Formed: 1982 Established: 1983
This page last updated:4/19/2010
Dancing Waters Permaculture Co-op
Gays Mills, Wisconsin,
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Dancing Waters Permaculture Co-op is on 130 acres in the beautiful hills and hollows of southwestern Wisconsin. We are 11 adults and one child owning land and buildings in common. Primary focuses include annual and perennial communal gardening, building, and learning how to live in harmony long term with each other and with the land. We use the ideas of permaculture in our building, gardens, hayfields, orchard, woodlots, and relationships. We grapple with the practical challenge of implementing sustainable practices in the face of the many counter forces in our society.
Decisions are made by consensus. We gather twice monthly for a potluck and meeting. There are usually a few additional common meals each month. Individual and family housing units are clustered so we bump into each other as we go about our daily lives, sharing food, meals, work, childcare, song, and spirit on an informal basis. We feel like an extended family.
Individuals follow a variety of spiritual paths and diets. Some individuals make their incomes at home while some have jobs off the land. Income is not shared. Each adult buys a share, which can be paid over a period of time, as well as paying a monthly fee for group expenses.
We are surrounded by an extensive alternative community, including food co-ops, community center, Waldorf school, extensive alternative healing community, many small nonprofit organizations, and the headquarters of USA's largest producer-owned organic food pool (Organic Valley).
We are in the process of visioning our shortterm and longterm future. The possibilities include assisting budding communities, educating about community, inspiring others to live this idea, increasing alternative energy use, more common meals, expanding our communal spaces, improving infrastructure to support aging in our community, and continuing to improve group processes. We are open to helping other groups get started by providing advice.
We are blessed with a stable membership but have occasional openings. Visitors are required to make advance arrangements.
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Former/Other Names: (Former Line 2: Permaculture Co-op)
This page last updated:4/19/2010
(Must contact in advance first, with adequate notice (at least two weeks, if possible))
Visitor Process: Call, email, or write to us (Rikardo is "seekers" contact) with as much pertinent info as you can (i.e., What is your intention? When are you coming? For how long?).
Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(A developmentally disabled adult)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(Expenses shared equally)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(must buy a share but can do so over time)
Land and Buildings
130 acres (52.6 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Percentage of Food Grown:
(closer to 20%)
Share Community Meals:
(Twice monthly potluck/meetings; a few other common meals most months)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(some members are vegetarian)
(No smokers but no outright prohibitioon)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
:: Paganism/Earth Religions
:: Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
:: Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
(individuals follow a variety of paths, incl skeptic; fundamentalism not welcome; some community events include spiritual practices)
Private school off the property
:: Public schooled
(Children have attended Waldorf & public schools)
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Current editor(s): dwpermaculture, lamarjanes
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