Cite Ecologique of New Hampshire

Colebrook, New Hampshire, United States

  • Last updated: December 14, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: November 3, 2011

Mission Statement

We give priority to education, the well-being of its members, sustainable development and respect for all living things.

Community Description

Our Ecovillage is located in the Great Northwoods region of New Hampshire.

We believe strongly in serving our local community. Our dedication to working harmoniously with others while staying committed to our ideals has earned the respect of the local population.
Our activities;Community Business, Microenterprise, products, Organic agriculture, Alternative private school, renewable technologies/Energy management, Spiritual practices, Sustanable Animal Husbandry, Volonteer programs, Waste Management, Permaculture/Design, Educational Courses/Training

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 315 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Multi-household residence

Membership

  • Adult Members: 35
  • Child Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us by email in advance

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Steps to joining our community:

    First Step

    Come and visit us for a week or weekend. Please make sure to contact us at least two weeks in advance and download and complete the visit application form. ( Ask for the form or go to our website http://citeecologiquenh.org/why-choose-our-ecovillage/ )

    New potential members can come and visit our Ecovillage for three weeks or two stays of two weeks. This gives you time to see if you’re suitable for community living and for us to get to know you. It’s very important for us to get to know you before you take further steps to join the community. We want to make sure you understand and support our values, mission, purpose, and lifestyle.

    During your visits, you will participate in community meals and take part in community services. For parents who want to bring their children, we request that one parent stays with the children at all times. Depending on your child’s age, attitude and behavior they may be able to participate in our alternative school activities.

    Third Step

    After visiting Cite Ecologique of NH for weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to request to become a “provisional member” at one of our community meetings. If the members of La Cite Ecologique decide to accept you, you can start the process to move in. Depending on your skills and work experience, we might be able to find a job for you within the community businesses. Three hours a week, per person, of volunteering work for the community, is mandatory.

    Provisional Member can be part of the following activities

    Collective dinners
    Parent meetings
    Social events
    Fourth Step

    If you have been a provisional member for at least one (1) year, you may ask to become a permanent member of the Members Annual meeting. The members may decide to grant your request or ask to renew your provisional membership for one more year.

  • Additional Comments:

    Universal educational values

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Administration board, and different boards that represent the community services and the businesses.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    40 Hours per week and voluntary help

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Recreational vehicles, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Shared lunches 6 times per week and 1 Dinner

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Meditation, prayer, yoga.
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    We ask our members to be mindful of their health. So by then taking the time on their schedule to exercise, meditate…

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA)

Community Affiliations

La Cite Ecologique in Quebec, Ananda, Ionia

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].

Keywords

Intentional Community, renewable energy, regenerative lifestyle, social businesses