Please forgive me if this is in the wrong forum category - this seemed the closest I could find based on the question I want to ask...
Basically I have wondered, on and off over the years, whether there are any Christian, or more specifically Catholic, kibbutzim in the world.
It occurred to me years ago, in a daydream, that it would be lovely if there was some sort of communal structure that individuals and families could become resident members of that emulated to some extent the monastic structure.
It first occurred to me after I saw M Night Shyamalan's 'The Village' in which was depicted a 'utopian' ideal of a simple communal life (albeit, for the dramatic purpose, one with some serious shortcomings) and I wondered if a version such a thing could be possible in the real world.
Say, for example, a group of Catholic families got together, and either bought or built a new village somewhere where the community held things in common, where they ate in common, prayed in common, played in common, etc. I don't necessarily mean that they would be sequestered from the world (since clearly people would have to be free to come and go and to earn livings outside if needs be), but that the charism of the community was communally oriented in a way that 'secular' parishes aren't.
Basically, I wondered if such a community would ever have a 'canonical' structure to fit in, whether it would work, whether even if it'd be a good idea.
Has anyone ever heard of anything like this?