- Twin Oaks Communities Conference 2014
- 29.08.2014 - 01.09.2014
- Twin Oaks Community - W. Louisa, VA
The Twin Oaks Communities Conference is 20 years old!
Twin Oaks has been hosting the Communities Conference for 20 consecutive years! The community has been proud to support what’s been one of the main events for the Communities Movement.
Sharing food builds community in a way that few other things do. The Communities Conference is not just about learning about community. Our mission is to demonstrate a satisfying experience of community as well as providing opportunities to create, develop, and learn about intentional communities.
Our existing kitchen with a floor plan for the extension and new equipment
Over the years, as our facilities have experienced wear and tear we’ve had to shift cooking for the conference to the Twin Oaks main dining hall, which is inconvenient for the conference and high-impact for the community. Running the Communities Conference has been a labor of love for Twin Oaks, and in the effort to make sure the event is financially accessible the community has been willing to little more than break even most years. The drawback is that the community hasn’t been able to invest much money in the conference site. The kitchen current has no working refrigeration or oven, so those will be some of our main equipment purchases, along with more counter and shelving space. And we plan to almost double the existing space to accommodate this equipment.
The Twin Oaks Communities Conference was restarted after a several year hiatus in 1994 by Ira Wallace, a founding member of fledgling Acorn Community. Ira had been a member of Twin Oaks for years and had been a member of other communities. She restarted the conference to help promote Acorn. Now, 20 years later, Acorn is a thriving community of around 25 members who own and operate Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, which sells organic and heirloom variety seeds.
A wise communitarian once said, in the absence of a shared spiritual practice eating together will do. What’s one of the first things you do when you’re trying to organize something? Host a potluck! How many times have you been to a party where half the people end up standing around in the kitchen chatting and nibbling? Help us keep the Communities Movement well fed and growing.
- Twin Oaks Community - Website
- 138 Twin Oaks Road
- W. Louisa, VA
in Oaks is an intentional community in rural central Virginia, made up of around 90 adult members and 15 children. Since the community's beginning in 1967, our way of life has reflected our values of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, equality, and ecology. We welcome you to schedule a visit.
We do not have a group religion; our beliefs are diverse. We do not have a central leader; we govern ourselves by a form of democracy with responsibility shared among various managers, planners, and committees. We are self-supporting economically, and partly self-sufficient. We are income-sharing. Each member works 42 hours a week in the community's business and domestic areas. Each member receives housing, food, healthcare, and personal spending money from the community.
Our hammocks and casual furniture business has generated most of our income in the past. Making tofu as of 2011 has become roughly equal in importance to hammocks. Indexing books and now seed growing are also significant sources of income. Still, less than half of our work goes into these income-producing activities; the balance goes into a variety of tasks that benefit our quality of life—including milking cows, gardening, cooking, and childcare. Most people prefer doing a variety of work, rather than the same job day in, day out.
A number of us choose to be politically active in issues of peace, ecology, anti-racism, and feminism. Each summer we are hosts to a Women's Gathering and a Communities Conference where we welcome both experienced communitarians, and seekers who are new to community living.
We give tours of Twin Oaks almost every Saturday afternoon from March through October, and on most alternating Saturdays from November through February. Read about the Saturday Tour here.
We offer a structured three week visit designed to give the visitor some general education and experience in living at Twin Oaks. Read about the Visitor Program here
Please do not drop in and expect to get a tour or be able to stay overnight. Tours and visits must always be pre-arranged, and to be a guest here, a member must agree to be your host before you arrive.
Twin Oaks Community
138 Twin Oaks Road # W
Louisa, VA 23093 USA