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  Meadowdance is an egalitarian, child centered community that welcomes human diversity, ecological sensibility, mutual learning and joy.

Meadowdance is a group of 8 adults and children living in a cooperative household. We live on a small farm in Walden, Vermont, about 15 minutes from St. Johnsbury, and 40 minutes from Montpelier, the state capital.

Be sure to read our newest news item, as you will see that Meadowdance is no longer accepting new members. Thank you everybody for your interest in our endeavor.

We began living together in May, 2000. 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. Our members come from a variety of locations in the US and range 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 share a love of children, decision-making by consensus, an enthusiasm for learning as part of daily life, and a sense of fun.

Our income comes from Wordsworth, a typing and transcription home business.

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:

  • Providing a safe, challenging, and nurturing environment for children
  • Being part of a community where people know, help, and support one another, and where people can come together to do things they couldn't do alone (art, activism, conversation, shared child care, etc.)
  • Having a work requirement for each adult member, and in return being able to ensure that each member has the basic necessities of life (a comfortable place to live, good food, medical insurance, clothing and a stipend)
  • Putting few or no restrictions on outside income, earning or spending money, as long as a person's basic work requirements are met and a person honors the community's agreements, values, and guidelines.
  • Equality among all members, including an equal say (through the consensus process) in community decisions
  • Equality among all people, regardless of race, color, gender, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation or background
  • As much as reasonably possible, living and working together, so that people's lives aren't divided between a 9-5 community of co-workers and a nights-and-weekends community where they live.
  • Ecological responsibility, especially in regard to living in the most sustainable, beneficial (and non-harmful) way possible
  • Encouraging this and other models of intentional community
  • Having friendly, mutually beneficial relationships with our neighbors in our town

You can contact Amanda, our Membership Caretaker, at

Meadowdance Community Group, LLP
2078 Vermont Route 15
Walden, VT 05873
(802) 563-3099