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Your Community and the Law

Posted on April 30, 2019 by

Earthaven Ecovillage learns the hard way that it’s important for a community to choose its legal entities carefully, and to consult and listen to lawyers. A member shares some lessons from their ordeal.


Gain the 🦉Wisdom of Communities 🦉

Posted on April 24, 2019 by

Have you ordered your copies of the Wisdom of Communities 4 volume set? Each volume can be purchased individually👇🏽 or buy the entire set at a discounted price. Also available as an ebook! What is Wisdom of Communities? Since 1972, Communities magazine, published by the Foundation for Intentional Community, has been collecting and disseminating the lessons… Read More


Community, Land, Self: We’re Part of the Same Elephant

Posted on April 16, 2019 by

Escaping to an ecotopian or intact natural world proves neither possible nor effective as a way to avoid the realities of human and planetary suffering. Instead, a communitarian receives lessons in interconnectedness that he will never forget.


Your Monthly Freebie: Permaville Handbook

Posted on April 9, 2019 by

The Permaville Handbook: Strategies of Permaculture Design By Brian Newhouse of Permaville.com This nearly 200-paged handbook provides an overview of permaculture’s principles, teaches some core permaculture techniques and practices, and provides direction and resources for connecting with people who share a passion for the work. If you want to live more closely in tune with nature,… Read More


Growing Together through Trauma, with the Land

Posted on April 9, 2019 by

When La’akea Community’s stability is disrupted and its existence threatened by the aftermath of an earthquake, members discover that their land is a much larger source of “glue” to keep them together than they had thought.


How We Came to Inherit a Salmon Stream

Posted on March 30, 2019 by

The residents of Sahale Learning Center and EcoVillage welcome the salmon who swim from the Hood Canal up the Tahuya River each year to spawn.


Cross-Class Cooperation and Land Access

Posted on March 23, 2019 by

It is important to not only talk about the role class privilege plays in our movement, but also celebrate the ways that cross-class cooperation can be a form of much-needed solidarity.


The Dilemmas of Being a Benefactor: Creating a Community Land Trust

Posted on March 16, 2019 by
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CommonSpace CLT fulfills its founder’s dream of using her inheritance to create an affordable, not-for-profit example of diverse community on protected land in perpetuity.


Review: Farming While Black

Posted on February 26, 2019 by

This book is written for young Black, Brown, and Latinx people with dreams of farming, but it is also a gift to all of us who care about farming, equality, and justice.


4 Building Blocks of Community

Posted on February 25, 2019 by

Start a Village “If you don’t like the way things are, Start a Village!” This was the essential message that Stephen Brooks delivered at his enthusiastic TEDx talk at Black Rock City. What does a guy at Burning Man know about community? Stephen shares inspiration through his travels, studies of permaculture, and teaching, how he… Read More


Connecting Land and Community

Posted on February 21, 2019 by

Through collective, organized efforts, groups that have lost access to land can regain it, while building community as well.


Top 10 New Books in the FIC Bookstore!

Posted on February 8, 2019 by

You won’t want to miss out on these stellar topics new to the bookshelf   The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict by Aaron T. Wolf We tend to approach conflict from the perspective of competing interests. A farmer’s interest lies in preserving water for crops, while an environmentalist’s interest is… Read More


What Keeps Living Community Thriving?

Posted on November 12, 2018 by

What keeps living community thriving? Foundations: Mission, Vision, Values Being among young communards, elders in the movement, and aspiring community builders I have witnessed what can make community living thrive and what can cause strife. Having an interest in community building and social dynamics as well as being immersed in the ecovillage/ intentional community movement… Read More


Top 5 Questions – Building an Ecovillage

Posted on November 10, 2018 by

Top 5 Questions to Ask When Building an Ecovillage A Look Inside Wisdom of Communities Volume 4 by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore manager Finally! Our fourth and final volume of the Wisdom of Communities series has been released! Now you can get your own copy of Volume 4: Sustainability in Community or order the entire… Read More


Regenerative Victory Gardens

Posted on October 15, 2018 by

Stacking Benefits of Gardens When you plant a garden, you are doing more than practicing a resilient skill, and cultivating mouth watering beefsteak tomatoes. You are reducing food miles by creating sustenance locally, without the need for costly and dirty energy inputs. You can skip the application of dangerous pesticides and fertilizers, and instead of… Read More


What does it mean to live like a village?

