How do we want to best live life?
Music by the Brilliance. Film by Edison Koo.
Music by the Brilliance. Film by Edison Koo.
We cultivate community and mindful living by providing a place where people feel belonged, nurtured and well-cared for. We explore depth of connections through inter-generational and inter-spiritual practices. We serve and care for people to grow and thrive through the different stages of their life.
We collaborate with artists and entrepreneurs, farmers and scientists, old and new monastics, and people who seek to live and work with purpose and fulfillment. We foster opportunities to cultivate open hearts, agile minds, and adaptive skill-sets that allow the individual and the collective to thrive in the 21st century.
We protect, preserve, and care for the land, trees, water, and creatures that live on this beautiful land. We commit to conscious stewardship of the land through land trust and management in order to retain the natural beauty of the land for generations to come.
Since 2013, we have been experimenting with what it means to live and thrive together in community. We have partnered with individuals, groups, and organizations, from a monastic community and an entrepreneurial cooperative, from universities to corporate entities. In September 2017, Cody, Home, Dave, and their friends began searching for a new space in which to carry out the next phase of our evolving community experiment. This project and the land which will support it are called Forest Harbor.
The harbor is a place to anchor and to rest. It is a place of slower speeds, smaller waves for gathering and reflecting. It provides necessary refuge, regrouping, and refueling, before one relaunches into deeper waters. It is sustained by and complements the social, cultural, and economic networks to which it is inextricably connected - in our case, the greater New York City region.
Our projected site is a 35-acre property skirted by an additional 20 acres of publicly owned land buffering NYC reservoir water. Initial infrastructure would support six residents and six guests. Opening ourselves to a slow growth in population is one of our goals. We aim toward twelve medium- to long-term residents with the capacity to host an additional twelve short guests.
A harbor requires stewards. Forest Harbor will support the personal and vocational lives of its long-term residents. It will be a place to live together and a space purpose-built to allow each of us to carry out our vocational pursuits.
As a place to pursue vocation, we create a space that is more than just sustainable - it is "thrivable." There are two parallel initiatives: firstly, the space will provide the kinds of accommodation and facilities that will allow residents to actively pursue their vocational interests - be they physical, intellectual, or spiritual, at both the personal and professional level. Secondly, the space will allow individuals to be income-generative in order to support the ongoing maintenance of such a property. The collection of people can thrive when the space supports them and their pursuits, and when the individuals are generative such that they can contribute back to the place.
Two other illustratively useful models are the laboratory and the homestead. By laboratory, we mean a space to experiment with new modes of operating, living, and working. This manifests in practical ways, such as experimenting with the use of green-building, robot-assisted farming, edible forest agriculture, solar-powered energy independence, alternative construction and housing styles, and self-reliant property management. As a laboratory, the aim is to experiment and learn. We seek to create usable knowledge and repeatable models, for example, of integrated modes of food production, rather than becoming a full-fledged farm.
The homestead reflects an intention for industrious, resourceful, pragmatic, functional growth of our group. Much like homesteaders of earlier generations, we are identifying tangible needs and seeking to address them directly. How does this look and operate in the 21st century? We imagine fewer blacksmiths and more coders, fewer water mills and more solar collectors. We replace a rail-head and a post office with fiber-optic internet connection and a video conferencing suite. Like the original homestead, we aim for the same level of resilience, sense of community, hard work, well-earned victories, and stewardship of the land that supports us.
From New York City:
1 hour by car
75 minutes by train
6 hours by bicycle
18 hours by foot
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For inspiration and illustration only. Not the actual building.
We welcome thinkers, doers, builders, collaborators, partners, and investors.
Please send to us your inquiry and let us know how you'd like to get involved to make this vision a reality.