Sustainable Living


Not Rocket Science, but Just as Important

Posted on November 25, 2016 by

The arts of cooperative living—supported tirelessly by the cash-strapped FIC, and worthy now more than ever of financial support—will be as essential as technical skills if our species is to survive on this planet or any other.


Social Permaculture, and Public vs. Private, #173 Contents

Posted on November 21, 2016 by

Our Winter issue explores both Social Permaculture and the interface of Public and Private in intentional community. Starhawk and her colleagues share wisdom from the cutting edge of social permaculture practice, while diverse communitarians discuss how they find balance between the collective and the individual, openness and self-protection, outer-world activism and internal focus. We also learn about Sociocracy missteps, legal structures that help groups put their best feet forward (or not), and more.



Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work

Posted on September 11, 2016 by

At Black Bulga, the experience of community provides vital support for members to be effective change agents in the wider world.


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.


True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

Posted on July 21, 2016 by

At Maitreya Mountain Village, mainstream pragmatism meets radical idealism.


Creating Carbon-Negative Communities: Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

Posted on July 11, 2016 by

Diverse ecovillages are modeling how to create more just, equitable, and sustainable human societies.


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.


Want an Ecovillage? Stay Put!

Posted on June 21, 2016 by

How can we care for a place if we’re not there, day after day, year after year, paying attention?


Ecovillages Worldwide—Local Solutions for Global Problems

Posted on June 11, 2016 by

A wide array of ecovillages throughout the Global North and South address our shared challenges.


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.


Ecovillages and the FIC

Posted on May 24, 2016 by
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The Fellowship for Intentional Community and the Global Ecovillage Network partner in support of empowered citizens and communities designing for a sustainable future.


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.


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.”


Offerings to the Land

Posted on January 21, 2016 by

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


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.


Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

Posted on October 11, 2015 by
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A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.


My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

Posted on October 1, 2015 by
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After nearly three decades of activity, a pioneering eco-community collapses under the weight of legal attacks by a small group of neighbors.


It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

Posted on September 21, 2015 by

After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.


My Intentional Community and the Law

Posted on September 11, 2015 by

Breitenbush has a long history of dealing with legalities and illegalities, from installing a volcano as their “boiler” and blocking old-growth logging to successfully petitioning for a zoning variance.


It’s the Law

Posted on August 25, 2015 by
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Communal living is no escape from dealing with legal issues and challenges coming from both within and outside the group.


Urban Flex Farms: Farming on a Bicycle

Posted on August 4, 2015 by

In the face of structural challenges, some urban farmers are finding innovative ways to serve their neighborhoods.


The Balancing Act of Farming in Community

Posted on July 24, 2015 by
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Is Cobb Hill a model of how to do community and farming cooperatively, or a case study in their challenges?


The Community’s Garden Orchestra

Posted on July 14, 2015 by

Engaging in collective food-production is like making our own music together: it’s both difficult and rewarding, especially with diverse players involved.


Hot Topic, Raw Emotion, and the Spice of Life: Chewing over Food Choice in Community

Posted on June 24, 2015 by

At La’akea, members’ various approaches to food reflect the quest for emotional as well as physical sustainability.


Life with the Solar Kitchen

Posted on January 30, 2015 by

The Tamera Solar Village combines solar thermal and biogas technologies to create a kitchen that not only promotes responsible relationships to the earth and sky, but also builds human community.


Reasons why Comfrey is perfect for permaculture

Posted on January 13, 2015 by

Comfrey is a fairly humble looking plant. It has large hairy green leaves and small bell-shaped flowers, typically colored either purple or white. However, what it may lack in striking appearances, it certainly makes up for in the myriad benefits it can give to a permaculture plot.   Read the full article here.


Kindista: Technology for Living More Freely

Posted on January 9, 2015 by

Born of collaboration, an innovative technology helps build community by encouraging trust, appreciation, and giving from the heart.


Technology on the Path to Reality: Snapshots from the Pre-Post-Digital Age

Posted on December 29, 2014 by
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Misadventures with a cell phone help the author dial into more enduring, meaningful adventures and relationships not dependent on an electronic-communications hamster wheel.


Back to Life: Returning from the Virtual to the Real

Posted on December 19, 2014 by

To shake our addiction to modern technology, we must understand its true costs. Stillwaters Sanctuary works to create a culture of greater connection, where it is easier to live without industrial society.