STEP 1: Tell us about yourself! We’ll leave this open for you to decide what to say. A good place to start may be to tell us about skills you have that would be useful, activism, volunteer history or work history that may be relevant (including a couple of references will be helpful), where you are in life in terms of commitment and resources for example. Send to: email@example.com — Piebird Farm Sanctuary, 113 Chapman’s Landing Rd., Nipissing Ontario P0H 1W0
STEP 2: Come visit! We are all likely better at communicating in person, so if we haven’t yet met, then perhaps arrange to book a stay this Summer. Being here and experiencing sanctuary is the best way to see how our visions and energies merge.
STEP 3: Come for a longer stay. Contribute, commit, communicate, volunteer, etc. We are confident in the community building approach that the right members will best communicate they are committed and keen to contribute to the vision.
Maybe later? If you are interested but not yet ready for such a long-term change, or do not have the personal or financial commitment at this time there is also our Residency Experience here at the sanctuary.
Note: Initial cooperative seed members/founders will need a financial investment for land and housing. The wonderful part is that we already have the land (for the Ontario community) so the land/money scramble isn’t there like it could be for some communities. This isn’t a “start-up” — it is an evolution of an existing awesomeness.
We are an un-status-quo operation with all sorts of un-status-quo creative ideas of how it could work! It’s just a matter of founding members deciding how best to work together to utilize the land and existing structures — how to work towards an attainable and sustainable legacy for the animal-persons who are also considered equal members of the community. We just need the right dedicated humans to contribute their vision. If you think this could be you, read on!
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Who does well in Community? *
- Someone who doesn’t “need” it. “People who are fulfilled and doing well in their lives are more likely to thrive-in and contribute-to community.”
- Someone with a healthy sense of self.
- Someone who is open to and able to hear other points of view.
- Someone with a sense of connection to people and an interest in the well-being of others.
- Someone willing to abide by group agreements.
- Someone willing to speak up.
- Someone willing to be quiet and listen.
*Excerpt from chapter 18 of “Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Eco-Villages and Intentional Communities” by Diana Leafe Christian. We highly recommend both this book and her other title “Finding Community”