Finding Community


Do you want to join an intentional community? This is the definitive guide on how to visit, select, and ultimately join a community that’s a good fit for you. Diana Leafe Christian’s classic Finding Community has helped hundreds get into community. The book provides an overview of the types of intentional communities — including ecovillages, cohousing, and more — as well as practical guidance for the phases of visiting, membership, and beyond. Get your community journey started with this helpful guide.


Finding Community

by Diana Leafe Christian

Finding community is as critical as obtaining food and shelter, since the need to belong is what makes us human. The isolation and loneliness of modern life have led many people to search for deeper connection, which has resulted in a renewed interest in intentional communities. These intentional communities or ecovillages are an appealing choice for like-minded people who seek to create a family-oriented and ecologically sustainable lifestyle-a lifestyle they are unlikely to find anywhere else.

Finding Community presents a thorough overview of ecovillages and intentional communities and offers solid advice on how to research thoroughly, visit thoughtfully, evaluate intelligently and join gracefully. Useful considerations include:

  • Important questions to ask of members and of yourself
  • Signs of a healthy (and not-so-healthy) community
  • Costs of joining and staying
  • Common blunders to avoid

Finding Community provides intriguing possibilities to readers who are seeking a more cooperative, sustainable and meaningful life.

About the author of Finding Community

Diana Leafe Christian is the author of two books and dozens of articles and blog posts on the topic of intentional community. She offers workshops and consultation, and resides at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.


Want to start a community instead of joining one?

Check out Diana’s other book…

Creating a Life Together is a classic, evergreen resource found on nearly every communitarian’s bookshelf. This book provides step-by-step, practical information on how to launch and sustain a successful ecovillage or intentional community.

Through anecdotes, stories, and cautionary tales about real communities, and by profiling seven successful communities in depth, the book examines why 90% of communities fail, the role of the community founder, vision documents, legal options, and so much more!



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