Land of Dawes

Newfield, New York, United States

  • Last updated: June 17, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: July 12, 2009

Mission Statement

To live in harmony with the earth and each other. To gather in circle to co-create ceremony in giving gratitude to the elements that sustain us. To garden and eat from the fruits of our labor in a sacred way. To follow Permaculture principles.

Community Description

Earth spirituality community now forming on 38 acres of forest and field off the grid near Ithaca, NY. Looking for a handful of good friends to live together on the land and co-create a community striving for sustainable, self-sufficiency, and a shared reverence for the earth that is our only home. We gather in co-created ceremonies to give gratitude to the elements that sustain us: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. We invite families and friends to circle on the eight cross-quarters on the medicine wheel, to re-align ourselves to the earth’s cycles and seasons. Potluck, bonfire, sauna are shared at the end of each gathering.
Poetry, song, chants and drumming, meditation and creative visualization are shared.
We have organic gardens, concord grapes, blueberries and a maple grove and evaporator to name a few of our permaculture crops. There is a pond and sauna. We have solar energy and a generator to take care of our electric needs but value our small footprint on the earth. There is barn space potentially for animals but is also used as a workshop. There is presently a small cabin available for living space for one or two more people.
Member of Sustainable Tompkins network. For information, (607) 564-9406.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Debaura Dahl
  • Phone: 607-564-9406
  • Community Address:
    512 Dawes Hill Rd.
    Newfield, New York, 14867
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 38 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned number of residences: 4
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    privately owned with potential for co-ownership and possible land trust


  • Adult Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 100%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Prefer initial written statement of values and visions via mail or email, followed with contact by phone for conversations.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We have a clearness process based on the Quaker Principles. Visit and live for a year


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    as per community agreement

    security deposit

    share expenses

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Fire pit
  • Internet Available: No
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Holistic Healing, Massage, yoga, herbalogy

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    Dearest Community Seekers,
    I am a hard working person who is dedicated to her profession in the community helping our elders of their journey home.I am an activities director in a nursing home and enjoy creating fun innovative events.I know this is part of my spiritual life path. Building community on my land has taken a back burner as there is just so much time we have” to walk our talk.” I wish for others to join me in creating a place on this land to be “The people we have been waiting for” and that we always have the potential to be on the path of enlightenment and can inspire each other to maintain the vision of small extended families everywhere, living in a sacred way.

Additional Comments

20-30 minute drive to Ithaca, NY
Ithaca N.Y. is full of beautiful waterfalls and lots of free live music and festivals and alternative everything. There is a true balance of peace and quiet rural living with the option for fun and festivities 20 minutes away to Ithaca.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


Ithaca, N.Y., earth spirituality, ritual, rural, ceremony, sustainability solar.gardening