I still live on a hippie commune (intentional community) AMA!
Two years ago I did an AMA (now archived) and people still message me about it, so I thought I'd do another.
My name is Boone Wheeler, I'm 33 and male, and four years ago I quit my job and moved to East Wind Community (www.eastwind.org), an egalitarian, income-sharing, secular community in the beautiful Ozarks of Southern Missouri. We hold our land (1100 acres), resources (a profitable nut butter company), and labor (we do a ton of our own work) in common.
I work 35 hours a week, and in exchange have all my needs amply met. I choose my own work and am my own boss. I love it here, and wanted to let people know that there are viable alternatives to mainstream living. AMA!
The NYT Style Magazine recently did a piece on intentional communities, and East Wind was featured prominently - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/t-magazine/intentional-communities.html
TRT News did a mini-doc about us two years ago - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpvClTxHBe8
I wrote this blog post when I first decided to move to community, it explains my reasons and motivations: http://boonewheeler.com/2015/05/19/why-i-am-joining-an-intentional-community/