Know Your Roots
About This Event
We invite Habitat and Fuller Center staff, board and homeowners to spend time at the birthplace of your organizations — the recommended stay is a minimum of two nights, but we can accommodate up to a full week. We recommend a minimum of four participants.
Koinonia will work with you to design the agenda for your stay. Perhaps you will want time for rest and reflection. The farm is a quiet and beautiful place. The work you do is important — you take care of many people. We encourage you to take time to care for yourself. This is a wonderful setting in which to do just that.
Should your group want more activity we are happy to oblige. You can build work on the farm into your day. If you would like to include talks given by Koinonia members, you may select from a variety of options, which include topics such as how the partnership housing movement got its start, the ideas and Scriptures that helped shape Habitat and the Fuller Center and more. Outings to various sites of interest can also be a part of your stay.
Please make your reservations at least 1 month in advance. Space is limited.
Lunch is Monday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Thursday. You may request a light Continental Breakfast each morning of your visit.
You are welcome to attend our daily chapel services and our Sunday Gathered Worship.
You may want to schedule visits to other sites in the area during your stay — Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village, Café Campesino Fair Trade Roastery, Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood Farm, Providence Canyon, Andersonville National Historic Site, Albany Civil Rights Institute and more.
Venue HighlightsFor 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.
AccommodationsThere 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.
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineCommunity 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.
DirectionsFly 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.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Nancy Gatlin October 21, 2019
I was blessed by my time at Koinonia! The accommodations were comfortable, clean and conducive to rest as well as conversation with other attendees. Meals were healthy, abundant and very tasty. It was a joy to participate in the rhythms of life at Koinonia and get to know the brothers and sisters who carry on this long legacy of Christian community, as well as to remember the ones who went before and established this community in rural Georgia.
Jack Soldano October 18, 2019
Just a few notes: Although I was only there for the weekend, it was clearly evident to me, that living in community was God's plan for his children all along. Woops...I did not intend to give an opinion. Call it an observed fact. 😁 On hospitality: meals were wholesome and prepared with much love. Hmm...does that count as opinion or just plain fact? Doing dishes is rewarding. Brother Lawrence who livid in 17th century Christian community would approve! And remember to NOT leave thy towel in the bathroom. It is very awkward when it is borrowed by another guest. 😞 By God's grace, I will look forward to visiting again.
Mar LR June 01, 2019
We have just done there our life seminar in the HOLY SPIRIT and I am very happy with Koinonia Farm meets all that one needs to carry out a retreat of this magnitude, rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, parking, place for children to play, and Where they take the talks, is a place of peace that is it. Most importantly, thank you to all those who are part of Koinonia Farm..
Tom Fackender May 02, 2019
Brought old friends to experience Koinonia and attend Sunday School with President Carter. It was a wonderful, but too short of a stay.
Catherine Owen April 22, 2019
I really enjoyed touring Koinonia Farm and learning about its history. It's also great to find a source for organically grown Georgia pecans and other products!
Denise Wylde March 27, 2019
We very much enjoyed our experience on the farm. The 4 days we spent visiting the farm were relaxing, informative, renewing, peaceful, welcoming and beautiful. The housing was great! Very simple, yet very comfortable and relaxing refreshing. One of my favorite parts was Judy sitting on the screened in patio in the back and Judy listening to the sounds of the farm. Peaceful, silence with birds chirping, tractor in the distance and other sounds from life in the farm. We thouroughly enjoy the day of our Airbnb experience with farm tour and helping in the bakery. Being a part of the early morning prayer and devotional times, community meals, fire pot on Thursday night and being included in the talk led by Alma were all activities that made us feel very welcome and a part of the community. I would love to visit again and spend more time. I hope as Travis continues to be a part of this community that I have an opportunity to return and help the farm in meaningful ways. Thank you for an enriching and wonderful time.
Jerry-Sandy Hudson February 22, 2019
My family was overjoyed with our experience. The lodgings were comfortable and the environment was peaceful. We will go back every year because because we were so pleased.
Davis Rhodes February 21, 2019
A few friends of mine camped at Koinonia overnight for only $10/person. There was a kitchen nearby that we used to cook all of our food (advice: the kitchen is a bit spare when it comes to pots and pans, so bring your own). Koinonia Farm was an integrated Christian community of African Americans and white folks living together, starting in 1942. As such, they were fiercely resisted by their racist neighbors (bombings, shootings, Klan rallies), but refused to leave. It is also the place where Habitat for Humanity was founded. I enjoyed learning about this history and being at the same place where such courageous and kind people had once lived.
Ivan and Rachel Friesen February 09, 2019
Although we are writing for "retreat.guru" we were not on a retreat but rather on a service assignment. The work was varied and interesting on the farm itself. There were also opportunities for service in the wider community that were worth while. Being part of the community life at Koinonia Farm was especially meaningful, although we didn't feel we got to know anyone very well.
Paul Lewis February 07, 2019
The facilities were simple but more than adequate and in keeping with the vision of the farm, the tour informative, and the hospitality gracious. The chocolate was, as always, superb.
Fairy L. Caroland December 31, 2018
Always love being at the farm. Enjoyed working in the bakery & celebrating Christmas with everyone. Super!
Tim Suda November 02, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.