Grace Year is a spirited, imaginative intentional community of young adults, living simply in intentional community, working for social change, deepening their spiritual lives and developing leadership skills for a transformed future.
Open to members of all faiths and seekers, fellows explore the pillars of spirituality, community, and vocational discernment through praxis — or a cycle of action and reflection based practices.
Grace Year fellows work at their praxis sites Tuesday-Friday. On Monday, we meet for spiritual formation, which includes prayer and meditation, book discussions, guest speakers, field trips and quiet days. Formation includes 3-4 weekend retreats as well. The fellows take turns shopping and cooking, and normally eat together at least 5 nights a week.
The monthly stipend is $300/month. Health insurance is provided, and student loans can be deferred during the program. A relocation award of $500 is paid to each fellow upon completion of the program. There is a generous food budget, and gas is reimbursed at the IRS rate. The program owns a car for the fellows’ use.
Millbrook is a small rural town in the Hudson Valley, about 90 miles north of New York City. From the vicarage where the Grace Year fellows live, you can walk to some good restaurants and coffee shops, an independent bookstore, a great library and some beautiful parks. There are many scenic spots for hiking within a short distance of Millbrook. A little father afield, you can visit other cool upstate towns with lively music, theater and arts scenes, like Rhinebeck, Beacon and Hudson. For a more urban experience, Poughkeepsie is a 30 minute drive away. From there, you can catch a train to NYC. Driving is essential in this rural area, but the program owns a car for the fellows to use.