OFF-GRID HEALING CENTER, ORGANIC FARM,
YOGA RETREAT & INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY
INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP

Membership Process:  
Every potential intentional community member must:
1. Provide a resume or CV, provide a letter explaining why they want to be a member,  provide a list of 6
references with telephone numbers (current landlord, current employer, spouse/partner or ex, current
neighbor, friend and a teacher), allow a background check and do an interview with the membership
committee.
2. Live and work in the community as a "Visiting Member" for a total of 28 days (may be broken up into two
weeks at a time). After 28 days, draft a letter explaining how you see yourself being a positive member of the
intentional community and in what capacity. Explain what you believe the community is doing well and areas
that can be improved. The entire community will decide on a provisional membership within 2 weeks.
3. If the membership agrees to invite you into the community, you will become a "Provisional Member" for a
period of 1 year. After 1 year, the entire community will decide on a "Full Member" status.
4. As a "Full Member", you may either build your own mini-home or put a security deposit down on an existing
living space. "Full Members" must work 20 hours per week (Members children under 18, are not required to
work unless they want to) on mutually agreed upon projects or positions.

*  $500-$1000 Membership Application Fee. If membership does not invite candidate to become a member,
the entire fee is returned. If candidate decides not to become a member, 50% of the Fee is returned. If
candidate becomes a provisional member, 90% of the fee is put towards the housing security deposit.
No membership dues. No land purchase. No lease or rental payments. Security Deposit (or cost to build mini-
home) is refundable when another member takes their place.
*  Maximum of 15 Intentional Community Members
We are all wounded humans doing the best that we can. Ola Ipa is looking for Intentional Community Members
that are mature, responsible, healthy and have worked on their own issues (physically, emotionally, mentally
and spiritually), enough to be able to be of service to guests coming to the healing center for guidance,
support and healing. Having experience in communities is beneficial.
Our selection process will take time, commitment, honesty and will help us to discover if you are the right fit for
the community and if the community is the right fit for you. This lifestyle is not for everyone and requires us to
live a more simple, land-based and group conscious lifestyle.


INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Competent, Respectful, Kind, Active Listener, Non-Violent Communicator, Honest, Compassionate, Humble...
Our selection process will take time, commitment, honesty and will help us to discover if you are the right fit for
the community and if the community is the right fit for you. This lifestyle is not for everyone and requires us to
reduce our electrical consumption, reduce our computer and cell phone usage, recycle or reuse everything we
purchase, compost our kitchen waste and humanure, reduce our use of gas-powered vehicles unless it is
shared, public or human powered.   

Increase our connections to other human beings, communicate honestly our needs, desires, feelings and
truths to others. Listen to others needs, desires, feelings and truths. Use a composting toilet, .....
We all seek a more harmonious and connected way of life, but we must work  to make it happen. We must
change how we do things or the community will not survive. Like a tribe or a marriage cannot be self-
focused.... Habitual behavior, indoctrination, government and corporate manipulation, control punish with
threats, terrorist attacks or war, disgusts, but we often times do small scale versions of the same...
working members: work 20 hours/week for room and board, may work extra hours for pay when the healing
center is generating money, or may work and have hours banked.

*initial stage of community until the center is functioning, members may work outside community and pay rent,
but helping to develop the land into an intentional community and healing center is the top priority.
if community disbands and you have paid for a mini-home to be built, you may lose your investment if the
healing center does not have enough equity to pay off all of its debts. No banks or other lending institutions
can hold the land or building on the land as collateral. Members may get a personal loan if they use their own
personal property as collateral.

LAND OWNERSHIP

One of the main stumbling blocks for intentional communities is land ownership. Most intentional communities
are based in the European Colonial mindset of land ownership giving individual members the perception of
possession of the land. Our modern concept of land ownership comes from a system of wealth accumulation
that mainly benefits corporations and the wealthy elite and is inherited from that same Colonial pillage and
plunder mindset. This flawed concept of ownership goes against Biblical teachings of land stewardship, even
though many times it was the church that sanctioned it. For settlers, land is a commodity that can be owned
and used to generate wealth. For Indigenous Peoples, land is necessary for survival and for thriving
communities.

