Seeking New Members!
Buy or build a house in our intentional community in East Chatham, NY
The Quaker Intentional Village - Canaan will host a series of workshops entitled:
Dismantling Racism: Building Capacity for White People to Understand Racial Injustice
The first workshop – Identifying Whiteness – will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 7:00-8:30 PM at 235 Bradley's Crossing Rd, East Chatham, NY.
The Quaker Intentional Village-Canaan (QIVC) will host a series of six monthly workshops from a proven curriculum to build the capacity for white people to be in solidarity with people of color. This curriculum was developed to create a space for white people interested in being effective allies with people of color in the work of dismantling racism and undoing white privilege.
The workshops are free and open to the public, for one or more of the sessions. Refreshments will be served. RSVP’s are requested but not required to email@example.com. For more information call 518-392-0289 and ask for Noah.
Directions to QIVC:
Address: 235 Bradley’s Crossing Road, East Chatham, NY 12060
From Chatham: Take NY-295 E towards East Chatham. After passing through the center of East Chatham, take your first Left after 1/2 mile onto Bradley's Crossing Rd. Follow the curve in the road, cross the train tracks, then after 1 mile look for a big orange farmhouse located close to the road on the Left. Parking is either in front of or behind the farmhouse or on Bradley's Crossing Road. The event will be held in the farmhouse.
From Albany: Take I-90 E. Take exit B1 to stay on I-90 E toward Boston / Taconic Pkwy. Take exit B2 for Taconic Pkwy. Just after the toll plaza, take the first exit (unnamed). At the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp, turn Left onto Upper Cady Rd, Merge onto Rock City Rd, (stay Left). At the T intersection, turn Left onto NY-295 E. After passing through the center of East Chatham, take your first Left after 1/2 mile onto Bradley's Crossing Rd. Follow the curve in the road, cross the train tracks, then after 1 mile look for a big orange farmhouse located right next to the road on the Left. Parking is either in front of or behind the farmhouse or on Bradley's Crossing Road. The event will be held in the farmhouse.
(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).