Lothlorien Community

Postal Address
Castle Douglas

Electronic Mail contact@lothlorien.tc
01644 440602
World Wide Web http://www.lothlorien.tc/
Year started
Number of over 18s
Ideological focus
Legal structure
registered charity
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Lothlorien is a therapeutic community for people with mental health problems. It has been run since 1989 by the Rokpa Trust, an international charity founded by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche of Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Dumfriesshire. Buddhist values of compassion and tolerance are the basis of our approach, but we are not a religious community and are open to everyone.
The community consists of 10 residents with mental health problems and 4 voluntary co-workers, living in the 13 bedroomed main house and a further 5 people living in the move-on house, Roan Lodge, The 6 staff, known as the Core Group, come in on weekdays. The community has 17 acres of land, including vegetable gardens, woodland and pasture land.

Lothlorien Community is based on the therapeutic community model, which includes principles of collective responsibility and empowerment. Each community member is encouraged to share equally in decision making about community affairs.
At Lothlorien, we have a strong belief in everyone’s potential for well being, even in the midst of pain and distress. We believe that people need not be imprisoned by their past. We avoid diagnosing or labelling, and attempt to break down the distinction which frequently exists between those seen as ‘well’ and those seen as ‘unwell’. As a therapeutic community, we aim to help people to develop their strengths and work towards recovery through the shared experience of community life. The ordinary practical tasks of community life, such as gardening, cooking and cleaning, have a grounding effect and the rhythm of daily life provides a structure which helps restore a sense of balance to people’s lives. Tara Rokpa Therapy methods such as relaxation, artwork and massage are part of the programme, as well as regular sessions of Qigong.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community has organised system for car sharing
community is not accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Lothlorien Community is currently looking for new members

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Lothlorien Community is currently looking for volunteers

Lothlorien (Rokpa Trust) is a Buddhist influenced therapeutic community for people with mental health problems. Quiet rural setting in SW Scotland.
Daily activities include organic gardening,
relaxation, artwork, etc. We are seeking
full time live-in volunteers who can commit
for a minimum of six months. Generous living and travel expenses, accommodation and full board provided. See our website for further details & application form.

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