When you look at most community websites you might
think they are close to the utopian ideal, glowing descriptions
goals, values, visions that most anyone would desire. We are not immune from
choosing some of these descriptions on our website but I will add that when our community is functioning at
a high level it can seem like a utopia. I wish it where that way all the
time, but that is not the case. The ever changing paradigm, the up’s and
down, negative/positive seem to be a process of life. Who wants to write on
their website about some of the not so good experiences we have gone through. All we will say is that we get a little
better at community living all the time learning form all our past
experiences. So as you read through our website keep this in mind and do not
build unrealistic expectations only to be disappointed. We like to promote the positive, not be naive about the negatives but
to view these issues as growth opportunities on our path.
Wind Spirit is a Ecovillage located in a narrow valley
surrounded by mountain ranges,
The closest town
Globe is 20 miles away. We continue to nurture the
community land, an AZ non-profit corporation, and update our
bylaws and vision as we experience and grow. We are committed to 100%
organic methods of food production along with continually working to bring
our 16 acres more in line with permaculture practices. A canopy of thousands
of mature fruit, nut and native trees feed and shelter us, several gardens
provide us with more food.. All this bio-mass also creates a sanctuary for a
large bird population as well as for many other animals.
We aspire to live in harmony which is not always easy, be good stewards of
the land and be as sustainable as possible, while also being realistic about
what we can afford to do with the resources we have. Community
is really all about our relationships with each other everything else is
secondary. Along with this we are committed to keeping WSC affordable
through simple living without the poverty mentality that can often accompany
low cost living. We are not a cult in any way, we have no leaders but feel
it is wise to except wisdom found through experience. We honor diversity of
thought and spiritual practices.
encourage people to eat a healthy diet of whole fresh foods as opposed to
a denatured food diet. We have an outdoor gas barbecue for cooking meat/fish/fowl
but occasionally someone will use the community indoor stove to cook certain
dishes. We are not dogmatic about eating, there are people
here who like to eat meat/fish/foul. If you are very strict about what you
eat you will need to find the space within to allow others their choice as
The Co-Creators Agreements are a great way to bring about
transformation in a society where most of these agreements or values are not
incorporated or discussed. We value them as a foundational body of work that
will help foster better communication and hence a better place to live.
Wind Spirit is a 20+ year old community,
located on the same land as the
Christmas Star Community (1979-1993) started by John Cohen family and
friends. Christmas Star community planted this beautiful land with an
incredible variety of trees and we have continually added to the bio-mass
along with resculpting the land as a permaculture work in progress. Our
community has been experiencing many changes. We have lost two core members, dear
friends, Richie and Patricia
who have passed on. Other core members have left to seek other
There is now only one
co-founding member living on the land working with new members, long and short term visitors to move the community ahead. Don, the
remaining member is trying to heal from chronic
Lyme (tick) disease he contracted back
east so at
times it is a difficult journey. There are 10 of us right now (July 2016) and that
number changes seasonally, some have lived here for months to 6 years.
We use a consensus minus one voting system in
making major decisions during meetings. Our meetings are generally run by a
facilitator to keep people on track and make sure everyone gets a chance to
express their views. Members and visitors are asked to attend weekly
meetings where announcements for the week are made and it is also a good
opportunity for visitors and guests to introduce themselves. We also allow
anyone living here to call a meeting to discuss whatever topic they would
like to explore, emotions and spiritual topics are the most common. These
meetings are usually a rewarding experience for everyone but are usually not
mandatory to attend. It is our goal to be as authentic as we can with each
other and support each other's life path to higher consciousness.
We strive to attain balance in the areas of work and free time yet
accomplish what needs to be done. Our work here includes, gardening, wood
working, all aspects of building, irrigation systems, music, solar and more.
We use solar ovens, solar water distillers, solar food dehydrators, some
solar electric and solar water heating along with conventional methods. We
welcome innovation and sharing with the many visitor who travel here locally
and from around the world.
Hosting retreats and workshops has shown not
only to bring in some needed funds but introducing the community
and ourselves to many new friends and connections. In the last couple
of years our improvements include a gift shop, underground sauna, garden
shed and continual work to our extensive irrigation systems. There are also
continuing upgrades to existing plumbing, electrical systems and buildings.
These are aside from all the little improvement and ongoing maintenance
projects that happen here every month. We desire to present an eclectic
showcase of green building techniques that harmonize with the desert
environment. We have the ground work to develop a small cottage industries
but with the lack of long term commitments along with Don’s health issues
these are slow to develop.
We like to have community gatherings to celebrate solstices, equinoxes
with the enjoyable group experiences while hosting retreats We usually have
at least two community meal weekly but spontaneous
community meals happen more often. In the cooler months our sauna is a
bi-weekly event and can vary from music to meditation to facilitator led sweats
or just sitting quiet or good conversation. At our large fire pit next to
the sauna we have occasional fire circles with music, discussion or just a
fun get together. There is also a small hot tub in one of the gardens. We have an above ground pool that is a refreshing break in
the heat of summer. Both sauna, hot tub and pool are clothing optional.
We have many interesting visitors come here throughout the year who share
stories, knowledge, wisdom and more with us. We encourage people who feel
drawn to Wind Spirit or just to the southwest to come visit with us and
experience our community. Please thoroughly read the visitors
section which will give you most of the information you will need about
coming for a visit. A sharing mutually beneficial experience is had by those
who come here. Most say it is a very peaceful, healing place and many
experience a transformational time while living here.
Would you rather be Happy or
on this website. We have many photos on our website that span many years
and as with life things change so keep that in mind.......
To conserve and responsibly manage the land
and its resources, so that they will be improved and not diminished; and
will be available to the people of the future.
To create a viable alternative community
that promotes simple living and allows for economic diversity.
To nurture an environment that emphasizes
positive human interaction and promotes awareness to raising levels of
To develop an educational component within
the community to share our mission through workshops, retreats and
Quote on community,
"The longest, most expensive personal
growth workshop you will ever take" Zev Paiss
Watch this clip on
community. "Practical Tools to Grow an Intentional Community"
Diana Leaf Christianson -
Author and past Editor of Community Magazine.
The Story of Stuff - and other
interesting video's click here.
A 2008 Nielsen survey along
with many other global studies showed that “many of the world’s poorer and
emerging markets outranked developed countries in happiness and
satisfaction levels in nearly all aspects of their lives.”
Don't sweat the small stuff and lighten up.
These are two major attitude adjustments that are vital to live in
times they are a changin' ". Serious issues with the environment, dismal financial predictions,
wars, erosion of civil liberties, the list is long, makes it a time to come
together and seriously consider community in it's many forms. But don't think
living in community is easy, it entails a significant lifestyle change but
the rewards are worth the effort for people willing to do the work in the
realms of body, mind, spirit and place. It is much easier to live
independently where most problems are solved by simply closing the door
behind you. So consider moving to community as moving into a personal
growth workshop if you are serious.
enthusiastic about helping shape a sustainable living environment and
working along side others with shared values. Living in a way that supports
authentic communication, simple living, self sufficiency, mutual support and
personal growth. Lets do our part to bring about positive change and share
our learning journey with others who seek a change. A one year stay is a
must for anyone before they are eligible to become a member.