing our direction and vision? We do value work, insofar as it brings our ultimate goals of creating the homes we feel good about and the educational center that brings us ideological fulfillment. But more, we value the relationships between people, our children, art and creativity, spiritual practices, and supporting each other’s passions. Sometimes it is all too easy to focus on work and progress, but in doing so, we might forget our other values. Cambia is intentionally creating space and time for these values to be held and nurtured, for creativity, ritual and love to be cultivated. And yes, we have to finish the barn. But yes, we will also devote time to making puppets and telling stories.

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You may be skeptical and would like to say: “Sure you state these intentions but what’s to prevent Cambia from eroding its values and gradually turning into just a poorer version of the mainstream? After all, just because Congo is called a ‘democratic republic’ doesn’t mean it isn’t ruled by a dictator, gangs, and multinational corporations?”

My answer: With democracy as with science and as all of life, there are mechanisms in place to encourage evolution or at least prevent decay. Without those mechanisms, intentions might not be sufficient. So here at Cambia we put in place social and cultural mechanisms for our success.

Cambia seeks to provide ever evolving answers to the question of what the mechanisms are.

That’s right, no specific answers. Answers can turn into dogmas.

Ella’s conclusion:

So what is Cambia? Cambia community is fundamentally about growth and evolution. An ever evolving community with strong values and ideology, where we grow as individuals and as a collective, just like the cells that make up the cambium of a tree: inherently life-giving and flexible. The most life happens on the edge. Between xylem and phloem, between bark and wood, between work and play. Work brings the slow, steady rooting and strength, play brings the nutrients, energy, and light.

Why start community?

A Wwoofer’s experience at Cambia

by Katie

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Nature’s beauty has, for my entire life, captivated me. There is so much to learn. Why am I not working with the creation that is all around me?  With this realization I decided I wanted to work on organic farms and check out intentional communities. I wanted to work on farms and gardens  learn skills, how to grow plants and build with my hand, using nature naturally.  Since I currently live in Virginia I looked into finding some communities/farms to work on in my area. I came across Cambia on the wwoofer website. I called Gil and he asked me why I was interested in their community. What makes me want to live in a community? I explained that I wanted to learn more about community and how to grow plants and learn other skills with my hands. The ‘normal’ way of living wasn’t working for me, I had quit my job serving about a month ago and was ready to be doing something different.

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When I got to Cambia the first thing I notice was how beautiful the garden was and how cute the home was. There were a variety of vegetables, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, lavender, sunflowers and more. The goal at Cambia is to have a  sustainable permaculture garden/forest.  Seeing this garden that always had something ripe and ready to pick, was a treat. I’ve always found it interesting that no one really knows how to grow any of their own food. My grandmother had a nice flower garden when I was little and would visit her. I remember her telling me about ‘victory gardens’ that she had growing up and wondered why we didn’t still practice this type of natural garden growing. Here at Cambia the victory is present and there are plenty of delicious veggies to grow and, if you don’t know what something is, Avni, (the resident kid) is ready to tell you! I’ve never met a more knowledgeable three year old on what plants are what. He doesn’t forget the names of the plants!

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Starting at the bottom with Avni and Wildhorse.

There are many different projects going on at all times at Cambia. When I first arrived, I was there to help with the barn. It is not easy work, but with a group of five we all set up the foundation.

The vision of Cambia is to form a community that works together to build a permaculture environment in accordance with Nature. The vibe at Cambia is fluid. There is flow, there is constant movement. Sometimes the movement is slow, life happens.Other times, once we know the direction of the project being done, then it is steady and true. Projects can get done or at least gain some momentum.

Food

There was a sun cooker and a water collector along with a trampoline. The land is about 20 acres and, at the entrance of the community, it is more cleared. The sun cooker has been used to make cookies, bread, beans and other delicious food.

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The sun cooker was used a few times to help make dinner while staying at Cambia. Some items that were made in the sun cooker include, cookies, beans, and some veggies. Seeing a sun cooker was great and a wonderful way to make food without using energy from the grid. Free energy in use is a wonderful advancement for thrivability!

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Avni is ready to eat!

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Outdoor Kitchen

There was always many different things to be doing and cooking for the group is certainly one that many enjoy. The food while visiting was mostly vegan which I greatly appreciated, as I do not approve of killing animals. I am Vegan.  The community said they were planning on being as vegan as possible, they do however subscribe to the freegan lifestyle which I can completely understand.  The only animal products used while I was there were dairy. The community conversed that this was not always going to be a staple and the eventually they would prefer to have a goat and make their own milk and cheese.

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Here is Shawn, Gil, Ella, all working on the barn.

After talking to Shawn, he explained that one of the main purposes of the barn would be for the projects various members would be working on. Also for classes like yoga, communication, wood carving, ropes, etc.

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This area was cleared by a cyclist that came through and is now a more cleared camping area. There are several of these little nooks throughout the property leading out into the forest which is the final destination of the community.

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Avni and Mac dog leading me into the forest.

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Here is a little creek to relax and cool off in the afternoon.

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There is a bench and the community is working with the creek naturally to help create a bigger habitat.

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This is a dehydrator in the common kitchen, here Gil and Avni are checking out the peppers to see if they are ready yet.

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In this picture there is an outdoor refrigerator, it is made out of styrofoam and wood from the property. It works well at keeping all the fruits and veggies from perishing during the hot summer days.

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Ella and Avni are just chilling out and having some relaxing time on the porch.

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This is a nice little shed which reminds me out the saying from the popular show ‘Dr Who.’ “It’s bigger on the inside.” This is where most of Cambia resides for now.

I’ve had a good time working here at Cambia, it has been a great learning experience for me. There have been many interesting conversations and interactions with everyone working together. There was never a dull moment and rarely was anyone on their electronics which was a nice change from what I’ve seen in society lately. In a time where everyone is so immersed in their electronic devices it is nice to be in a setting where the emphasis is on community and unity. Working together to find common ground and achieve some progress in everyday life is commendable.

A Wwoofer’s experience at Cambia