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November 24, 2013


I am age 58. Not a hippie but a free thinker period so much of what you all talked about is what I am looking for! It's been hard to find anything on the internet. Gainesville? A possibility! Has anyone found anything yet

Looking for same .age 58. Planning for the future! What's out there????

I totally agree.. my husband is 66 and I'm 58 and we are hip and interested in culture, music and the arts and as I google, I find the same results. The communities are not like minded folks that we could relate too! But there sure are plenty of us and we need a place!

Homes bigger then "tiny" but not bigger them motor home.. with Trees! And gardens! And flowers! And music! And art facilities! Craft brewery even! I'll help someone start and organize if you have the money and the place.. lets do this! I'm on east coast .. Maine, Rhode Island..

Like others here, I am in my 60's and was in the Haight during the 60's and lived at Morningstar Ranch and Wheeler's in Sonoma county and then made my home in the Bay area until moving to Alaska in 2006. I now a small house, but am interested in moving back to the pacific northwest, Portland or Vancouver washington, maybe Northern California. I have often lived in community and think that group owned land with community space and tiny homes would be an upgrade from the cabins and treehouses of our youth. people are building co-housing complexes, I like having my own space within a community of people. Anyone else thinking along these lines? I would love to be part of a dialogue about creating or joining a community like this.

So I'm 63 in body but 25 in spirit. This post has been around for a few years now and I'm wondering if this idea ever took off? I am seriously looking, am collecting SS now and just want to be with good hearted, likeminded people. I'm not materialistic, have a kind heart, love animals, love (most) people and love God, but not religious. I have 3 rescue cats and a little rescue chiweenie. Where is my place? Where is my tribe? Are you out there?

Consider Mexico...I live in a small town 20 miles north Puerto Vallarta. Medical care, weed and beer are all reasonable (cheap), weather is perfect all year around (except some sissies don't like the high humidity in the summer.). In the evening I usually share a cocktail and a toke with any one of a dozen neighbors (we don't talk politics, religion or health issues) or I take a sunset walk and swim at the beach with my dog. Most nights there is a club with a live band where you will find a group of 60-somethings, 70-somethings and 80 somethings dancing up a storm with their 40-something children and 20-something grandchildren. Neighbors look out for each other and if and when I need it a full time caregiver it will cost me about $400-$500 a month.

so ...i guess this is why there are still no hippy retirement communities... all dreams and no actions. in our new #45 world, starting to look at europe for potential escape.

i just found this string....my story is in all of yours....please tell me you all gathered and started a place!!! I am looking for home!!! ....any assistance would be appreciated...namaste'

I'm coming way late to the game here, but has anyone found their ideal "aging hippie community"? I'm helping someone do a blog about just this kind of thing--the need for community, the turning away from convention, seeking an authentic life.... I'd love to do something about this blog thread and any communities you may have discovered. Thanks, and happy seeking!
Amy Woods Butler

Old blog post but maybe you're still there? How did this work out - now that it's 4 years later. Would be interested to hear.

