Community of the Ark

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The Community of the Ark is a small spiritual commune in southern France that was founded in 1948 by Lanza del Vasto. Lanza del Vasto was a non-violence activist and disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. During the 1970s, many of the communards, under the leadership of del Vasto, took a leading role in the civil disobedience campaign resisting the proposed extension of the military base on the Larzac plateau. The campaign was ultimately triumphant.

In the 1970s, the community spread to several locations, including Italy, Spain and Quebec. In the 1990s, some communities were closed due to conflicts and lack of new members.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Mark Shepard: The Community of the Ark. A Visit With Mahatma Gandhi's Disciples in the West. Ocean Tree Books, Santa Fe (New Mexico) 1992, ISBN 0-943734-28-2.