The Sound Of Freedom

I am creating a podcast about some of the oldest nondenominational intentional communities I have come across around the world. Each broadcast will be based on an audio-interview with a dedicated resident, covering different aspects of what it means to live communally. Through this work, I am in search of solutions to the typical problems and challenges of living together. As the notion of sharing local resources and living spaces is on the rise, I am also on the trace of the essence of the future of community, in looking back at what the pioneers achieved.

What these places have in common is that they were founded in the time and in the spirit of what is often referred to as the Age of Aquarius or simply ‘New Age’. Countless thousands of conscious-hungry Western idealists, decided to create their own communities, where no one was going to be the boss and life was all about sharing and caring for the Earth.

A veritable movement was started then, and it is still growing stronger today. But while the majority of the early communities didn’t stand the test against societal and individual pressures, only a few mother ships still thrive today in their evermore capitalized surroundings. These places fascinate me and they have so far given me some of my most real and happy times.

It has been my experience that these intentional communities are the chaotic sum of a bunch of passionate people in constant and deliberate disagreement with each other. Meanwhile, the places seem to be run by the Grace of the Great Spirit, and with up to five decades in the making, three generations have now consolidated some solid communal identities.

So far I have recorded more than 60 interviews and 100+ hours of relevant audio from Auroville  in South India, Nimbin in Australia, Tui Community in New Zealand, Damanhur in Italy and Christiania in Denmark.

At this point I am still only editing, but next up is building a website and choosing a platform for my podcast. If you happen to have any ideas for me on how to manifest this project, I am very open to your help and interested in hearing from you.

Please contact me!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. seedwalkabout
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 10:05:01

    Hi Cornelius… Hope all is well, how s the doco going? If you wanna include Billen Cliffs community outside Nimbin, it s a beautiful place, good people… that s where I am till i get back to South America (met you doing service in Chai Tent, Rocky River Corroborree… once we were both waiting for the Ginger-man!).. Stay cool up in the tropics! Love your musings! Bless your journey and many projects. Julia


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  5. Marc:
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 08:08:41

    Brother Cornelius- Much love to you and all positive vibrations for your passions. You inspire me man. ❤


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