I have a place to share with kindred spirits. It's a sweet, beautiful wooded property of 13 acres in the Columbia River Gorge, in Lyle, WA. I bought it many years ago (as bare land) with the intent to eventually share it with like-minded folks. I've been developing it ever since, and there's now a main house (where I currently live), a barn with goats, a chicken pen, a garden space (that I'm not very good at producing anything in), an awesome stone circle of rock pillars(!) under big open sky, an outdoor "village area" that is used for neighborhood parties, a wood-sided yurt ready to be occupied, and a spacious tiny-house ready to be occupied. Neither have indoor plumbing, and I must now build a shared shower house for them to use... to be most efficient with water-usage, and to avoid installing plumbing running in all directions. Both do have electricity, small equipped kitchens with cooking appliances, mini-fridge, and RV water tanks for drinking and small washing in a large bowl/sink. Both places are wonderfully built with love! If I can connect with the right people for this shared arrangement, we can work something out until the shower house is built. The main house can be where people do laundry, take showers, gather, etc. I am also open to one or two more people arriving with their own tiny-houses on wheels. My intent (at 60) is to share the remainder of life with a small tribe of really kind, gentle, responsible people -- in a way that we all feel safer and supported by having each other around -- and we get to joyfully live in and protect a beautiful and peaceful place. (The surrounding neighbors are kind folk too!) Please note that I do not want to be around aggravated, bossy, or combative folks (I'm into peace, joy, and laughter), nor am I willing/able to take care of people physically or mentally who cannot be balanced and take care of themselves. It is understandable that we all may move a little slower, and naturally we would care about each other's well-being, but this arrangement is not an assisted-living arrangement. It is a little more remote and self-sufficient than that. However, it's only 15 minutes from Lyle, and 25-30 minutes from Hood River, Oregon. There is snow in the winter months, and it's smart to stay stocked up on supplies to limit trips out, but I hire local people to supply firewood, shovel paths, etc. As a small tribe, we would hire for whatever outside services we need individually or collectively. It shouldn't be hard to be cooperative and fair and loving. Financially, I'm focused on protecting and maintaining the property/lifestyle... by paying the mortgage and keeping up on maintenance and necessary supplies (so that I and others can retire in peace). I'm envisioning that each residence here, whether I provide it or you bring it, contribute $600/mo to be here, as a contribution for securing our collective home. I have considered setting up an Airbnb business, but my heart's desire is STILL more aligned with sharing this living arrangement and a happy, fulfilling life with a small tribe. If you are interested, please email me at: [email protected]

Susan, I'm definitely still here. But my wife and I aren't any closer to finding our perfect retirement community. The best news I can come up with is that when we visit "regular" (as opposed to hippie) retirement communities the salesperson tells us that the baby boomer types who are beginning to live there are changing the place in various ways, given the different ethos of people who came of age in the 1960s, compared to those who came of age in the 1950s.

So it is looking like some sort of hippie retirement community will come to pass in most, if not all, of the current retirement communities -- simply by virtue of the baby boomers coming to dominate among those who live in the communities. I realize that this is way different from what is optimal, but it is more realistic. We're still living on ten acres in rural south Salem, Oregon. We actually took a tour of a Salem "continuing care" retirement community yesterday and found it pretty likable.

Like most people, if we can't stay in our current home until we die, the next best thing (in our view) is to stay in the town where we have deep roots. The thought of starting over in a new town just isn't very appealing to us, though I understand why it is for others.

Hello and peace to all-The last blog I see on here is 2015--Are there any updates on an aging hippie community in the works or that has been established. ? I am a woman 69 living alone in South Dakota. I am in the land of rednecks.. My health has taken a couple serious hits the last few years and I am now thinking of where and how I want to spend the last leg of the journey. I am thinking the more peaceful and like -minded people I am around--whether living with or near to--the more beneficial it will be for me-I am a lonely little petunia in an onion patch here--and I meet few like minded folks. It is lonely--Someone please email me or post something about what is going on in this part of aging population. I so miss my people. Peace,Cheryl--I am posting my email--please feel free to write and please put hippie in subject line--Make my day!!

where did my blog go--? Please write me--cherilyn10 I am on America online--put hippie in subject line

Wow, so glad to find this blog and connect with so many like minded people. I see your posts are from a few years ago and wonder if since then anyone found a community suitable to an aging (65 this year) yoga, Qigong, meditation teacher! If you have, please let me know, I am at [email protected] I would love to talk with you :)

I am looking for exactly this type of opportunity for my older sister, but am distressed to see it all seems to have come to an end THREE YEARS AGO??? Where did you all go? Did anything every come of all this excellent energy and positive vibes?

What you are looking for is called Crestone Colorado. As far as I know it is the last Hippy haven on planet earth. Look us up on line and you will see what I mean.

