Becoming a Communitarian

5-Week Online Course | Resuming in 2022

Communitarians are the ambassadors of the future—a future of intentionality, collaboration, and expanded consciousness. Join us for a transformative journey as we dive deep into self literacy, community living, and culture repair. We will emerge as elders, of all ages, who are ushering in a new paradigm.

Embark on a transformative journey towards community.

In order to experience true community, we are each called upon to do deep work. We must step into our sovereignty as individuals and our capacity for emotional intimacy as a group.

Your journey as an agent of change begins with the transition from toxic individualism into holistic community building. Becoming a mature, engaged, and embodied steward of the commons provides you with profound meaning and contributes to much needed cultural transformation — whether you already live in community or are looking for a community to join. 

This course offers a comprehensive look at how to thrive in cooperative culture using relational resilience as a roadmap. We’ll learn about the emerging science of trauma and attachment, discuss the celebrations and challenges of intentional living, explore best practices for self knowledge and care, and cultivate effective skills and attitudes for community success.

Participants will set personal goals, engage in contemplation and healing, dialog with fellow students, and deepen their understanding of conscious relating in all areas of life.

You will leave this course with…

  • Clear goals to achieve greater relational resilience for yourself and others
  • An understanding of our biology including the brain, the nervous system, regulation, and window of tolerance
  • An overview the cultural context of patriarchy, colonization, capitalism, and injustice
  • Insight into common hurdles, traps, and challenges in community
  • Helpful attitudes for community living and self-knowledge
  • Your enneagram and how to use other multiple intelligences models
  • Effective communication skills for community living
  • A grasp for cultural repair work and a new cosmology for a life-giving culture based in community
  • The best of the collective toolkit through NVC and the Zones of Intimacy
  • A conscious relating toolkit
  • Best practices regarding positive and responsible sexuality in community

Meet Your Instructor

Lee Warren

Lee Warren is reclaiming wisdom through conscious relating with self, land, and other. She has 25 years of experience envisioning, designing, and living innovative solutions to mutually empowered relationships, land-based and community living, regenerative systems, interpersonal communication, and sustainability education. She’s been living in rural intentional community since 1995 and at Earthaven Ecovillage since 2000. She is a co-founder, co-owner, and builder of the Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood, the co-founder and manager of Imani Farm, and the co-founder of SOIL, School of Integrated Living, whole-life skills for a radically different future. She is the principal and founder of Reclaiming Wisdom and a writer, teacher, and activist, with a passion for embodiment practices, rural wisdom, sustainable economics, conscious dying, and community of all kinds.

The Online Course Experience

Live Interactive Sessions

Each week will feature a 2-hour live class with the course instructor so you can learn in a dynamic setting and get your questions answered directly. Get ready for interactive presentations, group discussion, small cohort activities and personalized support. Plus, each week there will be bonus sessions with guest speakers and panelists.

Journey with a Cohort

Join participants from around the world who are embarking on creating community for better living and more connection. You’ll have opportunities to network with like-minds and develop a network of support to carry your community project forward. Welcome to your global community of communities.

Deep Learning

Participants will have access to a private online space to connect with the instructor and other students through a discussion forum. Each week new learning materials will be uploaded to the space, including videos, worksheets and articles. You’ll be able to watch previously recorded sessions and stay on track with your weekly assignments.

Course Schedule

You will also have access to three live Bonus Sessions on relevant topics with guest speakers and facilitators scheduled at various times throughout the weeks. Please view the calendar below. All classes and Bonus Session recordings are viewable afterwards.

Sample Bonus Session Topics:

  • Authentic Self-Expression as a Foundation for Community
  • Introduction to Sociocracy
  • Virtual Tour of Communities Across the US
  • Safety, Sexuality and Violations in Community
  • Alternative Housing Models for Aging in Community

See full schedule


Very thorough, in depth array of materials, conversation and information exploring the heart of living in community. A great way to prepare for the challenges and joys of becoming a communitarian.

— Joan D.

This course covers the vital social-emotional aspects of community that just isn’t talked about openly enough. I so appreciated Lee’s candid sharing of her own experience and warm encouragement of our own self-reflection. I truly believe that if more folks did the kind of personal and interpersonal work Lee outlines in this course, more communities would thrive!

— Teri G.

You can learn a lot about navigating community living in this course. You will get an overview of important information, and tools you can use to support your. Self-reflection and self-care are also very important and the course gives information to support you with that.

— Kaye W.

Lee has a ton of knowledge on living in community and I loved how passionate she is about sharing that with others. The course has a really wide variety of information and gives a good overview of many of the things to consider in community.

— Shawn L.

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Apply for a scholarship. Those with low-income and from marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. FIC is committed to ensuring everyone has access to intentional community learning opportunities.