A concise representation of the position and starting points of our group…

There are countless ways to behave in this world. Often, what we interpret as acceptable or not, differs from person to person. Everybody is different, and rules for a shared space help us all live together in peace.

Co-living communities are made up of people from many different backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences. This fluidity is why it’s so important for co-living communities to enforce a set of rules and create a co-living guide for the diverse souls to follow. 

Harmony within a shared space

We believe that rules exist to help to create harmony within a shared space. For a happy community, these co-living rules should be both broad and specific. Without rules, one may accidentally behave in a way that is deemed disrespectful, hurtful, or messy, which can cause unnecessary tension amongst the group.

Of course, rules can’t prevent disagreements from happening or tensions to rise from time to time, but they certainly help. By enforcing a set of co-living community rules, we’re giving all residents the best possible chance of getting along, showing mutual respect, and most importantly having a great time together.

1. Be responsible and conscious

Connected to Dharma, you simply know the limits. You are accountable at all times for your actions. A lot is allowed, but of course by a set of co-living community rules, we’re giving us all the best possible chance of getting along, showing mutual respect, and most importantly having a great time together.

2. Live and let live

Dharma Garden is for you and others who feel connected to it. Take good care of yourself, each other and the land. We celebrate life together. Welcome the community! Now that you’re here, it’s important that you make an effort to get to know your new family. Our land thrives when each community member works to get to know each other’s names, backgrounds and takes the time to introduce themselves. As this is a shared space, sharing a bit about ourself is an important part of the process. Also, make sure to say hi when people come and go. Being ignored, even by mistake, can make people feel isolated.

3. Dedication to Dharma

Dharma Garden is a fertile breeding ground that stimulates and multiplies co-creation and cross-pollination. As a Dharma soul you are open and free to share, play, sing, dance, connect and meet together. As well as deepening, taking a step back to yourself and being in the moment. The deep grounds of Dharma Garden are the sensible counterpart of whatever Dharma Garden could be. An invitation to really take a deep breath, relax and let the masks fall off. Within the deep grounds we have a lively and fulfilling range of deep soul diving in addition to regular practices such as yoga, reiki, massage, breath work and meditations. 

4. Clean and beautiful

Dharma is being aware of where we are and what we do.  Rooted in our environment, the breeding ground of our experience, we are connected to the rocky earth, the stream, the forest, the flowers, the animals, the neighbours. Gratefully and sustainably we enrich and decorate our favourite place. We strive to leave her more beautiful, cleaner and healthier than we found her at all times. We clean up after ourselves, when we use the kitchen, the bathroom, or a shared space. No dirty dishes in the sink, no personal toiletries in a shared bathroom. Little things like this help to keep the space clean and tidy.

5. Be Dharma now

You are here and now at Dharma Garden. Inhale – exhale, abandon your daily hassles, leave your phone in your house, relax in the unknown and know you are invited into the unforgettable now. Improvise! Adults and children of all ages; open your senses, free your mind, dream, marvel, get lost, go on an adventure, play along in our paradise.

6: Consult first for visitors

Inviting a group of friends over, even if it’s only a few, can be distracting to the other residents. If you want to have friends over, make sure to ask the Dharma family first. Of course, when they do come, be respectful of the space by not being too loud, cleaning up after yourselves and being friendly to all of the visitors that come and go.

7: Quiet hours between 9 pm and 9 am

Everybody has different sleep schedules and quiet hours help us to respect them. Quiet hours mean no loud phone calls, media streaming or conversations in shared bedrooms and/or communal areas within this time frame. Think about if you’d enjoy being woken up by somebody else’s noisiness, and then show the same respect to your community members. During specific events and retreats we have outside this timeframe added quiet hours which need to be taken into account.

8: No phone calls or meetings in quiet areas

Quiet areas such as meditation circles and co-working spaces are designed for people to be or work without distractions. If you need to take a phone call, find a place outside in nature or a communal space that’s empty. If you are having coworkers or business partners over, don’t crowd the co-working space to talk shop. The co-working space should be quiet so that people can focus.

9: No media on speakers, use headphones

Media can be really distracting, and not everybody likes the same things. Plus, if you play your media out loud and it’s bothering somebody else, it puts them in a really uncomfortable position if they have to ask you to turn it off. To avoid any disputes, the rule of thumb is to play it in your headphones unless every single person in the space says it’s ok.

10: If sharing gear or space, keep it clean

In shared spaces, you need to be smart about maximising the space you have. You should always tidy up your area and not make a mess. If you leave piles of pillows everywhere and not putting them back where you found them, you’re making things harder for other family members. Keeping items tidy shows a level of respect that we expect out of our residents.

11: No smoking allowed

This may seem obvious, but it’s important to state. There is no smoking allowed anywhere in Dharma Garden, especially in summer since the risk of fires is too high because of dryness.