Life in Community


GaiaYoga: The Art and Wisdom of Living Holistically—Unifying Spirit, Self, Community, and Earth

Posted on November 10, 2018 by
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The cofounder of GaiaYoga Gardens traces the life journey that led him through various intentional community experiences and teachers to seven “yes”’s—ultimately forming a comprehensive vision of a new “Domain 9” culture consciously designed to be in alignment with all of who we actually are.


Perennial Lessons from Historical Communities

Posted on October 30, 2018 by
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A modern-day communitarian “networks” with Fourierist communities of the 1840s by examining their lives together and noticing enduring themes, challenges, and solutions.


The Gifts of Gathering

Posted on October 23, 2018 by
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Organizing and cleaning up after Midwest Catholic Worker gatherings can be hard work—but are more than counterbalanced by the inspiration, connection, and sense of greater purpose they provide.


The Cohousing Research Network: A Community Approach to Communities Research

Posted on October 16, 2018 by
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The collaborative research process in this “virtual intentional community” comes with challenges, but the personal and collective outcomes of collaboration prove worth the trouble.


How to Help One Another: Connecting Cohousing Communities in a Regional Network

Posted on October 9, 2018 by
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In the PDX-Plus Cohousing Group, individual member groups find it simultaneously reassuring, daunting, and energizing to learn that their challenges and joys in living intentionally in community are shared.


Inclusivity and Disability

Posted on September 28, 2018 by
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Cohousing aspires to be as inclusive as possible, but North American culture suppresses conversation about disability and health. How can communities create processes to address previously invisible needs?


On the Potential for an IC Business Network

Posted on September 14, 2018 by
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Research and data strongly suggest that a network of intentional community businesses could fill a real need for both customers and business owners.


Connect: Now More Than Ever

Posted on September 7, 2018 by
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Time spent at Lost Valley and La’akea inspires a passion not just for community and its heart-opening, communication-deepening, earth-connecting effects, but also for communal networking and the difference it can make in the world.


Communities of Intention in Peru, Ecuador, and Beyond: A Summer of Travel and Rediscovering Communal Roots

Posted on August 27, 2018 by
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As a college project, a child of intentional community explores how others define community, discovering that organic community spaces are possible everywhere.


Notes from the Editor: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Posted on August 24, 2018 by
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It’s still possible to make it a beautiful day in the neighborhood.


Remembering Zendik: Mating in Captivity

Posted on August 2, 2018 by
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Helen Zuman’s debut book describes in detail her six-year-long involvement with a radical intentional community that also fits many people’s definition of “cult.”


It’s Not Just the Curtain: Crossing the Class Divide at the Bloomington Catholic Worker

Posted on March 28, 2018 by
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Distinctions and boundaries between community members and their homeless guests can be problematic sometimes, but they are also what allow the sharing and caring to continue.


Combating Racism, One Community at a Time

Posted on March 26, 2018 by
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Catholic Worker communities throughout the Midwest examine themselves, make changes, and reach out in an effort to overcome the insidious influences of white supremacy.


Class, Race, and Privilege in Intentional Community

Posted on March 24, 2018 by
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A co-owner of Heart-Culture Farm Community explores ways to use her privilege to help create a society where people are truly equal.


I’m Not a Racist, But Racism Is In Me—and in My Community

Posted on March 22, 2018 by
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Predominantly white communities are going to stay that way until they acknowledge and address racism. Here is some guidance for doing that.


White Bias, Black Lives: When Unconscious Bias Affects Your Community

Posted on March 18, 2018 by
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Members of Sunward Cohousing recognize and attempt to transform their community’s differential treatment of white-skinned and dark-skinned neighborhood children.


Moving Beyond White Fragility: Lessons from Standing Rock

Posted on March 12, 2018 by
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Bonded by a shared mission, indigenous water protectors and their white allies find a safe space for giving and receiving honest feedback about white privilege and unconscious acts of racism.


Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Collective Liberation: Weaving the Communities Movement into Intersectional Justice Struggles

Posted on March 8, 2018 by
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The co-organizer of the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network shares strategies for deepening your community’s work on issues of race, class, and privilege.


DC Community Evolution and Change: Perspectives from Lutheran Volunteer Corps

Posted on December 1, 2017 by
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While time has brought increased gentrification, a faith-based community’s fight for social justice in DC is far from over.


Life Lessons for Community Longevity

Posted on November 1, 2017 by
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The founder of Bellyacres Artistic Ecovillage profers advice inspired by the nearly three decades he was immersed in the experiment.


Why I Study Communal Societies

Posted on October 21, 2017 by
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The study of intentional communities, both past and present, is a rich and rewarding enterprise for the student of political theory. The members of intentional communities, whether historic or contemporary, religious or secular, short-lived or enduring, must grapple with fundamental questions about human nature and human organization. In doing so, they illuminate in microcosm the… Read More


Overcoming Our Americanness

Posted on October 11, 2017 by
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Unless we learn from past and present communities, and collate lessons from our own, we will bob as separate crafts on the ocean of our uncooperative and ahistorical Americanness.


Intentional Community in a Nicaraguan Jungle: Honoring my duality through community practices

Posted on October 1, 2017 by
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Through her experience temporarily “unplugging” to join a community emphasizing genuine connection and values-based living, an international law student gains lifelong lessons.


Tracing Windward’s Memeology

Posted on September 21, 2017 by
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The Haudenosaunee, the Oneida Community, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, with its vision of a “polyamorous line family,” all form part of Windward’s conceptual ancestry.


Learning from Our Past

Posted on September 11, 2017 by
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Forty-five years of researching, writing and teaching about, and living within intentional communities yield personal lessons with global implications.


The Value of Community: What Defines Success?

Posted on September 1, 2017 by
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Short-term experiences of intentional community, and short-lived communities, can still have powerful, life-changing, and society-changing effects.


Learning from the Past, #176 Contents

Posted on August 28, 2017 by
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Our Fall issue, sponsored in part by the Communal Studies Association, focuses on Learning from the Past. Current communitarians reflect on lessons from their own and their communities’ histories, and on inspiration from historical communities that inform their own efforts. Students of communalism share the outcomes of their research, including recipes for success and failure and other insights from past and present communities. Community seekers and founders describe what they’ve learned so far. Throughout, we explore how learning from the past can help us navigate the present and move toward a more vibrant, functional, cooperative future.


Living Out a Gift Economy in Community with Others

Posted on August 1, 2017 by
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Putting love into practice can be done even when you have nothing materially.


Servant Leadership in Cooperative Business: Stirring It Up at East Wind Nut Butters

Posted on July 11, 2017 by
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An egalitarian community’s General Manager reflects on embodying collective values and ecological sanity in a three-million-dollar-a-year business.


Participatory Budgeting in an Income-Sharing Community

Posted on June 11, 2017 by
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How does one share income and expenses among a hundred people? Twin Oaks discovers how to supplant apathy with widespread engagement.