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November 24, 2013


Thanks for the posts! I think we'rd going to have to create our own. The trouble is hippies had rather be having fun than developing retirement homes for other old hippies. Bummer.

I am in mylate 60s and most definetly one of the old original hippies. I sincerely wish that some of the compassion and lack of self centeredness that existed in the 60s ,prevailed today. Where can an old hippie reside in the northeast to connect with others who have a similar mind set and a similar heart set? Windy

Originally from Greenwich Village NY. Looking for somewhere - let me know if you know anyplace. Just got terminated because of an injury so it was all of a sudden. I'm 61 and want out of frozen Ohio.

Any updates on this? I am 63 love to travel and am selling my place in CA and want to live somewhere would love to stay in CA but so expensive. I am in burbs of SF. Looked at retirement community but felt lonely just being there not my kind of place..more like a prison though very pretty seemed so contrived like they have activities and many are younger oldies as my ex mother in law used to say around 50 and some are old oldies. You can't get through even to look at the place without a real estate agent. Single status now last relationship was the opposite of spontaneous lasted way too long but we hung on then finally it died. We tried. So grown kids married around here would like to be close to them but got to keep what I have.

it's 2016 now and did not see any new postings. Hope everyone is still alive and if any new ideas. MY suuggestion would be to keep the newest on top so the most recent info is on top.
I would be very interested in a community with different types of boomers and others too so we dont get too caught up in ourselves, that causes brain shrinkage New blood is good! Different ideas are good. If Donald Trump is President well even more so.

My IDEA would do have a little town of cluster houses, gardens and allow solitary as well as community times. No forced anything. We are introverts, extroverts, and combination of both.

Move out of the USA. You will find expat conclaves of aging and often talented retired people who want more of what America isn't in wonderful cultures. I know you re freaked out regarding a new language etc. but check out parts of Mexico and central America, Portugal, Vietnam, thailand etc. Go ahead live a little!

My name is Doug Robertson 55 yrs. young lol--- I guess I was a hippie but I felt I was to high strung to be a real laid back hippie, my friends swear I am a hippie I strongly admired the hippie beliefs. Fight oppression with freedom of speech , take care of yourself, the earth, your elderly neighbors and make then feel like they belong in our new hippie culture of the 60's and 70's ----80's A hippie culture that shadowed out our parents culture....We never intended to drown out the older generation just inspire and add spark to there existence and that was so much needed in the day....I thought of this 25 years ago after morning the lost of the culture we grew up in (fighting oppression and war) We need hippie retirement homes and communities. It would be nice to have an exciting different end(no pun intended lol ) to our hippie existence. A hippie nursing home culture will spread across this land I hope and believe :) P.S. I came up with a name for my hippie retirement home 10 yrs. ago---its called
"RAINBOZEND" you can checkout(die) but you can never leave..

Ok, we'll join all of you. The big question is...Where? Right now we're in NJ. Yes land of high taxes and Chris Christie. Of course we want out. My wife and I are living in the suburbs across the river from Philly. Our current digs are a 1953 Mid Century Atomic Ranch in a beautiful neighborhood with old growth trees and a creek running next to our property. We've furnished it in period furnishings. Its a great place to live. Thought we might retire here, but our 860 sq ft ranch sitting on 1/4 acre has a tax bill of $5400 per year. Ouch. Anyway, we're thinking about a vintage mobile home in a cool artist hippie community. Of course we have our list of wants....warmer climate that is not Florida, dog friendly, 420 friendly. It would be great to have some raised bed gardens to grow veggies. Like minded souls. I'm a 60 year old artist/ art professor/ jam band musician. My wife will be retiring in a few years from being a 2nd grade teacher. She is still a Deadhead and was a tour rat back in the day. So while I've seen a lot of friends in the same quest, I've only seen a few suggestions as to places to check out. We're especially thinking about cool mobile home parks, but will consider just about anything, as its more about being with like minded folks. Thoughts?

I see this has gone dry over the past year..................I am still looking.
I have to have a place to live someday.............

