Noting the Dunites: Early Spiritual Anarchists on California’s Central Coast




This past weekend Jan & I spent a birthday holiday exploring the Five Cities area on California’s Central Coast. There we spent a little time visiting Dunite spots. I am just fascinated with them.

The Dunites were a loose gathering of eccentrics, political, artistic, and, for me most interestingly, religious, who lived on or near the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes during the first half of the twentieth century. For a brief period they were almost held together by the astrologer, sexologist, early gay-rights activist and proto-hippie, Gavin Arthur who set up shop near Oceano. Among the notables that passed through the Dunes in these years were the musician John Cage, authors John Steinbeck, Upton Sinclair, Universalist Sufi Samuel Lewis, and the Neo-Hindu sage Meher Baba.

Their foremost historian is Normon Hammond. Here he shares some details.

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