Meadowdance was an intentional community in the state of Vermont from May 2000 until September 2008. We ranged from eight to 21 members over those eight years, and shared in the birth of three children. We lived together in a cooperative household, ran businesses together to support ourselves and shared in the raising of each other's children. Over the years we lived in three different houses and bought a beautiful piece of land in Marshfield, Vermont. Though building the village of our dreams never came to pass we shared in each other's lives and in working on a wonderful project.
We created Meadowdance over three years of planning and gathering, using an energetic e-mail based discussion, in-person gatherings every few months, and working groups to get things done. We began living together in May, 2000. Our members came from a variety of locations in the US and ranged in age from newborns to 50 somethings. Our members might be married or single, straight or gay, atheist or agnostic or spiritual, vegetarian or omnivorous, outspoken or quiet. We shared a love of children, decision-making by consensus, an enthusiasm for learning as part of daily life, and a sense of fun.
Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, gives a great deal of detail on a wide range of subjects.
Following is an excerpt, describing our main values and goals.
What are your major goals and values?
Intentional communities have a broad range of goals and values. It's probably fair to say that communities that define these goals and values clearly have a tendency to be more successful than communities that don't. Our major goals and values include:
You can contact Ken, our historian, at email@example.com.