Communities Authors

Abeja HummelAbeja Hummel (1)

Abeja has lived at Emerald Earth with her family for the last six years, and she has lived in intentional community for the better part of the last 18 years. Folks still seem willing to put up with her.

Articles by Abeja Hummel include:

  • The New Membership Challenge (Issue # 158)
  • Self-Reliance, Right Livelihood, and Economic “Realities” (Issue # 158)
Albert BatesAlbert Bates (1)

Albert Bates is author of The Financial Collapse Survival Guide and Cookbook and 14 other books on energy, environment, and history, including Climate in Crisis (1990) and The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook (2006). A former environmental and civil rights lawyer, he has argued before the US Supreme Court and written a number of legislative acts. A cofounder and past president of the Global Ecovillage Network, he is presently GEN’s representative to the UN climate talks. When not inventing fuel wringers for algae or pyrolizing cookstoves, he teaches permaculture, village design, and natural building, and is a special advisor for Gaia University. He wrote the chapter on agriculture for State of the World 2010. His latest book is The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change (New Society 2010).

Articles by Albert Bates include:

  • eCOOLvillages Comic (Issue # 153)
  • Permaculture at The Farm (Issue # 153)
Alex DaniellAlex Daniell (2)

Alex Daniell is a designer and builder of small residential structures. He has owned and redesigned six houses, and built several more. He has visited over 30 intentional communities, and lived for two years at the Walnut Street Co-op in Eugene. He consults as a financial advisor and belongs to the Wordos, a science fiction and fantasy writers group.

Articles by Alex Daniell include:

  • The Meandering Paths of Arcadia (Issue # 136)
  • Opportunity Village Eugene: Pioneering New Solutions for the (Formerly) Homeless (Issue #162)
Alexis ZeiglerAlexis Zeigler (2)

Born on a largely self-sufficient farm in rural Georgia, Alexis Zeigler is a self-taught activist, builder, mechanic, writer, and orchardist. He has organized numerous successful campaigns focusing on political, environmental, and economic localization issues. He is currently working to build Living Energy Farm (, a zero-fossil-fuel farm that will be economically self-sufficient. He recently released a book entitled Integrated Activism (North Atlantic Books).

Articles by Alexis Zeigler include:

  • Revolutionary Communitarianism? (Issue # 143)
  • Gifted, Mad, and Out of Control (Issue # 150)
  • Community Makes Renewable Energy Work (Issue # 161)
Alice A. Holstein, Ed.D.Alice A. Holstein, Ed.D. (1)

Alice Holstein, Ed.D. has struggled with manic depression for 20 years, 12 of them horrific, before establishing a solid recovery in recent years. Her career as an Organization Development consultant, college teacher, and author was interrupted by the illness. She now works as a peer support specialist in the mental health field, also receiving the 2010 “Shooting Star” award from the Greater La Crosse Area Mental Health Coalition. Alice is a popular public speaker and is currently writing about mental illness as a spiritual path.

Alline AndersonAlline Anderson (2)

Alline has been a member of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage since 1999. She and her husband Kurt run the Milkweed Mercantile, a strawbale, solar- and wind-powered Inn and Seminar Program. Contact her at alline AT—she’d love to hear from you.

Articles by Alline Anderson include:

  • Cars and Rabbits (Issue # 143)
  • Building a Business in Community (Issue # 138)
  • The Solace of Friends in Community (Issue # 151)
Alyson EwaldAlyson Ewald (3)

Alyson Ewald is a nonprofit fundraiser, facilitator, and homesteader who lived in a cooperative house as a toddler. She has spent time with children as a babysitter, swimming lesson teacher, women’s shelter caregiver, English and Russian teacher, aunt, mother, and friend. She serves on several boards, including Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Scotland County Farmers’ Markets, and the Fellowship for Intentional Community. She cofounded Red Earth Farms in Rutledge, Missouri, where she lives with her family.

Articles by Alyson Ewald include:

  • Celebrating the Food Revolution (Issue # 135)
  • Hugelkultur on the Prairie, or Learning from Our Mistakes (Issue # 153)
  • Good Neighbors (Issue # 156)
  • Raising Superheroes (Issue # 160)
Amara KarunaAmara Karuna (1)

Amara taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, a method of peer counseling, for over five years, and has been studying and practicing it since 1983. She developed her own approach to peer counseling in 1988, called Wholistic Peer Support, integrating many ideas from RC with spiritual meditation practices, psychic healing, and body-centered techniques. She is a member of La’akea Permaculture Community, near Pahoa, Hawaii. See for information on trainings and services from Amara, for her interfaith prayer flags, art, and Goddess clothing, and for inspirational music, books, and children’s books. For more information on La’akea trainings, see

Articles by Amara Karuna include:

  • Hand in Hand, Heart to Heart (Issue # 150)
  • Geothermal Greenwashing and Injustice in Hawaii (Issue # 161)
Amoja Three RiversAmoja Three Rivers (1)

Amoja Three Rivers offers herstory presentations at festivals, conferences, and colleges throughout the United States. With Blanche Jackson she founded
Market Wimmin, a cultural crafts and merchandising business, and the Accessible
African Hersotry Project. She is a co-founder of Maat Dompim Womyn of Color
Land Project.

