Finding Community


Community Is the Best Medicine: A guide to cooperative living on a disability income

Posted on July 21, 2017 by

Those living with disabilities have many options for finding community; here are suggestions on where and how to look.


Mobile Home Parks: A Fast and Inexpensive Path to Cohousing

Posted on June 30, 2017 by

Mobile home and RV parks present an unequaled opportunity to accelerate the transition to more widespread community living.


Towards a Joyful Economics

Posted on May 28, 2017 by

From Gift Circles in Brooklyn to the sharing economy at an ecovillage-based collective house, the author explores practical applications of Sacred Economics.


Variations on a Theme: Low-Carbon Communities of All Sorts

Posted on May 1, 2017 by
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Three innovative non-residential groups use community as a tool to address climate change.


Affordable, Developer-Driven Ecovillages: Meeting an Unmet Need

Posted on April 21, 2017 by
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A replicable ecovillage model is our best hope for achieving essential, global-scale changes.


Soil, Communities, and Climate Change: An Interview with Nikki Silvestri

Posted on April 11, 2017 by

As a climate solutions advocate explains, carbon is not a bad thing; it’s often just in the wrong places right now.


The Question I Get Asked the Most

Posted on April 1, 2017 by

“What can I do?” It’s the right question—almost.


Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together: How a Small Town Nurtures Community

Posted on February 1, 2017 by

The art of creating community spirit within mainstream towns and neighborhoods has much potential to change the world for the better.



Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

Posted on October 11, 2016 by

At the RareBirds Housing Co-operative, community life and outside activism deepen and strengthen each other.


Not the Last of the Mohicans: Honoring Our Native Predecessors on the Land

Posted on September 30, 2016 by
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How can we do right by the native peoples whose ancestral homelands now host our intentional communities?


Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Posted on August 1, 2016 by

Irish ecovillagers achieve the smallest ecological footprints recorded in their country.


The Bridge to a Greener World

Posted on July 1, 2016 by

This Australian community’s bridge is a lot more than just a bridge.


Overcoming Apartheid—the Global Ecovillage Network

Posted on June 1, 2016 by

Communities worldwide are exploring how to heal our separation from each other and the natural world.


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

Posted on May 1, 2016 by

Some creative solutions are starting to counteract cohousing’s demographic homogeneity, but significant obstacles remain.


Leaps of Faith

Posted on April 21, 2016 by
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Two families leave a thriving cohousing community to follow their shared dreams as a tight-knit intergenerational group.


Common Fire’s Top Ten Hard-Earned Tips for Community Success

Posted on April 11, 2016 by
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The sometimes triumphant, sometimes traumatic experiences of the three Common Fire communities yield wisdom relevant to anyone working to create a community.


Off-Grid, and In Community: ’Tis Easier to Find than to Found

Posted on April 1, 2016 by
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The co-director of Maitreya Mountain Village suggests others not follow his example.


Finding a Healthy, Happy Cohousing Community that Fits Your Values

Posted on March 21, 2016 by
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A cohouser offers resources and tips on how to find your 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.


Words of Experience: Starting a Community

Posted on March 1, 2016 by
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A founder shares a well-learned lesson: “It is a LOT of work to start an intentional community. A LOT.”


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

Posted on February 25, 2016 by
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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.


Offerings to the Land

Posted on January 21, 2016 by

Befriend the land where you are, and you will never be lonely.


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.


An Evolving Movement

Posted on December 21, 2015 by
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The FIC’s new Executive Director reflects on his and the organization’s converging paths.


Finding Community Outside of “Community”

Posted on December 11, 2015 by

Myriad groups and connections on “the outside” don’t call themselves intentional—but sometimes are.


Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Posted on December 1, 2015 by

Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.


My Squat Law Journey

Posted on October 21, 2015 by

After years of advocacy, social justice work, and on-the-ground experience, a squatter passes the bar exam.