Becoming part of a greater whole
Who are we?
We are a group of people who were originally drawn together by the desire to create an intentional community in the Berkshires. We believe there is a healthier and more joyful way for human beings to live, work, grow, and play together than what is considered normal in mainstream culture. We feel called to shift from the predominant me-first mentality to a way of living that recognizes that we are truly part of a greater whole.
We started meeting in January 2018 with a clear aim to find a property and build a co-housing community. Over the years, we gathered a tremendous amount of information, hired consultants, created a membership structure, and met multiple times a week. We even put money down on a property, and when that didn't work, made two other attempts.
The prices rose so dramatically after Covid that ultimately we could not make the numbers work.
In spite of those setbacks some of us continue to hold a strong desire to have a residential community when, and if, the needed conditions are present. But nothing is on the horizon at the moment. We also began to think of ourselves as a community without walls, and we are exploring ideas to foster community awareness and greater connectedness in ways other than living together.
We have been meeting again in person for pot luck events and monthly check-in circles since the summer of 2022. We always welcome new participants.
In November 2022, due to Zoom-fatigue, we paused our monthly online Salon events. These were discussion groups that offered an opportunity to exchange thoughts, experiences and inspiration on specific themes we chose each month, and were a way to get to know each other. They also allowed people from further away to participate. We are open to restarting this forum if there are requests.
Our vision and our mission still feel relevant to us.
We want to see a world where people recognize and honor their interconnectedness with one another and the natural environment and are dedicated to the well-being of the planet. We want to live in a world where we resolve conflict with thoughtfulness and care, respect one another’s boundaries, seek to understand our differences, and explore deeper levels of awareness.
Gather a diverse community of people who want to prioritize collaboration and service to the greater whole, while also respecting individual needs and goals.
Tap into the power and wisdom of the collective to expand our individual perspective and get things done.
Deepen our awareness of collective consciousness.
Create an environment that brings out the spiritual, emotional, material and creative potential of each person and the community as a whole.
Create a culture that values and celebrates:
- Speaking the truth; listening with mutual respect and compassion.
- Accountability, trust, and shared power and responsibility.
- Moving beyond personal preference to facilitate effective decision-making.
- Each member’s spiritual and philosophical orientation.
- Togetherness and joyful recreation.
- Each member’s need for personal time and private space.
- Creativity & artistic expression.
- Appreciation, gratitude, and generosity.
- Practices and resources that promote health and wellbeing.