Starting a Community
The co-director of Maitreya Mountain Village suggests others not follow his example.
Whether you’re starting a community or looking to join one, the new Communities Directory is an essential resource.
Those seeking an intentional community are often faced with a choice: find it, or found it? Whether looking to join an existing community or working to start a new one, aspiring communitarians can glean invaluable lessons from the experiences of other seekers and pioneers. Our Spring issue is full of success stories, cautionary tales, adventures, reflections, advice, and resources for anyone interested in Finding or Starting a Community.
Togetherness and solitude, action and reflection—our lives give us times for each.
Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.
A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.
After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.
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.
An unconventional family fights to stay in their collective house in the face of antiquated local ordinances which suppress community living.
Free land on a tropical island!? Pitcairn, a small remote paradise-like island in the South Pacific is running out of people. They are giving land for free to people who want to settle there. Could it make a good Ecovillage location? “With an aging population of around 50 people, this British Overseas Territory is seeking… Read More
“Wouldn’t it be great to buy a block of land together in the bush?” Dinner party conversations yield unexpected fruit.
In the quest for sustainability, long-term goals can yield to short-term needs and opportunities, fertilizing new growth in unpredictable ways.
“Founder’s joy” can wear off very quickly in the chaos of financial instability and unclear agreements.
Tamarack Institute and FIC invite all of us to share our conversations about community.
Two community founders offer ongoing lessons and inspiration.
The facilitator of a telephone support group offers 14 suggestions from current or aspiring communitarians with significant financial resources.
A community pioneer and activist shares her stories.
A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection.
A forming cohousing group experiences its share of bumps, but comes together to move forward.
An ecovillage founder offers 10 guidelines for success, including “Start with people.”
Innovative ecovillagers turn challenges into opportunities.
Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage grapples with obstacles to create a visionary housing project in rural Maine.