Life in Community


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.


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

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.


Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Collective Liberation: Weaving the Communities Movement into Intersectional Justice Struggles

Posted 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.


DC Community Evolution and Change: Perspectives from Lutheran Volunteer Corps

Posted on December 1, 2017 by

While time has brought increased gentrification, a faith-based community’s fight for social justice in DC is far from over.


Life Lessons for Community Longevity

Posted on November 1, 2017 by

The founder of Bellyacres Artistic Ecovillage profers advice inspired by the nearly three decades he was immersed in the experiment.


Why I Study Communal Societies

Posted on October 21, 2017 by

The study of intentional communities, both past and present, is a rich and rewarding enterprise for the student of political theory. The members of intentional communities, whether historic or contemporary, religious or secular, short-lived or enduring, must grapple with fundamental questions about human nature and human organization. In doing so, they illuminate in microcosm the… Read More


Overcoming Our Americanness

Posted on October 11, 2017 by

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.


Intentional Community in a Nicaraguan Jungle: Honoring my duality through community practices

Posted on October 1, 2017 by

Through her experience temporarily “unplugging” to join a community emphasizing genuine connection and values-based living, an international law student gains lifelong lessons.


Tracing Windward’s Memeology

Posted on September 21, 2017 by

The Haudenosaunee, the Oneida Community, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, with its vision of a “polyamorous line family,” all form part of Windward’s conceptual ancestry.