Formed: 1970 Established: 1970
This page last updated:10/3/2008
Julian Woods Community
(1.5 mile northeast of Julian, PA on Alt Rt. 220)
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Julian Woods (established 1975) is a diverse group of 18 adults and 2 children on 140 acres. The common land is in a School of Living land trust, and there are 180 acres of adjacent land also in the trust. We are located 15 miles from Pennsylvania State University. Members may own or lease home lots after a capital investment. Families are autonomous, are financially independent, and own their own homes. Community decisions are made by consensus.
We own and operate a living machine in two greenhouses that constitutes our wastewater-treatment system with some indoor, almost year-round growing space. We have lots of gardens (and lots of deer), a recreational pond, and an interest in finding others to continue to build our community. Although there are currently no open building lots, that may change, or already existing homes could become available.
There are artists, teachers, carpenters and builders, an accountant, a forester, and a mechanic/designer. Tom's Community Woodworks repairs and refinishes furniture. Barbara has created a beautiful space for meditation and yoga in O-AN Zendo. Jean teaches PSU classes in art and deep ecology so students experience woods and pond in community.
Some of us dream of some kind of community/learning center that would serve as a gathering space.
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:10/3/2008
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School of Living
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
No Answer Provided
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(No new lots available currently, but there is space in existing buildings for new members.)
Leadership Core Group:
(We have a 5 member board)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(People within households share income)
(Not required, but we do anyway.)
(A fee, currently about $25,000, gives an incoming family a building site with water and connection to water treatment facilities. The fee is determined by the level of investment already made by current members.)
(We have monthly dues of about $50/adult member or adult resident)
Land and Buildings
140 acres (56.7 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Community-controlled land trust
(Home sites are individually owned,)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Whole foods, local foods)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(Open to home schooling)
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