Wentworth, New Hampshire, United States
- Last updated: January 3, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
Simply Living, Interdependently.
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.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1997
- Start Living Together: 1998
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.dancingbones.net
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DancingBonesCommunity
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/DancingBonesIC
- Other social: https://goo.gl/maps/71L2mhLTnPQ2
- Contact Name: Visitor Contact
- Phone: 802.440.1612
- Community Address:
33 Dancing Bones Rd.
Wentworth, New Hampshire, 03282
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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%
- 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
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
Fair Housing Laws
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