“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~ John Lubbock
Summer days are meant for walking in lush grasses and woods, listening to the buzz of the honeybees and the songs of our resident birds. Summer is a time of refreshment. The sprouts of ever-giving gardens and fruit trees renew our senses after a very long, cold, icy winter. It feels good to be here at QIVC in summertime.
Our community is bustling with newness: new babies, new visitors, new additions on homes. (New newsletter!) We have new members, new residents, and a refreshed view on the intertwining of our friendship/family relationships. We have come to a place of acceptance within our group and are opening ourselves up to be in and settle conflict, to grieve and hold each other in the process, and to release it as the Spirit guides us to do so. After all the busyness of “Phase 2” we are now settling into a phase of being: being in all the changes, being with all the policies written (and rewritten), and now sitting with each other through new work that seems to be more spiritual in nature.
QIVC is now home to eight new members: the Coalter family has been lovingly and warmly welcomed into the fold as of May 2014. Yet our community is also saying good-bye to a member family: the Hanley/Scheibles are making their way to the Pacific Northwest where more vital work pursuits are sought, as well as deeper connections to family who live there. Their departure is a somber time but we are holding them in constant Light and are eagerly wishing them joy and happiness.
As we enter the throes of summer, we will chop wood and carry water. We will continue to plant seeds and harvest our bounty. We will open our doors to sojourners who wish to pass on through and set up space to welcome those who wish to come and stay a little longer. We hope to see you soon.
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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).