Sirius Community

Last updated: August 18, 2009 (6 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Sirius Community

(Shutesbury, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1978
  • Start Living Together: 1979
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: 413-259-1251
  • Address:
    72 Baker Rd
    Shutesbury, Massachusetts, 01072-9703
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    If interested in visiting or attending any of our programs please contact the office.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Spiritual Education Ecology

Community Description:

Sirius is a spiritual community, educational center, and ecovillage founded in 1978 by former members of the Findhorn Community in Scotland. It is one part of an expanding network of light, working to increase the consciousness of humanity.

Sirius is a demonstration center of spiritual principles based on respect for the individual and cooperation with nature, seeing the divinity in all life. We are committed to living our lives with spiritual integrity recognizing that we are all in a process of growth with every experience in our life offering valuable lessons. We honor the highest truths common to all religions, and our unity in diversity is a source of inspiration for visitors and members. Meditation and attunement are central to our life together.

Sirius also demonstrates ecological ways of living, including organic food production, solar and environmentally friendly building practices, and electrical generation using solar, wind, and vegetable oil. We recycle waste materials, build and use composting toilets, collect and filter used vegetable oil for operating our vegetable-oil burning cars and trucks, and choose to live less polluting, less consumptive lifestyles. Healing of the planet is of primary importance to us, and we are members of the Global Ecovillage Network.

As a nonprofit educational corporation, Sirius offers workshops and seminars and hosts programs for the public. Day and overnight visitors are also welcome; please call to make arrangements.


  • Adult Members: 26
  • Child Members: 6
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: native american, Buddhist, Quaker,Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim,

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: consensus of general membership & consensus of core group on purpose & direction, membership & finances

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 90 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current Number of Residences: 8
  • Additional Comments: Sirius Community non profit organization

Labor and Money

    • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
    • Required Labor Contribution: 0


    • Additional Comments: Members are responsible for own finances. Some community jobs are available.



  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Additional comments: Most dinners and lunches available for those who choose to participate.


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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge