Koinonia Farm

About us

Welcome to Koinonia Farm!

Explore our site and plan a visit to our community. We are a house of hospitality and we would love to welcome you to the farm.

We are Christians called to live together in intentional community sharing a life of prayer, work, study, service and fellowship. We seek to embody peacemaking, sustainability, and radical sharing. While honoring people of all backgrounds and faiths, we strive to demonstrate the way of Jesus as an alternative to materialism, militarism and racism.

We welcome over a thousand guest every year for a variety of retreats, service trips, family vacations, individual trips, group trips, and more. 

Love through service to others, joy through generous hospitality, peace through reconciliation.

Venue Highlights

For the past 75 years, Koinonia Farm in SW Georgia has been a radical experiment in Christian living, depending on your definition of "radical". It would be easy to miss the entrance to Koinonia Farm. Nine miles south of Plains, Georgia, on a quiet stretch of Georgia State Route 49, past rusted tractors, houses fluctuating between stateliness and disrepair, and innumerable Baptist churches, the sudden pull-off to Koinonia is marked only by a plain wooden sign, embellished with the name of the farm, a cross, and an arrow pointing across the street to a dirt drive. Turning into the drive, you might see an older white man in dusty overalls, hauling a wheelbarrow; or an African-American woman wearing an elastic hairnet, carrying a tray of baked goods; or others of all ages and ethnicities. You would see a scattering of small but attractive houses and workshops, farm equipment, and hundreds of acres of serene pasture. It is difficult to imagine that, nearly 60 years ago, this tiny and tranquil place drew the rage of the entire county, and faced not only economic boycotts, but persecution, isolation, and terrorism.

The farm was founded in 1942, established principally by a white Baptist minister named Clarence Jordan. Born July 29, 1912, in Talbotton, Georgia, Jordan attended University of Georgia's College of Agriculture with the mission of improving farming techniques for underprivileged farmers and sharecroppers. After earning his agriculture degree, Jordan enrolled in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, receiving his Ph.D. in Greek New Testament in 1939. A conversant and commanding speaker, Jordan was invited to minister, teach, and lead missions in cities and towns across the South, where he preached pacifism and racial equality, often over the objections of his white colleagues.

Over the years many things have changed on the farm, but it now is a refuge for many people who want to take time out of busy lives to rest, relax, work alongside the staff and members at the farm, participate in chapel and devotional prayer times, or just read and take quiet walks in the woods and on surrounding trails. It is the birthplace for Habitat for Humanity, which moved into nearby Americus, Georgia, just about 15 minutes East of the farm. In Americus you can visit the Global Village and the original Habitat for Humanity and Fuller Center offices, both established by Millard and Linda Fuller, who originally established Partnership Housing at Koinonia Farm in the late 1960's and early 1970's. There are many historic places to visit near the farm, including a trip to Plains to hear former President Jimmy Carter teach Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Community meals are served Monday to Friday at 12 noon for lunch, and Tuesday through Thursday for dinner at 6 PM. Please let us know in advance that you are coming so we will have enough for everyone. Breakfast and other meals are on your own. All housing has at minimal a refrigerator, coffee pot, and sometimes a hotplate. If you are looking for a full kitchen, choose one of the houses. The dining hall community kitchen is also available when not in use for community meal preparation. There is a full kitchen in the "coffee house" for tent campers and RV'rs.

Accommodations

There are 52 beds available on the farm for visitors. We have a variety of housing available for individuals, families, small groups, and large groups. We also have available space for tent and RV camping. Most guest rooms include shared bathrooms and two twin beds per room. All pillows, sheets, towels, and washcloths are provided. The room also have access to some kitchen space with a fridge, coffee pot, sink. The Fuller House has a full kitchen, dining and living area great for large groups. The smaller houses, like the Atkinson House, are great for small groups or families.
Look at the visit site to see exact room configurations and all available housing options.

Directions

Fly into Atlanta and take Groome Shuttle to Columbus, GA. If you are able to rent a car, you can drive the rest of the way to Koinonia. If you would like a ride from Columbus to the farm ($35 one way), arrange it when you make your reservation. You can also take a connecting flight to Albany, GA, and then rent a car or arrange for pick up there when you make your reservation. There is also Greyhound Bus transportation to Albany, GA, and you can arrange for us to pick you up when you make your reservation.

Tags: fellowship nature rest retreat rustic service study unplugged

Reviews  
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  • Fairy L. Caroland   December 31, 2018

      Koinonia visit

    Always love being at the farm. Enjoyed working in the bakery & celebrating Christmas with everyone. Super!

