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Twin Oaks Intentional Community
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TWIN OAKS FIRE UPDATE

  In mid-March Twin Oaks experienced a major fire. No people were harmed and no residences were damaged, but we lost our entire industrial center, including buildings, equipment, infrastructure and inventory. Our conference site was also destroyed. We are in the process of rebuilding the conference site and we're discussing where we're going with our community  businesses in the future.

You can read further information about the fire in our special issue of the Leaves of Twin Oaks.

If you would like to make a donation to support the community, you can do so at this link

tinyurl.com/twinoaksfire

Twin Oaks is an intentional community in rural central Virginia, made up of around 80 adult members and 15 children. Since the community's beginning in 1967, our way of life has reflected our values of cooperation, sharing, egalitarianism, income-sharing, nonviolence, and ecological sustainability.

Twin Oaks Community is located on the traditional territory of the Monacan and Mannahoac peoples (now merged as the Monacan Indian Nation), known to its inhabitants as Amai Amañuhkañ ("The Country of the People of the Land"). Our bylaws call for us to strive to eliminate sexism, racism, ageism, and competitiveness. We believe that this also includes a call to dismantle colonialism and acknowledge our position as settlers on stolen land. You can find out more about current tribal issues and join us in supporting the Monacan Indian Nation.

Looking for a home in community?

If you are possibly interested in making Twin Oaks a home for yourself, please read our Visitor Information and send in a Letter of Introduction. The dates for our 2024 visitor periods are here.

 

You are invited to participate in our three 2024 public events this summer! 
Twin Oaks Queer Gathering Friday August 2 - Sunday August 4
Twin Oaks Women's Gathering Friday August 16 - Sunday August 18
Twin Oaks Communities Conference Friday August 30 - Monday September 2 (Labor Day Weekend)

 

 Addressing Racism at Twin Oaks
Last Updated: May 2024

Twin Oaks community is committed to fostering a culture of racial equity and inclusivity. We believe in creating a space where all individuals, regardless of race or background, feel respected, valued, and empowered. Through open dialogue, education, and proactive initiatives, we strive to dismantle systemic racism and promote equality for all members of our community.

Our community has not been immune to racism and other discriminations. While we strive towards our ideals of egalitarianism and equity, we have fallen short before. We are working towards centering anti racism as a pillar of our community. You can read more about some of the culture and history of Twin Oaks as it relates to social justice, as well as some of our current anti racism initiatives, in the Racial Justice section under the Culture tab at the top of the page.


We do not have a group religion; our beliefs are diverse. We do not have a central leader; we govern ourselves by a form of democracy with responsibility shared among various managers, planners, and committees. We are self-supporting economically, and partly self-sufficient. We are income-sharing. Each member works 42 hours a week in the community's business and domestic areas. Each member receives housing, food, healthcare, and personal spending money from the community.

Our hammocks and casual furniture business has generated most of our income in the past. Making tofu as of 2011 has become roughly equal in importance to hammocks. Indexing books and now seed growing are also significant sources of income. Still, less than half of our work goes into these income-producing activities; the balance goes into a variety of tasks that benefit our 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 us choose to be politically active in issues of peace, ecology, anti-racism, and feminism. Each summer we host a Women's Gathering, Queer Gathering, and Communities Conference where we welcome both experienced communitarians, and seekers who are new to community living.

We are once again offering Saturday tours, with some covid-cautious requirements. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information or to arrange a tour.

We offer 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

540-894-5126
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