Ten Stones Community

Charlotte, Vermont, United States

  • Last updated: November 14, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Building caring relationships

Community Description

Ten Stones is an intentional community designed, organized, and developed by its 17 member-families. It embraces 85 acres of woodland, meadow, and agricultural land and 16 clustered, privately owned, half-acre home sites. We have no common creed other than a desire to live cooperatively, ecologically, and economically. Our community features a constructed wetland for wastewater treatment, five straw-bale homes, an organic subscription garden (CSA), and a chicken co-op. Our common house is the focal point of many community activities, such as shared meals, yoga classes, meditations, craft making, community meetings, movie nights, public lectures, and various celebratory activities. The families of Ten Stones enjoy sharing resources, caring for each other’s children, and designing rituals to mark important events in our lives. Our community also enjoys assisting others—individuals, study groups, and other intentional communities—in learning to build community for themselves.

There are currently no homes for sale in Ten Stones.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1989
  • Start Living Together: 1994
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://tenstonescommunity.com/
  • Contact Name: Per Hansen
  • Community Address:
    Greenbush Rd
    Charlotte, Vermont, 05445
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 85 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 17
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    We each own our 1/2 acre lots and share the remainder of the acreage

    One house is a duplex, which makes for 17 households.


  • Adult Members: 32
  • Child Members: 16
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please refer to our web site: http://tenstones.info/.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    There is no formal membership process. We encourage people to visit and join us in community meals or other activities so they can get to know us and see if Ten Stones might be a good match for them. We trust potential new community members to self select themselves!


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $110
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Honor system with minimum hours per year established yearly. The number of hours is around 35 hours per year plus participating in 2 workdays per year.

    Quarterly dues for all maintenance of community expenses – roads maintenance, snowplowing, taxes on shared land, maintenance of community building, etc.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We share meals together either on the Green on picnic tables or in our Common House.

    In addition we have a CSA garden, apiaries, and chickens. Community members can choose to be involved in these pursuits.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Cohousing, Co-housing, agriculture