Last updated: November 27, 2013 (4 months ago)
Listing created on: December 8, 2004

Hummingbird Community

(Mora, New Mexico, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1986  Established: 1996
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.hummingbirdcommunity.org
  • Address:
    PO Box 732
    Mora, New Mexico, 87732
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Start by going to www.hummingbirdccw.com, get on our mailing list, and explore our other websites we’ll share with you in the process. Sign up for our newsletter and get informed about our current activities. Come to one of our visitor’s weekends.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Growth for us is an organic process. As we engage with people who are involved in our courses and meet those who come to our Visitor’s Weekends, what begins as mutual recognition and resonance can possibly lead to becoming involved in our Exploring Relationship process.

Mission Statement:

co-creation and education

Community Description:

Hummingbird Community is located on 500 acres of lush land nestled against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. We began as a non-local community within Global Family bonding through our extensive international peace and educational work. Global Family, founded in 1986, is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations whose purpose is to support a shift in consciousness from separation and fear to unity, love, and cooperation.

As social pioneers, we share a commitment to the principles and practices of co-creation. Since founding Hummingbird Ranch in 1996, we have grown into a diverse group of a dozen deeply connected core members who support one another in fulfilling each of our souls’ purpose. We have offered an array of summer programs, which have included permaculture design certification, youth leadership trainings, rites of passage, and spiritual retreats.

At the center of our developing community is Hummingbird Living School, which supports us, and those drawn to live and learn with us, in fulfilling our vision as a co-creative ecovillage, modeling new social forms that embody an awakened, regenerative consciousness. Also in planning are a health and healing retreat center and various conscious enterprises.

We invite others to join us in our living laboratory of discovery where source and nature guide us to co-create a new world.

Population

  • Adult Members: 17
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The basis of our community is co-creation. We support each other in cultivating authenticity, wholeness and synthesis awareness. The intentional development of a whole, co-creative, regenerative and synthesis culture makes all of life a spiritual practice.

    At this time we have no school age children. While it is the choice of the parents, we support home schooling; we aspire to develop our own school.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Our current leadership group for the long term welfare of the community is the circle of stewards (full members), from which we delegate specific responsibility to a variety of empowered teams. The Plenary, which also includes non-steward community members, makes decisions about the daily life of the community.

    We use a process we call Attuned Alignment, a kind of spiritualized consensus in which we attune to the highest good for the community in which individuals soften their attachment to their personal views and allow for a higher recognition of the good of the whole which also includes the good of each individual

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 486 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 8
  • Additional Comments: We are still paying off some of the land which is partially financed internally.

    We are developing a master plan which will include shared housing, educational/administrative facilities, and gathering spaces.

    Currently, we do live in separate households. Some houses are owned by the community as a whole and some by individuals. Our master plan includes a variety of housing options, including various types of group housing.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: There is one group of three who fully share their income. Others have independednt finances, yet each of us does what we can when another community member is in need. We are currently exploring our transition to a new economic paradigm.

    We are a growing community with far more needs for work to be done than people here to do it. Rather than defining specific work requirements, we co-create with each person what their work and contribution will be. Work involves physical labor, project teams, and administrative support. Stewards, as full members, have committed to be fully engaged in the community and to do what each feels is thier highest contribution to the community.

    Our fees are listed on our website. These are the current guidelines based on the fact that we do have financial responsibilities as a community. Everyone is welcome to explore possibilities with us. We are flexible and at the same time we all take responsibility for the financial needs of the whole.

    Every member holds the responsibility for the expenses of the community, and each contributes according to their capability, financially and/or creative participation in solutions.

Diet

  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: Our goal is to grow our own food using biodynamic and permaculture methods. Currently we have a large garden and a 42′ growing dome in one location and now developing an additional two acres of garden..

    We are all health conscious and eat organic where possible. A few are vegetarians.

    some vegetarian

Video Gallery

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Community Affiliations

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.