A day in the life of the Kadagaya community

 

Housing and facilities

We currently live in a 6-bedroom communal house which can accommodate around 5-6 visitors. In the future, permanent residents will have their own houses (private bedroom and bathroom), where cooking, eating, laundry etc. will be provided in a common centre. We currently only have showers with cold water and latrine toilets. We have electricity from the hydroelectric plant (and power from the grid or solar panels as back-up). We have wifi internet that is quite reliable and fast enough for Skype etc. We also have common gardens under construction, a workshop, a small library, a swing and sand pit for kids, and access to a waterfront area for swimming at the river.

Food and diet

Our preferred way of eating (considering nutrition and the most efficient way of being self-sufficient in food) is close to the paleo diet (avoiding processed foods, grains, sugar, and vegetable oils). At the moment our diet is more flexible due to the requirements of feeding a group with limited resources. Most of our meals are vegetarian; we eat meat a couple of times a week at most (but would be happy to eat more in the future when we have our own chickens and fish). Very strict vegan or raw diets could be difficult to cater for at the moment. We eat a lot of eggs, but dairy products very rarely. We have some fruits growing on our land (bananas, avocados, papaya, and cacao), as well as ginger, turmeric, mushrooms and other crops we can harvest from the forest. At the moment we are not focusing on growing vegetable gardens and buy most produce in town. Nearly all the food we eat comes from Peru (and we try to buy as local as possible). We enjoy learning how to provide the basics off-grid and prepare our vinegar and fermented foods. We share all meals, and cooking and basic cleaning chores.

Alcohol and drug use

We use the scientific method as much as possible to make decisions regarding diet and lifestyle (in preference to likes or culture); hence, we strictly limit sugar, alcohol, tobacco, and recreational drugs. We are open to evaluating the physical and psychological risks and benefits of all substances to make decisions regarding their use within the community. In addition to health, we consider our relationship with our neighbours (for example, the use of marijuana is strongly demonized here). While we are interested in preserving the traditional knowledge of Peru (regarding plant lore, agricultural techniques etc.), we don´t support the recreational use of drugs and are concerned about the rise in drug-tourism and pseudo-shamanism here in Peru related to drug tourism around Ayahuasca, San Pedro etc.

Spirituality

The current members of Kadagaya do not self-identify as religious or spiritual. We understand that spirituality comes in many forms and while we share many core beliefs with spiritual groups considering our motivation to improve the world and promote self-discovery and growth, perhaps our methods are quite different. In our past experience, we have sometimes clashed with volunteers and potential members who emphasise spirituality as a major part of their life path. While we aim to create a unified world where these differences don´t matter, they seem to matter in a practical sense when working together. In our case, an integral part of our project is the use of a high level of science and technology and following the scientific method. Creating holistic systems is a core part of our plan, including working holistically with the environment. However, we have seen no evidence that nature has some fundamental intelligence or wisdom and we strongly believe that humans are also a part of nature and can either improve or destroy the environment depending on their interactions with it.

Education

We promote lifelong learning for all members. While education of children will be the decision of the parents, the current members are home-schooling their children and in the future we hope to have a formalised educational curriculum developed for the children in the community and neighbouring villages. We see self-development and education as a critical part of developing the community and promote this for all members (e.g., by providing resources and support for on-line and other education).

Sex and relationships

We promote and support healthy and fulfilling relationships between all community members and respect their personal choices. We consider sex, intimacy, friendship, and human connection as vital human needs and aim to fulfil these needs in the most emotionally intelligent and respectful way possible. We recognize that most of us are products of a culture and environment where these issues are often demonized, taboo, or highly complicated and we carry the baggage of these cultural norms. Personally, and as a community, we are confronting these issues, trying to have free and non-judgemental conversations, and broaden our minds. We are exploring valuable tools, such as non-violent communication, to facilitate our social interactions. We are actively promoting an open-minded, non-judgemental environment and are gay, cis, trans, poly, gender neutral, label-free etc. etc. friendly. We welcome all colours and flavours of humanity!   

Finances, funding, and ownership

The Kadagaya project is registered as a non-profit organisation under Peruvian law. The land is currently owned by the founders, but will be moved into ownership of the organisation in the near future. All capital developed within the project is considered to be communally owned by the organisation. The members are not obliged to give assets (financial or otherwise) to the organisation. All required funding (e.g., for building houses and infrastructure) will be sourced within the project.