Caretaker Responsibilities

Caretaker Responsibilities of 2010

Proposal, Great Circle – August 2010
(transcribed by Stella Maris, May 2013)

Preamble:
In an attempt to more accurately reflect the current practices of Caretaking the Wolf Creek Radical Faerie Sanctuary and to further detail each of these activities, we have reviewed, discussed and modified Renardine’s Caretaker Guidelines from 1997. The Caretaker Responsibilities of 2010 have evolved into two categories: Individual Responsibilities and Group Responsibilities. That is, some of the responsibilities of Caretaking are tasks that each and every Caretaker should be performing, while other tasks can be or are better served by a group of people sharing the responsibility.

The following are proposed as the Caretaker Responsibilities of 2010 by Vibrant, Wonder, TJ, Piwacket and Blossom.

Individual Responsibilities

Each Caretaker will be personally responsible for the following:

Visitor Hospitality

  • Greet visitors and facilitate their stays.

Check in with new visitors, find out how long they expect to be here, work towards accommodating any special needs, and help them to focus a harmonious intent for being in this community if they intend to be here more than two weeks.

  • Daily maintenance of Garden House and the Barn

Manage the specifics of utilizing common space for everyone’s use.

  • Check in with visitors and provide assistance as necessary

Make themselves available for ongoing dialog with visitors and help them to integrate with sanctuary culture, Radical Faerie philosophies and the realities of rural living.

Spirituality

  • Maintain stories of sacred objects and altars

Collect and transmit information about our ancestors, our altars, and the sacred objects around the land. They will help to foster the respect that these places and items deserve.

Maintenance

  • Maintain Garden and landscaping, forest and meadow

Maintain an awareness of and help coordinate operations of the gardens. They will always oversee maintenance of the meadow and forest in accordance with the community’s long-term visions and Forest Management Plan.

  • Maintain and repair buildings, infrastructure, tools and equipment

Maintain an awareness of and help coordinate operations of the physical infrastructure of the land, to the best of their ability and within budgetary constraints, alerting the greater community if there are problems larger than they can handle.

  • Facilitate land projects

Work with visitors and the appropriate committees to define and execute projects on the land.

  • Dispose of trash and recycling

Educate and guide the community on how we manage our trash and recycling to keep land pleasantly uncluttered.

Sanctuary Community

  • Uphold and foster consensual decision-making

Use the consensus process for their internal decision-making and teach others to use it themselves.

  • Foster and articulate community vision

Foster and facilitate an ongoing conversation about our intentions as a community.

  • Facilitate and attend caretaker meetings, land meetings, and heart circles

Collect agenda items, facilitate meetings when needed and attend them unless they give compelling reasons to miss them.

  • Prevent harm to property or community

Do their best to recognize problems coming into the community from specific visitors. They will work with the visitor to minimize the impact, solve the problem, and remove the visitor from the land if necessary.

Faerie Community

  • Write monthly land reports and publish in the Raddish

Articulate both the logistical mechanics and general climate and spirit present on the land, to be published in the Raddish.

Reports & Recordkeeping

  • See Group Responsibilities.

Committees

  • Cooperate with the following committees: Land Meeting, COTL, CoCo, Great Circle

Make every effort to participate in and cooperate with all of the following Nomenus committees: Land Meeting, Community on the Land (COTL), Coordinating Council (CoCo), and Great Circle, either in person, by phone or in writing.

Gatherings & Workshops

  • Open and close the Land for gathering season

Follow and develop standard process for opening and closing elements of the land for gathering season and winterization.

  • Work with gathering organizers to plan and facilitate Gatherings

Remain available for gathering facilitators for the coordination of gatherings including, but not limited to: special needs housing, transportation, food ordering, maintenance of facilities and equipment, local resources and acquiring applicable permits when necessary. caretakers will also work to negotiate and encourage good gathering environments.

Group Responsibilities

The Caretaker Circle will be collectively responsible for the following:

Visitor Hospitality

  • Collect household and Nomenus donations

Communicate the monetary needs of the household and the church and make sure that donated money gets to the correct account. They are responsible for creating and maintaining their own process to these ends.

  • Facilitate meal preparation, food shopping

Manage the household finances and make sure that the community on the land gets fed without undue stress on the Nomenus finances.

Spirituality

  • Facilitate ritual

Work with visitors and gatherings who wish to create ritual space on the land. This includes logistical support and assistance with appropriate spiritual focus for this place.

  • Provide spiritual assistance

Assist visitors with spiritual needs as they arise in whatever capacity they are able.

Maintenance

  • Maintain Garden and landscaping, forest and meadow

Facilitate the maintenance of the gardens for food, health, and beauty. They will also maintain the meadow and forest in accordance with the community’s long-term visions and Forestry Management Plan.

  • Maintain and repair buildings, infrastructure, tools and equipment

Make sure the physical infrastructure of the land is maintained to the best of their ability and within budgetary constraints, alerting the greater community if there are problems larger than they can handle.

  • Facilitate land projects

Work with visitors and the appropriate committees to define and execute projects on the land.

  • Dispose of trash and recycling

Manage the trash and recycling to keep the land pleasantly uncluttered.

Sanctuary Community

  • Mediate community disputes

Recognize when disputes are affecting the community and step in to help mediate and facilitate resolution.

Faerie Community

  • Maintain contact with broader Nomenus and Faerie communities

Work with gathering organizers to make sure gatherings are appropriate for the site and in keeping with Nomenus Radical Faerie traditions.

  • Arrange publicity for Sanctuary and events

Maintain a current and public calendar of events and clearly articulate boundaries around event containers. We shall work with organizers to make calls available upon request.

Reports & Recordkeeping

  • Maintain Nomenus records at Sanctuary

Ensure records are accessible and transparent to Nomenus members. These records include legal documents, bills/statements, operating manuals, Raddish archive, and other necessary information.

  • Keep financial records and work with CFO to print monthly financial reports in Raddish

Ensure financial process is clear and transparent. Manage daily household budget according to the daily contributions of Radical Faeries and their friends.

  • Keep record of visitor stays and maintain visitor mailing list

Facilitate visitor registration and the membership process; manage this list and record NOTAFLOF stays.

  • Create and maintain maintenance manual

Work with appropriate committees to keep up to date documents detailing the management of consumable, renewable and disposable resources pertaining to the land.

Committees

  • Participate in committees pertaining to the Land, including Building, Conditional Use Permit Application, Emergency Decision-Making, Facilities Management, Finance, Forest Management, Gathering, and Long-Range Planning, as appropriate.

Gatherings & Workshops

  • (See Individual Responsibilities)

Edited by crimsonfae on May 13, 2013 8:40 pm