Seeking New Members!
Buy or build a house in our intentional community in East Chatham, NY
Since May our community has added 4 Chinese weeder geese, two little pigs, chickens, and an expectant human mama to the joyful lambs who arrived in April. The geese were delivered by mail when 1 day old and bonded with Dee and Paul, running to them, necks out-stretched and squawking, whenever they pass by. The piggies, Sugar and Cinnamon, quickly acclimated to affectionate touch, falling over in apparent ecstasy when scratched. The Coalters' hand-raised, little chickens, though still small, escape daily by flying over their 5 foot high enclosure. On the human side, two year old Lev will become a big brother when his parents, Hana and Noah, welcome a child in December.
We also recently celebrated the first weddings of grown children of member families since our community's beginning. Dee and Paul's son, Keith, married Luella in a small, outdoor ceremony in Luella's parents' beautiful, mountain-view yard in Vermont. Spee and Jens' daughter, Natalie, married Aaron in a large Quaker wedding in Old Chatham Quakers' new meetinghouse. These weddings are a blessing to family and community alike, as they manifest and increase the love we all have to share.
As a community, we seem to be entering a more reflective stage as we talk more about how we communicate and as we sometimes find the courage to say difficult things to each other. We also recently had an experience of spontaneous, group conflict resolution. We were working on setting up swings and a sandbox near the Farmhouse and there was disagreement about the best place to put the swing set. Many of us hold and express strong opinions and the atmosphere felt tense. Somehow, maybe someone suggested it, we gathered together, heard each other out, and came up with an acceptable solution. It seemed natural, after the fact, like a spontaneous, though un-clerked, business meeting. It is heartening to experience the ways we are growing, as we also seek to uncover aspects of our cultural conditioning that continue to need attention and change.
We continue to welcome visitors, many of whom are interested in buying or building a home in our community. We would love to hear from you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 qiv-c@qivp .org or call Noah Palmer at 518-392-0289 (between 9 and 9 please).