Finding Community

Rediscovering Community: A family’s journey back to appreciating Home

Posted on March 11, 2016 by
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An active search for a new community allows one family to explore core questions.

The New Communities Directory: A Star Chart for Seekers and Founders

Posted on February 25, 2016 by

Whether you’re starting a community or looking to join one, the new Communities Directory is an essential resource.

Finding or Starting a Community, #170 Contents

Posted on February 22, 2016 by

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.

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.

Short-Term Vacation Cohousing: A Great Way to Learn

Posted on April 29, 2015 by

Two retirees discover a way to explore cohousing without long-term commitment—and after several extended visits, decide it’s for them.

A Baby Boomer Rediscovers Community

Posted on April 20, 2015 by

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.

Technology: Our External Thumb

Posted on December 8, 2014 by

Instead of asking whether technology is a “friend or foe,” perhaps we should be asking how to better help friends and reduce foes through the use of technology.

The Peace Bridge

Posted on September 14, 2013 by

Tamarack Institute and FIC invite all of us to share our conversations about community.

Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Posted on March 7, 2013 by

Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.

Within Reach is Ready!

Posted on March 6, 2013 by

It’s Ready for the World! The One-of-a-kind Film that Redefines Community. #withinreachmovie

Cycling toward Sustainable Community

Posted on December 7, 2012 by
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After 6,500 miles of pedaling and 100 community visits, a couple documents the promise of intentional community and cooperative living.

Greening Your ’Hood

Posted on December 7, 2012 by

Kibbutzes, ecovillages, cohousing communities, and pocket neighborhoods offer us opportunities to make a new start.

Crossing over the Threshold

Posted on December 7, 2012 by
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An older generation learns to let go as a younger generation steps forward.

Aspiring to the Working Class

Posted on September 7, 2012 by

By learning necessary physical skills, these ecovillagers transcend the limitations of their middle-class educations.

The Art and Ethics of Visitor Programs

Posted on June 7, 2012 by

To create a thriving, diverse community, we need to learn how to host and integrate new people in ways that support them as multi-dimensional human beings.

Growing a Culture of Gratitude in Argentine Patagonia

Posted on December 7, 2011 by

An organic farming volunteer learns surprising new lessons from his Argentinian hosts—such as how to relax, how to enjoy practical labor, and how to contribute more sustainably by putting personal work first.

Buddha Being…Buddha Doing

Posted on September 7, 2011 by
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Overcoming her resistance to waking up at 5 a.m., a veteran community seeker learns transformative lessons at Deer Park Monastery.

A Communitarian Conundrum

Posted on June 7, 2011 by
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Despite widespread desire for community, structural and cultural obstacles to intentional community in the modern world loom large.

Honesty and Intimacy

Posted on June 7, 2011 by

In the author’s first, very intense intentional community immersion, revealing the truth led to love and intimacy. He left that group, but, in many spheres of life, emotional and intellectual honesty became his religion.

Hopeful New Stories from the Old World

Posted on March 7, 2011 by
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Ten European ecovillages show the way to a brighter future.

And I Listen

Posted on December 7, 2010 by

Howling, shouting, cries of despair, and The Pierced One greet a parent on her first visit to her daughter’s adopted community. Luckily, through lots of talking and listening, things improve.

It Takes a Community to Grow an Elder

Posted on December 7, 2010 by

After confronting an identity crisis worthy of adolescence, a 65-year-old finds a new home in community and discovers that elderhood is a blessing, not a curse.

Balancing Powers

Posted on September 7, 2010 by
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In a healthy community, leadership and followship are equally important roles, each with vital skill sets that can assure effective teamwork.

More Perspectives on Leadership and Followship

Posted on September 7, 2010 by
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The author identifies additional leadership skills, cautions against blind followship, and reflects on the many types of power in cooperative groups.

Seeing the Good in the World

Posted on June 7, 2010 by

After several years teaching about community in the abstract, an anthropologist and environmental studies teacher finds that direct student engagement with intentional communities provides the spark needed for personal inspiration, connection, and the potential for social transformation.

Second Family

Posted on March 7, 2010 by

A mother responds to empty-nest syndrome by discovering her new family in community.

Together and Apart; Eden Within Eden

Posted on March 7, 2010 by

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.

From Visions of Utopia to “The Many Faces of Community”

Posted on March 7, 2010 by

Geoph Kozeny’s community documentary brings forth reflections on Hearthaven, discussions among neighbors and friends, and ultimately a new intergenerational family community.

Visions of Utopia, Part Two

Posted on June 7, 2009 by

Author: Tim Miller Published in Communities Magazine Issue #143 Visions of Utopia, Part Two Experiments in Sustainable Culture A Documentary by Geoph Kozeny Available from or 1-800-995-8342. ($30 plus shipping; or $50 plus shipping for Parts One and Two together; additional discount available to FIC Members.) Geoph Kozeny lived in community for more than… Read More

Network for a New Culture Camps

Posted on March 7, 2009 by

Participants in NFNC’s Summer Camps explore intimacy, transparency, freedom of choice, personal responsibility, sexuality, and new ways of being, teaching, and learning.