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1973, responding to a spiritual call of the Goddess, The Welsh Traditional
Witchcraft Church in America was directed to the North Georgia mountains to
locate a site for a spiritual and holistic community; a community which
would have as it's basis, an earth religion philosophy.
Camelot-of-the-Woods is structured as a living, open minded community of
which our religion is just one facet. This unique and exciting community
continues to take form in the fertile foothills of
the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Georgia. It is a community of the Old
Religion for the New Age, where not only personal and group survival is
stressed, but spiritual understanding, sharing, patience and love
is taught as a way of life. Several other "Living" communities are
also being established in North Georgia and in other states.
These living communities are hidden because of the danger from those who
continually try to destroy our religion. We do not foresee this secrecy to
be repealed in the near future. Maybe when all traditions and religions can
exist in peace, will Camelot-of-the-Wood be visible. But, until then,
Camelot will exist peacefully, in undisclosed locations.
During this foundation period, which we believe will take another
two years, the active members of Camelot will
be establishing a core
program of Spiritual, Holistic and private study in earth philosophy, with a
natural approach to work and relationships. Four styles of participation
have emerged: a Full-Time Training Program through The Grove of the
Welsh Dragon; a Residential Program for those initiates who live at Camelot,
work there and elsewhere, and need a flexible schedule; a Correspondence
Program for seekers who live at a distance; and the Gathering of the Tribes,
held once a year. The Gathering provides daily meditation and
religious services, regular workshops and special events. There will
also be day-long and week-long retreats, and seminars.
Camelot is dedicated to evolving and demonstrating a harmonious, fulfilling
and supportive lifestyle, and to creating new methods of communication and
new ways of dealing with human relationships. It will be a practical place
where people can work, play, learn and discover themselves with loving care.
Acknowledging life itself as the first and greatest teacher, Camelot will
exist to create working holistic systems which will one day be shared with
the world. It will embrace life through its classes in health and healing,
magick, horticulture, building, education, and esoteric wisdom.
Underlying it all is a commitment to establishing an effective balance and
cooperation between the human family and nature... learning to relink
ourselves with nature and with each other. But it doesn't come
easy, this business of building a community. To begin with it takes
builders not spectators. And it takes a great deal of patience,
commitment and sacrifice. That is why there is such an extensive
Don't come to Dynion Mwyn expecting everyone to be whole and filled with
love and light. If you join us, you will meet people in the process of
becoming whole, and often in the middle or even in the early stages of a
demanding, painful experience. In other words, season your idealism
with realism. Keep your feet on the ground while you explore the
stars. If you persevere you will be lead to Camelot.
there is a central prerequisite at Camelot, it is taking responsibility for
your experience. Relationships, communications, and challenges
of all sorts are tools to use in becoming whole; emotions are not something
that happens to you but something you choose to do.
Communities are as old as humanity. Many millennia ago, the earliest
alliances were born of necessity: the survivors of the Atlantian Cataclysm
barely eked out enough food, shelter and defense to keep humankind alive.
But more than that, they became the crucible within which we evolved.
of those first primordial unions emerged our industrialized megasociety.
Its price has been steep. In its impersonal vastness, the individual
has been sacrificed. Pollster Louis Harris characterized the
American Public as outraged and despairing ....and that is the good news!
The bad news, he added, is that Americans have nearly exhausted their
options to deal with the frustration and are beginning to realize it.
There is a natural philosophy which is shared by Camelot members. This
new vision values an open mind and an open heart. It sees all life,
however diverse, as one life; and it respects and encourages diversity while
celebrating unity. It is called "Holism."
foundations of a holistic community must be in its synthesis, applying all
methods and ideas that bring unity and creative efficiency. Synthesis
is the opposite of dropping out, for it refuses to stereotype any workable
idea just because others have abused it.
This planet desperately needs healers in a greater sense... Leaders who can
generate new solutions to complex problems. Only the most deaf, blind
or unenlightened skeptic would deny this. A new generation of healers
must be trained: they will not spring full-grown from our good intentions.
This training is taking place at Camelot.
