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CAUTION! This audiobook may blow your mind or cause FlashBack. Voluntary Peasants will transport and entertain you, make you laugh and convey authentic 60s energy and mindscape, focusing on living 13 years as a "voluntary peasant."

"We were dedicated to create a peaceful, sustainable way of life, a lifestyle the world can afford. We agreed to share the work and 'hold all things in common', and to grow as individuals and have fun in the process."

"Imagine all the people living life in peace."—John Lennon. That was us! We had it going.

The Farm in Summeretown, Tennessee was a 24/7 peace demonstration—a back-to-the-land collective attempt to create an ideal society, a modern utopia—the hippie commune was awarded the Swedish Right Livelihood Award—"For caring, sharing and acting with and on behalf of those in need at home and abroad."

The intentional community was pacifist, Earth-friendly, people-friendly, eclectic, agrarian and vegan. The Farm was also a "weed" or cannabis church, prohibiting hard drugs and alcohol, but honoring marijuana as a sacrament and powerful tool to help people connect with each other and their higher self. At its peak, 1,500 resident members enjoyed Zero Unemployment and Universal Healthcare; 350 children were in our school, and we made it on an incredible $100 a month per person! More than 1,000 babies were delivered free by Farm "spiritual" midwives.

A magical journey read by the UPI reporter who lived the adventure. Far-out true stories of people uniting to create a better way to live.

"It was truly amazing. Pooling all our money, resources, talents and skills, working together—we built houses, roads, a clinic run by our own doctors and midwives, our own medical lab, soy dairy, bakery, motor pool, cottage industries, solar-heated school, touring rock and roll band, and an FM radio and closed-circuit TV station. Over twelve collective years, nearly 5,000 people came and went; lived and worked together as "voluntary peasants" and grew spiritually.

©2013 Melvyn Stiriss (P)2013 Melvyn Stiriss

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