In the 1960s and 1970s, a group of women who were dissatisfied with the society and men who were not welcomed in their own country after the Vietnam War, decided to do something regarding their discontentment.
And all these problems gave birth to the hippie movements, and along with them communes came. Communes were the living spaces and villages where like-minded people lived. Together they were able to explore their minds and their souls. Timothy Miller put it, “reason had run its course; now it is time to return to the mystical and intuitional… the hippies rejected the industrial for the agrarian, the plastic for the natural, the synthetic for the organic."
Every commune was unique in its own ways. Some were extremely religious, some secular. Some were strictly sober, and some of them used to have drugs.
Source Family was one of the strangest of communes. Spiritual leader Ed Baker found it, better known as Father Yod. The family was entrepreneurial, and it was in Los Angeles where they opened the first vegetarian restaurant. Their unusual living style, long hair, and beards made them popular everywhere. Father Yod died in 1977 in a hang-gliding accident, the Source family fell apart.
Here are some of the amazing photos captured of their lives while the Source Family was still together.
They used to grow the grains or vegetables in their own fields.