The Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Community

Chestnut Ridge, New York, United States

  • Last updated: September 27, 2017 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: September 27, 2017

Mission Statement

The Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Community exists to provide a healthy way of life for everyone living here. We provide housing for our coworkers and support them financially depending on their needs. We want to provide everyone with opportunities to be engaged in all the activities of life long learning and to enjoy in the company of others all the cultural events taking place in the course of the year. We believe that a rhythm of work and artistic activity lead to continuing health and awareness of the meaning of life on earth.

Community Description

Founded in 1066 by an anthroposophical doctor and his wife for the purpose of providin an intergenerational therapeutic work-based community centered around the care of the elderly. Our children attend the neighborhood Waldorf School. We have a farm where we raise organic produce, our cows supply milk & yogurt, our workshops help with raising funds. Coworkers are usually either primarily interested in care giving, farming/gardening, or in supportive activities such as cooking, cleaning, maintenance, landscaping, vehicle maintenance, etc. We are very busy and have special laws allowing the elderly to participate at all levels. We welcome volunteers. We offer a farm internship. Families are of course welcome.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Spiritual or Religious Community, Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Festivals, Conferences, Events, craft workshops, intergenerational, Waldorf oriented
  • Location: Suburban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The Rudolf Steiner Foundation Inc.
  • Additional Comments:

    We have several administrative circles in which elder members who pay rent and coworkers who are provided housing all participate. There is a board of directors as well.


  • Adult Members: 100
  • Child Members: 10
  • Non-member Residents: 20
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact our office and sign up for a tour given every other week either on Friday or Saturday.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    New elder members over 65 fill out an application and wait until the type of space they need becomes available. Coworkers come initially to try us on to make sure they want to stay and then when there’s space they move in and begin full time work.

  • Additional Comments:

    Families with children of school age need to visit the nearby Waldorf school or other school to be interviewed.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    There are many ways for everyone to participate either in administrative work or simply to develop leadership skills on the job. We happily recognize those with special skills.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We pride ourselves on not paying ” fee for service.” That is we do pay by the hour or day but base payment on individual/family needs. Everyone is different.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, We have a common dining room where Adult Home care members eat. Coworkers & volunteers serve and independent members join in if they so desire.
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian, The community was founded on anthroposophy. We are non-denominational.
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    We expect that our coworkers will be clean and wear clean clothes and change clothing if they have worked in the fields and gardens. The Adult Home is overseen by the county DOH and we keep our premises and people up to code, in good health and spirits.

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

    We have a special fund for medical & dental expenses that exceed an individual or family budget.

Additional Comments

We welcome those who either need care or are enthusiastic about helping care for the needs of others. If you are single or part of a family, please consider living here as part of a larger family.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Camphill Association of North America (CANA), Friends of Rudolf Steiner

Community Affiliations

We are associated with the Campbell movement because they are also deeply influenced by Rudolf Steiner.


rhythm, together, choice, activity, nature, growing and learning