Author: Chris Roth


Chris Roth edited Talking Leaves: A Journal of Our Evolving Ecological Culture for eight years, and has edited Communities since 2008. A resident member of Lost Valley Educational Center/Meadowsong Ecovillage in Dexter, Oregon, he has lived in intentional community and on organic or permaculture farms most of his adult life. Among other activities, he currently leads nature walks at Mount Pisgah Arboretum and assists at Solsara workshops. Contact him at editor [AT] ic.org.

Articles by Chris Roth include:

  • Festivals and Gatherings (Issue # 142)
  • Community in Hard Times (Issue # 144)
  • Ecology and Community (Issue # 143)
  • Searching for Republicans...and Other Elephants in the Community Living Room (Issue # 140)
  • How Ecology Led Me to Community (Issue # 143)
  • Health and Well-Being (Issue # 145)
  • Family (Issue # 146)
  • The Butterfly Effect and the Art (Direction) of Circumstance (Issue # 140)
  • Exploring Family (Issue # 146)
  • Together and Apart; Eden Within Eden (Issue # 146)
  • Thoughts on Power (Issue # 148)
  • Education for Sustainability (Issue # 147)
  • Power and Disempowerment on the Ecobus (Issue # 148)
  • Getting Elder All the Time (Issue # 149)
  • Crazy About Community (Issue # 150)
  • Hopeful New Stories from the Old World (Issue # 150)
  • Intimacy: Past , Present, Future (Issue # 151)
  • On the Road with Communities (Issue # 151)
  • Right Lively 'Hood (Issue # 152)
  • The Growing Edge, Additional Permaculture Resources, and Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth (Issue # 153)
  • Permaculture 101 and Attending to Zone Zero (Issue # 153)
  • The Economics of Happiness (Issue # 154)
  • Common Ground in an Uncertain World (Issue # 154)
  • The Lighter Side of Community (Issue # 155)
  • Group Works (Issue # 156)
  • An Ecovillage Future (Issue # 156)
  • Endings and Beginnings (Issue # 157)
  • Gratitude, Loss, Rebirth, and Community (Issue # 157)
  • Cycling toward Sustainable Community (Issue # 157)
  • Conmunity Wisdom for Everyday Life (Issue # 159)
  • The Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities (Issue # 159)
  • The Rhythm of Rutledge (Issue # 159)
  • Affording Communities (Issue # 158)
  • Youth in Community (Issue # 160)
  • Health and Quiet (Issue # 145)
  • Confessions of a Fallen Eco-Warrior (Issue # 161)
  • Gender: Is There a “There” There? (Issue #162)

The Lighter Side of Community

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This Hollywood movie offers both surprising insight and fond parody while taking viewers far from the beaten path, into the world of intentional community.


Common Ground in an Uncertain World

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A journey through various flavors of spiritually eclectic community brings
us face to face with cursed seeds, the White Brotherhood Team, mystery,
and stardust.


Permaculture 101 and Attending to Zone Zero

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The editor provides a refresher on our theme and suggests some new Zone Zero guidelines to help keep permaculturalists in the game for the long haul.


Right Lively ‘Hood

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Finding meaningful, socially and ecologically responsible work cannot be done in a vacuum. Right livelihood depends on networks of relationship.


Hopeful New Stories from the Old World

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Ten European ecovillages show the way to a brighter future.


Getting Elder All the Time

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Community can be balm for the discomforts of aging, just as elders’ wisdom and caring can soothe the growing pains of youth.


Power and Disempowerment on the Ecobus

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Some saw this radical environmental education program as a “cult,” others as an intensely focused experience of challenge and growth. Had participants lost their individuality, or gained a new sense of self?


Education for Sustainability

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Author: Chris Roth Published in Communities Magazine Issue #147 I’m listening to the rain fall on the roof of Karma, the passive solar residence at Sandhill Farm where I’m staying this spring. In these first few weeks of March, I’ve helped with and learned about peach tree pruning, maple syrup production, vegetable growing in northeast… Read More


Together and Apart; Eden Within Eden

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Reviews of two great books on community living, one on life in a convent with surprising insights even for the most secular, and one on the history of utopian experiments in Oregon.


Exploring Family

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What do Hopi Indians, John Keats, lost loves, intentional community, and family have in common? For better or worse, they’ve combined to befuddle, enlighten, dismay, and inspire our author.


Health and Well-Being

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Author: Chris Roth Published in Communities Magazine Issue #145 This year’s discussion on health care policy in the United States has focused attention on ways to assure broader access to allopathic medicine, including controlling the costs of health insurance and medical care. All of us, even those who use allopathic medicine only infrequently, have a… Read More


Health and Quiet

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Noise and quiet can both affect well-being profoundly. Gordon Hempton’s One Square Inch of Silence offers ear-opening stories and perspectives, practical suggestions, and simple, radical wisdom.


How Ecology Led Me to Community

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The author recounts some of the off-beat marching orders he received from an eco-oriented “different drummer”—and how, instead of becoming a hermit, he became a communitarian.


Searching for Republicans…and Other Elephants in the Community Living Room

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An informal survey raises several compelling questions: Can communitarians
learn to focus on larger-scale politics as much as on internal politics? Should they? What’s proper political etiquette in community? And have you ever met a communitarian who is not left of center?