The Legacy of Light Morning

Light Morning was a small, vision-driven community nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. We first set up tents here in the spring of 1974. Over the following years, hundreds of restless seekers passed through. A few stayed on to become crew.

Light Morning’s founding vision had suggested that it would be wise — especially during troubled times — to live close to the Earth; to use homesteading and community as crucibles for transformation; and to serve as a way station on the new underground railroad.

The unanticipated intensities of this undertaking helped us become resilient. “Resilience: 1.) the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity. 2.) ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.” []

Light Morning was decommissioned in the summer of 2019. The founders were aging; all the younger crew members had moved on. So after forty-five years, Light Morning was no longer able to function as a community or serve as a center. Yet what those decades taught us about resilience continues to feel relevant.

For turbulent times tend to recur. Whether the challenges we happen to be facing at any given moment are personal or interpersonal, spiritual or societal, resilience allows us to navigate them with some measure of empathy and grace. Believing that what we have learned here at Light Morning may prove useful to others, this website will chronicle our past and present endeavors to become more resilient — both outwardly and inwardly.