Formed: 1991 Established: 1999
This page last updated:10/2/2009
Hamilton Hill, Western Australia,
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Pinakarri means “listen deeply” or “undivided attention to the other” (literally, “ear stand,” in the Nyangamarta aboriginal language). Our statement of intention: "Through Pinakarri — listening deeply — we learn to love". This is an aspiration and is explored, practiced and realised in many ways, ie no dogma associated.
We are a suburban intentional community of about 35 women, men, youths and children in 14 houses (eight low-moderate income rentals, plus private ownership and private rentals).
The houses are climate-sensible and designed for cohousing, with rain-water tanks and extensive use of grey water; we are also planning for photovoltaic systems and other renewables. Last year we won the inaugural Sustainability Award by our local government council.
We share meals two times a week, a monthly open house community dinner, and a range of planned and spontaneous social activities including BBQs (we're Australian), house concerts, Steiner art group, mindfulness practice, etc.
We cooperatively manage 8 rental properties and the commons. Decision-making is a messy yet strangely workable combination of absolute consensus or assumed authority depending on significance or presumption. We discuss things that matter at focused or casual fireside chats, community email list, business meetings, one on one, and listening/sharing heart circles.
Community training and practice includes Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Justice.
We have a guestroom for personal and community guests, WWOOFers, fellow communards and other travelers who contribute work, money.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
This page last updated:10/2/2009
(Open House Community Dinner, first Friday each month, or by appointment)
Visitor Process: Email or call first. You'll be invited to an Open House Community Dinner (these occur on the first Friday of each month, beginning at 6 p.m.; bring some food to share), or at a mutually convenient time.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Comment: rental housing in our (non-religious) community is not-for-profit
Members(adults and children):
(Lodgers, membesr or associate members who live near by)
Open to new members:
(Non-residential members are welcome, may apply for housing as available)
(hybrid method, exploring sociocracy)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(monthly contributions go to a community chest)
(Encourage willingness and satisfaction through support and appreciation)
(AUS$10 month for residentail members; AUS $25 year for non-residential)
Land and Buildings
1 acres (0.4 hectares)
Land Owned By:
(Private ownership (strata title and freehold) plus publicly funded (deed of trust))
Number of Residences:
(Can vary, depends on how many members live in nearby private rental)
(Well used commonhouse, well loved fire circle)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Grow vegetables on verge & any nook or cranny, fruit trees and herbs, chickens)
Share Community Meals:
(2 rostered dinners, monthly pot-luck, frequent BYO & BBQ at fire-pit)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(community dinners favour vegetarian)
(A few smokers, public smoking frowned upon)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(Shared sense of spirituality and respect for differences)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
(Accept all offers of ritual & celebration; personal choices respected)
(some state school, some Steiner)
Square Feet in Common House:
Private and WA State Housing Commission
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