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Our Purpose

Our Purpose


The central goal and purpose of Thirdofeight is to seek to build an ideal community. In religious terms, this goal has been described as seeking to create a "new Jerusalem" or "Zion." Historically, Zion is a special place spoken of in holy writ, as well as the myths and stories of history where people live in peace and safety and beauty, and are oriented to the eternal principles of truth and light.

We as an organization and community literally seek to build a physical, beautiful, and functional place where people of like-minded principles can unite, build, and choose to live together.


This city is an actual community of connected people supported by an integrated spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional structure.

This structure is composed of four distinct pillars:

1. The community is made up of individuals who refuse to take counsel from their fears. Those who insist on doing so are removed.

2. Second, the community is a network of physical people, homes, businesses, farms, and villages dedicated to sustainable agriculture and self-reliant living.

3. Third, we have a formal educational system designed to assist community members in pursuit of peace and self-improvement. The school can be learned about here.

4. The fourth pillar of the community is a fictional story and skin of sorts based on western myths and fantasy wherein truth, curiosity, play, and creativity are emphasized. The real institutions, participants, physical spaces, and aesthetics of the community are inspired by and a reflection of these fictional stories. In addition to serving the practical needs of the community, these resources take on the plausible but fictional purposes and culture reflected in the story in order to further contribute to the inspiring of participants' imaginations. The story as it stands can be learned about here.


Our founder, Benjamin Roche, is a renaissance man and truly an idealist's idealist.  Not only is he an artist visionary, but an experiential engineer and the community's primary designer.

His interests and skills pull from a diversity of fields. He has cultivated a variety and multiplicity of talents that span a wide swath of areas of expertise. Rather than give up his interests and choose one or two isolated topics, his appetite for polymathy have led him to seek areas of maximized overlap of each of his passionate preoccupations.


Some of these areas of expertise include community planning, educational innovation, storytelling and filmmaking, and mental health.

The Third of Eight community is the results of twenty plus years of his exploration, research, study, experimentation, teaching, and collaboration.


Our community is centered in downtown Springville Utah. Come experience and learn more about it but contacting us directly or showing up during one of our ongoing gathers or by just coming by and knocking on the door.

We can be reached at (208) 819-7131. The campus is at 317 S 200 W Springville Utah 84663.

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