I am Dan and I want to start a non-profit retirement home for hippies and I have a friend that is a doctor who is an old hippie and not quite ready to retire but back of a bit and he's told me that if I can get this up in running it will start in Colorado so that people who want to smoke they can and those who don't can mind their own business keep in mind that this is a dream now but I really hope I could help people by doing this also a must is a community center away from the homes so that there is no problem with others bothering others by noise at any time because I like to nap but I am praying that one day this will fall through I hope for ideas to be posted to me my email is [email protected]

I'm totally in the same boat! I'd love to find a retirement community here like you are describing!

oh yeah, just the site i"m looking for. some friends of mine and I are in the "lets do this thing" stage and it is appropriate that we will once again be charged with forging our new earth view. maybe it is better that there are not blueprints for structure, although those with the gold like to make the rules. i would like to be kept abreast of emerging thinking in the group mind as we all stroll forward into the next chapter. Thanks , Bill from Fayetteville

I am turning 62 and just recently have wondered where is my hippy community. I like the idea of communal living a this stage of my life. I think the transition would be very smooth. Once I go on SSI, I would like to be involved with a social community. be it spiritual, self-sustaining, or both. I think it's an awesome idea.

So, has anyone found these ideal places? They need to be organized by younger people who don't understand what we want. And there is the problem.

Is anyone having any luck finding a place?

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I must be aging differently. I am going on 69 and retired a few years ago, but didn't really change much. I only want a few things. My two beautiful old dogs, a couple of glasses of wine every night. and friends with whom I can sit around a firepit, talk, laugh, drink wine (or smoke pot or both), and tell funny life stories. I don't care if I live in a house, or an RV or camper. I want a few stars in the sky at night And I climate I can enjoy. I just want to really enjoy my retirement. I am thinking about Mexico because I can't seem to find that in the U,S. Wish I could.

I love this idea. Love it. Let's get started. Who's in????

I am another "retired" clinical social worker. Seems like quite a few of us are in the helping professions...

I have been looking for my place in the world for quite awhile. I have been in the SF Bay Area since I was 20 (now 63) but it no longer is the place it was nor do I want to stay here; the energy is too acquisitive.

I have explored a number of places from Quartzite to coastal towns to my hometown in upstate New York to New Mexico to Arizona. I know I want a fairly year round warmer climate so that rules out the north. I have aging hippie friends who live in upstate New York, New Mexico, Greece, Provincetown and Lake Chapala in Mexico. I anticipate going to Lake Chapala to explore the lifestyle. I have saved some money over the years, not a lot, and I hear from my friends that it is very affordable there. In addition, there is a "culture" which give the place character. I also intend to visit my friend who is living in Greece.

I too do not want to end up in an orange pleather chair being "case managed". The emphasize on death and disability for those who are older dismays me as does the characterless senior communities that cater to us. Let's try to make it different for us and for those who follow!

Keep me posted as to what you are doing to this end and I will update you

I'm living in Charlotte NC (just moved here and can't wait for my lease to expire June 1st, 2017) to move out. I need companionship, cool things to do, rest periods, partying (modestly perhaps, perhaps not) gardening, access to sensual sensitive females, intellectuals, good cooks, lighter diets, People who will watch my back as I will watch theirs. Great 70's music lovers, fellow musicians, friends and did I mention sensual sensitive females? Besides some arthritis, every thing still works.

2016 This may be too late now. I am in Vermont and love it but I have no playmates. For some reason the only options are 55 plus places that are trailer housing with grandparent types ( think of embroidered sweatshirts and stickers that say ' my grandchild is an honor student' or extended care facilities. ) Seriously Vermont is forward in so many ways except housing. I picture a community similar to my real skiing days and where there is a place to be alone when needed, but also to party and have fun. I have the vision and know that boomers will be on the same wave. Where are you guys?? my only bummer is arthritis which is putting limits on me but I am looking for you all!

Just saw this page. What has happened to your ideas, and other peoples ideas since you originally posted this. Would love to see an update to your situation. October 08,2016

I am 66 going on 12, pacifist, semivegetarian, get around in my power wheel chair. I currently live in a low income retirement community where I have earned the title of the resident hippie. In truth there is not a single person who understands me. I would love to live in a warmer place among like minded people.

