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Community Connect for Newcomers

April 5


11:30 AM

1:00 PM


Community Connect for Newcomers 2023

Community Connect for Newcomers

First Wednesday of the Month

  • Pacific: 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Mountain: 11:30am – 1:00pm
  • Central: 12:30-2:00pm
  • Eastern: 1:30-3:00pm

Connect with other intentional community newcomers and get oriented to the resources that will help you on your community journey.

Want to learn more about intentional communities? Whether you are brand new or have been following the movement, we have resources for you! Join us for a general orientation where you’ll get to meet other interested in community as well as get your burning questions answered.

Who should attend?

You should attend Community Connect for Newcomers if you:

  • want to learn more about intentional community, in general
  • are at the beginning of your community journey

About Community Connect for Newcomers

What you get from the Community Connect for Newcomers experience:

  • a sense for what’s alive in the communities movement right now
  • networking with presenters and fellow participants
  • inspiration and resources for your own community journey
  • your questions answered by a community founder, ambassador and professional who has guided hundreds over the past 20+ years

Community Connect for Newbies topics include:

  • What an intentional community is
  • What types of intentional communities there are
  • What intentional community resources are available

About your Host

Neil Planchon, Community Connect for Newcomers host

Neil Planchon (He/Him pronouns)

Neil is a founding owner and co-developer of Swan’s Market Cohousing, and longtime FIC and Cohousing ambassador. Over the last 20+ years, he has held volunteer and leadership staff roles with the Cohousing Association of the US and the Cohousing Research Network. His national communities tours have introduced thousands to the world of cohousing and intentional communities. He is a certified life coach who helps individuals through life’s many transitions. He loves working with seekers, residents of intentional communities, nonprofit technology leaders and other coaches. Neil is a connector and champion for open source software.


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The Community Connect Experience


Live Zoom Sessions

Nothing pre-recorded here! When you sign-up for Community Connect, you’ll have the opportunity to join a live session on Zoom with the event facilitator and other participants.

Affordable and Accessible

All our events are run on a sliding scale basis. Generous donations cover the costs for low-income attendees. FIC is committed to making our programs accessible to people of all walks of life.

Stay Connected on the Forum

All Community Connect participants will have access to a private area of the FIC Forum to stay connected with the facilitator and other participants.

Testimonials for Community Connect

“I enjoyed getting to speak with a variety of people around the world with both similar and different ideas about community. An excellent opportunity to share ideas and have them supported and validated by others at different stages of the community building and living process.”

-Melanie Conran

“This is a great way to connect with others who are involved in intentional community on every level.”

-Steve Fiko

“There is a nice unpretentious character to the discussion, and that works for me. And any time I listen to others who are somewhere on the spectrum of Intentional Communities processes, I learn things.”

-Robert Feagan

“I enjoyed it all. Mostly just enjoyed seeing what others are doing around creating community. The facilitation was really great, and I really enjoyed it all and left feeling a bit more connected.”

-Tanager Kastner

“These are a great way for connecting with others who have a passion for community. I recommend it to anyone at any level of interest or experience in community.”

-Steve Fuji

“I enjoyed meeting young people who are just beginning the “community” journey, and old folks who know a lot about communities, and middle agers who help out a lot.”

-Linda Kato


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