So you want to live in community, grow your own food, find peace, learn new skills, meet lots of new people and become part of a worldwide family, maybe build your house in an RCL some day? You might have to make some sacrifices but you’ll certainly reap many benefits.
Whether you’re passing through on your travels or want to find a place to live for the rest of your life, your energy is wanted and needed. On our Common RCL Website you’ll find a database of RCL Communities already in existence and Scouting Missions to find new ones around the world. Read about them to find a place that tickles your fancy, contact them through their Internet Focalizer… or just turn up!
Every RCL has a “carrying capacity”, meaning a maximum number of people the land and community can sustainably support. If we exceed that limit, we will be forced to either rely on capitalist mechanisms to sustain ourselves or to engage in non-sustainable food production methods, such as the use of chemicals, which is detrimental to both the health of humans and animals and to the quality of soil and water. Sustainability is therefore a key aspect of our vision and we are responsible as a worldwide family to respect the carrying capacities of our RCLs.
On the other hand, a carrying capacity is a flexible limit that can’t easily be expressed as a figure. It is up to each individual RCL Community to deal with this issue in the best possible way. We hope every new arrival will always be welcomed in for at least a limited amount of time. We hope RCLs respond to overpopulation as an opportunity rather than a problem - the response from a community to such a scenario will hopefully be to find more land rather than kicking anyone out!
Some RCLs may choose not to have an internet presence at all – though we hope at the very least every RCL will list their country and the contact email of their Internet Focalizer on our website. This does not mean that you’re not welcome to join them! It just means that you’ll have to search harder, follow word-of-mouth and magic. Many RCLs will only give you an approximate location, but don’t let that stop you – you’ll find it if you are meant to be there!
Some advice for living in an RCL, especially if it’s your first time:
• Announcing our arrival, getting shown around and meeting all the other community members would help newcomers integrate more easily into the community.
• Shitting only in designated areas maintains the health of the land and the community, as does maintaining impeccable hygiene when handling food.
• The talking circle is the primary forum of the community, everyone’s participation is highly encouraged.
• Even if it seems like a contradiction, it is wise to be self-sufficient as we can’t take for granted what the community will be able to provide for us.
• Bringing a waterproof tent and / or tarp is a necessity in case there is no other shelter available. You can only look after your community if you can first look after yourself by staying dry, warm and healthy.
• Disinfecting cuts will help prevent infections. Drinking live water might introduce your stomach to a different bacteria-flora which may cause temporary stomach upsets. Treating yourself for communicable diseases and parasites, such as lice and staphylococcus, before you arrive is a great way to show love to your fellow community members.
• Items that could come in handy include a plate, spoon, torch, knife, etc.
• The community would function well if we all come with the attitude of wanting to give more than we take. Cooking, cleaning, gardening, constructing… the tasks in an RCL are endless and your energy is very welcome.
• Individuals with initiative are a very valuable resource for a community but synchronizing our efforts according to a common land-management vision is of equal importance. All land-use projects require the consensus of the community. It is wise to only start projects that you know you will be able to finish before you leave, and that you know the community will be able to maintain after your departure.
• If you don’t know how to do something, it is better to ask before you do it. The community is there to help.
• It is likely that at least some of the food the community consumes has to be bought with money from the outside. At least some of this money comes from the community’s “magic hat” (communal money pot) which depends on voluntary contributions from the community’s members.
• Our communities aim to produce as little trash as possible and to be responsible for whatever trash we produce. You can help by bringing as little trash as possible to the land and to carry out whatever you bring with you.
• Some RCLs wish to be free from alcohol and chemical drugs.
• The use of electronics in communal areas changes the natural vibration. Filming or photographing requires extreme sensitivity. It is respectful to ask people for their permission to be filmed or photographed.
• Our communities function better if they are full of open-hearted, humble people who try to connect with the others and take responsibility for their own personal development. Everyone sometimes needs help to be fully aware of the impact of their actions. We aim to solve all inter-personal issues before they become energy blocks that affect the whole community. We accept that sometimes love it tough.
• We want our communities to be sacred spaces where we are all free to be ourselves and realize ourselves, where we dance, sing, play, laugh, cry, love and do whatever we need to do in order to be happy.
• The longer you stay in an RCL, the more you’ll learn and the more you’ll be able to contribute by putting that learning into practice. Too much transient energy can drain a community.
• We all need to be conscious of what information about the community we share with others. Not every community wants the whole world to know where they are, even if they are open to everyone who arrives. Every community has a different need for privacy – we strongly encourage those needs to be respected.