]I would love to find such a place. I'm 68 and in good health, strong and fit for my age. For me the important consideration is finding a place with people I can relate to intellectually and politically. My biggest concern is that I have a very limited income of $1300 a month Social Security. So it is a big ask to find something suitable that I can afford! I have been traveling and living abroad for the last 14 years, and I am starting to get lonely and in need of a community.

Have you found something, still looking, or making plans? I would love to hear what you have learned.

I've been reading all of these blogs (they are old). Only one address near Gainesville was given. Has anybody come across any ideas? We don't have to live commune, but same neighborhood would be really nice! Where does one get current comments on this site? thanx

How about Virginia>? 4 seasons, not too extreme, or Maryland which is a blue state with legal pot.

Hi I'm from UK came on line looking for somewhere for my X husband who has start of dementia but still thinks he's the handsome god he was at 40 & doesn't see the harm in anything he says or does but then he never did My daughter who's had to rescue him from his burning house is adamant he's not going in care So hence why I came on line I had typed aged hippy retirement UK but this one is first
I know he loves heat hotter the better hates cold born in Canada might have done it ! All he wants is to walk around naked πŸ˜‚ eat burgers & watch Jeremy Kyle god love him cause my daughters are starting to not 😒 I live in hope his final days can be happy along side people who can cope with him πŸ™πŸ» I may have to step back in & forget all the bad days this is a great hook up for you folk in US good luck happy hunting ground for you all

I know that chapel hill is one place that we old hippies can call a resting ground and the weather is milder but I have yet to visit so its' all hearsay. I'd love any ideas that you have about other places/cities states to look into. I'm crazy for the beach too but putting that all on my wish list may be too much to ask for. But. hey what the hell. Let's dream big :-)

Posted by: shulamit | July 03, 2014 at 07:16 AM

I was wondering if the above author was referring to Chapel Hill North Carolina.

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Love all the feedback and enjoying the journey of discovery and amazing ideas on how to make the next stage an adventure and not a resting place and hope we all find a perfect space or spaces where people and kindness matter.

I think this applies to all Boomers, we are all looking for an alternative, something that challenges and provides excitement something we have to work at and learn from and is exciting.

My two pennies worth!

Well , I'm glad I googled, Where do the Hippies go to live in 55+ living? I wasn't really expecting to see anything on it. But Hallaluja, I am thrilled to see that I'm not the only one. I will be 60 in August. And I too feel like there's got to be somewhere for those of us , where the homeowner thing just got to be too much, & if your single & dare I say it, (a woman), I got SO TlRED of getting ripped off by lawn guys, contractors, and handy men who promise you the moon, "Be here first thing Monday morning! And after some sob story as to why they needed the money up front, you never see them again. So I went and lived in 55+ living down in Houston TX, my birthplace, although, I been in the Austin & surrounding Hill Country for 29 years. And SO Far, in all of my research, it is just as you described in that dvd. Ho, Hum! There was no chance of even hearing Proco Harem or Yes, much less, Zep, Pink Floyd or even Prince. Yes, I was still whooping it up in the 80's, but my most favorite and truly diversified was, Leon Russell. God Bless Him. I want to be able to live in a place where I can hear, "It's been a long time since I rock and rolled" or " Everythings is gonna be, is gonna be, is gonna be All Right Now!! But I don't want to be alone. I volunteered to take a turntable and my Parent's albums to the local assisted /retirement living and just play the older stuff, and volunteered to see if we could get them to maybe dance a little. But it turned out it was the staff who were unmotivated. I used to teach dance & would still like to keep myself and others moving, it's much more fun with others. Although I can no longer leap through the air, My whole body, now dealing w/ RA, just does a lot better with movement. That place I lived in, had chair exercise classes w/no music. But it was just boring. If ya'll ever get anything going, Let me know plz. THERE IS A NEED FOR US BABY BOOMERS to have a 55+ living or assisted living place to go to( that has addressed that we were either born around the time of Vietnam or knew of somebody whose son's return was like waiting on pins and needles.) Art changed a lot around that time, and music, movies and fashion, the way we eat, talk, dance, EVERYTHING. So those who are in MARKETING FOR ASSISTED LIVING....Really need to watch Forest Gump and take notes. I would shit if I walked into 1 of these places and a Salvador Dali was above the receptionist's desk, but I would feel like I had found the right home.

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