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In the words of John Lennon, "Imagine all the people living life in peace." That was us! We had it going for 13 years. Entertaining, never-before-revealed, inside look into an iconic American commune—The Farm—a commune awarded the “alternative Nobel Peace Prize,” the Swedish Right Livelihood Award—“For caring, sharing and acting with and on behalf of those in need at home In the words of John Lennon, "Imagine all the people living life in peace." That was us! We had it going for 13 years. Entertaining, never-before-revealed, inside look into an iconic American commune—The Farm—a commune awarded the “alternative Nobel Peace Prize,” the Swedish Right Livelihood Award—“For caring, sharing and acting with and on behalf of those in need at home and abroad.” A bold, shared vision, social experiment of the 60s— told by a UPI reporter, who followed the story of the times over the edge; sought enlightenment and banded with 300 hippies to build the ultimate, globally-affordable lifestyle village in rural Tennessee. At its peak—1,400 people enjoyed universal healthcare, zero unemployment; food, housing and all necessities on $100/person a month! The Farm was a 24/7 peace demonstration—a shared model village, complete with solar-heated school, soy dairy, clinic, doctors, midwives, bakery, farming, motor pool, good karma cottage industries, radio station, and humanitarian outreach. Stiriss was a founder, builder, and resident member for 13 years, working as a carpenter, miller, baker, vegan chef, gateman, farmer, editor and earthquake reconstruction worker in Guatemala, working with Mayans; building schools, clinics, houses and a clinic for Mother Teresa. Originally, The Farm was a cult built around Stephen Gaskin. High Times calls Gaskin—“The Gandhi of the American Counterculture.” Over the years, The Farm evolved into “Community as Teacher,” with Stephen serving as minister and life coach. Stephen's wife, Ina May Gaskin, was the community midwife and became a major force in popularizing home delivery. Ina May was inducted recently into the Women's Hall of Fame and is known as “the mother of modern midwifery.” We examine my 13-year, deep, guru-student relationship with Gaskin. Many followed LSD High Priest, Dr. Timothy Leary—“Turn on, tune in, and drop out.” Then, we found ourselves way out on a limb, beyond the limb, with no clue how to come back down to Earth. That was where Stephen Gaskin came in. Part 2 picks up where Part 1 ends with the 1971 landing in rural Tennessee of 300 hippies in an audacious, 100-bus and van caravan. True tales of life off-the-grid, pioneer days—city greenhorns struggling to be country and self-reliant, watched closely by locals, KKK and FBI. Voluntary Peasants, the whole book, will be published in print and all formats in April. The book is divided into four parts—each part analogous with a human life. Part One—Birth. Part Two—Infancy. Part Three—Youth. Part Four—Maturity and Transfiguration. Parts 1 & 2 are now available as e-books. Part 3—Almost Paradise and Part 4—Utopia Myopia coming soon at Amazon and www.VoluntaryPeasants.com. Table of Contents Summary of Part One Chapter 1 Landing Party Chapter 2 Peyote Meeting Chapter 3 Life Out of the Box Chapter 4 Big Bust! Chapter 5 Hippie Holy Land Chapter 6 In the King’s Court Chapter 7 Mission Impossible Chapter 8 The Human Tumbler Chapter 9 Life and Death


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In the words of John Lennon, "Imagine all the people living life in peace." That was us! We had it going for 13 years. Entertaining, never-before-revealed, inside look into an iconic American commune—The Farm—a commune awarded the “alternative Nobel Peace Prize,” the Swedish Right Livelihood Award—“For caring, sharing and acting with and on behalf of those in need at home In the words of John Lennon, "Imagine all the people living life in peace." That was us! We had it going for 13 years. Entertaining, never-before-revealed, inside look into an iconic American commune—The Farm—a commune awarded the “alternative Nobel Peace Prize,” the Swedish Right Livelihood Award—“For caring, sharing and acting with and on behalf of those in need at home and abroad.” A bold, shared vision, social experiment of the 60s— told by a UPI reporter, who followed the story of the times over the edge; sought enlightenment and banded with 300 hippies to build the ultimate, globally-affordable lifestyle village in rural Tennessee. At its peak—1,400 people enjoyed universal healthcare, zero unemployment; food, housing and all necessities on $100/person a month! The Farm was a 24/7 peace demonstration—a shared model village, complete with solar-heated school, soy dairy, clinic, doctors, midwives, bakery, farming, motor pool, good karma cottage industries, radio station, and humanitarian outreach. Stiriss was a founder, builder, and resident member for 13 years, working as a carpenter, miller, baker, vegan chef, gateman, farmer, editor and earthquake reconstruction worker in Guatemala, working with Mayans; building schools, clinics, houses and a clinic for Mother Teresa. Originally, The Farm was a cult built around Stephen Gaskin. High Times calls Gaskin—“The Gandhi of the American Counterculture.” Over the years, The Farm evolved into “Community as Teacher,” with Stephen serving as minister and life coach. Stephen's wife, Ina May Gaskin, was the community midwife and became a major force in popularizing home delivery. Ina May was inducted recently into the Women's Hall of Fame and is known as “the mother of modern midwifery.” We examine my 13-year, deep, guru-student relationship with Gaskin. Many followed LSD High Priest, Dr. Timothy Leary—“Turn on, tune in, and drop out.” Then, we found ourselves way out on a limb, beyond the limb, with no clue how to come back down to Earth. That was where Stephen Gaskin came in. Part 2 picks up where Part 1 ends with the 1971 landing in rural Tennessee of 300 hippies in an audacious, 100-bus and van caravan. True tales of life off-the-grid, pioneer days—city greenhorns struggling to be country and self-reliant, watched closely by locals, KKK and FBI. Voluntary Peasants, the whole book, will be published in print and all formats in April. The book is divided into four parts—each part analogous with a human life. Part One—Birth. Part Two—Infancy. Part Three—Youth. Part Four—Maturity and Transfiguration. Parts 1 & 2 are now available as e-books. Part 3—Almost Paradise and Part 4—Utopia Myopia coming soon at Amazon and www.VoluntaryPeasants.com. Table of Contents Summary of Part One Chapter 1 Landing Party Chapter 2 Peyote Meeting Chapter 3 Life Out of the Box Chapter 4 Big Bust! Chapter 5 Hippie Holy Land Chapter 6 In the King’s Court Chapter 7 Mission Impossible Chapter 8 The Human Tumbler Chapter 9 Life and Death

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    I found this interesting since I have followed Ina Mae Gaskins books and articles about childbirth for 30+ years. There were some typos that bugged me, and it was not the best written book, but the topic was covered.

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