SunPoint Farm Sanctuary is currently like a phoenix rising from many attempts at community building over several generations. This 28-acre family farm in Southern New Hampshire has provided fresh produce, shelter, and natural spiritual solace to many friends, neighbors, and strangers over decades. Now, a fresh initiative is amassing energy to create a small cooperative community, spiritual retreat center and productive farming operation which will successfully sustain the land, the spirit, and the people called to live and visit here for the next seven generations.
At present, the land and housing is owned by family members, who are offering the opportunity for a few others to join them, in creating a viable, loving community of people dedicated to serving the larger whole in this time of planetary crisis. Their desire is to protect the land from commercial development; create an economically successful and diverse, organic farming operation; and a rustic retreat center for spiritual seekers and mindfulness practitioners.
We are looking for a few people who are skilled, responsible and dedicated to making these projects economically viable and a model for others into the future. Currently, housing and finances are limited, but the farming infrastructure is solid and there is much potential for innovation and growth. Ideally, new members would be financially solvent and be able to pay their own way until they created income-generating projects; have capital from past endeavors; or would be able to create income on or off the land with their own enterprises–at least in the beginning. Individuals needing to cover their basic needs through “sweat-equity” might be considered, if they had sufficient skills, enthusiasm, energy, and dedication to the vision. In the future, a “co-housing” community of small and simple cottages is envisioned on a section of the property bordering a 128-acre conservation area.
All community members would be expected to be philosophically in alignment with the various aspects of SPFS (the farm, the community, reverence for the natural world, and an ecumenical spiritual focus), whether or not they were actively working in these areas. This first year, of 2013, will be a time of visioning, exploration, and initiation of projects that fit within the larger mission. Ideal applicants would be those who feel themselves “called” to becoming pioneers in this endeavor. Those not able to live on the land are called "Non-Resident Members."