An essential part of creating authentic community is sharing life, in other words, to make an intentional effort to be intimate. One of the ways this can be demonstrated is through sharing important life events. For example, celebrating births, marriages, birthdays, graduations, opportunities and so on. It might be sharing in other rites of passage, holidays and festivals. Likewise, it would be sharing sad and tragic events, mourning together, and providing support as any member of the group requires.
I see the families on the farm sharing in the rhythms of everyday life. This is about being available to care for and serve each other, being mindful of each other, talking regularly and honestly, and building strong friendships. I would want sharing life to extend even further to being vulnerable and sharing personal weaknesses, encouraging each other, debating, keeping short accounts and managing conflicts with gentleness and humility.
I think there would be opportunity to learn from each other too, sharing skills, insights, strengths and wisdom. I see different members of the group running workshops, and the community learning and growing together. I see the group sharing meals, praying, meditating, and singing songs of praise together.
I also see the group having lots of fun together! I would love the farm to be by water, a river or lake preferably, and I see the group enjoying swimming and sports and picnics and barbecues (braais for the South Africans!). I see campfires, storytelling, singing. I hear children laughing and envision the whole community growing in a shared space of family, safety and love.