Community Conferences and Community Related Events
Check out the Events Calendar to find lots of opportunities to gather, network, build and learn!
The following are some Community Conferences and events which happen every year to help people learn more about creating, finding and living in intentional communities. These events are sponsored or co-sponsored by the FIC or other organizations whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world.
Fellowship For Intentional Community (FIC) Organizational Meetings
The FIC holds semi-annual organizational meetings at communities throughout North America. Newcomers and veterans alike are welcome to attend!
Next Meeting: Wild Sage—a cohousing community, in Boulder CO — May 14-17, 2015
Some of the past FIC Organizational Meeting places (Thanks to our wonderful hosts!):
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, Missouri — October 2014
Delaware St Commons, Lawrence, Kansas — April 2014
Twin Oaks community, Louisa, Virginia — September 2013
Manzanita Village Cohousing Community, Prescott, Arizona — April 2013
Sunward Cohousing and Great Oak Cohousing, Ann Arbor, Michigan — October 2012
Arcadia Cohousing, Chapel Hill, North Carolina — April 2012
Frog Song Cohousing, Cotati, California — September 2011
Jesus People USA, Chicago, Illinois — May 2011
Mosaic Commons, Berlin, Massachusetts — November 2010
Daybreak Cohousing, Portland, Oregon — May 2010
Berea, Kentucky — October 2009
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Kimberton, Pennsylvania — May 2009
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, Missouri — October, 2008
Hummingbird Ranch Community, New Mexico — June, 2008
Student Co-ops, Austin, Texas — October, 2007
Shannon Farm, Afton, Virginia — March 2007
Songaia Cohousing, Bothel, Washington — September 2006
Madison Community Cooperative, Madison, Wisconsin — April 2006
Los Angeles Eco-Village, Los Angeles, California — November 2005
Ecovillage at Ithaca, Ithaca, New York — May 2005
Miccosukee Land Co-op, near Tallahassee, Florida — October 2004
Highline Crossing Cohousing, Littleton, Colorado — April 2004
The Vale community, Ohio — October 2003
The Farm community, Tennessee — May 2003
Goodenough Community, Washington State — November 2002
Waterloo, Ontario — From the Ground Up — May 2002
Sonora Cohousing, Tucson, Arizona — October 2001
Earthaven Ecovillage, near Asheville, North Carolina — June 2001
Sunward Cohousing, Ann Arbor, Michigan — November 2000
Lost Valley community, Oregon — June 2000
Sirius Community, Shutesbury, Massachusetts — November 1999
Cedar Rapids, Iowa — May 1999
Golden Rule community, California — November 1998
Twin Oaks community, Louisa, Virginia — May 1998
Sunrise Ranch community, Colorado — November 1997
The Farm Conference on Community and Sustainability
Memorial Day weekend (late May, annual event) in Summertown, TN
Come to The Farm Community in Summertown, TN to set your course for the future, Life In Community! Our community conferences are in partnership with the Fellowship for Intentional Community. This gathering is a unique opportunity to tour Green Homes of all types, see Sustainable Food Production at work, over 890 KW in Solar Installations, learn about Alternative Education, Conflict Resolution, Land Trusts, Midwifery and so much more.
Twin Oaks Communities Conference
Labor Day weekend (last weekend in August — annual event) at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, VA
What role do intentional communities have in the uncertain times we live in?
How can we leverage cooperation and resource sharing to deal with the challenges we face? How are people coming together to create a society that might able to weather the coming storms and end up being satisfying and sustainable?
Annual Conference of the Communal Studies Association: Transitions in Leadership
Oct 1-3, 2015 at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill KY
The theme will be: Marking the Land: How Intentional Communities Shape Their Surrounding Physical & Social Landscapes
Annual Conference of the AASHE
The 2014 event took place October 26—29 in Portland OR.
The site for the 2015 event has not yet been released.
The 2014 event took place Nov 7—9, on the theme of Co-ops for Life: Owning our Future. The 2015 event will take place in Ann Arbor MI, Oct 30—Nov 1.
Since 1977, NASCO’s Cooperative Education & Training Institute has been widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to members, directors, staff and managers of housing cooperatives.
The annual NASCO Institute is always a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders and employers, to caucus about pressing issues, and to work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement. Participants include student coopers and others who choose to continue the lifestyle after college.
National Cohousing Conference
This next National Cohousing conference will take place May 29-31, 2015 in Durham NC. The theme will be The Next Generation. Here is text from their website:
Come learn, share and enjoy! The national conference features cohousing and community building experts, and provides amazing networking opportunities. Presentations will offer everything from cohousing basics, designing and building communities, and enhancing life in cohousing. Opportunities will abound to learn from our shared experiences, and how we can contribute to cohousing sustainability and affordability. Gatherings of affiliated groups will add value and benefit. In advance of the conference, consider attending tours of local communities, participating in cohousing intensives, or simple enjoy Durham, a local food and creative arts mecca.
The Building the New World conference
hosted by The Oracle Institute, will be held May 28-31,2015 on the campus of Radford University (Radford VA). Here is the intro blurb from their website: Our endangered planet needs – more than anything – a positive vision and a concrete strategy for planetary peace and sustainability. Equally important are the universal principles of justice, prosperity, and spiritual freedom for all.
The Building the New World conference will focus on the reality that planet Earth is endangered in multiple, interconnected ways. We also need to recognize that it is no longer feasible to reform the current corrupt institutions. Therefore, in order to “Build the New World,” humanity must quickly shift from imperialism to social democracy, from materialism to altruism, from a global war-system to aworldwide peace-system, from unsustainable environmental destruction to resilient organic networks, and from religious separation to the redeeming state of spiritual unity. We must move from fragmentation to holism … and fast!
Check out the Events Calendar to find more opportunities to gather, network, and learn, plus to add your own event or even to reserve or to sell tickets.