If you think you want to live here, we prefer you visit first!
The Garden of Eden is a members only private club.
ALL visitors and potential inhabitants are required to complete the membership process before coming through our gate. Our short term AirBnB or Hipcamp guests may fill out Visitor's Agreements instead if they prefer.
Inhabiting The Garden of Eden
Many speak of dreams of living in a thriving, sustainable community based on love and freedom, but most do not have the land or other resources to actually make this happen.
At The Garden of Eden, we embrace and support this reality!
We are already living in community, doing what we love, supporting ourselves and each other sustainably, and LOVING THIS LIFE!
We currently have simple housing available for those who wish to be here now. We are also potentially willing to support the creation of more comfortable, inspired living structures for those who wish to participate in their building and commit to a responsible life here at The Garden. We have plenty of space and building materials to provide additional shelter for any new true family.
We expect roughly 50 hours a week of participation in return for room and board, plus all utilities, including Internet access and (most importantly!) community involvement.
There is already a family of individuals here ready to share, teach support and guide those who are ready to live at this level. Much more than you would be investing in us, we would really be investing in you.
We are also willing to work with those who wish to work outside jobs, contributing much less of their time here and more of their material resources under a "rent" type agreement, in which money or other goods or services of value are exchanged for membership in the community.
We have a multitude of opportunities for full-on participation here. One who wishes to work the land can invest his or her days in the garden; another can contribute to sustainable upgrades to the property. Another may wish to commit to keeping our indoor and outdoor space beautiful and providing upgrades, such as cleaning, painting, creating artwork, etc. Another can participate in our entrepreneurial expansion, for which an awesome infrastructure already exists and the right person can continue to facilitate, earning money while also supporting life here.
Our current projects are ideal for those interested in gardening, fashion, food, marketing, many types of computer work, video editing, and much, much more!
About Living at the Garden of Eden
Life at the Garden of Eden is very different from anywhere else in mainstream American culture, and perhaps from anywhere else in the world.
The unique culture embraced and embodied by this community is based on strong values and an unwavering dedication to upholding and living out those values on a daily basis.
To live here is to be consciously and deliberately dedicated to conscious evolution and to serving the shared purpose for which this community exists- creating and sharing a truly sustainable community.
Potential Eden Inhabitant Checklist
You should consider moving to The Garden of Eden to live ONLY
if all of the following points are TRUE about YOU:
You are serious about sustainability - it is important to you and you get why it should be important to everyone.
You want to get up every day and work on the projects that serve and support this community and its goals, and you are excited about making your special contribution. You are not only willing but enthusiastic about applying the bulk of your energy and attention toward supporting The Garden of Eden as a haven of sustainable conscious community. You are dedicated and steadfast in your desire to make an impact each day and do your best.
You are ready and willing to be real with yourself and with the other members of this community about what is real and true for you, from your perspective, and what others see as real and true about you from their perspective. (Does not mean agree, just be real!) This could entail confrontation, which you agree to step up to if that is what it means to be real.
You are ready and willing to evolve by acknowledging where there is room for upgrade. This could entail recognizing and admitting faults or mistakes, to yourself and even in witness of other people. This will require great courage to be this vulnerable, and you are ready to go there, responsibly and with great hope for your own growth.
You recognize that living in community requires a higher degree of vulnerability because to be real, you must be real in front of more people. You are ready and willing to at least try to be that real and vulnerable with this community.
You agree to seek help if you encounter a problem and do not promptly align with a solution. This applies both to practical and personal matters.
You are ready to give up whining, wallowing, complaining, blaming, making excuses and other unproductive responses to stress.
You are ready and willing to accept responsibility for all of your feelings and experiences as your own creation. Repeat: you accept responsibility for your complete experience and your entire existence. This means you accept responsibility for everything you are a part of, deeply within your own being, and thereby simultaneously release blame on others and empower yourself to shift to a higher vibration. Obviously this is very deep and entails many levels of beingness and conscious awareness, and you only are where you are - yet evolution must be taking place.
You have read everything on this website, paying careful attention to this section in particular, and you are still excited about the possibility of living at this level of being.
How to Apply to Live at The Garden of Eden
There are 2 elements to this: Membership & Inhabitance.
