Life in Community


Queer, Person of Color, or Low-Income; Is Cohousing Possible for Me?

Posted on May 1, 2016 by
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Some creative solutions are starting to counteract cohousing’s demographic homogeneity, but significant obstacles remain.


Intentional Communities: Something Old, Something New

Posted on February 1, 2016 by
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Intentional communities—people gathering to share life together, to discover meaning, and to have an impact beyond themselves—have been part of the human landscape for centuries. Many predate Christianity. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism have all had communal aspects which many have chosen. Sufism (Islam), Protestantism, Anglicism, and Catholicism have had and continue to have thriving communities… Read More


The Unexpected Journey

Posted on January 11, 2016 by
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A three-month living/learning seminar in alternative communities still resonates three decades later.


Getting to Community and Life after Community: Collectivism vs. Individuality

Posted on January 1, 2016 by
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Togetherness and solitude, action and reflection—our lives give us times for each.


Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Posted on December 1, 2015 by
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Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.


Nobody Likes Bosses

Posted on November 1, 2015 by
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Even an anti-authoritarian household needs agreements—but who and how to enforce them is another question.


My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

Posted on October 1, 2015 by
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After nearly three decades of activity, a pioneering eco-community collapses under the weight of legal attacks by a small group of neighbors.


My Intentional Community and the Law

Posted on September 11, 2015 by
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Breitenbush has a long history of dealing with legalities and illegalities, from installing a volcano as their “boiler” and blocking old-growth logging to successfully petitioning for a zoning variance.


Zoning Nightmare: Hartford’s Scarborough Street House

Posted on September 1, 2015 by
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An unconventional family fights to stay in their collective house in the face of antiquated local ordinances which suppress community living.


It’s the Law

Posted on August 25, 2015 by
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Communal living is no escape from dealing with legal issues and challenges coming from both within and outside the group.


The Balancing Act of Farming in Community

Posted on July 24, 2015 by
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Is Cobb Hill a model of how to do community and farming cooperatively, or a case study in their challenges?


The Community’s Garden Orchestra

Posted on July 14, 2015 by
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Engaging in collective food-production is like making our own music together: it’s both difficult and rewarding, especially with diverse players involved.


Hot Topic, Raw Emotion, and the Spice of Life: Chewing over Food Choice in Community

Posted on June 24, 2015 by
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At La’akea, members’ various approaches to food reflect the quest for emotional as well as physical sustainability.


How the Kitchen Is the Heart of a Community

Posted on June 14, 2015 by
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A shared kitchen provides not just physical sustenance, but emotional benefits and greater connection to our food and one another.


Cookin’ Dinner for the Revolution

Posted on June 4, 2015 by
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A vibrant, reliable, and nourishing home-base can provide activists with a much-needed feeling of sustainability.


A Baby Boomer Rediscovers Community

Posted on April 20, 2015 by
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After falling into a disillusioning “status quo” existence, a baby boomer rekindles his zeal (and ability) to live by his values at Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage.


The Power of Community

Posted on April 10, 2015 by
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Cohousing can offer a much-improved quality of life to seniors and others; it’s time to break free of the self-inflicted “Oh, that’s not me!”


My Father the Toddler

Posted on April 2, 2015 by
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An ex-communitarian tending full-time to an aging parent reflects on how intentional communities can help shift our approach to elder care.


The Intergenerational Challenge

Posted on March 24, 2015 by
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Bringing in older members can present costs but also yield great benefits, especially in maintenance and development of the community and—when handled well—in mentorship.


Every Eight Seconds

Posted on March 14, 2015 by
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As intentional communities model new approaches to elder care, baby boomers can lead the way in transforming how we age in our society.


Living Intergenerationally at Dancing Rabbit: “The Times They Are A-Changin’…”

Posted on March 4, 2015 by
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Finding themselves to be elders in a multi-generational community, two baby boomers resist, accept, then finally embrace the idea that age DOES matter.


Life with the Solar Kitchen

Posted on January 30, 2015 by
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The Tamera Solar Village combines solar thermal and biogas technologies to create a kitchen that not only promotes responsible relationships to the earth and sky, but also builds human community.


Social Media or Social Isolation? Or is there a third way?

Posted on January 19, 2015 by
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Avoiding computers can mean losing out on connecting with others when one is desperate for connection, yet a rich, computer-free, community-based social life is also possible.


Technology on the Path to Reality: Snapshots from the Pre-Post-Digital Age

Posted on December 29, 2014 by
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Misadventures with a cell phone help the author dial into more enduring, meaningful adventures and relationships not dependent on an electronic-communications hamster wheel.


Back to Life: Returning from the Virtual to the Real

Posted on December 19, 2014 by
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To shake our addiction to modern technology, we must understand its true costs. Stillwaters Sanctuary works to create a culture of greater connection, where it is easier to live without industrial society.


“Appropriate” Technology and Community on the Path to Resiliency

Posted on November 28, 2014 by
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At Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, efforts to foster a renaissance in land-based living go hand in hand with judicious use of modern design and communication technologies.


Radical Governance Changes in Two North American Ecovillages

Posted on October 31, 2014 by
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Earthaven and Dancing Rabbit embrace their groups’ evolution and growth with innovative new governance and decision-making methods.


Seeing the Good in the World, Part II: Transformative Learning Experiences at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Posted on October 26, 2014 by
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While helping communitarians measure their progress toward sustainability goals, a college student finds herself unexpectedly changed.


Meta-Conversation: an Exercise in Whimsical and Critical Facilitation

Posted on October 11, 2014 by
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When they crave an especially deep or challenging discussion, Gesundheit!’s meta-conversers excuse themselves (from the mundane)—then stir the collective pot, lie down, or go for a walk.


Love and Bucket Brigades, Interdependence and Evolution: A Community Conversation at Lampa Mountain Community

Posted on October 4, 2014 by
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A small communal family discusses how they got good at cooperating, and other essentials of collective life.