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Reaching out on behalf of the Rainforest Commons, an intentional community on the Olympic Peninsula, cause my partner and I love it here.
Here's our IC page-
https://www.ic.org/directory/rainforest-commons/

We think this 10 year old intentional community is incredibly special, and where we want to be, AND we are not getting all our needs for community interdependence met. We have some incredible folks out here in the community, and we are unfortunately not able to be in the same Covid pod. In addition. We are looking for folks we share deep affinity with.
We are seeking your support in finding our pod.

If you know anyone who might be interested, could you reach out to them and help put us in touch?
Our email address is rainforestcommons@protonmail.com

We have thought a lot about what we are looking for in community members. These are our desires-

* At the bare minimum they need to be vaccinated and serious mask wearers.
* We would love for them to be a family with little ones. We would love for them to want to collectivize childcare with us. To make this work, if they are a smoker, we need them to be down to wash up after everytime they smoke, before potentially holding River.
* We want them to be down to share the kitchen with us, and at least the majority of dinners.
* We have 7 dogs living here. We do not want more dogs. We would love to have folks out who want to help with dog care.
* We would love for this person or people to be excited to help with building projects.
* We want them to be stoked about permaculture, and off grid living. It would be awesome if they were excited and/ or knowledgeable about food forestry, green energy, natural building, etc.
* We really miss having dairy goats, and we are looking for someone interested in collective dairy goat care.
* We are interested in this person/ these people being anarchist/ anti-authoritarian and anti- capitalist.

Other points if affinity include-
Herbalism, music making, crafting, food preservation, Nonviolent Communication, abolitionist organizing, rural organizing, transformative justice, and the Land Back movement.
 
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Hi. I live in Western Washington and have a few questions about your community.

Who owns the land?
What does “not able to be in the same Covid pod”, mean?
Was it an amicable separation?
What does “the common holding of income“, mean? I saw it on your website. I’ve never heard the term.
Thanks!
 
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John Bartlett wrote:Hi. I live in Western Washington and have a few questions about your community.

Who owns the land?
What does “not able to be in the same Covid pod”, mean?
Was it an amicable separation?
What does “the common holding of income“, mean? I saw it on your website. I’ve never heard the term.
Thanks!



Hello, thanks for your questions. The other community members who are not in our pod are still in the community, living here amicably.
They aren't able to take as many Covid precautions as my partner and I, and we have a little baby, so by "not in the same Covid pod" I mean that we aren't sharing indoor spaces, unless masked. It's challenging and sad and lonely.
We are in the process of forming a land owners co-op, and the land will be owned by the co-op, and some community members (whoever wants to) will own the co-op. Currently just one member owns the land.
We don't hold income in common. We holdva lot of expenses in common. Did you see the phrase about holding income in common on our IC profile?
Thanks,
Morning Tyler
 
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Thanks for the response. I read it on the page you linked to. I still don’t know what it means, but I guess it’s probably just what it sounds like.  

How’s the community doing financially? Is that one of the areas you were talking about struggling and needing help?

If I’m being honest, I don’t get the part about the baby. Do you think babies are dying of Covid? Why not expose them while they’re young and in little danger, like we do with chickenpox? Just a thought. You think you’re sad and lonely? Imagine being your baby. What are the effects of not seeing faces and being sequestered away from society? I’d bet it’s a lot more harmful than a young child getting COVID. What a sad story. You’re vaccinated, so it would seem odd for you to be an antivaxxer.  Do you not believe vaccines work? To be clear, I don’t consider any of these to be political topics. I think they’re matters of disease science and psychology. I’m just trying to understand the community a little better.
 
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