Thanks for coming this far into the screening process. I hope you can understand how precious my time is since I am the only one creating the Vegan Utopia Ecovillage at this time. Thus, I want to ensure that there is a high degree of possibility that we are compatible before even talking to you. Sincerely, Trish Mikkelson

You can see the whole application below. You can look at it to see if you want to continue with this process. 

You can cut and past the application on a google doc or email and then answer the questions on the email. 

I will look it over and check references.

If all looks promising, we can have a phone or preferably some kind of video conversation to get to know each other better.

If we both still feel good about going forward, then we can set up a 3 week visitor period. If all goes well, we can go forward with a year of provisional membership.

Have you read all the things that are included on the list before you get to this step--


 Description of the living situation:

 Get to know me, Trish Mikkelson: 


 Diet: 80 % raw

 Systems and structures

 Communication Covenant

 Current situation:

Your background:

Who are you?



Facebook profile and/or other social media

Phone number

Where are you from?

What is your family history like? 

Do you think you have dealt with your childhood experiences in a way that has been healing?


How did you hear about us?

What is your experience living in intentional community?

Describe what's important to you in a community.

What interested you about Vegan Utopia Ecovillage in particular?

What do you think you would benefit from in living here?

What do you have to contribute? What are your talents and gifts you want to contribute?

What types of animal rights activist projects/issues are you involved in or want to be?

Describe your understanding of veganism and speciesism


How would you describe your spiritual path? 

Do you do any daily spiritual practices that help you to be centered, mindful, joyful?

Would you be open to doing group meditations and other spiritual practices together?

How do you deal with people who have different spiritual paths than you?


How do you like to spend your free time? 


What do you do to sustain yourself:





What kind of living environment to you like

in terms of privacy/common space


noise levels

number of community members


emotional closeness with housemates, etc?


Other nitty gritty:

Do you like encouraging people and giving loving appreciation?

Is there anything we should know about your history?

Have you been convicted of any crime?

Do you have long-term physical or mental health issues?

Have you had difficulty with drugs and alcohol?

Do you take any medications for anxiety or depression?

How do you deal with personal and community-level conflict?

Do you think that withholding your feelings and needs from people, especially if they are expressing needs not getting met, is healthy? 

Do you think you have a shadow? What does that mean to you?

Have you practiced the skills of nonviolent communication by Marshall Rosenberg? If not, are you willing to do so? 

How are you living out your values now? 

Please provide two references who we can email and/or call. One needs to be a work or volunteer reference, and another, someone who has lived with you or you are close to. 

Thanks so much. I look forward to speaking with you!

Warmly, Trish Mikkelson

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