Life in Community


Narcissism, Dependence, and Culture Change

Posted on January 14, 2019 by

Two aspects of the cultural transition we are working toward are little discussed but directly impact our daily relationships: narcissism and dependence dynamics. By unpacking them, we can turn the tide.


Skill Building for a Culture of Collaboration

Posted on January 7, 2019 by

To build a healthy cultural infrastructure, it’s important to clarify your cooperative decision-making process, adopt conflict tools, and commit to the ongoing development of collaborative skills in your group.


Planet Community – Episode 3 – Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage

Posted on December 31, 2018 by

We have to transform our cities! Over 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and it’s only increasing. Models for sustainable, equitable, urban community must be developed. In this episode of Planet Community we look at Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage in Cincinnati, OH.  How do we move past the consumerism and concrete… Read More


About That Clothesline…

Posted on December 28, 2018 by

After a communitarian’s love affair with line drying starts to wane, and eventually withers, she leaves community—partly to pursue an evolving relationship with a clothes dryer.


The Shaker “Culture of Cleanliness”

Posted on December 21, 2018 by

Because of their commitment to a culture of personal and community cleanliness, the Shakers largely escaped the cholera epidemics which plagued the rest of the country in the 1800s.


Planted in Good Soil: Cultural Roots and Community

Posted on December 14, 2018 by

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 Stay

Posted 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 it Takes to Create Community Connection

Posted on December 3, 2018 by

Common Conceptions of Community How can we create community connection — including more support, belonging, smiles, and growth — in our lives? Bianca Heyming gave a TED talk based on her experiences, affectionately called ‘Intentional Communities – 50% Less Hippie Than You’d Expect.’      She first comedically explores people’s misconceptions about living in an… Read More


An Evolution in Community

Posted on November 30, 2018 by

Full immersion in a residential intentional community transforms over the course of a decade and a half into a much wider experience of community.


A Day in the Life

Posted on November 29, 2018 by

A day’s interactions in a rural intentional community in central Virginia show that it is much more than a “hippie subdivision.”


Changing Skies

Posted on November 27, 2018 by

The culture of intentional community is about the commitment to venture out together into the blue skies and the grey; it’s about not only joy, but also the hard work of growth.


Introducing This Issue: A Culture of Cooperation

Posted on November 25, 2018 by

A certain way of being in the world creates a cultural bond and sense of the familiar among those who live in intentional community.


The Culture of Intentional Community, #181 Contents and Free/By Donation Digital Download

Posted on November 23, 2018 by

How does living in intentional community shape our daily experience? What distinguishes a culture which emphasizes “community” from one that does not? What skills and awareness do we need to co-create a resilient collaborative culture? How can lessons and wisdom from intentional communities benefit the world at large? What can we learn from organically-emerging “unintentional” communities? In Communities’ Winter 2018 issue, “The Culture of Intentional Community,” authors explore all these questions and more, sharing insights they’ve gained from their own wide-ranging experiences.


GaiaYoga: The Art and Wisdom of Living Holistically—Unifying Spirit, Self, Community, and Earth

Posted on November 10, 2018 by

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.


Perennial Lessons from Historical Communities

Posted on October 30, 2018 by
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A modern-day communitarian “networks” with Fourierist communities of the 1840s by examining their lives together and noticing enduring themes, challenges, and solutions.


The Gifts of Gathering

Posted on October 23, 2018 by

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.


The Cohousing Research Network: A Community Approach to Communities Research

Posted on October 16, 2018 by

The collaborative research process in this “virtual intentional community” comes with challenges, but the personal and collective outcomes of collaboration prove worth the trouble.


How to Help One Another: Connecting Cohousing Communities in a Regional Network

Posted on October 9, 2018 by

In the PDX-Plus Cohousing Group, individual member groups find it simultaneously reassuring, daunting, and energizing to learn that their challenges and joys in living intentionally in community are shared.


Inclusivity and Disability

Posted on September 28, 2018 by
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Cohousing aspires to be as inclusive as possible, but North American culture suppresses conversation about disability and health. How can communities create processes to address previously invisible needs?


On the Potential for an IC Business Network

Posted on September 14, 2018 by
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Research and data strongly suggest that a network of intentional community businesses could fill a real need for both customers and business owners.


Connect: Now More Than Ever

Posted on September 7, 2018 by

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 Roots

Posted 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.


Notes from the Editor: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Posted on August 24, 2018 by

It’s still possible to make it a beautiful day in the neighborhood.


Remembering Zendik: Mating in Captivity

Posted on August 2, 2018 by

Helen Zuman’s debut book describes in detail her six-year-long involvement with a radical intentional community that also fits many people’s definition of “cult.”


It’s Not Just the Curtain: Crossing the Class Divide at the Bloomington Catholic Worker

Posted on March 28, 2018 by
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Distinctions and boundaries between community members and their homeless guests can be problematic sometimes, but they are also what allow the sharing and caring to continue.


Combating Racism, One Community at a Time

Posted on March 26, 2018 by
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Catholic Worker communities throughout the Midwest examine themselves, make changes, and reach out in an effort to overcome the insidious influences of white supremacy.


Class, Race, and Privilege in Intentional Community

Posted on March 24, 2018 by

A co-owner of Heart-Culture Farm Community explores ways to use her privilege to help create a society where people are truly equal.


I’m Not a Racist, But Racism Is In Me—and in My Community

Posted on March 22, 2018 by

Predominantly white communities are going to stay that way until they acknowledge and address racism. Here is some guidance for doing that.


White Bias, Black Lives: When Unconscious Bias Affects Your Community

Posted on March 18, 2018 by

Members of Sunward Cohousing recognize and attempt to transform their community’s differential treatment of white-skinned and dark-skinned neighborhood children.


Moving Beyond White Fragility: Lessons from Standing Rock

Posted on March 12, 2018 by

Bonded by a shared mission, indigenous water protectors and their white allies find a safe space for giving and receiving honest feedback about white privilege and unconscious acts of racism.