Dancing Bones

Wentworth, New Hampshire, United States

  • Last updated: January 3, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Simply Living, Interdependently.

Community Description

Dancing Bones is located in the Baker River Valley and the entrance to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Connecticut River is a 20 minute drive and the Appalachian Trail is 1.4 miles from the end of our driveway. There are many other ponds, streams, lakes, hiking trails, rock climbing and camping opportunities close at hand, to say nothing of the wintertime activities. The nearest gas station is ten minutes away and the nearest major shopping destinations are 30+ minutes away.

The community is situated hillside, amongst 40 acres of deciduous forest. A 16×32 cabin functions as our community building with shared kitchen, shower and laundry. For overnight visitors, we have indoor, four season accommodations available. Peppered throughout are a handful of residential cabins. Each cabin is given a name that reflects the character of the person/people who originally built it or the function it serves. All residences and public privies use a humanure composting toilet system.

The land is held in a community trust. The trust is made of nine members, three from Dancing Bones and six from the greater community. The trust leases the land to Dancing Bones residents. All residential decisions are made using consensus.

We are ever striving to increase the interdependence of community relationships. Participants are emotionally, economically, ecologically and/or morally reliant on and responsible to each other.

While the residents of Dancing Bones are diverse, there are common values and interests we share. These values include deliberate decision making and action, personal responsibility and social inclusion and involvement. As a result, our interests tend towards unschooling, attachment parenting, alternative technologies and construction, non-mainstream diet and hygiene, temperament theory, voluntary simplicity and an appreciation for the undomesticated aspects of life.

Once a week, we have a shared meal following our business meeting, both open to all visitors.

We are *always* seeking new community members. We’re looking for adaptable, committed, hearty folks who respect the consensus process and seek interdependence.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 40 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house
  • Current Number of Residences: 7
  • Planned Residence Types: open to prospective structures
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Additional Comments:

    All residential cabins are heated with wood.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 7
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Send an email to set up a time that works for you and the community. We have a “two weeks free” visitor policy. We need to know upfront about any animals, large or seemingly insignificant, that you have and would like to bring with you. Animals must be under the owners responsible control at all times.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    During the “two weeks free” guest period, you would attend weekly community meetings and establish a sponsor, a voting resident who is willing to help you with integration. After you find a sponsor and the two weeks has expired, you would then become a full voting resident and begin paying utilities.

  • Additional Comments:

    Regular attendance to weekly meetings is required by all individuals. This includes visitors and full voting residents.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Consensus of those present (no less than a quorum). Full consensus for irrevocable decisions, e.g., membership, construction, land changes.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $275
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We share utilities, taxes, maintenance and infrastructure costs, all of which is covered in the monthly fee. This fee is revisited at a yearly budget meeting.

Sustainability Practices

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

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet, Shower, kitchen, washer
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We have shared meals every week after business meetings.
    We have a few small communal and private gardens in addition to wild foraging.
    Smoking is not permitted during business meetings or in communal structures.

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

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

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