Twin Oaks is an intentional community in rural central Virginia, made up of around 90 adult members and 15 children. Since the community's beginning in 1967, their way of life has reflected values of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, equality, and ecology. They welcome Transition Contributors to come for a scheduled visit.
Twin Oaks does not have a group religion; their beliefs are diverse. Nor do they have a central leader; they govern themselves by a form of democracy with responsibility shared among various managers, planners, and committees. They are self-supporting economically, and partly self-sufficient and are income-sharing. Each member works 42 hours a week in the community's' businesses and domestic areas. Each member receives housing, food, healthcare, and personal spending money from the community.
Their hammocks and casual furniture business has generated most of their income in the past. Making tofu as of 2011 has become roughly equal in importance to hammocks. Indexing books and seed growing are also significant sources of income. Still, less than half of their work goes into these income-producing activities; the balance goes into a variety of tasks that benefit their overall quality of life—including milking cows, gardening, cooking, and childcare. Most people prefer doing a variety of work, rather than the same job day in, day out.
A number of Oakers choose to be politically active in issues of peace, ecology, anti-racism, and feminism. Each summer Twin Oaks hosts the Women's Gathering and a Communities Conference (The Transition Team has gone consecutively to this Conference since 2013) where they welcome both experienced communitarians, and seekers who are new to community living.
They give tours of Twin Oaks almost every Saturday afternoon from March through October, and on most alternating Saturdays from November through February. Read about the Saturday Tour here.
Twin Oaks offers a structured three week visit designed to give the visitor some general education and experience in living at Twin Oaks. Read about the Visitor Program here
Please do not drop in and expect to get a tour or be able to stay overnight. Tours and visits must always be pre-arranged, and to be a guest here, a member must agree to be your host before you arrive.
Twin Oaks Community
138 Twin Oaks Road # W
Louisa, VA 23093 USA
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