That "back to school" feeling may be creeping up on us, with some of our number actually going back to school, but the balmy summer weather continues and the community grill keeps being lit. We have much to be thankful for. Last year our fruit trees had "boughs… bent with thickset fruit." This year sees the branches much sparser in their offerings. We assume they’re having a rest. The land continues to be bountiful in other ways, with an abundance of basil and zucchini, cucumbers coming out our ears, and if Paul is to be believed, the size of his baking potatoes is the stuff of legend! Hana and Noah’s chickens have had their coop spruced up, and are now gracing them with eggs. We were glad to welcome a swarm of bees as they found a home in one of our abandoned hives.
Along with the bees, many other welcomes have been extended in recent months. Hana, Noah and their baby Lev have moved onto the land. Jens and Eric’s parents, Helen and Gene, visited from Ecuador. Adrian and Mark, our first international short-term intentional residents (STIRs), are here from England until the end of October. Exploring their own calling to intentional community, they’ve been baking bread, clearing weeds and avidly cataloguing the local bird life. You can read about their experiences on Mark’s blog. The first week of September saw the Farmhouse filled with young people from the Agile Learning Center in NYC, joining with the ALC home-schooling community here in Chatham (Cloudhouse). QIV-C was momentarily swelled with the energy to build forts, dance 'round trees, and be werewolves.
As the community continues to reflect on its identity and calling, several experiments in corporate spiritual practice have sprung up: on weekdays there is early morning meditation on the Farmhouse porch; Mark and Adrian invite us to welcome the week with prayer on Sunday mornings, and give thanksgiving on Saturday evenings; and we've had a few evening fellowship meals followed by Meeting for Worship.
With Lev taking his first steps amongst us, we’re reminded that there is so much still for us all to learn – how to be open and honest with each other and fully live our intentions together. Lead, kindly Light… Lead Thou me on. Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me.
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Who we are
We are currently a community of seven member households and one family interested in membership, living close to the land on 135 acres of mixed woodland and pasture. We range in age from infant to 60s, with 15 adults and 14 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 qiv-c@qivp .org or call Spee Braun at 518-392-0891 (between 9 and 9 please).