A big part of what we want to do on this trip is to visit intentional communities around the country. So far, we have contacted several and have received a warm welcome to a slowly growing handful.
Some communities receive hundreds of visitors per year, and we understand how rules and visitor protocols are very important. Traveling with a dog is somewhat of a challenge, and there are a number of communities that simply do not allow animals of any kind to visit, so we may have to camp off-site and visit one at a time. No matter, some of these places are just too good to pass up, and we will do everything in our power to be excellent, thoughtful guests who take little and give much.
So far, we are definitely visiting Woodburn Hill Farm, the community where we originally lived together and were married; The Farm in Tennessee; Earthaven near Asheville, North Carolina; and there are stirrings of potential visits at Twin Oaks, Acorn Community, and several others in Virginia. Unfortunately, we will not be able to visit Patch Adams' Gesundheit Institute this time around, but maybe another time when the stars are aligned.
At any rate, our search for community has begun, and we know that we will make many new friends and friendly acquaintances along the way. Will we eventually end up living in community in the way we are beginning to imagine? Time will only tell, and you, dear Readers, will certainly be the first to know.