Redfield is an Intentional Community situated in North Buckinghamshire, England. The house is a large old mansion with 17 acres of gardens, woodland and pasture surrounded by farmland.
Our legal structure is that of a Fully Mutual Housing Co-operative, where members are effectively both Landlord and Tenant.
We live as a single household which means that we spend a lot of time together. The rewards that flow from this way of life are many, varied and sometimes unexpected.
Decision-making is by consensus of all members of the community at the fortnightly meeting. As well as community business there is space for feelings to be expressed in a supportive atmosphere. Communal life tends to highlight individual foibles and test how we look at ourself and others. As well as bringing us closer together, open communication and shared feelings are necessary to limit the scope for misunderstanding.
Sharing your life in this way, with a group of like-minded people, makes for an active and involved life where something is always happening. At the same time the personal challenge that this creates should not be under-estimated. It constantly challenges us to take full responsibility for ourselves.
The practicalities of working and living together
Day to day life, whether necessary domestic tasks or large joint projects, is managed through the various systems that have grown up over the years but this is only a basis and lots of creative effort and joining in is always needed. We eat communally most evenings and at the weekends.
Adult members are expected to put in 16 hours to community work and responsibilities per week. This work includes things like day to day tasks such as cooking, shopping and domestic cleaning, administration and finance, gardening, building maintenance and animal management, catering and making beds for visitors and volunteers. And so the list goes on… There is rarely a shortage of things to do.
Most members also have jobs outside the community and these tend to be part-time to allow for full participation in community life. In recent years they have been as varied as working with children and older people, carpentry, computing, publishing, building, teaching, accounting, and planning.
We all live in the main house and pay a rent based in part on the space we occupy. The size of this is determined by need and availability. No space is occupied permanently nor ‘claimed’ as moves within the house are occasionally necessary due to changing circumstances.
Please note we are not a social housing or supported living project.