Heartbeet Lifesharing

Hardwick, Vermont, United States

  • Last updated: January 7, 2019 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: July 29, 2013

Mission Statement

Heartbeet is a vibrant lifesharing Camphill community and licensed therapeutic residence that includes adults with developmental disabilities and interweaves the social and agricultural realms for the healing and renewing of our society and the earth. Community members live and work together, in beautiful extended family households, forming a mutually supportive environment that enables each individual to discover and develop his or her unique abilities and potential.

Community Description

Located in Hardwick, Vermont, on a 150 acre farm, Heartbeet is a licensed Therapeutic Community Residence recognized by the State of Vermont and has recently been incorporated into the Camphill Association of communities,where everyone, regardless of ability, can find meaning, dignity, and delight in life. Long-term volunteers, adults with special needs, and volunteers who come for a year of service work, learn and play together, celebrating the myriad joys and challenges of life. In Vermont the land is full of rolling mountains and hidden valleys; towns are small and people have to make an effort to reach out to each other. People care about their neighbors and are willing to stand up for what they think is right (we still haveTown Meetings). From its inception Heartbeet has fit right in and is committed to building relationships and cultivating all that is best in the small-town community way of life. Driving up our steep hill, the road opens onto a beautiful view of fields and forest, swim pond and red barn, and three lovely homes. You get the feeling that you have arrived in a place alive with the wonder and joy of the earth and human relationships.

The work we do at Heartbeet is based on a spiritual understanding of the human being, the earth, and the universe. Anthroposophy (literally “the wisdom of the human being”) was conceived by Dr. Rudolf Steiner of Austria in the early decades of the 20th century. Anthroposophy has inspired innovations in many areas of life, and has given rise not only to Camphill communities, but to Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, and new forms of medicine, therapies and the arts. All share a common dream of social, cultural and economic renewal. Our foundation in anthroposophy manifests itself in the recognition that each human being comprises a body, soul, and spirit, and we believe each of these aspects has the capacity to grow, develop and learn. We recognize that each person is on an inner journey, and we can actively support each other by the ways we live, learn, and work together.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2002
  • Start Living Together: 2002
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://www.heartbeet.org/
  • Contact Name: Sara Hatch
  • Phone: 802-472-3285
  • Community Address:
    Heartbeet Lifesharing
    218 Town Farm Rd.
    Hardwick, Vermont, 05843
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 150 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community


  • Adult Members: 30
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Camphill Association of North America (CANA)

Community Affiliations

Camphill Communities California, Camphill Soltane, Camphill Special School, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Camphill Village Minnesota, Inc., Camphill Village USA, Inc.


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