I'm looking for the same thing. I'm 63 and my husband is 67. I'd like to scoot around in a golf cart, but am in no way interested in golf! I just want to be around good people and have some fun in a clean, safe, peaceful environment.

Looks like nobody has posted here for years. Is anybody home?

I'm 65 and wondering the same thing. Where do we end up when we dont fit the norm. I once read a book and I really wish I could remember the title but it was about an old man in a retirement home that couldnt take it any more. He still owned a home and he and his friends left the retirement home and moved intot the old house and made an agreement to live together and care for one another as they aged. It was quite lovely story and with the cost of retirement homes these days it would be a great solution to the current issue. I want to live where I can use the alternatives medicines that I choose and not have to worry about someone locking me up for refusing medical care. I've been dealing with chronic illness and the establishment labels people like me quacks...because they have nothing to offer me in the way of help. I want to live where there are animals and kids and gardens. I am very interested in the senior playground model. A place to play and use my body. I believe it is time we got together and figure this out. There are enough of us who are going to need it. I am 65 and ready for my forever home.

I wonder if any of you would be up to putting this on facebook so we could share ideas and connect more? I would if I were able.

Whoever wrote the original article, it would be very helpful to post this on Facebook, and anyone who responds to this original article, ought to leave their facebook name, so they can be contacted, and let's get likeminded people on here and DO something about this. I am back in Brookdale for the 2nd time, in Houston TX. & OMG, I didn't think the food could get any worse, but it sickens me literally after I eat it. There's no music played in the dining room, or out by where everyone sits, or the main hallway; NOT EVEN MUZAK. It's so depressing. I want to move, & DID at one point out to the country, but I got lonely. I miss having someone to cook for, and a little rock n roll playing while preparing for dinner. I was born in '57, literally ushered into school w/a Beatles lunchbox. Where do I go? Debbie Meek

I keep coming back here to check if anyone has found an answer...how the hell did this even happen? Were we so consumed by buying our kids umbros and reboks that we forgot to look out for ourselves? I'm so shocked that a generation of WELL EDUCATED, well informed people (with tons of resources) have not built something...
I'm retired @59 and female, I am not living in one of those cookie cutter communities. I want a place to be with others around a campfire at the end of the day if I choose. Listen to some guitar. Get together on Sundays and cook a big pot of stew.
I have a 35 acre farm if anyone comes up with some bright-assed ideas.

Terry Lynn, we are the generation that swore never to get old; youthful self-absorption and enthusiasm for living life differently led to a lot of great adventures, but ignorance and denial have led us to our present dilemma. I am only 60 and in pretty good health, and after navigating through one parent’s terrible terminal illness and the other’s chronic condition that meant pretty much homebound starting at 77–and unable to help the person he loved more than anyone else through her last months in their 80s—it seems obvious to me that a community for old hippies will seem like a lot of fun while everyone is still in 50s and 60s, and maybe into 70s. But serious stuff will start happening to at least some of us in our 60s, and definitely in our 70s. We will all be able to help each other compensate for a while, but the longer we are there, the less we will be able to manage. So I don’t know how to explain why we haven’t gone in with our friends or old college buddies on building little cottage communities near decent home health services and nonprofit hospice programs while we are still young enough to enjoy it, except that we have been busy with families, work, divorces and parental end of life issues, good old fashioned denial, and magical thinking. Or we realize that there would still be another decision to make down the road and we understand that it is probably the more important one, so we get stuck.

BloggerBrian: I think those salespeople are right on about changes coming gradually. Think about it—my parents were in their late 40s and early 50s when their parents died, not even close to wondering how they should plan for their golden years, partly because they didn’t expect to live longer than their parents did. Well, they are, and so my years as a possible retirement community “customer” are overlapping with theirs. The differences between what they would want in a community and what I would want are immense. It’s going to be awkward in those big complexes for a while. Fortunately I am at the younger end of the cohort, so am counting on you all to pave the way :-) By 75, I need to have found my place. The earlier post about living north of Puerto Vallarta got me dreaming.