Articles by Amoja Three Rivers include:

  • Cultural Etiquette (Issue # 90)
Andrew MooreAndrew Moore (1)

Andrew Moore is an architect who specializes in community development. He has worked extensively with all levels of government, the private sector, and grassroots organizations in Canada, the UK, and South Africa over the last 30 years. For the last seven years he has been employed by the T’Sou-ke Nation on Vancouver Island to transform its community vision into a reality (see “Power to the People: T’Sou-Ke Nation’s Community Energy Solutions” in Communities #161).

Articles by Andrew Moore include:

  • Power to the People: T’Sou-Ke Nation’s Community Energy Solutions (Issue #161)
  • Margaret and Me: The Iron Lady Becomes an Unexpected Ally (Issue #162)
Arizona NashobaArizona Nashoba (1)

Before joining Twin Oaks, Arizona worked as a software engineer. The fall of WorldCom/MCI soured her perspective on the modern corporate world and led her to work completely for herself while researching the problems with businesses in today’s world and our impacts on that world. Her findings left her searching for a better way of life.

Articles by Arizona Nashoba include:

  • Second Family (Issue # 146)
Arjuna da SilvaArjuna da Silva (3)

Arjuna da Silva is an inveterate optimist, certified alchemical hypnotherapist, group facilitator, and visionary. She’ll be spending the next year settling into her gorgeous new home and landscape at Earthaven, while beginning several book-length projects about life in the 21st century.

Articles by Arjuna da Silva include:

  • The ZEGG Forum at Earthaven (Issue # 145)
  • Growing a Culture of Community Health and Well-Being at Earthaven Ecovillage (Issue # 145)
  • The Awesome Power of the Non-Consenting Voice (Issue # 148)
  • On Becoming Elders (Issue # 149)
  • A Surprise at Dancing Fields (Issue # 152)
  • How Permaculture Stole My Community! (Issue # 153)
  • Off the Grid and Out of the Trash Can (Issue # 156)
  • With Arms Spread Wide with Love (Issue # 158)
Beatrice BriggsBeatrice Briggs (2)

Beatrice Briggs is the founding director of the International Institute for Facilitation and Change (IIFAC), a Mexico-based consulting group that specializes in participatory processes. The author of the manual Introduction to Consensus and many articles about group dynamics, Beatrice travels around the world, giving workshops and providing facilitation services in both English and Spanish. Home is Ecovillage Huehuecoyotl, near Tepoztlán, Mexico, where she has lived since 1998.

Articles by Beatrice Briggs include:

  • Cigarettes, Alcohol, Visitors, and Events (Issue # 142)
  • Balancing Outer and Inner Ecology (Issue # 143)
  • Best Meetings (Issue # 141)
  • Business and Well-Being (Issue # 140)
  • The Power Balance (Issue # 138)
  • Preventing "Tyranny of the Minority" (Issue # 137)
  • When Someone Blocks Far Too Frequently (Issue # 136)
  • When Some of Us Don't Support an Existing Agreement (Issue # 134)
  • The Bully Question (Issue # 145)
  • Open Meetings: Worth the Risk? (Issue # 147)
  • Call in the Experts? (Issue # 148)
  • Eggshells and Stone Walls (Issue # 149)
  • Six Traps (Issue # 149)
Bill MetcalfBill Metcalf (0)

Dr. Bill Metcalf, of Griffith University, Australia, is the author of numerous scholarly and popular articles, plus seven books, about intentional communities, the most recent being The Findhorn Book of Community Living. He is Past President of the International Communal Studies Association and has been Communities magazine’s International Correspondent for many years.

Articles by Bill Metcalf include:

  • SomerVille Ecovillage, Australia (Issue #140)
  • Death of Two of Australia’s Community Elders (Issue #142)
  • Mish’ol: An Urban Kibbutz (Issue #149)
  • Tasman Village, Australia (Issue #153)
  • Communal Pathways to Sustainable Living: International Communal Studies Association Conference, Findhorn Foundation (Issue #160)
  • Narara Ecovillage, Australia (Issue #161)
  • Energising Community Spirit: Australian Intentional Communities Conference, 2013 (Issue #162)
Blake CothronBlake Cothron (1)

Articles by Blake Cothron include:

  • Food Security in Community (Issue # 144)
  • The Art and Ethics of Visitor Programs (Issue # 155)
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