In order to become an Inhabitant, you must first be a member of The Garden of Eden. Complete these 4 easy online steps to become a member! (See this page for more info on Membership.)
Complete one online application for each Individual Adult or Family Membership.
Check out the Dues page to select the membership level that's right for you. Every person in individual or family membership must fulfill the dues. Children can be added for only $5!
Access the Membership Agreement here. This document can be downloaded, printed, signed, and notarized. Many banks offer notary services for free.
#4 Pick up your Membership Card from The GOE at your next visit!
Membership cards will NOT be sent out via mail or online.
Next are the 5 easy steps to apply for inhabitance!
Complete one online application for each individual who wants to live here.
#2 Fulfill the non-refundable $44 Inhabitance Application Donation online here.
#3 Have a phone, Skype, or in-person interview with Quinn.
He will contact you once all membership steps, Inhabitance Application, and Inhabitance Donation are complete. You may be asked to spend a trial period at The GOE to get a real feel for the people & place.
Access the Inhabitance Agreement here. This document can be downloaded, printed, signed, and notarized. Many banks offer notary services for free.
#5 Fulfill your non-refundable $333 Inhabitance Donation (plus pet donation, if applicable) online here
Can be done either online or in person when you relocate to The GOE, per your arrangements with Quinn.
A New Zone of Comfort
We live much more at one with and in tune with nature than is typical in modern culture. Rather than running and sheltering ourselves from the elements, we embrace and enjoy the changes that each day and season bring.
We rely first on our body's natural ability to gain or lose fat for more optimal seasonal thermoregulation. Most here actively enjoy the process of keeping warm in winter by consciously beefing up with extra comfort food, growing longer hair or a beard, and then cooling off in summer by wearing tiny clothing, and slimming down with delicious juice fasts and raw food cleanses.
We utilize sustainable methods for dealing with the necessities of having a human body like cooking, bathing, and managing our waste. To minimize our use of gas and electricity, we shower, cook, and wash dishes with water heated by fire, or by water straight from the well.
To thrive in this Garden of Eden, you must be prepared to leave behind your creature comforts and instead tune in to your own inner animal who is at one with nature and the elements.
High Standards for Living
We live at standards which, relative to ordinary American culture, are very high. We are not talking about the typical "standard of living" which refers mainly to material comforts and stuff like fancy furnishings and exotic foods. Rather, we are talking about our collective and individual character, conduct and spiritual being.
Here we consider the immaterial to be of far greater importance than the material, and our culture is based primarily on our ethical and spiritual values. Among our highest values are freedom, responsibility, truth, honor, integrity, authenticity, vulnerability and conscious awareness.
We hold high standards for consciousness, conduct, and character. Every job, task or project is an opportunity to work thoughtfully, intelligently, thoroughly, sustainably and joyously. Whether one is emptying the pee buckets, washing the dishes, feeding the chickens, building a new website, giving a presentation, or rearranging the living room, the same principles apply. Every light that needs turning off after use or door that needs to be shut tightly to keep the bugs out is considered an opportunity for mastering our consciousness, for becoming more aware and more responsible.
A Commitment to Conscious Evolution
We accept that everyone is wherever they are in terms of their personal evolution, and wherever they are is okay and not to be judged.
And at the same time, it is of critical importance that everyone here is willing to see themselves more clearly, to delve into their own darkness and unconscious patterns, and to accept full responsibility for ALL of their own feelings and experiences. Ideally one is also willing to at least hear out those who speak up on their behalf, when one cannot see their own folly.
Blame and denial are essentially not tolerated. Here we see blame and denial as the main barriers we face in evolving ourselves as individuals and our community as a whole. We are generally generous and patient, but a person who remains attached to a pattern of blame and/or denial is likely to be asked to leave.
This is not to be confused with mistakes, which everyone makes from time to time. No one here is saying that we are perfect, nor do we expect perfection from anyone else. It is okay for people to mess up, to slip up, to just plain fuck up. It happens. What is important to us is that if/when it happens, that it is acknowledged that it was a slip up/mess up/fuck up, and that the person takes responsibility for that and for seeing that evolution takes place.