PS. BloggerBrian, what place did you visit in this area that was “pretty likeable”? If you tell me they had Ohio Players “Love Rollercoaster” playing in the elevator, I am ready to sign up today. If it was Jerry Lee Lewis, I’ll sign up my dad LOL

J, that must have been Capital Manor in West Salem. Actually my wife and I weren't wild about the place, but we put down a deposit anyway, saying we preferred a detached house, thinking that we might find Capital Manor more appealing as we get older and/or develop limiting health problems.

No, there was no Jerry Lee Lewis playing. Naturally most of the people at Capital Manor currently are older than us (we're almost 70), so it will take a while before baby boomers influence retirement communities to a large extent.

66 and 67 now living on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. Looking for something different.

Someone had a problem posting a comment, so it was emailed to me. Here it is:
It was comforting to read about the "aging hippie" fellow and his partner in OR, and equally feel-good to hear supportive comments from others.

I'm a raging leftie female "Ann Richards Texas Democrat" & sixties child who 8 years ago made the foolhardy decision to come to Arizona (to help my aging uncle). Now, afraid to even open my mouth here--rabid Trumpers everywhere. I've got to get out of here and see if I can find my spirit again. But where?

The first time I "ran away" was in 1970 (from the Texas Panhandle), to the City of Light. Mac Davis's "I Thought Happiness Was Lubbock Texas in My Rearview Mirror" blaring on the radio.

Lived in SF in my 20's-30's, got my degrees at SF State, taught college level til education became broken in this country. So still thinking of West Coast as an escape route, but not Frisco.

I'm single now, SO missing those long afternoons and evenings when we were all discussing, with passion, the real ideas we lived by, and the ideals we helped each other formulate. (Remember?)

Anybody got suggestions for areas where Community might be found now? I don't have much money, but am ready to fly the coop and give the fates another chance around people who don't make me feel like I'm trapped in a Steve Bannon TV ad. Love to hear suggestions.

Thanks, Brian, for good, relevant blogs and posts.

In reference to The Haight in the '60s, I'm more the age of the Diggers, but I'm a very immature 75! (lol) I think that the reason no one has found that Hippie Retirement Utopia in the years since this conversation string started is that it doesn't exist. I knew of lots of young idealists who participated in communes in the '60s and '70s, but none that I knew of survived. It was usually a case of idealism being overcome by physical reality, like everyone wanting to be an artist or craftsperson, but no one with any food production experience. Then what happens when someone gets appendicitis (did all of that happen in Easy Rider)? As we get older, access to medical care, even if only in an emergency, becomes more important, so the idea of living off the land in a commune at my age is not very appealing.

That doesn't mean I'm ready to move into a "retirement community," but I think it's possible to achieve a happy medium. As an independent thinker (sometimes cussedly so), I don't want to live where everyone shares a hive mentality, even if they agree with me. I also don't want to isolate myself from the "gen pop" (I learned that term from Oz, not from experience), but I don't want to live in a rabbit warren of condos, either. I would like to get rid of all of the material crap that I've accumulated over all of the years that I've been chasing "the American dream."

So here's my wish list for retirement (yes, I'm still working full time): An affordable, bohemian, diverse, socially-tolerant community where my wife and I can retire on social security income. Does that exist? Who knows; I just started looking.

I am looking too. I am currently 62 years old, I am a certified Hypnotist and a natural psychic. I would love to live among Kindred Spirit. I am scouring the internet to find the place I belong. Trouble is EVERYWHERE I look seems to be out of my price range, I need to rent. I am open to any suggestions.

A big factor for me in terms of retirement community (or just a “place”) is the provision of healthcare. I want to love in a big old retirement “mountain lodge” or or retirement “country inn,” but I want healthcare/services embedded. Something on a relatively small scale (maybe 50-ish residents) would be fine.

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