There has to be trust in a community. There are some communities that
try to make their policy decisions at meetings of the whole community.
They get into interminable discussions because people haven't got the
complete picture. This method does not work. At Camelot,
committees will be responsible for specific functions such as personnel,
finance, etc. Because the community trusts the decisions made by these
committees there are few problems.
a time when some have been disheartened by sleazy gurus and communities that
are rife with fanatics, Camelot's devotion to love, light and respect of the
path of truth will serve as a shining example. Camelot is an
intentional community of people living together, sharing all of their
resources, caring for each other, and working to create a cooperative,
spiritual and holistic way of life, in harmony with Nature and Mother Earth.
Although Camelot assumes responsibility for the needs of its members,
receiving the products of their labor and distributing these and all other
goods based on need, each person is an individual and can have certain
Camelot uses a planner/manager form of government. Community decisions
are made by three Planners elected by a majority of the full members, for
staggered 24-month terms of office. These three planners are guided by
the a Council of Elders, who have overall executive power as well as certain
arbitrative functions. Appointed managers are responsible for all
areas of community life that need supervision (i.e., health, craft
production, animals, power, agriculture, etc.). There are dozens of such
positions covering large and small areas so that everyone who is qualified
can become a manager. Sometimes several managers or crews will share
Economic planning is coordinated by three planners. They are responsible for
distributing resources. Planners and Managers receive no extra
privileges because of their position. Members normally make their
wishes and desires known through personal conversations, open planner
meetings, polls and an opinion and idea board.
Work is not seen as just a means to an end. We try to make it an integral
part of our lives. To facilitate this, we have meetings each week to
talk about priorities and how we are going to accomplish our goals for that
week. We also operate a labor credit system to organize work and share it
equitably, giving each member as much choice as possible. The
system combines a standard of planning and record keeping with a large
amount of freedom for the member to choose and vary their work. In
addition to industry and agriculture, the system includes child care,
accounting, domestic and other necessary activities. Members are assigned a
minimum of 45 hours of work per week.
Camelot we hear deeply and clearly the Great Spirit within. This calls
for renewal of the Earth Spirit. We all have the power to heal this
planet and ourselves. In uniting our earth religion spirit, we form a
magickal alliance which makes all things possible.
have heard prophets today in countless numbers, around every corner, and
from every direction, who insist that this decade will determine the future
of Humankind. In a way they are right. Gloom and doom issue from
every lonely pulpit; everyone claims to know the "One Thing" that will
preserve our future; from nuclear energy to a return to fundamentalism; from
a reliance on science to the destruction of politics; from doing more with
less to having more for fewer.
these are only partial solutions, and ignore the whole picture. In the
close of the 70's we began to see a spontaneous attempt to arrive at a
collective mind and spirit; and in these attempts we began to recognize a
challenge more basic than any other: learning to form organic communities;
overlapping, changing and accepting those of like minds who will gather, and
declare that there is a warm and secure place for each of us in the
relationship between Humanity, Earth and the Cosmos.
There is no challenge to humanity greater than the striving to achieve community; the ability of each of us to be secure in our need to acknowledge our relationships: With each other, With the Earth Mother and the Great Spirit.Camelot is a holistic and spiritual community which meets this challenge by dedicating ourselves to an attunement with nature through inner awareness training using the ancient technique of Relinking:
Permaculture is one aspect of Camelot Philosophy. Permaculture is a design science rooted in the observation of natural systems. The principles of permaculture teach us how to design ways of living that have the stability and resiliency of natural ecosystems — they show us positive solutions for creating and managing systems for food, medicine, and building materials, as well as relationships with ourselves, animals, and our communities. Permaculture always keeps in sight three ethics: care of the Earth, care of people, and sharing the surplus.
