ABUNDANT DAWN is a rural community in southwest
Virginia, USA. In summer 2007, we are ten adult members.
Fundamental to the vision of Abundant Dawn is our
commitment to live close to one another, cooperate and share resources
so that we may live more lightly and joyously on the earth. These
covenants express our agreements related to
our use of the land we hold. These principles are basic to our
community, and we expect those who join with us to commit themselves to
As we live here and care for this place, our
decisions and actions reflect our intention to understand what nurtures
this land and water and act in accordance with our understanding. We
intend to keep the land as one whole piece and, if we sell it, to sell
it as one whole piece. We maintain a balance of forest and open meadows
on the land, and endeavor to sustain a hospitable home for a diversity
of wildlife. Our forestry practices aim to enhance the quality of the
forest, its beauty and usefulness. Likewise, our farming and
landscaping practices are designed to enhance the health and quality of
the soil and water. We cluster our homes and other buildings in several
designated areas, holding in view the integrity and harmony of the
landscape and the living systems of which the buildings become a part.
We honor the land, its air and water, its plants and animal life, as it
sustains us and allows us to open to spirit through its wonder.
The Entrance to the Community
We are the stewards and human inhabitants of 90 acres of hilly and
diverse land, nestled in a bend of a river in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
We're 28 miles from a state university, an hour from a small city with
an airport, and five minutes from a small but culturally diverse town
of about 500.
We have recently put 70 acres into a Virginia
Conservation Land Trust to protect the land. We continue to work on our
land plan and guidelines to care for the environment, as we build our
The Community House
We are committed to living thoughtfully-with
economy, conviviality, and care. We love this land, and we try to treat
it well. We study and practice environmentally sound building methods
and gardening practices, and in one building area have a constructed
wetland for our gray-water treatment. We eat together regularly, help
each other out, and enjoy each other's company.
While our adult members currently include single,
partnered, and married individuals, we welcome diversity of lifestyle.
We strive to
listen to each other as we make consensus decisions and work out our
this land. While we have no unified spiritual path, we strive to honor
different expressions of spirituality as a way to honor our diversity
as individuals. We enjoy celebrations of all kinds during the year,
such as Thanksgiving and Solstices, and many other occasions to gather
for ritual as well as play.
Decisions are made by consensus.
Abundant Dawn Community, Inc. holds the title to our
land. Members contribute monthly towards the land payments and other
community wide expenses.
Having sources of livelihood close to home is one thing
that builds a vibrant community. We encourage individuals and small
groups of members to start home businesses here. Members who want to
start businesses here go through a community approval process.
Trillium and Giant Star
Chickweed Near the River
We aim to build a community culture in which we
can trust one another. That trust is built largely by our making and
keeping agreements with each other. Periodically we hold a meeting to
review tasks each member has agreed to do, to keep ourselves
We ask full members to commit to a self-selected
minimum length of membership. Because we want membership commitments to
be thoroughly considered, we neither ask for nor accept them from
provisional members. We do not accept lifetime commitments.
If you would like to visit Abundant Dawn as part of
your community search, please write (via e-mail if possible) and
introduce yourself in advance. We welcome individuals, couples, and
families, and we will generally invite you for a 1-3 day initial visit,
depending on schedules. (People visiting from far away may want to
consider visiting other nearby communities on the same trip.)
The visitor fee is $10 per day (half for kids, free for
infants), or $20 for a two to three day initial visit. We ask that you
leave your pets at home or in a kennel during your initial visit.
If after visiting Abundant Dawn, you want to explore
membership, a one to three - week visit to the community is the next
A long visit may be followed by provisional membership
if all agree. Provisional membership lasts from six months to two
Many alternative-minded folks, home schoolers,
homesteaders, small communities, artisans, and organic growers live in
this area, and the old-timers are generally friendly and open. Our land
is three hilly miles from the center of Floyd, a one-stoplight town
with all the necessities, including a library, whole foods store,
several good locally-owned restaurants, and many fine musical
Dayspring's Constructed Wetland
We've come through a period of transition in which
we have begun to simplify our policies and re-focus on finding flexible
ways to meet everyone's needs. Our visitor program is back underway; if
you contacted us in the past and were told the visitor program was
closed, please contact us again.
We have succeeded in putting a large
portion of our land into a conservation easement, and clarified our
plans for having homes on the remaining land in three potential
clusters. We are excited to be building two new homes in our existing
In addition to growing in structures we have
grown in membership with two new families in the last year. We are
enjoying having children on the land and in our gatherings. With new
membership the community's gardening enthusiasm has returned and we are
entering an ambitious growing season.
If you would like to arrange a visit, or have
further questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also respond to postal mail, and to phone calls as time permits.
Abundant Dawn Community
P.O. Box 433
Floyd, VA 24091