Exciting alternatives. Sixties adventures, authentic taste of the energy, vibes, and mindscape of a transformative era, focusing on a quest for enlightenment and living thirteen years as a "voluntary peasant" in America's biggest, most-influential commune, The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee, a grand experiment in spiritual collective living.

A fun read and an important piece of history. How to make it through perilous, changing times and live a good life.
Stories of extraordinary personal and group transformation.

Part 1 takes us to San Francisco in 1969, along with thousands of recent dropouts, spiritual seekers and neauveau hippies.

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

Put a flower in your hair and come to San Francisco. A far-out trip as hundreds of good-hearted, high-minded people unite to attempt to create a cool, affordable way to live, a model of a lifestyle the whole world can afford. Leave the ordinary behind. Let your head soar free and take a trip -- a 60s trip over the edge and back. A bold experiment in collective living,

History comes alive in a deep personal journey into the psyche and mindscape of turbulent, exciting, sometimes dangerous times. Beyond sex, drugs and rock 'n roll -- beyond hippies. Adventurer/Journalist/Humorist Melvyn Stiriss sheds fresh light on sixties spirituality and communal living when, as a UPI reporter, he followed the story of the times over the edge to live the story himself. In 1971, Melvyn and 300 "voluntary peasants" co-founded The Farm, America's biggest, most-influential commune to come out of the sixties -- a remarkably bold, somewhat successful experiment in collective living.

"Imagine all the people living life in peace." -- John Lennon
That was us! We had it going.
Enter what may seem another world. Entertaining, informative, true stories of a remarkable joint venture and bold attempt to create a better way of life -- Earth-friendly, people-friendly, eclectic, agrarian, vegan community and pioneering cannabis church -- a commune awarded the Swedish Right Livelihood Award -- "For caring, sharing and acting with and on behalf of those in need at home and abroad." An example of The Farm's humanitarian outreach: the author worked a year with Mayans and a crew from the community in remote mountain villages after a devastating earthquake in Guatemala -- building rural schools, clinics, houses and a clinic for Mother Teresa.

Stiriss -- "I co-founded and lived thirteen years in America's biggest commune not undercover but as a full-fledged member of the hippie collective, living the dream, "saving the world." The idea of writing about the experience came after, when I realized the importance of reporting behind-the-scenes, everyday observations of one of the most-revealing social experiments to come out of that era."

Cool, fun, weaving of journalism, pathos and humor transports the reader on an entertaining, mind-expanding, psychedelic odyssey.
Over the collective's 13 years, 5,000 people lived and worked together as "voluntary peasants" sharing labor, life and friendship -- a path with heart -- working without pay -- to create a globally-affordable, sustainable safe, sane, eclectic, agrarian, egalitarian, meaningful, fun lifestyle. The Farm was a grassroots, 24/7 peace demonstration.
Pooling resources, working together, we built our own town -- complete with farming, construction, motor pool, soy dairy, clinic, lab, doctors, midwives, bakery, cottage industries, FM radio station, solar-heated school, a dozen satellite communities and humanitarian outreach projects around the world. At peak -- 1,450 people enjoyed Zero Unemployment, Universal Healthcare, and all necessities on $100/person a month!"
Includes author's deeply personal spiritual student-teacher relationship with Stephen Gaskin.

The 424-page paperback with color photos will be In print April 15. $24.95 + $3.95 ship
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