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Life in De Kersentuin: Research in a Dutch cohousing community

Posted on June 10, 2019 by

Student researcher from the University of Amsterdam, Yannick Kiesel, shares the core findings of his Masters Thesis on life in a cohousing community. The research illustrates a new holistic view… Read More


Road Update #3 – Planet Community Midwest Tour

Posted on September 29, 2018 by

Planet Community Midwest Tour Update #3 from the Filmmakers Here is another report from the road from filmmakers Aaron Murphy and Rae Machado of Skillly Media on their journey to film Planet… Read More


Road Update #2 – Planet Community Midwest Tour

Posted on September 26, 2018 by

Planet Community Midwest Tour Personal Update #2 from the Road The following are reports from the road provided by filmmakers Aaron Murphy and Rae Machado of Skillly Media as they film the… Read More


Road Update #1 – Planet Community Midwest Tour

Posted on September 24, 2018 by
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  Planet Community Midwest Tour A Personal Update from the Road The following content and images were provided by filmmakers Aaron Murphy and Rae Machado of Skillly Media while on their quest… Read More


Planet Community – Episode 1: Dancing Rabbit

Posted on September 17, 2018 by

Enjoy the very first episode of Planet Community! This episode is focused on Dancing Rabbit, in Rutledge, Missouri, which you can learn more about here: https://www.ic.org/directory/dancing-rabbit-ecovillage/ Read more about the series,… Read More


Arizona Ecovillages in the News

Posted on August 6, 2018 by
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“If life is about something, it’s about getting along with people.” Don Clark reports from his Arizona ecovillage. “Since last year, the volume of people inquiring has doubled,” “A lot… Read More


Visit Or Volunteer at the Sustainable Kashi Ashram

Posted on March 23, 2017 by

Midway between Miami and Orlando, the Sustainable Kashi Ashram is an interfaith intentional community that combines yoga, meditation, and permaculture projects on 80 acres land on the eastern coast of Florida.… Read More


Bridge Meadows Brings Foster Children Into Intentional Community

Posted on January 12, 2017 by
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For many intentional communities and cohousing projects, being “intergenerational” is a core value and long-term goal. Parents envision themselves raising children with the support of other community members. Elderly residents… Read More


The Untold Story of Utopian Communes In America

Posted on November 24, 2016 by

It was a time of great change and social experimentation. Groups of like-minded people pooled their money to buy property in what one writer called a kind of “socialist land mania.” Another philosopher… Read More


The Damanhur Community In Italy Has Its Own Currency and Constitution

Posted on November 21, 2016 by

The community of Damanhur in northern Italy is known for the Temples of Humankind, a 5-story series of underground chambers built by residents of the community as a spiritual gathering… Read More


Arcosanti Combines Architecture and Ecology in The Arizona Desert

Posted on November 17, 2016 by

About 70 miles north of Phoenix, high in the Arizona desert, a blocky, concrete series of buildings rises out of the hillside. It looks like a cross between a futuristic… Read More


This Women-Only Village In Kenya Is Challenging Traditional Gender Roles

Posted on September 22, 2016 by

For over 20 years, a small community in Kenya has been embarking on a rare experiment: a community without men, where women are the homeowners and breadwinners. Around 50 women… Read More


This Eco-Community in Peru is Known for Its Cone-Shaped Structures

Posted on September 12, 2016 by

Just over an hour north of Lima, Peru, a circle of cone-shaped buildings rises beside a sandy beach. These structures are called “trulys,” and they’re part of a spiritual eco-village… Read More


At This Hawaiian Eco-Community, You Can Stay In A Bamboo Hut In A Volcanic Crater

Posted on August 29, 2016 by

A few weeks ago – as the prospect of spending another winter here in rainy Portland began to dawn on me – I started looking into some travel opportunities in… Read More


KCET Visits the LA Eco-Village for A Look At Sustainable Urban Living

Posted on August 22, 2016 by

When you hear about life in Los Angeles, you probably think about traffic, smog, and sprawling suburbs. But LA has a thriving network of intentional communities, many of which exist… Read More


This Alaska Community Took Its Own Approach To Treating Mental Illness

Posted on August 15, 2016 by
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The philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” It’s a quote often repeated by alternative healers and… Read More


A New Movement Is Rethinking Our Relationship With The Earth

Posted on July 18, 2016 by

Last month, I had the chance to visit the Windward Education and Research Center, an intentional community in rural Washington, for an event called the EcoSex Convergence. Over 5 days,… Read More


This 1800s Commune Tried Free Love and Income-Sharing Long Before It Was A Thing

Posted on July 11, 2016 by

Many of the intentional communities that we hear about are recent ones: the back-to-the-land communes of the 1970s, the student co-ops and cohousing spaces being formed today. That’s why it’s… Read More


European Projects Explore Cohousing for LGBT Elders

Posted on May 2, 2016 by

Over the past year, a U.K. group called Tonic Housing has been exploring ways to offer safe, affordable housing to older members of the LGBT community. Supported by several charitable… Read More


Three Tucson Communities Open Their Doors For National Cohousing Day

Posted on April 18, 2016 by

National Cohousing Open House Day is coming up in just over a week, and dozens of communities will be welcoming guests for tours and other free activities. You can check… Read More


Life in an urban eco-village

Posted on March 23, 2016 by

Hi, I’m Saul, the new Social Media Manager here at FIC. I’m excited to join the team from my home at Foster Village, an urban eco-community in Southeast Portland, OR!… Read More


Rough Start to Rural Community

Posted on May 28, 2015 by

Rough Start to Rural Community Christian and Johannes Zinzendorf call themselves Harmonists, with central beliefs around the value of hard work in an agrarian life, and a communion with the… Read More


Best Friends Build Tiny House Village

Posted on May 26, 2015 by

Best Friends Build Tiny House Village Living in the same town was not enough for four couples who have been best friends for 20 years. They decided to double down… Read More


Who Defines a Family?

Posted on April 13, 2015 by
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Who Defines a Family? “Love makes us a Family.” The Scarborough Street mansion is home to 8 adults who live together by choice in a small community. Their local zoning… Read More


How to Thrive on 10%

Posted on March 13, 2015 by

How to Thrive on 10% It is often taken for granted that the United States consumes and wastes 5 times more than the rest of the planet. At the same… Read More


Southern Exposure Seed Cooperative Nurtures Community Gardeners

Posted on March 1, 2015 by

Southern Exposure Seed Cooperative Nurtures Community Gardeners Acorn Community Farm is an intentional community a few miles from Twin Oaks in Mineral, Virginia. It was founded in 1993 as an… Read More


Why should you care about Intentional Communities?

Posted on February 9, 2015 by

Why should you care about Intentional Communities? FIC Board Member Sky Blue reviews the successful systems and culture Twin Oaks has built to allow it to thrive. “Twin Oaks Community… Read More