Starting a Community


Living the Questions

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Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage grapples with obstacles to create a visionary housing project in rural Maine.


Coming of Age

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In Ithaca, New York, a pioneering project continues to break new ground in ecological design, education, and community.


Creating eCohousing

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The Yarrow Ecovillage uses the cohousing model to create ecological buildings that meet their occupants’ needs.


Ecovillage Infrastructure

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Water supply, human waste treatment, zoning regulations, legal structure, homeownership models, and other core technical issues are essential in ecovillage planning.


An Ecovillage Future

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For the health of our species and the planet, we need ecovillages.


Spirit in the Woods

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At New View Cohousing, practicing consensus, navigating illness, and simply
sharing lives are continuing spiritual exercises.


Creating Spiritual Community at the Hermitage

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To these communitarians, all work was holy—but overwhelmed by “the
accumulating weight of such holiness” and other disappointments, they
eventually adjust their aspirations.


How Permaculture Stole My Community!

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After a painful period stranded in “permaculture heaven,” an Earthaven founder finds her community finally moving back towards balance with its eco-spiritual roots.


Unto the Second Generation

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When a cohousing group’s honeymoon ends, and economic stress dictates selling units to any willing buyers, can a community’s core values and connections endure?


A Communitarian Conundrum

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Despite widespread desire for community, structural and cultural obstacles to intentional community in the modern world loom large.


And I Listen

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Howling, shouting, cries of despair, and The Pierced One greet a parent on her first visit to her daughter’s adopted community. Luckily, through lots of talking and listening, things improve.


Balancing Powers

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In a healthy community, leadership and followship are equally important roles, each with vital skill sets that can assure effective teamwork.


More Perspectives on Leadership and Followship

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The author identifies additional leadership skills, cautions against blind followship, and reflects on the many types of power in cooperative groups.


Being “Overthrown”—A Celebration

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The founder of Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage describes what it’s like to be criticized, marginalized, stripped of leadership responsibilities, and given the opportunity to explore a new role.


Together and Apart; Eden Within Eden

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Reviews of two great books on community living, one on life in a convent with surprising insights even for the most secular, and one on the history of utopian experiments in Oregon.


From Visions of Utopia to “The Many Faces of Community”

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Geoph Kozeny’s community documentary brings forth reflections on Hearthaven, discussions among neighbors and friends, and ultimately a new intergenerational family community.


Throwing in the Founder’s Towel

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After many years of dealing with the unique struggles inherent in starting a community, a community founder discovers her vision manifested elsewhere, and becomes a community joiner.


Emergency Community

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After serving thousands of meals, a community of post-Katrina relief kitchen volunteers moves to the West Coast and acquires a mortgage, a baby, full-time jobs, and the challenges of the mundane.


All We Have Is All We Need

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A group of North Americans establishes a community in Costa Rica and
learns new lessons about simplicity, wealth, change, growth, balance,
and happiness.


Abundance and Scarcity in the Goodenough Community

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A community confronts economic adversity by remaining constant in relationship, holding financial losses in common, and working together in fundraising, educational programs, and new projects.


Every Politician Should Live in a Commune

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After living in the PRAG House collective for 25 years before running for office, a Seattle City Councilor recommends that anyone entering politics consider experiencing intentional community first.


The Quest for Community

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Tree Bressen traces her own path of exploration from commune to collective household, discovering that community isn’t always drawn in black and white.


The Meandering Paths of Arcadia

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Builder and old-house renovator Alex Daniell fell in love with the charming, old-world village atmosphere of 8-year-old Arcadia Cohousing. He asks Giles Blunden, the group’s architect, how he did it.


Celebrating the Food Revolution

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Red Earth Farms cofounder Alyson Ewald loves it that her rural community wildcrafts, grows, processes, ferments, pickles, and celebrates food.