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Located in Ashland, Oregon, United States

Mission Statement
We are a model of possibility, working toward sustainable living, spiritual growth, and living in harmony with nature.

Community Description
We are vegan,off grid,spiritual commune and wilderness preserve. We seek to live simply, ecologically, self-sufficiently and in harmony with all life. We are a mystical order called the Order of the Trees. We have men and women, single and married and sometimes children. We are a spiritual commune with roots in several spiritual teachings including the Oahspe. We honor the truths that run through all religions. The Creator is our common ground. Our main activities are caring for the preserve and gardening, working with horses, and maintaining the facilities—homes, dining hall, bathhouse, stable, barn, and greenhouse. We are working toward self-sufficiency. We are off grid, producing our own heat, hot water, and electricity. Our public outreach is to provide a model of possibility, stand as guardians to one of the last old growth forests in Southern Oregon, produce publications and information on sustainability, wilderness preservation, health, vegetarianism, and spiritual development. We have just published a book about our spiritual perspectives.

Our lifestyle does NOT include TV, radio, newspapers, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine. We are married or celibate.

We eat organic food, drink fresh spring water, breath clean air, enjoy kind people, board games, great hiking, hard work, living in a park, music and an occasional movie.

Our land is verdant and lush, with forest and meadows and springs and a river. Our climate is mild.

We are happy, fun-loving, and positive people who want to share our community with like-minded people who love to work and grow with others.

We welcome those interested in living a simple spiritual oriented vegan life in the forest.

Status: We have land we have developed on
Area: 80 acres
Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house
Current Number of Residences: 7
Planned number of residences: 4
Housing Provided: Included in Membership
Land owned by: The entire community membership

Adult Members: 7
Non-member Residents: 2
Percent Women: 61-70%
Percent Men: 21-30%
Percent Transgender: 0%
Visitors accepted: Yes
Visitor Process:
Please visit our website at
Write to us at: Eloin, P.O. Box 446, Ashland, OR. 97520.
Open to new Members: Yes
Membership Process:
See our website:
Submit a guest application. Live at Eloin for at least 6 months, then submit an application for membership. Existing members must all agree for approval of a new members. We are a commune. Members hold all goods in common except personal belongings… and bills.
Additional Comments:
Looking for hardworking, dedicated, kind visionaries.

Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
Regular Fee per Month: $300
Shared Income: All or close to all
Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
Additional Comments:
We work together to make it all work. We all do that must be done and do not keep track of hours.

We have a probationary period of 9 months when we ask that the potential members contribute as they can to food and supplies. After becoming member we share all we have.

Sustainability Practices
Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric
Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
Current food produced: Between 26-49%
Planned food produced: 100%
Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Waterfront access, Internet
Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
Shared meals: Approximately all meals
Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Raw or Mostly Raw, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
Special Diets OK: Yes
Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
Education Style(s): Home Schooling
Expected Healthcare Practices:
We do encourage the use of medical drugs, except in emergencies. We ask that people use natural, alternative medicines when possible. We encourage people to have the opinion of natural practitioners and medical practitioners when dealing with serious health issues.
Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
Additional Comments:
We are partial to mellow music with uplifting messages, uplifting books and movies. We do not read the local newspapers or listen to radio or watch TV. We check on global news periodically.
Our ideal is to attune to the natural world as much as possible and spend as little time as possible in cyberspace.


A Spiritual Order.  We are faithist. This is someone who has faith in the Creator. We study the wisdom of many religious and mystical traditions. We are nondenominational, in service to that which lives within all things seen and unseen. We believe that everything is alive with the presence of the Creator. We take vows of voluntary simplicity and dedication to the service of all life.

Vegan. We do not eat anything that breathes the breath of life or any food from animals, such as dairy and eggs. We do eat honey.

Faithist. A faithist is someone who has faith in the Creator above all else. We study the wisdom of many religious and mystical traditions. We are non denominational, in service to that which lives within all things seen and unseen. We believe that everything is alive with the presence of the Divine.

Green. We live in an ecological wonderland and do our best to harmonize with nature and support the ecosystem that sustains us. We try to use as little packaged foods, plastic items and landfill materials as possible.

Our Calendar. We live by the moon calendar, by the quarters of the moon, rather than the standard calendar. We find this helps us to be more in harmony with the universal order of life.

Simple Labors. Most of our work is doing the simple labors that sustain us in the wilderness. Chopping wood and carrying water. We garden, we keep up the pathways, the roads and the buildings. We have a simple lifestyle, but we are not primitive. We enjoy beauty, and the ease of running water and hot showers, and electric lights... sometimes.

Communitarian.  Members share all goods in common, except for personal belongings. We eat our meals in common and share the labor of food preparation and clean up. We have private dwellings and shared dwellings. We work together in the gardens and on the land. We pray together, we play together, we work together and we have plenty of alone time.

Marriage or Celibate. Marriage for us is a sacred union. We require that all resident couples be legally married.


No Drugs: This means recreational, sacramental and medical.  Why?  Because we do not use mind-altering substances.  This includes marijuana, mushrooms and all mind altering drugs.  We do not use medical chemical drugs, except in emergencies. Why?  Because they are unhealthy and there is usually a natural alternative for healing the body. We are against vaccinations of all kinds for people and animals.

No Tobacco or Alcohol or Coffee:  Why?  Because these substances are unhealthy for the body and the mind.  They are also destructive to the spirit, as are all the recreational drugs and medical drugs for they damage the spiritual body.

No TV:  We are living at Eloin to learn how to tune into nature and the natural order of the Universe.  TV's are not healthy, they create a low level hypnotic state and they fill the mind and body with all kinds of 'extra' information and negative stories. We watch movies that are uplifting periodically.

No Newspapers or Murder Mystery literature. We encourage everyone to unplug from social programing and literature that is not inspiring.

No Cursing or Abusive Language.  We encourage constructive anger management that is not harmful to people or the environment.

No Public Nudity.  We consider modesty to be an asset.  

No Weapons.  Including recreational weapons such as bows and arrows.



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