  • Tim Suda   November 02, 2018

      Great Hosts!

    Koinonia Farms was a gracious host for our groups. They were very kind and helpful to all of the members of our team. They assisted us with emergency lodging.

  • Dawn Daniels McNear   October 31, 2018

      BEST Lunch at Koinonia

    Thank you Koinonia family for hosting Habitat for Humanity International's Black Employee Success Team's Inaugural event. It meant so much for us to reconnect with our spiritual roots. Your hospitality and open arms made "coming home" easy. Oh, and the food was fantastic!! Dawn Daniels McNear

  • bernardo gomez   September 28, 2018

      Konoinia is an inspiring place

    I learned a lot about Konoinia's history from the tour, which included the viewing of a powerful documentary. I recommend the store where you can purchase local organic products. I would like to thank Konoinia's staff for the hospitality.

  • Angeli Alba   July 25, 2018

      Great lunch, good foundation

    I like that Koinonia Farm is absolutely grounded in its history and in its foundations. Also love the food served for lunch, especially because of the care that the community gave to food that they farmed, prepared, baked and cooked. Two thumbs up!

  • Thom Gibson   July 23, 2018

      A Short but Powerful Visit

    My wife and I enjoyed lunch with the Koinonia community on a Friday in July, then toured the farm. Though not a particularly busy time on the farm as our visit coincided with the down time between seasons, we appreciated the tour guide's willingness to treat the two of us with genuine compassion and hospitality.

  • Myra Stokes   July 06, 2018

      Farm visit

    Would have liked more interaction with the staff. The lunch was good. Our host was well informed. I would like to have seen the crops and enteracted with the farm animals. Less than I expected but still enjoyed.

  • Dave Carlton   March 16, 2018

      Clarence Jordan Symposium 2018

    Our family had a wonderful time at Koinonia Farm during the Clarence Jordan Symposium in 2018! The accommodations were wonderful, we had access to a full kitchen, which was a big plus for our special needs with food. Great spaces for terrific conversations. You feel like you are walking on sacred ground when you learn about the history-- make the trip!

  • Tato Sumantri   March 15, 2018

      Wonderful place with a rich history

    First of all, for the sake of full disclosure, I'm on the Board of Directors for Koinonia Farm. Not withstanding, Koinonia Farm is a wonderful place with a rich history dating back to 1942. The orchards provide a beautiful backdrop that you can also interact with if you so choose. Accommodations are hostel style with bathrooms in each hallway. All the rooms are comfortable, clean; I've enjoyed staying in those rooms in each of my visits. Additionally there are RV hookups as well as camping space.

  • tanya zangaglia   March 15, 2018

      Koinonia Farm

    I found my experience at Koinonia Farm renewing and uplifting. I enjoyed my short time living in community. I benefited from getting to meet people who are not ordinarily a part of my existence in the world. Talking. Interacting. Doing chores together. Breaking bread at the table with one another .....all of this was healing for me. I am truly a city person, born and bred, so it was so important for me to be in this rural hamlet. Being on the farm with the community there opened my eyes to so much about what the soul needs to be warmed and revived.

  • David Kano   March 05, 2018

      Wonderful as usual

    I spent a year interning at Koinonia in 2015 and learned what a wonderful place this is for spiritual practice, both in the community morning chapel and other services as well as personal practice on the beautiful land. When I was an intern I found a new practice and I found a new one this time as well! For details, if you are curious, you can read about my early experiences with dream yoga and other stories from my time at Koinonia, on my blog: http://oceanofspirit.org/davidgaiakano/faith-to-practice-presentation-spiritual-dancing-dream-yoga-at-koinonia/

  • Carl Shantz   February 22, 2018

      Our 2 weeks at Koinonia

    We really enjoyed our time spent at Koinonia Farm. The staff were friendly and made us feel at home. The fellowship was great as we got to know and work and worship with folks from different backgrounds and various parts of the country. We enjoyed being a part of a group that works toward spiritual growth and living out the Christian life in a way that helps the community as a whole. It was also good to be able to involved in the physical work of the farm, doing what needed to be done to keep up the day to day needs that are a part of working farm. Great accommodations with great meals. We would truly recommend Koinonia farm for anyone who is looking to do some volunteer work for a few weeks or as a place to simply enjoy a spiritual retreat. We saw so much opportunity for others to get evolved in the mission and goals of Koinonia. A place we will seriously consider returning to if opportunity allows.

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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