About The Fellowship for Intentional Community
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) nurtures connections and cooperation among communitarians and their friends. FIC is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit that provides publications, referrals, support services, and sharing opportunities for a wide range of intentional communities, cohousing groups, ecovillages, community networks, support organizations, and people seeking a home in community. You can read more about FIC on Wikipedia.
Promoting Community Living and Cooperative Culture
Intentional Communities have for many centuries been places where idealists have come together to create a better world. Although there are thousands of intentional communities in existence today, and many others in the formative stages, most people are unaware of them or the roots from which they spring.
The Fellowship for Intentional Community is increasing public awareness of existing and newly forming communities. We offer information and referrals for those who are actively seeking, or simply curious about, alternate lifestyles for themselves and their families.
“To make community accessible to all those who seek it.”
Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and share many similar challenges — such as defining membership, succeeding financially, distributing resources, making decisions, raising children, dividing work equitably, and choosing a standard of living. Many wrestle with questions about right livelihood, spiritual expression, land use, and the role of service in our lives. At the same time, there is limited awareness of what others are doing to meet these challenges — and much to gain through sharing information and experiences with others exploring similar paths.
The Fellowship for Intentional Community documents the visions and experiences of life in community, and actively promotes dialogue and cooperation among communities.
Intentional communities are often aware of themselves as different from mainstream culture, and many choose to highlight these differences. Yet, virtually all communities share a common root value of cooperation. The Fellowship for Intentional Community facilitates the extension of cooperation beyond membership boundaries and common values, understanding that differences can be a cause for celebration, and an occasion for enrichment and growth.
The Fellowship is helping draw the circles of cooperation ever larger, and assisting with the personal stretching that this requires In that spirit, FIC membership is open to everyone.
Purposes of The Fellowship for Intentional Community
TO EMBRACE THE DIVERSITY THAT EXISTS AMONG COMMUNITIES and to facilitate increased interaction between communitarians and the wider culture;
TO BUILD COOPERATIVE SPIRIT WITHIN AND AMONG COMMUNITIES through shared celebrations, joint ventures, and activities that build awareness of our common humanity;
TO FACILITATE EXCHANGE of information, skills, and economic support among individuals, existing intentional communities, cooperative groups, and newly forming communities;
TO SERVE AS A REFERENCE SOURCE for those seeking intentional communities, conferences, and other community building experiences and practices appropriate to their needs;
TO SUPPORT EDUCATION, RESEARCH, ARCHIVES, AND PUBLISHING about contemporary and historic intentional communities;
TO DEMONSTRATE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS of communities, cooperatives, and their products and services — through seminars, catalogs, demonstration projects, gatherings, and direct sales;
TO INCREASE GLOBAL AWARENESS that intentional communities are pioneers in sustainable living, personal and community transformation, and peaceful social evolution.
Projects and Services of The Fellowship for Intentional Community
The Fellowship for Intentional Community has a number ways we promote and support intentional communities and those seeking more community in their lives. Below are some of our major endeavors.
Fellowship for Intentional Community Website
An online resource for information about all types of intentional communities. Includes an online Communities Directory, Communities magazine articles, Events Calendar, Classified Ads, as well as our Online Bookstore where we offer numerous titles related to community.
A popular reference guide, the printed Communities Directory describes over 1,000 communities in North America and over 200 international communities. It also features community maps, cross-reference charts, and a full index.
Communities, Journal of Cooperative Living
Chronicling the latest news of intentional communities and cooperative living, each issue of the Communities quarterly features articles on a particular theme, regular columns by community veterans and activists, classified advertisements to help communities and seekers find each other.
Our newsletter chronicles Fellowship activities, examines organizational issues and visions, announces upcoming events you won’t want to miss, and tells you who’s doing what and how you can get more involved. Here you can check out previous FIC newsletters.
FIC Organizational Meetings
Our organizational meetings, remarkable for their friendly atmosphere, operate by consensus in a way that encourages full participation from all who attend. Meetings are held each spring and fall at intentional communities across the continent. Please contact us if you’re interested in attending or hosting one of our meetings.
Community Business Loan Fund
The Fund offers small, short-term loans to community businesses and associated enterprises, and we’re laying the groundwork to serve as a depository for community assets devoted to socially responsible investment. Loan applications and deposit information are available through our administrative office.
We provide information about community to thousands of seekers, communitarians, scholars, journalists, and others who write, fax, or call our headquarters. We maintain a list of speakers on a wide range of community topics, provide referrals for meeting design and facilitation, and offer helpful information for creating and strengthening community.
The Fellowship for Intentional Community’s Board
Harvey Baker, PhD, Dunmire Hollow Community (Waynesboro, TN)
Harvey is a cofounder (1974) of Dunmire Hollow Community, and helped reinvigorate and expand the FIC in the mid-80s. He has served on the board of the FIC for over 25 years, and also contributes as member of the Oversight, Ministry, and Personnel Cmtees. He is past president of the Communal Studies Association. He co-owns a community based custom woodworking business, and serves the Waynesboro community as high school soccer coach. He and his partner Dorie Mueller grow and eat a wide range of organic fruits and vegetables in their garden. He plays soccer and bicycles (and shovels organic matter into the garden) for exercise and fun, and plays harmonica in a wide range of musical genres and venues. He presents workshops at various communities conferences each year, and is a volunteer auctioneer when needed. He hosts community visitors, touring bicyclists, and SERVAS members, giving them a glimpse of a more community based lifestyle.
