Seeking New Members!
Buy or build a house in our intentional community in East Chatham, NY
Autumn in community is always a time of transition. We turn the clocks back, bring wood in for fires that will keep us warm during the cold Winter months, and begin to gather together indoors to share meals, stories, and songs. Here at QIVC, Fall has taken on another significance this year--the inevitability of loss.
In late October, our community lost one of its founding members after her long struggle with breast cancer. While we continue to grieve together, we also remember the incredible work that we did as a community to provide her with comfort and love at home during her final months and the support we gave each other during this difficult time. And we were reminded of the wonderful circle of friends that we have outside of QIVC, as our extended community gathered around us in support and later in mourning.
We have also been blessed by some beautiful warm, sunny Fall weather. The trees turned all hues of orange, red, yellow, brown, and purple before floating to the ground, and the horses, sheep, and wild deer gracing our fields have turned their heads to the bright daytime sun to soak up as many rays as they can before dark Winter sets in. We QIVCers have hearts full of gratitude and love to carry us forward.
(read earlier news
In memory: Ellen Harris-Braun
founding QIVC member
Obituary on her blog here
Who we are
We are currently a community of six member households and several others interested in membership, living close to the land on 135 acres of mixed woodland and pasture. We range in age from infant to 70s, with 17 adults and 11 children. We strive to live spirit-focused lives that are simple, sustainable, and joyful, benefitting from and enjoying our close connections with each other and the land. We don't all need to identify explicitly as Quaker. We welcome diversity of all sorts. (More about us)
Where we are
We are in the gorgeous Hudson Valley of upstate New York (2.5 hours from NYC/Boston, 10 minutes from our local Quaker Meeting), in the foothills of the Berkshires.
How we live
We are thriving in a range of green homes such as strawbale, slip and chip timberframe, stickbuilt, passive solar; many of us built our own. Many of us farm our land organically, raise chickens, sheep, and other livestock, and produce piles of pesto. We also support several local farms through CSA shares (that's Community Supported Agriculture). We use Quaker processes in our self-government, including consensus that seeks God's will, discernment, and the clearness process. We value equality, diversity of experience and viewpoints, and deep listening. We come together around five guiding intentions:
Our Five Intentions
We believe conscious culture creation in community can be a means to advance our intentions:
1. To live in worship, increasing our mindfulness, spiritual focus, and God-centeredness by intertwining our daily lives with others who share these intentions
2. To create a village setting that values and engages participation by people of all ages, expands our experience of family, and supports our expression in the world.
3. To create wealth that embodies integrity and Truth by carefully examining our engagement in the current economic order and stepping away from its destructive elements
4. To live in unity & harmony with the earth by considering the near and far environmental impact of our actions while striving for thrivability
5. To include a good measure of joy, fun, creativity, and service in our lives
We believe that our communities' success in achieving these five intentions will be aided by membership diverse in race, age, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, and economic situations, and therefore it is our aim to gather a community whose members are diverse in these ways as well as others.
If you have questions about QIV-C and would like to find out more or visit us, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Noah Palmer at 518-392-0289 (between 9 and 9 please).