Posted on August 13, 2018 by
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What is a Village? “In the simplest terms, it is the intersection and interconnection of people and place” explains Jamaica Stevens, author, event producer, and community activist. “How do we create a culture shift towards communities of celebration, cooperation, resilience, and respect?” Jamaica set about sharing some answers to these questions in her culture-shifting ReInhabiting the… 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 of people are saying they don’t like what’s going on, so they’re looking for alternatives.”   Check out this news article covering intentional communities as… Read More


Press Release – Pilot Episode and Campaign Released

Posted on July 18, 2018 by

Renewable Energy World and over 130 other online news outlets picked up the press release, as follows: Pilot Episode and Campaign Released for ‘Planet Community’ – Web Series That Features Intentional Communities “Planet Community” is a new web series created to bring awareness to different types of intentional communities that exemplify values of cooperation, sustainability,… Read More


Earthaven Experience Week June 8–13, 2018

Posted on April 17, 2018 by
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  The FIC is proud to co-sponsor the School of Integrated Living’s Earthaven Experience Week This residential service-learning program immerses learners in the life of Earthaven Ecovillage. Participants join the homes, lives, businesses, and farms of the Taylor Creek Watershed community for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience. You can find more information and register here.   The Earthaven Experience… Read More


The Global Movement of Ecovillages – Community Builders Forum – Webinar #5

Posted on December 21, 2017 by

What to look forward to in this webinar: Ecovillages are communities striving to live well and lightly together. From appropriate technologies to holistic health; from sustainable agriculture to group facilitation, ecovillages are integrating solutions within human-scale communities and creating new cultures and “stories” in which we can live well – and lightly. While not utopias,… Read More


Ecovillage Pathways – A 3 day journey to regenerative community

Posted on August 12, 2017 by

  Ecovillage Pathways 4th Annual Conference by NextGEN September 7 – 10 hosted by Sirius Community Co-Sponsored by the Foundation for Intentional Community by Sky Blue, FIC Executive Director  The FIC is proud to co-sponsor the 4th annual conference by NextGEN, the youth arm of the Global Ecovillage Network. Do you want to wake up each day… Read More


The Journal of Political Ecology Looks At Intentional Communities From An Academic Perspective

Posted on April 20, 2017 by

For many of us, intentional communities serve as experiential laboratories, examples of ways that people can come together to challenge the dominant systems that we’ve grown up with or have learned to put up with. It’s been great to see a rise in mainstream awareness of intentional communities, with more news and media outlets taking cohousing and… Read More


Immerse Yourself In A Permaculture Program At One of These Rural Communities

Posted on April 6, 2017 by

Last month, we sent out a newsletter highlighting two permaculture workshops at intentional communities in the U.S. Since then, we’ve heard from many more program leaders who wanted their workshops to be included. We apologize for not featuring more in last month’s newsletter, and decided to revisit the topic this month! Here is a sampling… Read More


A New Web Series Profiles Intentional Communities All Over The U.S.

Posted on March 27, 2017 by

One of the most exciting things about building community in the age of the Internet and social media is that it’s easier than ever to get an inside look at the communities that interest us. While nothing can replace an in-person visit, a new web series called “intentional” comes as close you can get to seeing what life is like… 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. Founded in 1976, the community’s teachings are based on Hindu philosophy, but participants of any religion – or none – are welcome to visit and… Read More


Is The Country of Bhutan The World’s Largest Intentional Community?

Posted on March 13, 2017 by

This post is an excerpt from Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption by Ma’ikwe Ludwig, published by The Foundation for Intentional Community. Visit our fundraising campaign to learn how you can support the publication of the book and get yourself a copy! **** A group of researchers studying variations in per capita carbon emissions notes that, “Much… Read More


Communities magazine Spring issue

Posted on March 4, 2017 by

Communities Magazine — Spring 2017 Communities and Climate Change Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Our new Communities issue on Communities and Climate Change will be mailed to subscribers on March 6. You can subscribe now or order a sample and we’ll ship you a copy today! Our Spring issue examines how intentional… Read More


Are Seasteading Communities the Next Wave of Sustainable Living?

Posted on February 13, 2017 by

Wayne Adams and Catherine King, two artists living in Tofino, Canada, couldn’t afford to buy a house of their own. Instead, they took their assets offshore — literally — and created a floating paradise off the coast of Vancouver Island called Freedom Cove. For over 20 years, they’ve been living off-grid on this brightly-colored collection of buildings and rafts.… Read More


Your Community Could Win Up to ÂŁ25,000 For Regenerative Projects

Posted on January 26, 2017 by

Is your community working on a project that supports “environmental and social regeneration”? The Lush natural cosmetics company is accepting applicants for its 2017 Lush Spring Prize, which will award up to ÂŁ200,000 to eco-communities and permaculture projects around the world. According to its website, “For many years, environmental campaigners have focused on the idea of sustainability – that… Read More


ThePOOSH Connects Volunteers With Natural Building Projects

Posted on January 23, 2017 by

Lots of intentional communities are connected with the WWOOFing network (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). It’s a great way for volunteers to gain experience living and working on an organic farm in exchange for room and board. But have you heard of the POOSH network, which connects people interested in natural and sustainable building projects?… Read More