The land on which we create our intentional community will be based on the Indigenous model where humans
do not own the land. The earth is our mother. She nurtures us, provides for us, takes care of us and we
cannot own her. If anything, she owns us. We are her children, her dependants. By taking care of the land,
resources, animals, plants, and water, we ensure our own long-term well-being. It is obvious that the
Indigenous concept of land care and use is a much more conscious and holistic approach in protecting the
integrity and health of the entire ecosystem. If this idea resonates with you, let us together create a loving
community on sacred land that we improve for our grandchildren and help to heal others while doing so.
My goal is to place the land under the ownership of the Divine, God, Ke Akua, Great Spirit, whatever you want
to call the Supreme Being (not a Church run by men). I have contacted a real estate attorney and title
company to find a way. The intentional community will be the stewards of the land, thrive as a community and
manage "Ola Ipa". In Hawaiian, "Ola Ipa" means Health Sanctuary.  The Healing Center and Yoga Retreat's
purpose will be to service the community and world through education and healing in a sustainable, non-
violent, respectful and loving way.  

Are you fed up with the existing paradigm? Shackled with debt? Never getting ahead, yet seeing billionaires,
corporate executives and politicians getting away with murder, not paying taxes and actually being given tax
breaks. Tired of the endless wars that keep taking the low income families children? Where is the justice?
Thirty years ago I had a dream to create an intentional community where we can make a difference. A dynamic
community causing that starts a ripple effect. The ripple effect occurs when an initial interruption to the status
quo propagates outward to provoke an increasingly larger portion of the world.  When creative people work
together, nothing is impossible. The pandemic, unemployment, disaster capitalism, corrupt politicians, climate
change, unnecessary wars, dirty fuel contamination of vital water supplies, greedy banks, insurance and
pharmaceutical  companies all harming people and the planet. My proposition, as Gandhi put it is, "Be the
change". Let us manifest a solution for us as individuals, our families, our community, our region and ultimately
the world.   

Seeking individuals that will support one another, listen to, value and  trust each other. Equality-minded people
that value children, elders, women and people of all faiths and ethnicities. Looking for those that value social
justice, peace, honesty, transparency, freedom, clean healthy and simple living. Current society seems to be
based in materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, greed and violence. I believe that we can create a
different scenario, a community of individuals who embrace cooperation, generosity, sharing and gratitude. A
peaceful place surrounded by nature, organic gardens, diversity and unity. A community where we can
express our creativity, help our neighbors, share a meal and then enjoy the privacy of meditation. I want to live
with conscious, self-actualized humans that are transparent and genuine. Are you ready to simplify your life? I
have researched and planned this moment for decades and now am looking for a dozen members to start a
community on land in Hawaii (paradise). Call or email me if you are interested.

                     "Don't wait for a crisis to discover what is important in your life”

DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE AND CONSENSUS DECISION MAKING

A Representative Democracy is not the best method of National or group governance. If we look at the United
States of America as an example, we will see broken things like the electoral college that does not always allow
the will of the people to choose who they want as president, the filibuster that allows the minority party control
of what laws get passed, corporate and dark money campaign finance, Senate mal-apportionment, two-party
system, gerrymandering and other forms of voter suppression and now politically motivated judges. All of
these undemocratic practices were set up to prevent liberals and people of colors voices being heard. Now I
will agree that Democracy is much better than autocracies like fascism or communism, but there are still better
methods of governance.

