QIVC Members: About Us

The Quaker Intentional Village-Canaan is currently made up of six member households (14 adults and 13 resident children) and one prospective member household living on the land together. Here is a little information about our households.  For more on our vision, how we got started, etc. see our FAQ.

Sandra and Carolyn: Sandra and her daughter Carolyn live in a modular, green, two-bedroom house made by Blu Homes and unfolded on-site in September 2010. Sandra is doing a lot of gardening and hopes for a future of orchards, running races and completing mini-triathalons, and lots of cutting firewood with her new chainsaw to heat her house.  Carolyn is away in Nicaragua pursuing her long-awaited gap year.  Sandra works in development and fundraising for the local public radio (classical music) and television stations.

Jens and Spee and three children twenty and older: Spee's passion and paying work is international humanitarian work, which she does on a consulting basis for Save the Children and others.  Jens is very involved with the Alternatives to Violence Project internationally and with food production and preservation right here at QIVC.  Among their many projects are bee-keeping, shepherding, orcharding, soil improvement, and natural building.  They have lived and worked in many countries around the world, including Ecuador, Palestine, and Costa Rica.  In 2009, Jens completed building their three-bedroom First Day Cottage house and to make space for his elderly parents, is currently working on a cool addition with a sod roof and an upside-down tree in the middle of the timber frame.

Dee and Paul: Dee is in the process of expanding her psychology practice to include mediation. She is passionate about Nonviolent Communication and sees it as a whole-life tool for increasing her capacity to “walk the earth responding to that of God in everyone.” Paul’s lifelong passion is organic gardening which has recently expanded into the discovery of nutrient-dense soil-building. One of his current creative outlets is landscaping the hill around their house with rock terracing. A political radical, Paul is known as “Captain Catastrophe” and sees his work in the community as the most creative expression of "collapsonomics."  Paul and Dee live in their passive solar, wood-stove heated home where they find peace and comfort from the day to day. Their two adult sons (1980 & 1982) enjoy visiting and participating in community work and celebratory events.

Eric and Ellen and two kids (1998 & 2001): Eric is a self-described "coding geek." His passion is creating the infrastructure for an economy based on wealth as thriving living systems, which he does as part of the MetaCurrency project.  His other interests include, collective intelligence and social architectures, the open-source revolution, and renaturalization (Jim Corbett).  He also makes excellent scones.  Ellen is a Certified Professional Midwife and part-time Web developer (she and Eric create Web systems for gathering birth-related research data).  She used to edit science-fiction novels and her ambition is to become "copy-editor laureate" of the United States, with the power to correct any punctuation errors she finds on trucks, signs, and cereal boxes.  Their two kids are interested in reading, drawing, unicycling, outdoor survival skills, and Minecraft and other video games. They live in a three-bedroom strawbale house built with local craftspeople, heated with a masonry heater (wood) that is the center of family life in the winter.  They have solar panels and drive a veggie-oil-powered car. 

The Michaud family lives in a self-built three-bedroom First Day Cottage heated with wood and solar-heated water.  They enjoy living both on the inside and the outside of their cozy little house on the uphill side of the land, where they have a view of the beauty and love that abounds. Emilie-Anne is dedicated to her family and her work as a pediatric psychiatric nurse practitioner.  Her main drive is supporting her children in their growth and struggles with disabilities and chronic illness.  However, under-girding all this activity and work is her conscious noticing and holding of the mundane moments of life, thus allowing the Light to emanate.  Dan works as a social worker.  His greatest interests are in existential spirituality, outdoor sports (running, mountain biking, kayaking, camping, snowboarding), growing, raising and cooking food, and spending time with his children.  Elon (1994) has a passion for nature and animal care, especially her two horses whom she rides on the land.  She enjoys music and literature, and inspires others with her courageous fight for recovery from tick-born diseases.  Simon is four years younger than his sister and has a passion for history, music, drama, singing bass, social media and snowboarding. A grown son, daughter-in-law, and child live in San Diego.

Eric Bear spends a lot of time barefoot and currently resides in the Farmhouse as our NextGen Ambassador and STIR, which stands for: Short Term Intentional Resident.  After many sessions as a STIR, Bear is in process for dicerning membership with QIVC. Bear is deeply involved in Agile Learning Centers, a growing network of wholly remarkable schools that foster self-direction, intentionality, reflectivity, and conscious culture creation. He holds a small ALC homeschooling group in QIVC called Cloudhouse. Bear has an erudite/infantile sense of humor which everyone, everywhere, always loves.

Marcy and Lee live with their 6 children in the happy little home called East House. Theirs is a modest home but spacious enough to encourage hours of baking and creativity, muddy boots and summer flipflops, and a myriad of children coming in and out.  Lee works as a stone mason, building beautiful, custom stone walls.  Lee's passions in life include being a husband and father, finding inspiration wherever he may be to help inspire his love of creative expressions (music, art, stone work, gardening, just to name a few!).  Among these attributes, it is his greatest desire to find the time to develop a quiet heart and a peaceful mind. Marcy, a Columbia County native, is fortunate to be a stay-at-home Mama and homemaker.  However, it is important to her that she find the time to express her desire to create and is always looking for ways to build community.  Marcy‘s blog, Heart, Hearth, & Homestead, focuses on ways to live simply and mindfully through seasonal celebration and creative expression. Her love of writing and taking photos has carried her creativity over to Instagram where she is known as @wildsoul_mama.  As a family, they strive together in seasonal rhythm; spending endless moments in the garden, snuggling by the woodstove, sledding down the best sledding hill in Columbia County (which happens to be right in their backyard!), or finding any reason to build a fire and roast marshmallows.  Their children are currently into horseback riding, archery, skiing/snowboarding, reading, helping Mom in the kitchen or participating in whatever craft is set up for that day, outdoor exploration, swimming, and just plain ol' being kids! The older kids attend the local schools where they have been for seven years, after having spent some time at Hawthorne Valley as well as being homeschooled. Marcy and Lee currently homeschool their 5- and 7-year-old.
Anne and her son, Milo, were frequent friends and visitors to QIVC (aka "The Land") for years before moving here in May 2013. They love the people, the mission, and the place. Anne and Milo live on the land as renters, contributing to and participating in all aspects of the community, while holding the question of joining as full members.  Anne is an actress (her specialty is one-woman shows) who keeps the wolves from the door by working for the estate of the sculptor, George Rickey.  She'.  Milo enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, computers, and theater and simply being with his friends on "The Land."
Hana and Noah, and their son Lev and daughter Shira like to forage for wild foods and dig around in the dirt. Noah is a musician with many hats--pianist, singer, conductor, and fledgling jazz musician-- and Hana is a journalist and a wrestler.  Lev's favorite activities include jumping on the trampoline, digging, reading books with anyone who will join him, and eating pears.  They are currently renting the Red House which is for sale for a family interested in membership at QIVC.