Land Liberation Campaign is Launched!

Friends and family, known and unknown, we are excited to announce that we have launched our Land Liberation Campaign!  We have 41 days left to raise the funds needed to liberate the summer home of Tipi Village.  This ‘liberation’ declares it will be owned by no ‘one’ individual, will never again be sold, the natural resources protected and an open place for all who are inspired to live migratory, in tipis, will be maintained.  This liberation is not only for this specific piece of land nor for this specific tipi community.  It extends beyond that.  It is cultivating and conserving a life-way  that is harmonious with the earth.  Tipi Village encourages a way of life that is direct and intimate with the wild.  When a culture is rooted and connected to a place and it’s plants, water and animals, there is less suffering and confusion.  A deeper sense of purpose is directly related to a deep sense of place.  Tipi Village wishes to continue it’s relationship with this place.  We have heard many times that it isn’t for everyone.  Ok. We are not proposing that it is.  But we, speaking of humanity, must maintain an open place for this life-way to exist.

We have been sweetly tucked away in our little bubble in the woods for many years now.  It seems that the recent events of the land owners death, the land being for sale and the contention/competition with the neighbors has pulled us out of this bubble.  Or perhaps it has encouraged our bubble to grow.  Maybe it’s time to share this vision more widely.  At this point, it seems obvious to follow the process in raising funds to buy and liberate this land.   We know how to just pitch our lodge on a flat bit of land and roll our beds out, but why not give it all we have and then let it go?

The thing is, we really need help from a wider community, which includes you.  We are doing all we can from our home deep in the woods.  And we are going at it from many angles.  Radio interviews, newspaper articles, filming and making a campaign video, emails, phone calls, facebooking, plunging deep into ceremony, talking circles, tabling at the market and local food co-op, singing prayers, letting go, listening to the land……

Again, there are only 41 days left to raise $300,000 to liberate this land.  We aim to raise a bit more than that to pay for all the costs related to the project.  We have fiscal sponsorship from The Way Foundation, making contributions tax-deductible.

Please help us to spread the word far and wide.  If everyone who felt inspired gave what they could, no matter how large or small, this land could be liberated and a place for all to live intimately with the natural world maintained.  Together we can do this.

What you can do:

1:Make a straight, simple donation of ANY amount.

2: Buy a ‘Coyote Share’.     Shares are $1000 each. A share is an ongoing connection to The Project. It’s a way of stating a clear intention of support and it’s a stake in the future. It allows for continuation. The term ‘Coyote Share’ comes from the new paradigm thinking of ‘owning’ ‘free’ land. It subverts the notion that land can ever actually be ‘owned’ and it empowers the relationship between one and Mother Earth.

3: Buy a raffle ticket.

Tickets are $3 each. Prizes include a 13′ Rogue Dwellings tipi, with poles. An obsidian, antler handled knife. An adult tricycle. A 1hr professional massage.  Lindy Kehoe artwork. Fair Ophelia Designs hooded scarf. More prizes are being contributed all the time (another way to participate). The draw will be on the 1st of October and winners will be announced on To buy tickets online use the PayPall donate button above and include your name, phone number and the words ‘raffle entry’ in the note; we’ll fill out a ticket and put it in the hat.

4: Spread the word about the cause, pass our blog address ( on to everyone you know even if you think they might not be interested. Find us on Facebook: 

Striking sparks in dry tinder can make a big fire.

5: Watch, like and share our short campaign video at


Sending warm love and gratitude to all,




Land Liberation Project!

The call is out to the widest and farthest worlds. Support the Land Liberation Project!

We are tipi dwellers in Southern Oregon. As Tipi Village we have been nestled on private land within the Cascade-Siskiyou’s since 2008, migrating in the spring and autumn from the mountains to the valley.
Our priorities and inspiration are maintaining and cultivating a way of living which is spiritually and physically harmonious with the land, flora and fauna. Fauna including ourselves and our relationships and their names. We have had an amicable relationship with the land owners throughout this time and recently the land has been put up for sale.
There is a wealthy neighbour who intends to buy the land, have us removed and then sell the land to the national monument for preservation in exclusion of living, human relationship. We feel strongly that re-introducing humanity and wild, inside and outside, is of great importance at this time. Wildness is a neglected aspect of much of our species, especially in the industrialized world.
We have no interest in ‘owning property’ so we have come up with the Land Liberation Project. Land that is part of The Project will never again be sold, will belong to no ‘one’ and shall maintain an open place for any who have the inspiration to live in harmony, low-impact, movable.
This message is a call for help, guidance, ideas, money. I have spent the past twenty years with the largest part of my faith in Mother Earth, before money. This remains the case.
The land owner said we have until the 1st of October before the deal with the neighbour goes through. We’re looking at raising $300,000. We have fiscal sponsorship from the Way foundation (Earthteach) which has non-profit status to allow for tax deductible contributions.   We’re reaching out in all directions. Help!


Here’s a newsletter collaboration, Imbolc edition. Feel free to print and share, participate with and contribute to the cause!

Love from Andé

FAQ’s about Tipi Village

For folk who are inspired by tipi living and tipi village, we have compiled here more detailed information, the closest you’ll find to an FAQ.

Tipi village is currently on private land in Southern Oregon.  The vision is to one day liberate land and put it into a trust so that it is not owned by any individual and can never be sold again.  This land is dedicated to the Tipi Village vision.  There is a land fund accumulating money to fulfill this vision.  Any contributions are welcome. Send them via paypal to or mail to 1064 Buckhorn Springs Road, Ashland, Oregon 97520

The village moves twice a year, living in the high mountains during the warm and dry season and the valley below during the cold and wet season.  The entire village is nomadic and lives in tipis year round.

