Title

Vision of Utopia: The Anahata Intentional Community

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Abstract

The goal of my project was to study the philosophical ideals and aims developed by the Anahata Intentional Community in Auckland, New Zealand. It was a philosophical project with photo documentation because I looked at two elements: ideology and reality. The most important aspect of the community to me was the ideals that the community is defining and the rough purpose, which has changed much over time, decided upon at the community?s conception. I will fit these into a broader philosophical context by examining the question of whether the Anahata Intentional Community is a vision of utopia and to a lesser extent whether intentional communities as a whole are visions of utopia. To answer this question I interviewed residents and attended meetings at the community. I looked at the ideology of each individual resident and their own personal visions of utopia as well as their visions for the community. The other aspect of my project was the reality of the implementation of the intentional community and whether the reality matched the ideology, which it did not. The vision of the community - to be more ecological, to grow and buy organic food, to be an educational facility, and to increase spirituality - was difficult for the community to agree upon and, in fact, was more difficult to implement. My conclusion was that there were too many personal visions for the community while it was lacking in a unified vision, so Anahata cannot be classified as a vision of utopia.

Advisor

Saul Traiger

Department

phil

Support

The Paul K. and Evalyn E. Cook Richter Trust

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