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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…

How can we bring more life to meetings?

How can we bring more life to meetings?

  Community Bookstore Featured Group Works card deck by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Group Works card deck A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings created by the Group Pattern Language Project NEW! $35 Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the organizing, role-setting, and facilitation of a meeting? Perhaps you wantMore…

A Planned City In Australia Will Feature Tesla-Powered Homes

A Planned City In Australia Will Feature Tesla-Powered Homes

Planned communities have had a long and somewhat mixed history. From the Familistere in Guise, France, designed to house factory workers, to the Disney-fied Main Street of Celebration, Florida, they differ from cohousing projects and intentional communities in a major way: they’re generally created from the top-down, by developers and business owners, rather than byMore…

Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community

Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community

Adults with disabilities and residential caregiver volunteers share the challenges and joys of community life at Innisfree.More…

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…

Available now: new Communities Directory book!

Available now: new Communities Directory book!

Community Bookstore Featured Communities Directory Book New 7th Print Edition  by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Communities Directory Print Book New 7th edition, August 2016 Available and shipping $35 We are so grateful for our supportive community that contributed to our kickstarter campaign last fall. Together, we exceeded our goal and created an updated seventh editionMore…

The Diggers Started Their Own Back-to-the-Land Movement in 1649

The Diggers Started Their Own Back-to-the-Land Movement in 1649

“In 1649/to St. George’s Hill/a ragged band they called the Diggers/came to show the people’s will.” So starts Leon Rosselson’s song, “The World Turned Upside Down,” which tells the story of a radical Protestant sect in Surrey, England, that became one of the earliest examples of the agrarian socialist movement. The group formed during aMore…

Service and Activism, #172 Contents

Service and Activism, #172 Contents

Our Fall issue explores Service and Activism in intentional communities. Authors share their stories of living and working in both service- and activist-oriented groups, including Camphill communities, Innisfree Village, Gesundheit!, Konohana Family, Magic, Black Bulga, and more. How do service and activism build community, both within a group and in the larger world? How can communitarians contribute to the well-being of the planet and its people? We also explore how long-standing, mission-focused communities—including Harbin Hot Springs, ZEGG, and EcoVillage at Ithaca—have evolved over time, and the latest research about happiness in community. More…

West Coast Communities Conference 2016

West Coast Communities Conference 2016 Thursday Sept 29 ― Sunday Oct 2 at Groundswell Institute a queer ecovillage and retreat center 2 hours north of the San Francisco CA Bay Area Co-Sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community West Coast Communities Conference: Racial & Economic Justice Get details and register here Whether old hat to intentional community or just divingMore…

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…

What does it take to go back to the land?

What does it take to go back to the land?

Community Bookstore Featured Two New Films by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager What does it take to go back to the land? Perhaps you have explored the answer in your own unique way. And now FIC has two new films available at our bookstore that offer another possible answer. Independent film-maker, Helen Iles, has spentMore…

How These Bike Festivals Bring Community To City Streets

How These Bike Festivals Bring Community To City Streets

Forty years ago, a group of Columbian bicycle activists started a tradition that would eventually spread to hundreds of cities around the world. Called Ciclovía, which means “cycleway” in Spanish, the event shuts down automobile traffic on over 70 miles of streets in Bogota every Sunday – creating space for up to 2 million bicyclists,More…

A New Book Takes A Close Look At Plants and Animals In The Human Habitat

A New Book Takes A Close Look At Plants and Animals In The Human Habitat

When Nathanael Johnson began taking his two-year-old daughter on nature walks in Berkeley, CA, he realized that he didn’t know the names of half the trees, bugs, and other creatures she pointed to. Even the most common urban animals – pigeons and squirrels – were a mystery to him. How did they manage to becomeMore…

Communities magazine – Ecovillages around the World

Communities magazine – Ecovillages around the World

Communities Magazine — Summer 2016 Ecovillages around the World Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Ecovillages around the World—Issue #171 Our latest Communities issue on Ecovillages around the World is still available for shipping. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now! Produced in association with theMore…

This TED Talk Shows How Ecovillages Can Bring About Global Change

This TED Talk Shows How Ecovillages Can Bring About Global Change

Last year, Kosha Joubert, President of the Global Ecovillage Network, delivered a powerful talk at TEDxGeneva on the impact of ecovillages around the globe. Joubert lived in South Africa as a child, spent time in Amsterdam as adult, and now lives at the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland. After studying cultural anthropology, she says she feltMore…

