Kibbutz Neot Semadar

2010 – 11, intentional and cooperative community, ISR/ PSE

Role: Live-in volunteer – education team, goat-yard, sustainable building, agriculture and other community operations

Kibbutz Neot Semadar is an intentional community located in the Southern Negev Desert of Israel/ Palestine, about 60 km north of Eilat. The Kibbutz was established in 1989 by a group of friends interested in creating a learning community that focuses on cooperation and creativity in daily life. As individuals in a dynamic community, we explore what it means to live together as co-learners, observing ourselves in everyday activities and relationships. Our interest in relationship extends to the environment through organic farming, desert architecture, water recycling, The Art Center, winery, and more. Today there are 90 adult members (families and singles), 70 children of various ages, and about 50 volunteers of all ages. These volunteers, from Israel and from abroad,come to Neot Semadar to find a fresh and independent perspective on life.