As an alternative to the more typical retirement, have you considered joining an intentional community? Are you open to volunteering your time and talents — say, for six months… or perhaps for several years — to serve the less fortunate among us? The deeply meaningful life within an intentional community — where you begin each day sure in the knowledge that those around you await with eagerness your wisdom and caring — is in stark contrast to the feelings of loneliness and isolation, the sense of being unneeded, that many experience in retirement

The author, Virgil Stucker, is executive director of CooperRiis, a residential therapeutic ”healing farm community” for people with mental illness or emotional distress, which is located on an 80-acre farm in the village of Mill Spring in western North Carolina.

April 2005 Issue

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