The central community space is the Big Lodge, a 27′ tipi.  It is used for gatherings, talking circles, ceremonies, potlucks and as a place for all guests, visitors, travelers and new comers.  The way into Tipi Village is through the Big Lodge.  Time spent dwelling there is important, useful and healthy because it helps new comers and the community get to know each other and if new to tipi living, a good way to learn some of the art and skill of living on the ground around the fire.  Living in the Big Lodge takes initiative, especially during the cold and wet times.  Perhaps it could be viewed as a sort of “initiation”, which is why it is said to be “the way in”.  The Big Lodge at times can be pulsing with life and at others be quite the opposite.  It has been said that the Big Lodge is a state of mind; is what one makes it to be. Time in the Big Lodge can be one of great bonding, sharing a hearth with a common intention. When staying in the Big Lodge, one is not only a guest but also a host.  It is beneficial to keep the space open and welcoming to others, remembering it is common space.  Some basic Big Lodge etiquette is to remove shoes upon entering, keep personal belongings together and tidy, bed rolled up when not in use, and the general upkeep of the lodge (shaking rugs, sweeping hearth stones, emptying ash, keeping hearth free of clutter, keeping communal cookery clean, laying fresh boughs down, gathering wood and water, bringing trash along on a town trip etc.)  Always make room for others around the fire.  The circle can expand.  Please don’t sit between people and the fire.

For many folk, it isn’t easy, that is transitioning from a life full of conveniences and instant gratifications to one in the woods, where ones level of comfort is entirely up to oneself.  Being directly responsible for the resources one uses takes effort.  And sometimes its more than folk can handle, especially when the weather turns.  A tipi life is often romanticized.  And unfortunately modern culture is weak when it comes to living as one with the elements, simply and responsibly.  Other folk arrive having already been living a life “off the grid” or as “primitivists” or travelers etc.  These people may know about how to find decent wood during a wet spell or how to simply dress warmer when its cold.  Basically, transitioning into a life at Tipi Village can be challenging, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Come with perseverance, willingness and humility and you’ll find it easier.  Its harder to run away from oneself in the woods.

One might already have a tipi or need to manifest one.  It can be empowering to make your own home, which is highly encouraged here.  Also there are often used tipis available as well as new ones that are locally made.

Both the winter and summer villages are off the road.  The distance from the parking area to ones home can vary (5-20 minute walk) depending on where they are pitched (wheel barrows and wellies are useful).  A car free reality seems to be rare in this part of the world.

There is an absence of chainsaws, generators and pets as all can have a negative and harsh effect on the surrounding land and people.

Folk who like a bit of electricity provide their own, mostly through small solar panels or use of their car.  There’s plenty of other low impact ways of generating a bit for oneself.

Poo only in the specific latrines. For the sake of hygine there are no other options. Ask when you arrive.

The nearest town is Ashland (population about 20,000).  From the winter grounds its about a 15 minute drive (11 miles) and the summer grounds about 45 minutes (20 miles).  Its a good town as far as they go.  Most popular in a town trip might include the food co-op, mineral wellsprings, library, laundromat, some second hand shops, the farmers market and hardware store.

Making a livelihood while living out in the woods can take some creative thinking and is entirely possible.  A big part of the vision is to create a sustainable, functional and diverse village, providing for our needs together.  And while we do not seek to separate ourselves entirely from town, it is not only empowering but also practical to make a living from ones home.  It is hard coming home to a cold hearth late at night, frequently shifting from a town reality to a simplified earthy reality.  Finding the time to tend to ones lodge, while commuting into town for work is challenging and honestly, discouraged. The need for money is minimal living out here, a little seems to go a long way and can feel quite luxurious and abundant.  Much of modern society base their lives around “work” or more accurately, making money.  If that is a persons true, deep inspiration, good.  But often it isn’t.  Money is not a center to be revolved around but rather a piece of lifes puzzle.

A tipi is a living thing. Left alone in the woods it would quickly rot away into the earth.  It takes daily maintenance to keep it healthy and alive.  Many tips and tricks regarding a tipi life can be passed on verbally (too numerous to mention here) but mostly it takes living in one and developing ones own unique relationship with their lodge and the elements to gain any real understanding.

A few words on tipi etiquette.  When approaching a lodge, it is considerate to give a little shout or some verbal gesture of ones presence.  Remove shoes when entering.  It is usually polite to leave the tending of the fire to the lodges dwellers.  The fire can be considered a center and each lodge dweller has his/her own unique relationship with the fire and smoke.  Bring your own bowl/cup when invited to eat at another’s place (an armload of wood is always appreciated).  Don’t sit in the middle of the doorway.  And please be aware of sitting where others are not blocked from the fire.

Tipi Village deeply values the circle and consensus as a means of collective communication and decision making.  Much power lies in the circle.  I believe the circle is a place where great togetherness is found.  It gives the more quiet and subtle voices a chance to speak.  Its a place for all parts to be heard and hopefully integrated.  It discourages any one or few people from dictating the space and having control.  Its a place where deep surrender and trust in our fellow humans, our other parts, can be found.

All who are inspired are welcome.  Please come stay in the Big Lodge for awhile before making any decisions to relocate.  It is a different reality than this online one.

Many blessings to all.