Political elections most often devolve into a popularity contest similar to high school. Polls do not decide who it
right, but who is willing to say what people want to hear. Many politicians focus on emotions rather than
common sense and reason. Ad campaigns turn into mudslinging events, discrediting opposition candidates.
Even worse, the last president pathologically lied about those that opposed him, even claiming to have won an
election after getting seven million fewer votes and losing the electoral college. American politics has become
Tribalism. This 'us versus them' mentality makes people vote for teams instead of voting on issues allowing
candidates to not deal with their constituents issues and focus on their own personal agendas or their
corporate donors agendas.

Corruption, Fraud, Lobbying, Greed, Voter Intimidation and Suppression, Entitlements, Mob Rules (where 51%
of the wolves, tell 49% of the sheep what will be for dinner), Complex Accountability, State Secrets, Perpetual
Wars, No Transparency, Democracy is unsustainable. How can one person represent the preferences of tens
of thousands of diverse constituents? How can two Senators embody every one of their voters interests
especially when they take money from PAC's, Lobbyists and Corporate Donors? More money is more power
which limits who can run for office. Citizens United is an anti-democracy organization and the "New GOP" is
unapologetically pushing for Fascist leadership, which goes against the US Constitution.

Issues get Bundled (Voters are left with the choice of one candidate and all of his/her policies whether they
agree or not), Candidates usually run on only a few issues like healthcare, jobs and criminal justice. What
about all of the omitted issues like corporate corruption, the federal reserve, environmental protection... In a
true representative democracy when people vote, the person with the most votes does not lose!
What we really have is an Oligarchy or a Plutocracy because only wealthy elites and large corporations are
truly represented, not the people of the country. Voters choose representatives and then in turn those
representatives choose their voters through voter suppression, gerrymandering, stacking the courts with
politically conservative biased judges to rule in their favor and other corrupt anti-democratic methods. A direct
or pure democracy is much better than a representative democracy. Capitalism has always led to corruption,
monopolies of land ownership, money, banks, patents and tariffs.  

Government has an inherently malevolent influence on society in that it perpetuates dependency and
ignorance. Although all people are created equal, all opinions are not equal. The opinions of educated
individuals are not equal to the opinions of the ignorant. Opinions of law abiding citizens are not equal to the
opinions of criminals. Not all people can form rational, informed decisions. If people are ignorant, they will not
be free. It is a governments duty to educate its citizenry instead of taking advantage of their incomprehension.
For these reasons I support a more libertarian, egalitarian, social and anarchist form of government that
involves stateless societies, self-governed, non-hierarchical and voluntary institutions. Dynamic Governance is
one such form that supports Individual freedom, social equality, anti-authoritarian, anti-statist, class issues,
immigration, environmentalism, sexuality, education, universal health care and peace. I also oppose private
ownership of natural sources like land, water, air, sun, etc. Sources should be owned collectively.  
Dynamic Governance seeks to create harmonious social environments and productive organizations by
consent rather than majority voting in decision making. This level of equality is not represented by the "one
man, one vote" law of democracy but rather by a group of individuals reasoning together until a decision is
reached that is satisfactory to each one of them. Our current democracy, which is actually a plutocracy or
oligarchy, only meets the needs of the ruling class and wealthy elites while dynamic governance is designed to
meet the needs of all people. The current system uses fear, suspicion, hate, distraction, ignorance and
division to control the people, while dynamic governance brings communities together with education, with non-
violent communication, with honesty and transparency, with love, compassion and support. Only when
common agreement are reached can action be taken and individuals in community must abide by consensus
decisions made.

1. The interests of all members must be considered and the individual must respect the interests of the
community.
2. No action can be taken without a solution that everyone can accept.
3. All members must accept these decisions when unanimously made. If the group cannot make a decision, it
must be made by a higher level of representative, chosen by the community.

COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE

The decision making process of a community is a vital aspect in determining if it is the right place for
individuals. Every person is different. There will be those that want open honest feedback but others that want
none of the touchy-feely stuff. Consensus decision making can work for both process and anti-process
people, as you chose your level of participation. Everyone has an equal voice in the community and the
decisions it makes. It is important that everyone contribute to the community. This is about neighbors learning
a high-level of functioning together so they can make decisions and get the work done.

