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             Darin Fenger, on the other hand looks at the flip side of the problem in his "What Interns
             and Work Exchangers have to say about Us":

             I absolutely loved my stay at Lost Valley, recalls Polly Robinson, who served as an intern and later a
             live-in course participant at Lost Valley Educational Center in Oregon. "I loved being surrounded by
             people of all ages who genuinely cared for me, and the generally relaxed atmosphere of the place, I
             felt like I was a community member the whole time I was there."

             Nathaniel Nordin-Tuininga, who also lived at Lost Valley, first as a work trader, then an intern, and
             lastly as a residential student, is equally enthusiastic about his time there. "Interacting with Lost
             Valley and participating in both their permaculture and personal growth workshops taught me so
             much  about  myself,  my  relationship  to  the  surrounding  environment,  and  my  connection  with
             others. I learned a great deal about my own capacity to grow and develop into the person I most
             want to be, while cultivating a harmonious relationship to the rest of the natural world. I was
             introduced to new ways of interacting with plants and animals in order to meet my basic needs. I
             received personal instruction and hands-on training in land and garden projects. I participated in
             yoga,  dance,  mediation,  saunas,  hot  tubs,  stargazing,  sports,  games,  group  outings  and  other
             events  -  and  always  had  an  amazing  group  of  people  to  share  these  experiences  with.  And
             emotional well-being was better attended to at Lost Valley than in any other community I have
             visited or been involved with."

             Get some useful free advice from the same D.F. in "What community hosts should know" and
             what  guests  should  take  into  account  in  "Planning  your  own  Community  Adventure"  -
             although it pays to keep in mind (possible) discrepancies between planning and REALITY!

             If  you're  planning  your  own  short-term  stay  in  community,  consider  the  advice  of  these
             experienced community visitors.

             • Get comfortable with the community members. I was hesitant to open up at the beginning, but
             when I saw community members speaking from their hearts, it made me comfortable enough to
             follow suit. Do your research. I read about La'akea first, and went there with some confidence that
             I would fit in. It's important to know what you're getting into. -Ron Laverdiere
             • Don't be shy or embarrassed to ask questions or ask for what you need. Strive to be emotionally
             honest - even if what you have to say is not the 'easy' or 'pretty' answer. Don't be afraid to share
             affection or appreciation. Be confident that you can handle
             anything that comes your way. -Travis Fowler
             • If you have a good sense of what you want to learn and
             experience  while  at  a  community,  make  sure  you
             communicate  what  you  want  clearly  and  have  an
             agreement about how this is going to happen. Go into the
             situation  with  an  open  mind  and  heart  to  see  if  you  can
             learn  and  experience things  you'd  never  have  imagined.  -
             Molly Morgan
             • Discover and establish boundaries between your personal
             time and community time. If you don't take the time for personal space, it may become difficult to
             engage fully with the community. Keep an open mind, actively seek out projects that engage you,
             and cultivate kindness. –Michael “Mojohito" Tchudi
             • Live it fully. Plunge in with abandon and trust those around you to respond to your zeal. Act as a
             community member to the extent that you can, contributing to making the community one that
             you would like to live in. -Ted Sterling
             •  Even  if  you  already  know  a  lot  about  community  or  the  subject  of  focus  in  its  course  or
             program, really learn to be a student; stay in a proactive observer space. Take what you need from
             the experience. And if things aren't quite what you expected, know that you can change your
             experience; it's only temporary! -Jodie Emmett

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