Los Horcones began in 1973. It is located on 250 acres in Sonora Mexico, below Arizona. Since 1995 we have been planning a branch of Los Horcones in the United States. Our basic objectives are to design a society where people cooperate for a common good, share property, and reinforce egalitarian pro-ecological and pacifist behaviors.
Los Horcones is an ecological- and self-sufficient-oriented community. However, we devote most of our resources in the area of human behavior (education, human relationships, and behavioral research). We have orchards, organic gardens, and farm animals. We have communal child rearing. All members who participate in the care and education of children are trained to do so. We have our own school. Students learn personal and social behaviors (self-knowledge, interpersonal skills, etc.) as well as academics.
We have an experimental approach to the design of a community, basing our practices (education, economy, family, government) on scientific research, not on personal beliefs. We are deeply concerned with personal growth and interpersonal relationships, so our main focus is human behavior. We are a Walden Two community in the sense we apply behavioral principles in our daily life to learn communitarian behaviors. Being a Walden Two does not mean we are inspired by or follow the novel _Walden Two_ (Skinner) but rather that we apply the science of behavior on which Walden Two was based.
Los Horcones is an income-sharing community. We have many communal buildings (dining room, laundry, etc.) and private quarters. We organize our labor not only looking for efficiency but also for satisfaction and creativity.
Generally we work eight hours daily. Labor distribution is not based on gender. We earn income from various sources--selling natural food products, special education, summer camps, and consulting. We value the participation of all members in decision making. We call our organization "personocracy." We are open to new members or visitors. Please write or call in advance.
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