We deal with each other in a tolerant, caring, and honest way. Openness is a very important value to all of us, although the limitations are obvious among large groups of people. We attempt to extend our peaceful philosophy to our verbal behaviors as well as the physical. Meeting the social needs of everyone is important, but sometimes difficult. In general though, support for emotional hard times is not difficult to find at Camelot. There is a behavior code which includes the following interpersonal agreements. We do not go around quoting them to each other, but they reflect the society we are creating.
|All members are equal in the sense that they are entitled to the same privileges, advantages and respect.|
|All members are encouraged to explain their work to other members who desire to learn, within the constraints of our resources.|
|We do not speak negatively of other members to a third party although constructive criticism is encouraged.|
|We try not to publicly complain about things we think are wrong with the community. We feel that gripes are best taken up with whoever is responsible for whatever is being criticized. Public bitching is bad for morale; it imposes on those who overhear it and seldom takes the place of positive concern and constructive suggestions.|
|We try to exercise consideration and tolerance for each other's individual habits, as long as these do not impose on others.|
|We encourage recognition of individual accomplishments but we will not emphasize them. We, as a new society will need our heros, but we do not need the loss of self esteem that current western civilization encourages.|
|We clean up after ourselves after each project. We will not keep (any) articles longer than (they are) needed, but return them to their place so they can be used by others.|
|No member will enter another's space unless invited. Communal life makes privacy a right and we do not violate it.|
|We try to love each other and to be in the highest state of concern for each other. We realize that we need each other. It takes a lot of work to create a relationship between two people much less within a community.|
|We are creating a community for life, not just a temporary haven for those who drop out of society. We ask each other for a 100 percent commitment that this creation implies.|
grow we plan to diversify our means of support, placing greater emphasis on
primary products and services such as food, shelter and education.
This will necessitate that the members of Camelot form an organization which
will interact with the outside world without revealing the true location and
nature of Camelot.
Much of our recreation consists of simply being together. We take
walks, play music, and spend a lot of time talking to each other. We
play volleyball, run, lift weights, fish, canoe, hike, swim, and folk-dance.
Musical instruments are encouraged. We are entertained by a large collection
of books, records and tapes as well as the ever changing woods and meadows.
Individual hobbies are also encouraged. We will eventually have a
darkroom, pottery studio and arts and crafts shop. Our members visit
mystical and historical sites, attend concerts, and museums. We listen
to some radio, watch limited TV and subscribe to magazines. In short
we are very much like other people.
children are raised by the community, as well as their parents.
Evenings are set aside for parents and other primary figures to maintain and
deepen continuing relationships. There is ample room for as much loving
interaction as is mutually desirable with parents or with other members of
the community. We encourage the Bradley method of husband coached child
birth using Midwives. Nursing infants are encouraged to be breast-fed
by their mothers if at all possible. Eventually we will build and
operate our own school. The children will have regular pre-school
We feel that community child-care offers many advantages. Parents who do not wish to put their full time into child-care are free to pursue other work, thereby enabling others to share the pleasures and responsibilities of raising children. Children in turn, are surrounded by adults who find fulfillment in children, and their emotional and economic security has a broader base than just the relationship between two people.It is our policy to be open to new members within certain limitations. These limitations are economic as well as spiritual. But we will always be looking for ways to expand Camelot and its sister communities as they are formed. Although there is limited membership available with Camelot of the Wood, there is no restrictions placed upon admission to the sister communities except that one must be an Initiate member of Dynion Mwyn. There are no admission fees. A prospective member must first ask permission of their High Priest/ess who will arrange an interview. A visit is then arranged with the membership committee. If accepted, one becomes a provisional member for one year. Provisional members do not vote and may be asked to leave for less drastic reasons than full members. After the provisional period, the provisional member will sign a contract with the community agreeing to accept the community bylaws and behavior code. Financial arrangements are detailed in the community handbook. In return, the member is guaranteed an equal share of the benefits that the community provides.
Clothing and personal effects remain the property of the member unless they are shared. Resources may be held outside the community for a period not to exceed one year, but one cannot benefit from their use while a member.Camelot-of-the-Wood is a survival, work, study and learning community where Earth Religion philosophy is experienced with warmth and personal consideration. Our members express their common bond with the Earth Mother and Sky Father in various forms without fear of ridicule or scorn. Camelot welcomes all forms of positive religious expression. The ultimate goal of Camelot is the enlightenment of humanity through the establishment of a society of teachers. If you are a true teacher, "come join the dance."
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