From Utopian Dreaming to Communal Reality: Cooperative Lifestyles in Australia
UNSW Press, 1995 - History - 198 pages
This examination of communal living in Australia tears down common stereotypes of aging hippies dressed in tie-dyes and clutching crystals. Ten widely diverse people share their experiences of building and living in different communal lifestyles.
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Having lived in a community for 16 years, but not having the satisfaction experienced for this community to be communal. I have with great interest read this book by Bill Metcalf on communal experimentation. This book horrified me, to know that so many communities failed so miserably so soon. But it too gave me great hope and insight in the courage and determined people that do consciously desire a more responsible and whole life experience, not only for them selves but for the betterment of future generations. great souls liberate them selves from them selves. living liberated in isolation is one thing, to do it with others is the test of the truly great. I find this book very insightful, great thought provoking material.
I recommend any one who is interested in living more true with them selves and their environment to have a peek at this work.
From Barbecues at Bondi to BioDynamic
From Academic Exercises to Jumping
From a London Slum to Nimbins Magic
From Mission Field to Potato Patch
From Outrage to Insight ?
From Catholic Farm Girl to Buddhist Nun
From a Circle of Stones to Commonground
1O From Communal Theory to EcoSpiritual
From Communism to Communalism
Summary and Conclusion