We are a newly forming collective permaculture camp located in the Illinois River Valley of Southern Oregon in a vibrant community that is already implementing the changes we seek, and is ripe to become a leader in wide scale permaculture application. We are currently 7 adults and 4 children living unplugged and off grid on 160 acres of raw forest land. We do not have running water or any modern conveniences. We do have a well and are working to get a system in place to establish irrigation for growing our own food and solar showers, etc. We live simply and primitively and have thus far been laying the foundation for building our vision.
ABOUT CAMP RAINBOW
Camp Rainbow is a NEWLY DEVELOPING spirit-centered nature awareness and self reliance skills camp and research center for low-cost energy-efficient technologies that promote freedom and preserve natural resources for the next seven generations.
Camp Rainbow promotes freedom from money and unites people to make Earth green again.
We share a dream. A vision of peace and harmony where all peoples unite as one tribe. The Rainbow Warriors awaken to their mission. Honor and bravery return, igniting the Great Give Back. A return to Love, a spiritual evolution, a wildfire that will catch burning down destructive stories to make fertile ground for the promised land of our dreams.
The land is free. Everything is shared. Everyone is cared for. All are equal. There are no social classes or casts. All are one people respected as divine kings and queens. Money disintegrates. Souls elevate, free of all addictions and fear. All hear the universal voice sing. There is no government. The only law is that of the Creator, God, Great Spirit, One Love.
We rely on each other now. The clans are connected by a vast web. Love guides. Mother Earth provides abundance. We are, all brothers and sisters, taken care of. We are all loved. We are all one love. All together now.
Camp Rainbow is guided by the three core ethics of permaculture:
1. Care for the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
2. Care for the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
3. Return of surplus: Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness.
SEEKING NATURAL BUILDING COORDINATOR
We are now ready to start building a Spirit House which will also be our common house for this winter season. We envision this house as a natural building made primarily from materials off the land and recycled and salvaged materials. We intend to track resource use for this project and demonstrate how cheaply and efficiently we can build by being resourceful and sharing with our community. We are interested in building earth sheltered dwellings and utilizing the abundant clay and wood we are blessed with on this land. Other building projects on our agenda are an outdoor kitchen, 2-chamber composting toilet, sauna/bath house, and a pit greenhouse. We have mainly been researching and envisioning these buildings while spending time with the land. We welcome your ideas and creativity in the design process but the collective will have the ability to approve or reject designs to ensure they meet our ethics and collective values. We want the building process to be a collective venture and are seeking the right person to help lead our team in this department!
We are seeking someone with building and construction experience, and ideally with natural building experience, to join our collective as a Natural Building Coordinator.
The idea team member is someone who:
* is an early riser
* can motivate a team to work together on a building project
* isn't afraid to take charge but also knows how to accept feedback and work as a team
* has excellent communication skills
* is generally characterized as positive in word, thought, and deed
* aligns with Camp Rainbow vision, values, and ethics
* and possesses the basic building and construction skills to lead the crew on our building projects. Our team has some natural building experience and limited traditional construction and carpentry experience, but we are ready to follow the lead of the right person on building projects.
Our goal is for each member to contribute 20 hours a week toward the collective. This can include working on building projects, growing food for the collective, childcare watching someone else's child, cooking for the collective, organizing and collective business work, or working outside the land to earn money to support collective land payments and other needs. Worktrading outside the land in exchange for food or other support coming to our collective land also counts towards this goal.
No one in our collective is compensated for our work with money. We are working together to model how through cooperation we can reduce our collective dependence on the money system. The main benefits you would receive are living in community in a beautiful forest, a vibrant community, eating healthy living food prepared with love, being surrounded by an extended family of mutual support, and being in an environment of constant learning and plenty of opportunities for growth and giving back to the community. Together, we intend to model the change we want to see in the world. We see ourselves as part of a paradigm shift, creating living solutions, and being a prayer in motion. This work and lifestyle feeds our spirits and we would like to share this other people who's paths align with ours.
At present we do not have any dwellings or shelter to offer. Lodging would be camping or bring your own temporary shelter (van, bus, tipi, yurt), or build your own eventually. Please see our website http://www.iloverainbowcamp.com for more information on our vision. Also, to get an idea for the work we are engaging in with the surrounding community, please visit http://www.trailoffood.us
We currently share dinners and food and would consider sharing lunches as our team expands or as regular work sessions are established. While we envision growing all our own food or trading for food grown by neighbors in the future, we currently have small garden space (as we are hauling our water and have not yet established fencing) and aim to purchase locally sourced, organic, vegetarian food whenever possible. Our collective kitchen is vegetarian. We emphasize raw living foods in our meals.