“Saba” is translated as “tomorrow” in the tongue of the native Abenaki people and this intentional community is planned according to the needs of tomorrow; holistically creating peaceful, voluntary, sustainable alternatives to meeting human needs on physical, mental, spiritual and social levels.
Saba will operate as a social enterprise integrating self-sustained cooperative housing with a Center for spiritual teaching and practice, and will provide complementary and alternative healthcare services as well as community education on spiritual, healing, arts, and sustainable living practices.
Services to be provided at Saba are open to members and visitors and are by donation only. Services span the spectrum of needs for the spirit, body and mind.
In addition to weekly gatherings for skills and idea sharing. Saba will also host regular gatherings for group meditation/prayer, song/dance, firespinning, and other spiritual and meditative practices
*Arts and Entertainment*
Workshop/Studio/Gallery space will be available on a donation basis for visual, musical, performance and other creative arts including, but not limited to, glass blowing, wood and metal working, photography, dance, and music recording.
-For The Body-
*Yoga/Qi Gong/Tai Chi sessions*
*Massage & Acupressure*
*Reiki/Healing Touch/Somatic Experiencing and other intention-based healing*
*Sound and Light Wave Treatments*
*Nutritional needs assessment*
*Herbal medicine and Aromatherapy*
-For The Mind-
*Educational workshops/trainings will be offered to members and to visitors on spiritual and healing practices, arts, and sustainable living including organic farming and permaculture, utilizing alternative energy sources, reducing, reusing, recycling, forestry, landscaping and eco-friendly construction.*
Beyond providing services at Saba Cooperative, the goal is for the location, layout, and materials used on the grounds and in the structures to be ecologically and economically sustainable. It is Saba’s goal to use only local building materials and to utilize passive and active solar collection and storage systems for energy. Further, in this bioregion, a significant concern for structures is heat retention during the cold season. Saba will utilize the support of nature for this purpose using earth-sheltered structure designs for the community and living quarters, as well as in the design of greenhouses. Saba’s goal is to harvest and store rainwater through the use of specific drainage designs and water catchment systems in the building design. Cisterns would be used for water storage and all gray water would be recycled.
Additionally, Saba’s goal is to provide a sustainable food system that meets the community’s food needs while maintaining healthy ecosystems. Saba commits to the use of permaculture principles to promote regeneration of healthy ecological conditions not only for the current community, but for generations to come. Permaculture is based on working with, not against nature and promoting human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability. The anticipated application of the permaculture design will integrate local plants, edible forest gardening, pasture-paddock chicken raising, proper utilization of all potential waste products such as with composting, biologically diverse polyculture herb and vegetable gardens, and the utilization of natural patterns found in nature in the gardens, greenhouses, and structures.
Living arrangements may be short-term or long-term in private or shared spaces.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)