If the community chooses a committee to make certain decisions, that is focused power (good for fast
decisions and requires special expertise). In consensus decisions all those present must agree before action
is taken. Based on the belief that everyone has a part of the truth, every member present speaks their truth
and is listened to with respect (each member speaking must also respect the group). This participatory
decision making method spreads power equally and offers checks and balances against power abuses.   
There is no voting yes or no on motions. Proposals are introduced, discussed, usually improved or modified to
meet members concerns as necessary and decided upon. When deciding people either give consent, stand
aside (being able to live with it) or block it. Standing aside is principled non-participation when you do not
personally support a proposal but don't want to stop the community from adopting it. It should be noted who
stood aside since they may not have to help implement it, but are still subject to it. Blocking is serious, rare
and not used for personal reasons. It should only be done only when a proposal would violate the morals,
ethics or safety of the whole group. If a decision is blocked without much support after modifications, proposal
is set aside for future meeting or sent to committee to suggest solutions. Principled objections (blocking
consent must be consistent with the groups vision, values and purpose).

After a proposal is made, only clarifying questions can be asked, then state objections and concerns to be
addressed one at a time. Proposal can be modified  and called for consensus (it may not happen in one
meeting). Consensus decisions are implemented faster than voted decisions because many times when a
large percentage of the community is opposed to a decision there is foot dragging and unconscious sabotage
when it comes to implementation.

Consensus meetings are run by agenda planners and a facilitator. The facilitator creates an atmosphere of
trust, safety, helps all to participate, considers the needs of community, sticks to agenda and keeps focus on
task.   
Reasons for consensus:
        Creates and strengthens a spirit of trust, cooperation and respect among members.
        By incorporating the clearest thinking of all members, consensus increases the likelihood of new, better
and more creative decisions.
        Because all have participated in its formation, everyone has a stake in implementing decisions.
        Consensus significantly lessons the possibility that a minority will feel that an unacceptable decision has
been imposed on them.
        Consensus safeguards against ego/adversary attitudes, uninformed decision making, rubberstamping,
coercion, self interested positions, mistrust and half-hearted agreements.  
        All members must go through consensus training if they wish to decide on proposals.
        Must have a trained facilitator to lead meetings.
        All members must align with and agree with shared vision statement and common purpose statement.

If all members are not trained in CDM, start with "Agreement Seeking Decision Making" (choose 55-95% of
membership to pass).
If there are members with control issues that constantly block decisions use the Agreement Minus 1 or 2 (all
members agree except one or two).
On controversial issues the Sunset Clause can be used (group agrees on proposal for one month, 6 months,
1 year, then after time expires it must be decided upon again).

Who makes the decisions?
        For decisions regarding issues that affect the intentional community (except decisions about the land or
Ola Ipa): All intentional community members, except visitors, guests and provisional members using CDM.
        For decisions regarding Ola Ipa Health Sanctuary (except decisions about the land): All members of the
intentional community, except visitors, guests and provisional members using CDM and the Ola Ipa Board of
Directors using CDM. If there is conflict between the two groups decisions, a committee will be formed with
members of each group to resolve the issue.
        For decisions regarding the land: the board of directors of the KeAkua LLC using CDM. All land
decisions will be made in accordance with the Spirits of the land in a ceremony honoring the Aina and KeAkua.
The Board will pray upon issues and discuss spirit guided solutions.  

