are beginning to be looked at as a better way to live by a lot
more people than there were previously. This is due to the way
the economy has taken a dive. A lot of people, who had hoped that
they would eventually be able to afford a middle-class lifestyle
(a good job, owning your own home, a nice car) are finding that
those goals have suddenly been put out of their reach, or they
have been taken away from them.
Living in an intentional community can afford you the benefits
of the middle class lifestyle without your being middle class.
You aren’t able to buy a house now, let alone one with a
pool, a hot tub and other amenities, and frankly, the way the
deck seems to be getting stacked in the business world, you’re
not likely to ever be middle class unless you are born into wealth.
But, you and a group of friends might be able to pool enough resources
together so that each family can have a small home, and share
a pool and hot tub. If you do it right it could be income producing.
Such has been our vision concerning Dryad’s Realm, and it
may be that no one living there need work outside, as the income
generated from that business plan should be able to sustain at
least a dozen adults, and provide them all with health care, plus
the amenities become tax deductable business expenses. Even with
the downturn in the economy, the Chamber of Commerce here on the
North Coast reports that occupancy rates in the hospitality sector
are still running at 90% year round, as the big trees still draw
a respectable number of tourists.
Interested? Take a look at our business plan at http://imladris.mithrilstar.org
Don’t like California? I think that plan could be adaptable
for anyone, anywhere in America, who wanted to break out of the
conventional paradigm. Don’t think a “clothing optional”
resort would fly in your neck of the woods? We adopted that because
we are already in a heavy tourist area, and that niche would set
us apart from the rest of the competition. It’s not necessary
to a successful implementation of this model, although with Pagans
involved that choice could be unstated, especially if you intend
to tap into the Pagan festival niche.
We expect that other businesses will develop out of the Dryad’s
Realm community base, including a book store, bakery, coffee shop,
restaurant, alternative health care, weekend retreats and workshops,
and weekend festivals, many of these utilizing the large multi-purpose
(60’) dome we intend to construct, but others operated as
satellite businesses in nearby towns.
the FOREST be with you always,
And may you never thirst for the waters of life.
Druid Sybok Pendderwydd, Patriarch
Order of the Mithril Star,
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