Intentional Community


“It is Sunburst’s desire to create communities for men, women and children to live,
work and meditate together, that Spirit can exist in the hearts and minds of everyone,
and God is experienced directly, and life becomes a joy every day. To see the sun rise,
to feel the rain fall, to hear the wind blow, to see the crops grow, to have the animals
around us again – this vision, I feel, is salvation for our world.
Wondrous it is to have this opportunity.”
– Norman Paulsen

Sunburst’s founder Norman Paulsen speaks about building community:

In the early versions of Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda stated, “An urgent need on this war-torn earth is the founding, on a spiritual basis, of numerous world-brotherhood colonies.” Since 1969, based on the inspirations of our teachers, Sunburst has supported the creation and development of communities based upon spiritual practice, fellowship, and simple, natural living. Such communities, whether based in rural or urban areas, can spread healing and help bring positive direction to our world.

In community life, as we offer our life and love in service to the Divine every day, the collective intention strengthens each individual’s effort to nurture the presence of God within, and spiritual awakening is quickened.

Residents of Sunburst’s intentional community meditate together daily, practice the teachings of Self-realization, help caretake the grounds, and work in various enterprises, some of which include: organic market garden and permaculture projects, natural animal husbandry, building, and natural foods marketplaces.

Opportunities to experience living in community are available at various times throughout the year during our Karma Yoga programs, as well as our Living with Spirit/Experience Sunburst program. Check the Upcoming page and contact us for details.