Living Life in Common
Stories from the Pilsdon Community
by Marian Barnes, Mary Davies, David Prior
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Pub Date 28 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 17 Feb 2022
Pilsdon sits within a lengthy tradition of hospitality offered by faith communities of different types and of both monastic and lay community life. People of all faiths and none are welcomed as guests to live and work alongside the community members, staying for as long as they need to. Located in the West Dorset countryside, the community operates as a small farm, caring for cows, sheep, pigs, hens and extensive vegetable and fruit gardens through principles of environmental sustainability. It offers guests the opportunity to recover a positive sense of self through being alongside others and to start to repair what are often very broken lives. The stories told in the book through the voices of those who have experienced this way of life give a vivid and compelling account of the benefits of ‘living in common’. Moreover, the book locates this account within a broader analysis of the changing social, cultural and policy context as it relates to people with problems of mental illness, addiction and homelessness.
Living Life in Common: Stories from the Pilsdon Community is about communal living, as practised by a community through a period of substantial cultural and social change. The book presents in their own words the first-hand experiences of people who have known and lived in the Pilsdon Community throughout its 62 year history. It reflects on the enduring values of a way of life that has survived both internal challenges and the shock of a global pandemic to offer hope and inspiration for how we can live well together.
A Note From the Publisher
Mary Davies is an oral historian, having undertaken field research in a Tanzanian village and worked at the University of Leiden, Netherlands, and at Goldsmiths College, London. She has lived at the Pilsdon Community for five years as volunteer and member, and developed the project which led to this book.
David Prior worked in research and policy development in local government and as a senior research fellow at the University of Birmingham, focusing on issues of citizen and community involvement in governance and public service delivery. He is currently a volunteer at the Pilsdon Community.
Fascinating book about communal living, as practised by the Pilsdon Community in Dorset with firsthand experiences of people who have lived there throughout its 62 year history
Describes an alternative way of providing refuge, support and a place of recovery for people experiencing mental health problems, addictions and other crises in their lives