We use composting toilets for all of our human waste, and those facilities are located outside the living structures. We do not buy toilet paper! So we use a combination of other methods, each individual choosing which one they like best. Some use scrap paper like grocery store ads and phone books, moistened with a bit of water. Some use special poo rags, carefully washed after each use, and some just use their hand, which is also thoroughly washed after each use. It might sound weird or even gross, but for us, it would be FAR more disgusting to know that we were participating in mass deforestation and the rampant pollution of what precious fresh water we have, which is what the standard "solution" entails.
We have alternative solutions for bathing as well. In the warm seasons, we bathe outdoors. We have a lovely shower that delivers cool water straight from underground into our lovely outdoor shower area, nestled between a peach tree and a rose bush, with a graceful grapevine overhead. We also have plans for a lovely passive solar tub that uses water heated by the sun. The warm spring rains offer a lovely opportunity for a rain shower, a fun and invigorating way to get clean. In the winter, we have a system of heating our shower water with the wood burning stove that also is our only source of heat in the house. The indoor shower is located in an unheated part of the house, so freshly showered bathers commonly sprint back to the fireside in their towels and robes to stave off an encroaching chill.
We don't use conventional heating in the cold, nor do we use conventional air conditioning in the heat. The winter months provide us an opportunity to beef up our body's natural insulation, aka fat, which we embrace as a natural asset and ability. We also love to sport our winter gear in layers to add extra insulation. In summer, our first strategy for keeping cool utilizes first the body's ability to adapt, sweating out those winter layers as we embrace the sun and warmth. Next we run our house like a ship, closing up windows and doors when it is fairer inside than out, and opening them up when it shifts back, as it does just about every day in winter and summer. We also have some fans that we put on at certain times of the day to make the most of naturally cool air. For the hottest of months, we use wet towels placed on our bodies during sleep or work to assist with the body's natural cooling process.
Truth Be Told
Within this culture, we live by our words. We take clear, authentic communication very seriously. We mean what we say, and we say what we mean.
If we say we are going to do something, we do it - understanding that others are now counting on us to accomplish a task that supports and affects us all. If we are having a problem with something that is related to life in this community, we share it with the appropriate parties, knowing that we are here to help one another, and that truth and honesty are the only ways to really evolve. If we have failed to meet our agreements or to communicate honestly, we acknowledge that with humility and gratitude for the patience and understanding of the group.
If we see someone saying, doing or being unconscious in some way, it is more than just acceptable to point it out, it is considered the responsible thing to do! For example, if we see someone engaging in a destructive or wasteful behavior pattern, we consider that it is our responsibility to one another to mention what we see, as respectfully and lovingly as possible, remembering that the point is to facilitate positive growth and evolution.
Here, you can expect that people will communicate with you honestly, openly, and directly. There are many that are not accustomed to such direct and candid communication, as this is not really the norm of American culture, which tends to sugar coat, to beat around the bush, to make insinuations, and to manipulate through lies and deception. That is not how we work, and we are not interested in having anyone here who wants to be like that.
We recognize that it takes a great deal of trust, humility and courage to be vulnerable with real feelings, especially when those feelings are uncomfortable or unpleasant. Yet that is when it is most important to reach for the evolutionary next step, because discomfort is often a sign the some evolution is needed, and the alternative is to repeatedly face the same problem. We encourage and even insist that those who inhabit The Garden of Eden accept and embody this practice of open and honest communication.
About Living in This
Conscious Sustainable Community
For anyone interested in living at The Garden of Eden, here are a few things to consider and keep in mind about our unique culture before taking the plunge:
There are several aspects of our way of life that are very different from what most everyone is accustomed to. Some of these aspects are relatively superficial or material differences, yet they can make a big impact on the experience one has here.
Other aspects of our culture go right to the core of each individual's heart and soul, to the very fiber of their being. The superficial aspects can take some getting used to.
The deeper aspects must be consciously and thoroughly embraced in order to be integrated into one's true being, and in order for that individual to truly integrate into this community.
Our experience has been that the immaterial, personal and interpersonal aspects of our culture offer the greatest challenges to prospective inhabitants.
Those who have what it takes to remain here are truly exceptional human beings whom we are honored to have as a part of this family.