Laird Schaub, FIC’s Executive Secretary and Development Coordinator, Sandhilll Farm Community (Rutledge, MO)
Betsy has 25 years in the field of community development. She is founding partner of Planning for Sustainable Communities, a small consultancy serving community deveopment corporations and anti-poverty agencies. She is co-organizer of East Bay Cohousing, a 2300 member group devoted to intentional community, sustainability, and transition economics. Past positions include Housing and Economic Development Director at Somos Mayfair in San Jose, CA; Senior Reseach Associate (Transportation & Climate Policy) at Lawrence Berkeley Labs, and Diirector of the MBA Program in Sustainable Enterprise at New College of California. Betsy has a PhD and Master’s in City & Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and a BA in Urban Studies and Small Group Dynamics from Beacon College. From 2006-2010 she was Research Director at Coho/US, and continues to be active with the Cohousing Research Network. She has lived in Berkeley Cohousing with her husband Raines Cohen, since 2003. Betsy joined the FIC Board in 2011.
Other FIC affiliations include: Communities Magazine author, guest editor; member of the Sustainability Education Committee.
Alyson Ewald, Red Earth Farms (Rutledge, MO)
Trainer, Integrative Facilitation
Alyson Ewald has spent over twenty years leading environmental and educational programs both within the US and abroad. She is the coordinator of Dancing Rabbit’s Community Building capital campaign, and also serves as a consultant and trainer for communities working to build their facilitation and decision-making skills. She serves on the board of directors of both Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and the Scotland County Farmers’ Market, and is an advisor to The Altai Project, a nonprofit she launched in 2004 to support environmental efforts and indigenous groups in Siberia. She co-founded Red Earth Farms, a homesteading community, where she lives with her partner and young daughter. She received her BA in English from Bates College.
Other FIC Affiliations: former Development Assistant, former Communities Magazine Editor, Development Committee
Ma’ikwe Schaub Ludwig, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage (Rutledge, MO)
Ma’ikwe is the Director of Ecovillage Education US, and the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit’s nonprofit wing. She has done sustainability education work for over 2 decades, and combines that experience with 17 years of intentional community living to create wholistic, practical education experiences, and lives her values as a member of Dancing Rabbit. Maikwe teaches consensus and cooperative group facilitation with her husband, Laird Schaub. In 2007, she published her first book, Passion as Big as a Planet, which looks at the intersection between spiritual development and effective ecological activism.
Other FIC affiliation: former Events Team chair, Oversight Team member and Community Bookshelf Manager; Development Committee member and regular contributor to Communities magazine.
Marty Klaif, Shannon Farm (Afton VA)
Marty has lived most of his adult life (35 years) in intentional community. He is a co-founder of Network for New Culture, a bi-coastal organization which has promoted personal growth, personal empowerment and social change since 1995. He has been a leader in the business world, acting as a corporate and classroom trainer, and project manager, including being a founding partner of Abacus, Inc., an early Apple distributor that was key in Apple getting a foothold in the business world. Marty has brought his considerable experience to FIC for the past 13 years.
Other FIC Affiliations: Oversight Team member, Ministry Committee, Board Liaison for Staff for Web and Communities Magazine
About the FIC Website
The Intentional Communities Website (ic.org) came online in 1994 and is published by the Fellowship for Intentional Community. This website is funded by donations and sales of online ads and all labor is provided volunteer and/or at very low rates by those who support the FIC and the communities movement. Consider making a donation or becoming an FIC member.
Foxx – Website Technician
Christopher Kindig – Website Manager
Susan Sloan – Website Adviser
Chris Deerheart – Directory Manager
McCune Renwick-Porter – lives at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, VA and he manages the FIC’s email newsletter as well as many aspects of the Community Store. He also handles the bulk of customer services requests and provides technical support.
About the Communities Directory
The Fellowship for Intentional Community published its first print edition of the Communities directory in 1990 with new editions in 1995 and 2000. In 2004 we brought the complete Communities Directory to this website and are now allowing communities to update their information online, thus providing you with the most accurate and up-to-date information available.
This effort is funded through donations and volunteer labor. If you would like to support this project see our donations page. The print version of the Communities Directory has been published based on the data from this website for those wishing to have a hard copy version.
Previous Contributors to the Website and Communities Directory
|Tony Sirna lives at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri. He served on the FIC‘s board of directors since 1997, stepping down in 2013 after 17 years of service. He was the coordinator for this website since 2005. The primary coding for the Communities Directory was done by Skyhouse Consulting, with the bulk done by member Tony Sirna. Code was also supplied by Ofek and his work on the ICDB.org site.
|Kate Adamson was the coordinator for the online Communities Directory, helping communities keep listings up to date and accurate. She lives near Charlottesville, VA.|
|The previous website design was created by Mark Mazziotti who lives at Red Earth Farms in Northeast Missouri. Mark also helped design the FIC’s logo.|
|Amy Seidan also lives at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and in Skyhouse. She has been instrumental in the graphic design of this site.|
|Jillian was on the road in the USA for two years as production manager of the 2000 edition of the Communities Directory and contributed to this website for many years. She lives at Great Oak Cohousing in Ann Arbor.|
|Elph first became acquainted with cooperative living in 1987 while at college and has been involved with the FIC and CSA since 1991. He worked at managing editor of the 2000 edition of the Communities Directory. He keeps busy learning about people and relationships, and working as a computer geek. Current projects involve living at Great Oak Cohousing.|
|Michael enjoys being focused on the present and finding pleasure in all the little things of life. He has lived in community since 1990 ranging from small co-op houses to the large (Sunward Cohousing) community. He became involved with the FIC at the Fall 94 Board meeting and was instrumental in the creation and maintenance of the ic.org site. He also co-managed cohousing.org for several years. Michael is still active in the communities movement.|
|Velma is a long time communitarian and currently lives at Abundant Dawn Community in Virginia. She is not currently active in ic.org work but she created the first ic.org store.|