The Rochester Folk Art Guild is a community of people sharing the aim of working practically toward a deeper understanding of themselves and their purpose, based on the teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff. Their crafts and community life provide ways to cultivate a special quality of attention amidst the activities of daily life.
We are a farm on 350 acres in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York between Canandaigua and Keuka lakes. Our farm is the home of an intentional community with an established tradition of organic agriculture, handcraft work, and personal development. Organic practices have been used in fruit and vegetable production for the 40 years the Guild has been at its current rural location. A five-year-old market garden with greenhouse sells to the community through farmers markets and our CSA. Projects include organic farming, orcharding, vineyard work, food preservation (mainly canning and freezing), sustainable forestry and firewood production, general building and grounds maintenance, building projects as well as a chance to explore in some of the folk arts that are practiced here - ceramics and woodworking especially (though there is weaving, sewing, boatbuilding and blacksmithing as well).
During your stay here, you'll get to experience our spring fed pond and cedar sauna, delicious communal home-cooked and -grown organic meals, weekly yoga classes, playing music and games together. We welcome visitors who are willing to work hard and value the joys of a simple rural life - playing music together, eating fresh, delicious food, swimming in the pond, and working hard together.
To apply, please send an email telling us about yourself. It should include the following information:
* your age and gender
* the work or studies in which you are presently involved
* your work history
* your hobbies and interests
* how you heard about East Hill Farm
* why you are interested in visiting community, and why East Hill Farm in particular
* any physical ailments or limitations (e.g. back problems) which would prevent you from doing certain kinds of work
* any special skills you have or work you like or dislike, e.g. indoor work vs. outdoor work
* your permanent postal address (or "most permanent")
* a phone number where you can be reached previous to your visit
Status: Alive and well!