More about Consensus Decision Making
CDM requires a paradigm shift from anything most people know, from the impatient, "I know best" attitude to a
simple acceptance of and respect for other human beings.
People must be willing to:
        Release roles of alpha male or female, people who think they know best and articulate dynamics.
        Let go of personal attachments for the best interest of the group. If your main concern is if the decision
will be the one you want, it is unlikely you are practicing deep listening, holistic thinking and letting go of your
preconceived ideas.
        Trust in the process and trust in each other. There is a better solution we can reach together.
        Humility, when you can believe your beliefs of community may be wrong, then you can fully engage in
CDM. Giving permission to go ahead even if you are concerned about the outcome. Experiences to learn from.
        Equal access to power requires level playing field.
        Physical participation and right people present. Nobody decides by proxy.

Not all decisions require the whole group to decide. Some things can be decided by committee and area
managers, based on whole group input. Well crafted agendas, reviewed, revised and approved at the
beginning of meetings, contract how to spend time in meeting. Skilled facilitation is a must. It helps the group
make the best decision possible (facilitator is not chairperson). Helps to keep process and agenda contracts
with itself. Facilitators do not take part in the discussion or decision and must be neutral. They helps group
focus, ask questions, redirect overly verbal members, draw out shy members, diffuse aggressive behavior,
stop cross talk and repeatedly bring group back to its task of making good decisions.
Make sure there is enough time. Start out with more time until the process becomes familiar.

Beginning Meetings. Before each CDM meeting, align and attune the group and use guided group meditation
or a prayer to connect members.
+Decision Making. Intentional Community Meetings will be run by Consensus. Each member present is allowed
one vote. Visitors and Provisional members may offer ideas and opinions, but may not vote. Children 18 and
over may vote, unless a child under 18 asks to be a voting member, attends meetings and is approved by
other members. All members must be trained in Consensus Decision Making.
+Facilitation. A trained facilitator shall run the intentional community meetings. Either train all members in
facilitation or find outside facilitators (i.e. exchange facilitators from other local communities). Facilitators
cannot vote on issues. If there are no trained facilitators and community members have not been trained in
Consensus Decision Making, meetings will be run by Agreement Seeking Decision Making (55-95%).
+Agendas. Meeting agendas will be created a week ahead of time and sent out to everyone in the community
before the meeting and posted on the community bulletin board. Agenda planners schedule each item for
discussion in a particular meeting, and note expected amounts of discussion time for each. People may not be
able to attend every meeting, and knowing what topics will be decided or discussed ahead of time allows them
to attend particular meetings, based on their own priorities.
+Evaluation. Time will be set aside at the end of the meeting for evaluation, listing what the community and
facilitator did well and what could have been better. Done regularly, this will help the community improve
communication and meeting skills.
+Minutes. Decide who will take notes or minutes, what will be included in them, how they will be distributed, and
by whom. Encourage people in your group who are good at taking minutes to do it regularly. Distribute the
completed minutes to everyone by e-mail and/or hand delivered. Decide on some general principles for the
community.
+Lifestyle Issues. Diet preferences, oriented to single people, families with children, or multiple generations;
pet issues; sexual orientation and gender issues; drug-use issues, firearms, alcohol use, etc.
Spiritual issues. Spiritual orientation or practice, be spiritually eclectic, or secular.
Political Issues. Whether the community will be Kingdom of Hawaii activists, or will support politically active
members.
Educational Issues. Whether the community will offer homeschooling classes or provide a charter school. The
community will provide lectures, seminars, workshops, trainings, classes, presentations, demonstrations and
speeches on a wide range of topics for guest, members and the public.
Work Trade/Paid Service. Each member 18 years and older will contribute 20 hours each week in exchange
for a living space and daily community meal. Members scheduled hours above 20 hours per week will be paid
according to wage payment schedule. Ola Ipa must be making money to afford additional work. Members can
bank hours.
+Create a decision log. A record of decisions is an invaluable reference. Update it frequently, post a copy on
the wall before meetings, make copies available for members to take with them. Give a copy to each new
member who joins the group. When a group doesn’t create a decision log, people tend to continually revisit
the decisions that have already been made, which wastes time and drains the group’s energy. Stand by your
decisions and resist the temptation to revise previous decisions because new group members may want
something else. It’s fine to revisit a decision when there is a good reason to do so, but don’t do it frivolously.
Keep accurate financial records. Expenses might include consensus facilitation training, land expenses,
construction and infrastructure expenses, tools, fencing, advertising and so on. While more significant
expenses will arise later, decide at the outset how to keep financial records, taking into account how financial
contributions will be managed and other methods of raising money.

