Seeking New Members!
Buy or build a house in our intentional community in East Chatham, NY
Winter has been gentle on us this year. These past few years have found us buried under snow and ice and hibernating from the freezing cold. This year, we are seeing the weather soar to 40+ degrees during the day, even warmer on some days, allowing for our woodstoves to heat our homes on embers alone.
Having more warm days than cold ones has made it possible for our sheep to continue to be on pasture and not seeking refuge from the cold. They have been able to graze a little longer on the dried grass and, I can only imagine, are enjoying the warmth just as much as we are. The humans of QIVC are taking full advantage of these warmer days by walking about the land, stopping for visits with each other while coming and going, dreaming more readily about the Springtime that is just around the corner, and doing the usual winter chores with fewer layers of clothing and maybe not even a hat or mittens! It seems as though we are all being lifted a little by the warmth, soaring along these mild heat waves, and, truth be told, we are wearing more smiles on our faces than in Winter's past.
We've been inspired a lot this Winter to reach out within our wider communities to help spread our mission and seek more like-minded, community interested folks. We held an Open House in Novemeber that was successful in that everyone who showed up was eager to learn and talk about our intentions, how we live, and what we hope for in the future. We are holding a workshop at Honest Weight Coop in Albany (see button above for more information) in hopes of reaching those in the Albany area and potentially building a network of kindred spirits that might opening the channles to friends who would be interested in expanding QIVC and joining our community (see the link above for what we have to offer those interested in membership to QIVC). We are excited for these upcoming endeavors and are looking forward to speaking on our passion for living in community.
As we continue towards the ever expanding Sunlight, with days becoming longer and longer, we are reminded that no matter how dark and challenging times may be, we have the warmth in our hearts, the years in our friendships, and the love and committment that encourages us all to keep moving forward with this Intentional Community dream...although, it is no longer just a dream, but a reality.
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Come to our QIVC WORKSHOP at Honest Weight Coop!
6:00-7:30 pm on Thursday, Feb. 25
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 email@example.com or call Noah Palmer at 518-392-0289 (between 9 and 9 please).