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Earthrise is an intentional co-housing community for unschooling* families situated in Devon. We are passionate about creating a culture where we are more connected with each other; where we live in a regenerative relationship with the earth and where our children self-direct their learning through life. Weaved through all this is our commitment to conscious presence and wholehearted living.
*Unschooling will mean different things to different people and encompasses a spectrum of beliefs and actions. Essentially, we believe in the importance of children’s self-directed learning, consent, autonomy and the freedom to learn through life.
Our vision for the future
We see Earthrise as a semi-rural, retrofit co-housing community of around 4 to 5 families. Each family-grouping has their own separate accommodation (unit), mostly retrofits of existing buildings. There will also be accommodation to host volunteers and visitors. We have central communal spaces and share resources, tools and some amenities (such as car-pooling and laundry facilities). We are near enough to larger towns for work and community involvement but surrounded in beautiful nature. We have clear processes for membership and a secure and equitable financial structure (see 'Logistics' & 'Join Us' pages for current info on this).
We love the land we live on and are committed to its care and regeneration. We work with the principle of ‘do no harm’ and attempt to live in ways that are low-impact, co-sufficient and aligned with the permaculture movement. We're always learning new skills and techniques for living more sustainably and in harmony with the earth.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there..” Rumi
The campfire and communal kitchen are at the heart of our community. We share food often and create experiences of play, joy, dance, music and creativity.
We love that unschooling our children as a community allows them to play, live and learn in an all-ages, collaborative environment. This gives them tools and experiences to live whole-heartedly in the world.
We see living in intentional community as activism and a tool for social and environmental change. We’re passionate about this culture-change work and the outer/inner movement from the dominant patriarchal, colonial, consumerist culture to one of connection, compassion and collaboration. We are kind to ourselves when we miss this mark, humble enough to recognise our conditioning and privilege and courageous enough to make changes.
We run a community foodgarden, feeding and supporting ourselves and ultimately working towards ways of sharing our services with the wider communities, particularly those in need. We have chickens but don’t keep livestock on the land. There is a medicinal herb area and many different projects on the land inspired by community members’ passions. We work towards becoming co-sufficient in energy and water through various projects. We encourage systems of bartering and mutual exchange. We aim for a movement towards localised power in all we do.
We aspire to live with awareness of the interconnectedness of all life; of being in the present moment and of connecting to our intuitive, embodied, essential selves. This is diversely expressed both privately and collectively through practices such as yoga, meditation, nature connection, service, healing modalities, development circles and dance.
As we establish, we want to make sure that we become 'outward' focused, looking to ways we can support and benefit the wider communities around us. We aspire to become a flagship for a way of living and being with each other and the earth that is both authentic and joyful and important in times of crisis. Some ideas for the future are to establish a Self-Directed Education setting for the wider home ed community, to create un-schooling festivals and activities and help with the food poverty crisis.
We’re ultimately coming together to create something beneficial and healing for ourselves, the wider world and future generations.
The Evolution of the Community
"The Peacemaker taught us about the Seven Generations. He said, when you sit in council for the welfare of the people, you must not think of yourself or of your family, not even of your generation. He said, make your decisions on behalf of the seven generations coming, so that they may enjoy what you have today."
Oren Lyons (Seneca) Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation
The unschooling aspect of our community is kept in mind as our children grow and leave the nest in years to come. What then? We may choose to remain the guardians of the land; still nurturing and being responsive to its voice as the ecosystem matures and biodiversity increases; still engaging with our self-directed learning; still embodying the authentic, self-empowered ethos of the unschooling movement. And then…. new generations and fresh perspectives arrive. This is a time where we, the founding members, encourage the new generations to listen to the land with new ears and increased awareness and help steer the community in directions most relevant to the times we will find ourselves in.
Check out our Guiding Principles....