A Place of Refuge An Experiment in Communal Living The Story of Windsor Hill Wood Five years ago Tobias Jones and his wife set up a woodland sanctuary for people in a period of crisis in their lives Windsor Hill Wood quickly becomes a well known refuge and a family home is transf

  • Title: A Place of Refuge: An Experiment in Communal Living—The Story of Windsor Hill Wood
  • Author: Tobias Jones
  • ISBN: 9781848662483
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Five years ago, Tobias Jones and his wife set up a woodland sanctuary for people in a period of crisis in their lives.Windsor Hill Wood quickly becomes a well known refuge, and a family home is transformed into a small community Most people arrive because of a desperate need bereavement, depression, addiction or homelessness while others come simply because they are dismaFive years ago, Tobias Jones and his wife set up a woodland sanctuary for people in a period of crisis in their lives.Windsor Hill Wood quickly becomes a well known refuge, and a family home is transformed into a small community Most people arrive because of a desperate need bereavement, depression, addiction or homelessness while others come simply because they are dismayed by modern life.A Place of Refuge is the story of an evolving community the characters and conflicts, the miracles and mistakes As the seasons turn in the bustling woodland, an ever changing group of people try to share their money, their meals and ideals making furniture, growing vegetables and rearing livestock Encountering both violent antagonism and astounding generosity, the family open up not only their house, but also themselves, to the most demanding of judgements and transformations.This book is not about a retreat from the world, but about a deeper engagement with it Living alongside troubled guests, Jones examines the consequences of our way of life seeing up close the scars of war, abuse and loneliness and contemplates the ways in which nature and stillness offer solace to those in torment.

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    1. A few years ago the author and his wife decided to found a small ‘community’ somewhere in Somerset, where people with a troubled or traumatised past could escape to for a few days, weeks or months and try and recover. The idea being to live off the land as much as possible and to leave as many of the stresses of the outside world behind (although mobile phones and TV still seem OK!). They were motivated by their own religious beliefs but it is not a religious community. When I first started [...]

    2. A revealing and honest account of the messiness and difficulty, along with the benefits, of communal living. I have not read the author's other book entitled "Utopian Dreams: In Search of a Good Life" but I imagine it to be an idealistic reflection on communal life while this book is realistic. Very well written."One of the diehard stereotypes about communal living is that communities tend to be full of outgoing extroverts and gregarious, eager-to-hug types. But we all need a door we can shut, a [...]

    3. A Place of Refuge (The Story of Windsor Hill Wood)~ An Experiment in Communal Living by Tobias Jones. Published in 2015 by Quercus Publishing, Ltd, London.‘This is a story about a woodland sanctuary in Somerset. My wife, Francesca and I set up with the sole purpose of offering refuge to people going through period of crisis in their lives.’ Is how this books begins!Tobias Jones and his wife and small family, two daughters and then during the five years of the experiment, a son, Leo decided a [...]

    4. Tobias and Francesca Jones open up their home in Windsor Hill Woods, Somerset to guests going through a crisis of one sort or another and create an extended household in the woodlands. Guests come and go through the five years this book covers and we get a reflection on what worked and what didn't work. It's a therapeutic community with no 'professionals' just people with increasing amounts of experience and friendly folk around to give a hand, and a place where everyone in the household can hav [...]

    5. A cautionary tale of sorts chronicling the slow demise of an idealistic communal living solution in the present day, where the well-intentioned efforts of the journalist and his wife to offer refuge to those living on society's fringes doesn't quite prove as rewarding. It has some really lucid and engaging bits of living-off-the-land and botanical descriptions but the overall narrative written with that tiresome 20/20 hindsight, alternating between apologia and dismay conveying idealism inevitab [...]

    6. WonderfulIncredibly honest story of a family sharing their home, land and life with numerous strangers in crisis. At times I felt exhausted just reading about their experience, can't imagine what the reality must have been. Have read that this has been optioned for film - what a fab film this would make, there's romance, comedy, high drama , politics and its all set in Somerset, home of the Wickey Hole witch, Glastonbury and numerous strangely named villages where countless other British films h [...]

    7. I thoroughly enjoyed this. An honest, inspirational and well-written description of helpful people creating community. I'm both envious and well aware that I would not be capable of doing what the family are doing! Kudos to them.

    8. An amazingly honest insight into the trails and tribulations of running a commune with a true open door policy. A book that makes you want to run and join them in the woods if only for a few days - to find peace and an escape from the rampant consumerism and commercialism of modern life.

    9. Fascinating but strangely silent on the Christian motivation behind the community. I would have loved to read more about what spurred them into communal living and what the five years has taught him about the heart of God.

    10. Real stories of life Accessible, descriptive psychology, and difficulties of recovery and lots of humour. Really liked the characters , very readable . Just excellent.

    11. I loved this book. If only I had the guts to do it. Really liked how well he sprinkles theory with practice, so it never gets boring but is still really informative. Must read Bonhoeffer now.

    12. loved the stories, the growth of Windsor Hill Wood, the changing of the seasons and the writing. Inspired by the value of community, despite and in spite of the frailty of humanity.

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