I remember hearing a story of a women-only eco village somewhere... Or was it a dream? ;)
I'm bi, but much more into women, especially when I'm thinking of sharing a life with someone, not just physical attraction. Strangely enough, the only people I would really *really* like to live with right now, in a homestead growing food etc, is a gay couple. I told them that I want to be a fiber farmer someday (as I'm a professional artist and that might be helpful in such business), and they were excited about the idea, so who knows.
But it would be nice to be surrounded by a village of people like us! Especially including women ;)
Also - are there any permaculture people with adopted kids? In Poland where I live, a single woman can adopt a child, but a man can't. Same-sex relationships or marriages are not officially recognised at all, so no kids for them either. Unless they make some, of course. In fact there is a growing number of such families. A single woman could have her adopted child taken away though, if found in a relationship with another woman. I think there was such story in the news a while ago. I'm now helping arrange gifts for a large family of adopted kids (by a straight couple), which got me thinking.
I read an article about a woman-only rural intentional community in the US, but now I can't remember even enough detail to search for a link for you. And I seem to recall that because the community has been going for several decades, I think they recently had to change that woman-only rule. Things had changed over time.
There's a famous community in the US called the Faeries, of gay men. The fermentation author Sandor Katz has been associated with it for decades. I think he moved out but lives nearby.
Are you committed to staying in Poland, or interested in possibly moving elsewhere if you found the right community?
Works at a residential alternative high school in the Himalayas SECMOL.org . "Back home" is Cape Cod, E Coast USA.
My sympathies for the disgusting legal situation in your country.
Are you looking for community in any particular country or region?
I have no specific leads, but can say that at least on the west coast of Canada and the US, intentional communities tend to be queer friendly with folk of all sorts and preferences.
Whether one would call any given IC a permaculture community is another question, and open to interpretation...
'Theoretically this level of creeping Orwellian dynamics should ramp up our awareness, but what happens instead is that each alert becomes less and less effective because we're incredibly stupid.' - Jerry Holkins
Rebecca Norman wrote:Are you committed to staying in Poland, or interested in possibly moving elsewhere if you found the right community?
I could probably move elsewhere in a few years, if there was such opportunity. The two gay friends are even more determined to move. Now I'm just looking who's out there. I could possibly make an art project about them too (as a way of getting to know each other). Or just about people who move out of big cities, to smaller towns and villages, and do some permaculture-ish stuff there. I'm not sure if I would find enough queer people who do so, especially living in groups or communities.
There is a growing community in Poland; they're just a couple of young families buying land next to each other, mostly in the spirit of permaculture, and I'm sure they'd be queer friendly but there are no such people among them currently.
D Nikolls wrote:Are you looking for community in any particular country or region?
I really like all the Mediterranean countries, and I'm building some other connections in Spain, so that's my top choice currently, and then Europe. I've never been to the US, although I might visit next summer, for an artistic residency. US is still mostly Monsanto and hamburgers to me ;) sorry! But I know there is a lot of regenerative agriculture too, and some other awesome stuff. I also love Iceland, and I know it's both women-friendly and queer-friendly, and SO beautiful! And they have free roaming sheep and ponies, which is cute ;) but I haven't heard of any communities of this kind there. I guess there must be some.
Rebecca Norman wrote:I read an article about a woman-only rural intentional community in the US, but now I can't remember even enough detail to search for a link for you. And I seem to recall that because the community has been going for several decades, I think they recently had to change that woman-only rule. Things had changed over time.
Thanks, I found them! Looks like there is a number of articles about them, but they all seem to be saying that the community is dying out. Looks more like a campsite, or a women-only gathering place, than anything in the spirit of permaculture. Reminds me of a background story in "Top of the Lake" (a 2013 crime/drama tv series). There was a spiritual women's camp on someone's land.
I'm wondering what would make such communities more inclusive, beneficial and permanent... clearly things have changed, but not everywhere. I think it works better when both men and women are welcome, although sometimes men do tend to dominate. As an example, I know artistic communities in which gay men are visible and accepted, but lesbian women are nearly ignored; of course this has changed too, especially after the "me too" movement. In general, gay men are more exposed and more vulnerable, as for many people it's harder to accept them. And then there are all non-binary and trans people... and then life happens; parents getting older, children coming, other friends etc. which may also make it harder for such community to stay together, or bring in new people.