I’m curious about who here has found community, in a country (rural, woodsy, or coastal) setting, that is functional and supportive for them. I’m not limiting the idea behind this thread to intentional community. Looser forms of association, cooperation & belongingness are equally interesting, I think.
Many people dream of it and strive for it — for some, the dream becomes a reality.
How does it work where you are? Is it social, practical, and/or? How do you help & nurture each other? Do you have any structured forms of mutuality? Stuff like that.
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All of our immediate neighbors are friendly and supportive. We share food, tools, and labor. Most people in this area seem friendly and helpful. We avoid discussion of sensitive topics (politics and religion) and so there is no apparent friction even though we are extreme lefty tree-hugging agnostics and most of our neighbors are conservative.
The best way we have found to meet people in our area has been to walk our dog on the road.
I live in a rural area where most folks are progressive.
Nearly everyone is familiar with permaculture (not far from the original Permaculture Research Institute) and shares the literature, but most are content with a kitchen garden and some citrus.
The village has a single shop and community hall.
Those who are communally minded congregate at the shop daily (ostensibly for coffee), where we give away seeds, plants and crates full of produce.
We also keep a table for free second-hand goods and a rotating library of books and movies.
People come to pick up their mail and are roped into helping out at the hall, where we have monthly music and weekly affordable meals-to-go.
Community gardens are in the local school, as most of the public land is subject to toxic railway runoff.
The next village over the hills (where I used to live) has a tight-knit community that celebrates and supports a very artistic and alternative population.
They are very politically active and provide community oversight of their natural resources.
When logging or water extraction businesses don't follow regulations, the community collectively walks in front of the trucks and refuse to let them pass.
They take notes and get photo evidence of wrongdoing and forward it to all the relevant authorities and the local environmental centers for independent prosecution.
Both communities mobilized against fracking when exploration licenses were granted a few years ago.
Information nights held, conversations had.
Every road was separately surveyed by the community for its opposition and each now bears signage 'Lock the Gate - no coal seam gas'.
Technically, we had no right to refuse entry.
But technically, fracking workers have no right to remove a padlock.
There's many dedicated protesters here and a local group of activist grandmothers who lock-on to excavators and gates in other towns where fracking was going ahead and they knit scarves while riot police remove them at the behest of governments and corporations.
One fracking operation was stopped in its tracks. The media started to question the 'social license' of mining companies and other towns in other states realized they could say No and ask for the help of these protest groups.
The community was strengthened by the effectiveness of its civil disobedience and the organizational infrastructure (FB groups, mailing lists, phone lists) has been transferable to new issues that require community opposition and dissent.
Such community feels like a last bastion against environmental destruction and I cherish it.
Examine your lifestyle, multiply it by 7.7 billion other ego-monkeys with similar desires and query whether that global impact is conscionable.
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