Help each other stay accountable. Eventually documents and budgets will need to be scheduled. Assign tasks
and completion dates, as many of these tasks will need to be completed by a particular date so the group can
take the next step. Yet, because unexpected work or family commitments or the inability to manage time wisely,
people often do not do what they say they will, with negative consequences for the group. Relatively painless,
guilt-free ways to help members stay accountable to each other, such as task reviews, task wall charts, buddy
systems, and other means will be needed. One person can call each person to ask if they had completed their
tasks. It was set up as an official tracking system, not a criticism, so no one would feel singled out.

Establish guidelines for group process. This means making decisions cooperatively, communicating honestly,
and holding each other accountable for responsibilities. It means giving feedback and asking for change
without making each other wrong, and facing and resolving conflict.

While many groups do not deal with these issues until they are forced to, learning these skills early in group
life is one of the most significant aspects of creating a healthy community. Some groups set aside a separate
meeting once a month where members can openly express their frustrations or concerns and seek to resolve
them. Some amount of conflict is normal and expected. It’s important to create a conflict resolution plan and
practice it before you have any significant conflict.
Things to remember:
        Do No Harm
        Tell the Truth
        Honor your contracts
        If you harm another, make amends, apologize and restore.

Sample of pre-meeting group guided meditation. Have members lay in savana on yoga mats, eyes closed.
Guide them through a vision by imagining, visualizing and feeling something that does not exist yet, Opa Ila for
example. Inspire to believe in the vision. Plant a seed, nourish and water the seed and watch it grow. Use
labor, tools and energy to physically express the vision. Create within budget and timeframe.

Explain organization structure in detail. Identify community vision. Choose fair participatory decision making
process. Make clear agreements in writing. Use good communication skills with conflict resolution. Choose
members with emotional security. Head skills and heart skills.   

Some Additional Benefits:

1.  Peacemaking is rooted in transformative theory rather than retributive, hierarchical, adversarial, punitive or
codified assumptions. Restoring relationships back into natural harmony is primary intention, not causing
"equal" suffering for wrongdoer.

2.  Dialogue involves many interested parties.

3.  Excuses relating to cognitive dissonance are respected and embraced, not rationalized. Efforts to expose
and end this dissonance are then a priority through a talking out process.

4.  Win-win is emphasized over win-lose.

5.  Issues are at the center of discussion (subject centered) not individuals.

6.  Responsibility is emphasized over rights.

7.  Victim is the primary focus, not the wrong doer. Both remain part of the "community."

8.  Prayer and spirituality are essential throughout the process and allow for an emphasis on the process and
a commitment to restoring harmony.

9.  Justice is a way of life rather than a set of laws.

10. Circle of blame is wider and issues have broader context.

11. Time and patience are essential to process.

12. Reciprocity and reparative obligations to victims and community rather than vengeance or punishment are
goals.

13. There is an understanding that people use violence to prevent feelings of shame (can relate to
depression, poverty, illness, worry, bad relationships, etc.).

14. Consensus for resolution is goal and comes more from a movement to heart-felt associations than
cognitive ones. Consensus should be thought of as deep understanding, not necessarily full agreement.
Before decisions are made, everyone's voice is heard. If any kind of "top-down" decision is necessary, the
highest degree of politeness is extended.

15. Listening to the wise opinion of a respected elder becomes a major part of the process.

16. When parties reach consensus for restoration and accountability, opposing parties are seen as being
back in good relationship with one another and both parties see the world more with the heart than the head.





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