Saba Cooperative at Seven Springs
- Fellowship for Intentional Community
Mission: Health and Wellness Cooperative focused on healthy mind, body, spirit, arts and permaculture.
“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: Wholistically creating peaceful, voluntary, sustainable alternatives to meeting human needs on physical, mental, spiritual and social levels.
Saba is a social enterprise dedicated to assisting communities with integrating cooperative housing with complementary and alternative healthcare services as well as community education on permaculture, arts, and sustainable living practices.
Saba's mission is to assist communities with goals to becoming ecologically and economically sustainable. Saba’s projects include the utilization of local building materials and 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's projects use 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 promote harvesting and storage of rainwater through the use of specific drainage designs and water catchment systems as well as gray water recycling.
Saba's mission is to assist with the development of sustainable food systems that meet 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 integrates 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.
- Physical Address
- Waterford, Maine
- United States
- Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
- Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
- Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
- Student Housing or Student Co-Op
- Spiritual or Religious
- Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)