It may be a mouthful to say, but it sure is fitting for this nearly 600 page, incredibly comprehensive guide to American intentional communities. This encyclopedic book chronicles from the first European settlements in America to the present (copyright 2013) and references over 3,000 communities of all sizes and life-cycles, spanning from the obscure to… Read More
Experiences in wildly differing intentional communities suggest that the more egalitarian, interactive, and focused its members are on shared labor, the stronger and more long-lasting the community will be.
A community may achieve an ideal balance by drawing upon deep cultural roots to inform its structures and common life, while remaining vitally open to fresh insight and creativity in response to the present.
Mind the Gap: How the Cultural Difference between Incoming Residents and the Community Can Indicate Whether They Will StayPosted on December 7, 2018 by
A small culture gap between a new resident and the community correlates with greater chances of a long-term fit; a large culture gap makes this much less likely, but not impossible.
What is it like to live in a Student Housing Cooperative? Quite different than a typical student dorm experience, a Student Housing Cooperative is more like “the University of Life!” — where communication, problem solving, and cooperation skills are required. In this brand new second episode of Planet Community, hear from the experiences of people living… Read More
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.
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.
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 RootsPosted on August 27, 2018 by
As a college project, a child of intentional community explores how others define community, discovering that organic community spaces are possible everywhere.
Six key networking organizations come together to serve the regenerative communities movement by forming GENNA, the North American branch of the Global Ecovillage Network.
Organizing a networking gathering yields many benefits, but the collatoral trials and tributions take their toll on this organizer—now recharging by prioritizing farm and family.
Familiar with both privilege and marginalization, a queer Latina cohouser shares experiences and perspectives on confronting racial and ethnic homogeneity.
Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Collective Liberation: Weaving the Communities Movement into Intersectional Justice StrugglesPosted on March 8, 2018 by
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.
A child of the Indian middle class immerses herself in the grassroots sustainability movement in Portland, Oregon and shares lessons learned on her journey.
While time has brought increased gentrification, a faith-based community’s fight for social justice in DC is far from over.
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.
Those living with disabilities have many options for finding community; here are suggestions on where and how to look.
Mobile home and RV parks present an unequaled opportunity to accelerate the transition to more widespread community living.
From Gift Circles in Brooklyn to the sharing economy at an ecovillage-based collective house, the author explores practical applications of Sacred Economics.
This Australian community’s bridge is a lot more than just a bridge.
Communities worldwide are exploring how to heal our separation from each other and the natural world.
Some creative solutions are starting to counteract cohousing’s demographic homogeneity, but significant obstacles remain.
Two families leave a thriving cohousing community to follow their shared dreams as a tight-knit intergenerational group.
The co-director of Maitreya Mountain Village suggests others not follow his example.
A cohouser offers resources and tips on how to find your community.
An active search for a new community allows one family to explore core questions.
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.