A Behind the Scenes Look into Community Life, Opportunities to Get Involved, Monthly Sweat Lodge,  Women's Spiritual Workshop and a special EVO tour with Local Earth. 
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June 2017

Behind the Scenes of Community Life

Maintaining harmony and growth as a community is a lot of work.  Here is a look at how we put our hands, heads and hearts together to thrive as a community.  Plus, opportunities to get to know us better and get involved.

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Firefighter and Emerald Village Co-Founder, Jonah Mesritz, teaching the children of our community about pool safety during our last quarterly retreat.
A Behind the Scenes Look at Community Life
Written by Leyla Makris, co-founder at The Emerald Village 
When visitors come to the Emerald Village, they often have a lot questions about the inner-workings of community life. How do we make decisions? How do we maintain harmony while sharing the same land? How do we raise children together? How do we get so much accomplished? 

I’m not going to answer these specific questions, nor am I going to tell you that it’s all fun and easy… rather, I’m going to share a bit about how we do it here at the Emerald Village. Just like family life, it isn’t always pretty and it requires a lot of work to run smoothly. 

We have been living on this land, for six years. Our process of “doing community” is constantly evolving as we learn new methodologies and grow as individuals. We’ve come together with some shared fundamental beliefs and desires for a way of life together. We are constantly striving for improved connection and communication, as we know these are the keys to living our dreams together. We are also on our own spiritual paths and understand that living in community is an opportunity to grow deeper in our connection through the mirrors provided by our community members. 

To make decisions and run the village effectively, we use Sociocracy which is a system of governance that we learned from Diana Leafe Christian. Rather than decisions being made by ALL of us (which is how we tried to do it in the beginning) many decisions are made by individual “circles”. The circles are comprised of community members who feel passionate about a certain part of community life. 

We have a land circle, a finance circle, a human relations circle and so on. These circles often meet weekly or bi-weekly in order to make decisions, establish systems, work on the land, etc. Each circle has its own domain and aims which are based on the community mission statement. Those circles report to the General Circle to keep them all communicating seamlessly. 

The key to the success of a system like sociocracy is trust and surrender. (Hmmm… kinda sounds like life.:) Since it is not humanly possible to sit on every circle, each person must trust that the circles are meeting their domain and aims and ultimately working for the good of the whole community. 

Some of our deepest work together is done during our four quarterly business retreats. These are times for us to dive deeper with our community members and address any topics that we are unable to do during the other meetings. From emotional and relational clearing sessions, land work to tackle big projects, financial reports and project planning, emergency drills and continued education about our governance model, we cover every corner of community life in one weekend. Most especially, we play together. Our retreats are a special kind of time that acts as ‘community glue.’ This is a time for us to eat together, work together, play together, celebrate and pray together. This is an important focus not just during retreats, but we schedule time weekly, monthly and as needed to keep us feeling connected and in sync. 

We are constantly working on finding balance within community life. We are striving for ways for our land, our home-life and community life to thrive and be more sustainable. We know that this is accomplished through recognizing the strengths within each other and ourselves and being grateful for the abundance of our lives and what we have created together. At the end of the day, this is what makes us healthy as ONE.

Join us for Brunch and Landwork

First Sunday Open Brunch and Power Hour

We would like to invite you to join us for brunch and to help with land work on the first Sunday of every month.  Land power hour begins at 10:00 am.  During this time we work to grow food by spending time in the garden, planting seeds, harvesting, and weeding as well as caring for the animals in our husbandry program.  Bring a hat and gloves and come play with us in the gardens.  Potluck brunch to follow at 11:00 am and then a tour of the Emerald Village.

Monthly Sweat Lodge

CO-ED Lodge

Saturday June 3, 2017

Firelighting at 3:00 pm
Ceremony starts at 4:00 pm
Crawl in at Sunset
with David Goodknife and Cari Warren

Newcomers welcome.
Please bring a dish for the potluck after the ceremony (approx. 5 hours long)

Contribution: $40-$60 sliding scale
RSVP required (additional information provided upon RSVP)

RSVP for CO-ED Lodge
Women's Spiritual Journey

Wednesday 21, 2017
7:15 pm

Hosted by Racquel Palmese

Cost: $60
Please RSVP 

Come experience inner growth and spiritual transformation as we journey together through energetic passages. Racquel is a regular spiritual mentor at the Emerald Village and we are very excited that she is opening up her teachings and wisdom to EVO family and friends.
Please join us at the EVO healing yurt for a deep and beautiful passage.

 Please bring own water bottle, journal, blankets and warmies.  

**Note: This is a WOMEN'S ONLY Event

RSVP for Spiritual Journey with Racquel
Tour of The Emerald Village with Local Earth

Saturday June 24, 2017
Local Earth and The Emerald Village warmly welcome you to join us for a special tour of our home! EVO is a 9 acre intentional community comprised of health practitioners, children, visionary business leaders and educators all building space for heart-centered community and collaboration.  Our intention is to inspire YOU with ideas and actions for living a healthy and regenerative lifestyle right here at home in Southern California. 


12:30pm - Organic Vegetarian Potluck & Eco-Socializing (please bring a dish to share)

1:30pm - Emerald Village Tour & ReGenerative Lifestyle Discussion
For Details and Registration
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