The Community Land Trust That Arose Out of the Civil Rights Movement

The Community Land Trust That Arose Out of the Civil Rights Movement

So many of the community structures that we write about here at FIC – such as community land trusts – have a long, but often overlooked, history. That’s why it’s important for writers, filmmakers, and historians to document stories of intentional communities over time. A new documentary, Arc of Justice, does just that. Made byMore…

Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Irish ecovillagers achieve the smallest ecological footprints recorded in their country.More…

A New Movie Tells The Story of A Danish Couple As They Start An Intentional Community

A New Movie Tells The Story of A Danish Couple As They Start An Intentional Community

A new movie called “The Commune” follows Erik and Anna, a Danish couple living in Copenhagen in the 1970s, as they invite an assortment of friends and acquaintances to move into a home they inherited: “We should live with fantastic people, shouldn’t we?” Anna asks her husband. He agrees to try it out, and theyMore…

53 Ways of The Peripatetic Communitarian

53 Ways of The Peripatetic Communitarian

Community Bookstore Feature Best of Communities ― The Cream of Our Crop The Peripatetic Communitarian: The Best of Geoph Kozeny by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Best of Communities Volume XV The Peripatetic Communitarian: The Best of Geoph Kozeny A special selection of articles from Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture $10 Digital, $15 Print The FellowshipMore…

How This French Philosopher Inspired An Early Version of Cohousing

How This French Philosopher Inspired An Early Version of Cohousing

Although not as famous as some of his contemporaries, the French thinker Charles Fourier was one of the early visionaries of the intentional community movement. A utopian socialist, he proposed that society should be organized into Phalansteres, or “grand hotels,” each housing several hundred to several thousand people. At the peak of his popularity, heMore…

The First YIMBY Conference Says Yes In My Backyard

The First YIMBY Conference Says Yes In My Backyard

Many U.S. cities are in the middle of a housing crisis. Some, like San Francisco, have been struggling with it for years, while others, like Portland and Seattle, hope to avoid following the same trajectory. There are many factors at play, including high rates of migration to urban areas, and the impact of peer-to-peer homesharingMore…

True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

At Maitreya Mountain Village, mainstream pragmatism meets radical idealism.More…

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…

Join the Re-generation!

Join the Re-generation!

Community Bookstore Designing Regenerative Cultures by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Designing Regenerative Cultures by Daniel Christian Wahl NEW! $32 In our newest title in the FIC bookstore, author Daniel Wahl writes in Designing Regenerative Cultures: “We need to ask the deeper question of why we are worth sustaining. Our answers will inform how we askMore…

Workshops & Discounts – Communities Conference 2016

Workshops & Discounts – Communities Conference 2016

  Communities Conference 2016 Labor Day Weekend Conference Sept 2-5 at Twin Oaks Community, Louisa VA Co-Sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community This year’s Communities Conference is just around the Corner! Will you join us this Labor Day weekend (September 2nd-5th) for three days of workshops, story swapping, shared meals and inter-community solidarity? TheMore…

Case Study: How One Community Handles Maintenance Expenses

Case Study: How One Community Handles Maintenance Expenses

Here at Foster Village, my community in SE Portland, we share access to three houses on adjoining plots of land. Although we have plans for collective ownership, for now the houses are owned individually, but most of our expenses are shared. This means we have to think creatively about maintenance agreements. Each member contributes anMore…

Are you hands-on?

Are you hands-on?

Community Bookstore Head, Heart & Hands Lessons in Community Building by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Head, Heart & Hands Lessons in Community Building by Shari Leach 171 pages $20 I don’t know about you, but I am a hands-on learner. Even when it comes to abstract ideas like community building, if my reading canMore…

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…

Creating Carbon-Negative Communities:  Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

Creating Carbon-Negative Communities: Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

Diverse ecovillages are modeling how to create more just, equitable, and sustainable human societies.More…

The Placemaking Movement is Turning Cities into Communities

The Placemaking Movement is Turning Cities into Communities

Over 15 years ago, a group of natural builders organized the first Village Building Convergence in Portland, OR. It’s partly the reason why the city is now dotted with colorful intersections, cob benches, and unconventional living spaces. According to the organizers, “We recognized that modern life and the structure of our cities often don’t createMore…

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