|Re: Evolving a Unique Community Culture||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Linda Felch (lfelchwelchlink.welch.jhu.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 12:23:36 -0500|
I live at Heathcote Community in Maryland. We have rituals on the solstices and equinoxes. We also have what we call "musical potlucks" once a month, basically a sing-along with food. We have community workdays twice a month, quarterly weekend retreats, and weekly meetings -- one for business and one for feelings. We have checkins before our meetings and a closing song. We also have a cake for any birthdays that happened that week. We eat dinner together and share chores. All of these are ways in which we consciously build community, both within the group of people living on the land and with other "friends of community." We also try to build a sense of community around our permaculture education efforts. We have a good-sized group of design course graduates who help out with education efforts and a standing weekly work exchange between members of our community and Spoutwood Farm CSA (community supported agriculture) in which we rotate between working at Heathcote and Spoutwood, have dinner together, and then practice Spanish. We've moved from individual managers of areas (e.g., garden, administration, repairs and renovation, etc.) to committees of several interested parties. This has been an organic process -- we found ourselves with more and more managerships being shared, so we made it official. Working in the garden and childcare (also known as playing with the kids) are also big community builders. There are a number of phrases that community members use: eww, skusty; Shoveled Handsfuls (translation: Shredded Spoonsfuls) which come from our kids. Stinking slacker is a loving term for someone who does not do his or her chore, hence the song: Four Stinking Slackers, sung to the tune of Burning down the House by the Talking Heads. We use the word process to refer to dealing with feelings, hence our feelings meetings are called process meetings. New words for songs are one of our specialties, e.g., I'm being Followed by a New Member sung to the tune of MoonShadow by Cat Stevens and The Barn Roof is Blowing in the Wind sung to the tune of The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind. On the issue of how much time it takes -- this group has been together for more than three years. I've only been on the scene for the past year and a lot of the more "conscious" community building that I describe above has happened in the past year. Linda Felch lfelch [at] welchlink.welch.jhu.edu http://www.welch.jhu.edu/~lfelch/heathcote.html Baltimore, MD
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