Founded in 1997 in Saint Paul Minnesota's Summit-University Neighborhood, our small "community" of between 4 and 6 adults has always been focused on a practical and unpretentious version of "intentional community". Rather than pretending to have lofty ideals of social perfection, we just make an effort in what ever ways each of us are able to be more intentional about how we live our lives. Why live a life of quiet desperation if you don't have to?
Simply put, we aim to eat lower on the food chain and try to reduce unnecessary use of electricity, choosing wind power through the local power company, buying organic and locally grown food when possible, and shopping with house money at locally owned stores.
We also make an effort to be interested in the well being of our fellow housemates so that we can all feel that our home is more than just a shelter. Many people react to the idea of Intentional Community as strange and probably complicated and stressful. What we have found is that intentional community is often far less stressful and much healthier than living alone.
House rules change with the housemates, but all our decisions use a consensus model of decision making (except where a decision involves capital improvements or alterations to the structure, mechanicals, or large appliances. Such decisions are mostly consensual).