Llyn here. I just wanted to introduce myself to get this rolling.
I just recently married Chris Plant, who was a member of the One World Family Commune for ten years from 1968 to 1978. He’s been sharing a lot of his experiences with me from when he was there. He’ll be posting too but I’m just getting us started. We are very much interested in forming a commune here in the Eugene, OR area where we live. We are using this forum to begin a dialogue with others who were a part of the original One World Family Commune (OWFC) and to open it to others who have had (or are having) communal experiences and would like to share about this. We’d also like to reach people who would actually like to begin living the communal model here and now.
After leaving the commune, Chris worked in the “real world” for a few years, had two daughters, bought a piece of land near Mt Shasta and turned it into a thriving organic farm and nursery. After about twenty years there, and the birth of a son, Chris began itching for community again and started working on documents to support the founding of a fully communal (sharing all things in common) group. His idea was to invite others to join the small farm there in Northern California. While in the midst of this process of creating By Laws etc, he discovered a commune in California that had been in existence since the late 40’s and that seemed to embody many of the ideals and structures he wanted to create at “Chrysalis” (the name of his fledgling community). This commune was called The Church of the Golden Rule and had 5,000 acres of ranch land and a full complex of private and common dwellings for its residents. Here he became the head farmer for the community and had two and a half acres of gardens, and 7,000 sq/ft of greenhouses under cultivation. He was able to provide 100% of the group’s needs for fresh produce and had a surplus valued at $5,000 annually that was donated to the local food bank. After approximately four years, it was time to move on and Chris came to the Eugene area where I met him.
Chris also is an artist. He has been an air brush painter since the One World Family days and supported himself as a t-shirt, and sign painter for many years. Recently he’s branched out into doing original paintings and fabric art designs. You can see some of his paintings in the slideshow area of this website.
My background is largely in the domain of helping people become, and express more fully who they are. I have worked a lot with kids through the years: pre-school teacher, camp counselor. I have a fascination with ceremony and ritual and have helped many people create personal ceremonies for weddings, baby showers and other rites of passage. I created my own major at Evergreen State College that focused on psychology and theater and how these overlap in the realm of ceremony. I too am an artist in my own way. I’m a co-founder of a group that helps people connect with their creativity and leadership skills called ARTrageous. Our website is www.artrageouscamp.com . I’ve been part of many alternative schools and other groups that have helped me develop my skills in group process and communication. By trade I currently make a living as a personal organizer, helping people clear clutter and create space in their homes and offices and to support them in living into their dreams. I’m feeling drawn to the challenge of creating the structure for this next communal venture as I feel it is a good use of my skills.
We will begin posting some of the writings we have already generated related to this communal adventure. We look forward to your comments and feedback and hope this forum can be a conduit for guidance from a higher source than our individual egos.
With optimism and curiosity,