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Bridge Meadows Brings Foster Children Into Intentional Community

Bridge Meadows Brings Foster Children Into Intentional Community

For many intentional communities and cohousing projects, being “intergenerational” is a core value and long-term goal. Parents envision themselves raising children with the support of other community members. Elderly residents want to share meals and social activities in their old age. But for some families – such as foster children and their adoptive parents –More…

The Untold Story of Utopian Communes In America

The Untold Story of Utopian Communes In America

It was a time of great change and social experimentation. Groups of like-minded people pooled their money to buy property in what one writer called a kind of “socialist land mania.” Another philosopher said that it was impossible to find a well-read man without “a draft of a new community in his waistcoat pocket.“ Residents from these communities traveledMore…

The Damanhur Community In Italy Has Its Own Currency and Constitution

The Damanhur Community In Italy Has Its Own Currency and Constitution

The community of Damanhur in northern Italy is known for the Temples of Humankind, a 5-story series of underground chambers built by residents of the community as a spiritual gathering place. Begun in 1978, they were discovered by authorities in the 1990s, and nearly shut down. Now, they’re open to the public and have becomeMore…

Arcosanti Combines Architecture and Ecology in The Arizona Desert

Arcosanti Combines Architecture and Ecology in The Arizona Desert

About 70 miles north of Phoenix, high in the Arizona desert, a blocky, concrete series of buildings rises out of the hillside. It looks like a cross between a futuristic museum and a desert village on Tatooine. But this isn’t your typical example of post-modernism. It’s an experiment in “arcology,” a style of design thatMore…

This Women-Only Village In Kenya Is Challenging Traditional Gender Roles

This Women-Only Village In Kenya Is Challenging Traditional Gender Roles

For over 20 years, a small community in Kenya has been embarking on a rare experiment: a community without men, where women are the homeowners and breadwinners. Around 50 women and 200 children live in Umoja, a small village several hundred miles north of Nairobi, in the dry grasslands of the Samburu region. According toMore…

This Eco-Community in Peru is Known for Its Cone-Shaped Structures

This Eco-Community in Peru is Known for Its Cone-Shaped Structures

Just over an hour north of Lima, Peru, a circle of cone-shaped buildings rises beside a sandy beach. These structures are called “trulys,” and they’re part of a spiritual eco-village built by Hare Krishnas on the Peruvian coast. The village is a popular stopping place for travelers looking for a peaceful, meditative retreat in ruralMore…

At This Hawaiian Eco-Community, You Can Stay In A Bamboo Hut In A Volcanic Crater

At This Hawaiian Eco-Community, You Can Stay In A Bamboo Hut In A Volcanic Crater

A few weeks ago – as the prospect of spending another winter here in rainy Portland began to dawn on me – I started looking into some travel opportunities in warmer climates. One of my goals as a blogger is to get to visit some of the intentional communities that I write about – andMore…

KCET Visits the LA Eco-Village for A Look At Sustainable Urban Living

KCET Visits the LA Eco-Village for A Look At Sustainable Urban Living

When you hear about life in Los Angeles, you probably think about traffic, smog, and sprawling suburbs. But LA has a thriving network of intentional communities, many of which exist just under the radar of activity in neighborhoods like Silverlake, Mar Vista, and Koreatown. I spent several years living in the city and got toMore…

This Alaska Community Took Its Own Approach To Treating Mental Illness

This Alaska Community Took Its Own Approach To Treating Mental Illness

The philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” It’s a quote often repeated by alternative healers and counter-cultural thinkers. In the 1980s, four families from Boston – who suffered from depression, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses – put that philosophy to theMore…

A New Movement Is Rethinking Our Relationship With The Earth

A New Movement Is Rethinking Our Relationship With The Earth

Last month, I had the chance to visit the Windward Education and Research Center, an intentional community in rural Washington, for an event called the EcoSex Convergence. Over 5 days, 150 participants explored topics related to environmentalism, spirituality, sexuality, and more. The event’s guests of honor were Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, who combine academicMore…

This 1800s Commune Tried Free Love and Income-Sharing Long Before It Was A Thing

This 1800s Commune Tried Free Love and Income-Sharing Long Before It Was A Thing

Many of the intentional communities that we hear about are recent ones: the back-to-the-land communes of the 1970s, the student co-ops and cohousing spaces being formed today. That’s why it’s especially fascinating to get a glimpse into a commune from a different era – as I did recently in a book called “Oneida: From FreeMore…

European Projects Explore Cohousing for LGBT Elders

European Projects Explore Cohousing for LGBT Elders

Over the past year, a U.K. group called Tonic Housing has been exploring ways to offer safe, affordable housing to older members of the LGBT community. Supported by several charitable foundations, Tonic hopes to build a housing complex called Tonic Centre in or near London: “There is currently no LGBT-specific housing for older people in theMore…

Three Tucson Communities Open Their Doors For National Cohousing Day

Three Tucson Communities Open Their Doors For National Cohousing Day

National Cohousing Open House Day is coming up in just over a week, and dozens of communities will be welcoming guests for tours and other free activities. You can check out the map at Cohousing.org to find a community near you. Please RSVP to the Facebook event and invite your friends so we can getMore…

Life in an urban eco-village

Life in an urban eco-village

Hi, I’m Saul, the new Social Media Manager here at FIC. I’m excited to join the team from my home at Foster Village, an urban eco-community in Southeast Portland, OR! If you have any feedback or suggestions for a future blog post, you can reach me via e-mail or on Twitter. Living in an urbanMore…

Rough Start to Rural Community

Rough Start to Rural Community

Rough Start to Rural Community Christian and Johannes Zinzendorf call themselves Harmonists, with central beliefs around the value of hard work in an agrarian life, and a communion with the spirits in nature. They make their own clothes from fabrics that they grow and spin from flax. They grow and harvest grains, care for aMore…

Best Friends Build Tiny House Village

Best Friends Build Tiny House Village

Best Friends Build Tiny House Village Living in the same town was not enough for four couples who have been best friends for 20 years. They decided to double down on their relationship and buy a little bit of land “in the middle of nowhere” on the Llano River in the Hill Country of Texas.More…

Who Defines a Family?

Who Defines a Family?

Who Defines a Family? “Love makes us a Family.” The Scarborough Street mansion is home to 8 adults who live together by choice in a small community. Their local zoning laws however forbid so many unrelated adults living together, causing the city of Hartford to tell them they must move out. “This issue of theMore…

How to Thrive on 10%

How to Thrive on 10%

How to Thrive on 10% It is often taken for granted that the United States consumes and wastes 5 times more than the rest of the planet. At the same time it is well known and highly advised that dramatic reductions in carbon pollution is needed to address climate change. We also know that havingMore…

Southern Exposure Seed Cooperative Nurtures Community Gardeners

Southern Exposure Seed Cooperative Nurtures Community Gardeners

Southern Exposure Seed Cooperative Nurtures Community Gardeners Acorn Community Farm is an intentional community a few miles from Twin Oaks in Mineral, Virginia. It was founded in 1993 as an egalitarian, secular, anarchist community that gets things done through clear communication and a sense of shared responsibility. They were recently featured in a Washington PostMore…

Why should you care about Intentional Communities?

Why should you care about Intentional Communities?

Why should you care about Intentional Communities? FIC Board Member Sky Blue reviews the successful systems and culture Twin Oaks has built to allow it to thrive. “Twin Oaks Community has been my home off and on for the last 15 years. It’s one of the flagships of the Intentional Communities movement, and yet isMore…

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network