[Occidental, CA]: Privately published by the author, 1971.
4to. Three unbound handbills printed on both sides. First edition. As the Haight-Ashbury started to become intolerable for some members of the community, many hippies started migrating to the rural area of Sonoma where Lou Gottlieb's Morningstar Ranch was located. One of the very first residents was Raymond Sender, an artist active in the Haight and co-producer, along with Kesey and Stewart Brand, of the Trips Festival, the first major gathering of the psychedelic community. In 1966 Sender arrived at Morningstar Ranch that by 1967 evolved into a Digger Farm / open land commune where experimentation with drugs and alternative lifestyles based on living in harmony with nature were explored. After resident's homes were bulldozed on more than one occasion by the authorities, Sender moved to the Wheeler Ranch in Occidental where he wrote this text with suggestions from Gottlieb, Wheeler and others. Sender saw the communal movement at Morningstar, Wheeler, and other hippie settlements as a spiritual movement to renew the Earth and human life. In this tract he outlines in great detail the truths, missions, yogas, practices, and other aspects of the Morning Star Faith, or Thy Open Land Church. Rare, with no copies on OCLC, and this is the first copy we've encountered. Paper somewhat toned but not brittle, a couple of small edge tears, very good. Arguably the definitive manifesto on the subject of hippie communes and living a spiritual life in connection with Mother Nature.