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Community Connect for Starters

April 12, 2023 @ 6:00 PM 7:30 PM CDT

Community Connect for Starters 2023

Community Connect for Starters

Second Wednesday of the Month

  • Pacific: 4:00-5:30pm
  • Mountain: 5:00-6:30pm
  • Central: 6:00-7:30pm
  • Eastern: 7:00-8:30pm

Connect with other intentional community starters to share and learn from the challenges and successes of others.

Are you ready to co-create a new intentional community? Whether you are just getting started or are already part of a group that’s deep in conversation, you’re not alone! Join us for a facilitated session where you’ll get to meet other aspiring founders, share stories, talk shop, and leave with new ideas, inspiration, and allies in your journey.

Who should attend?

You should attend Community Connect for Starters if you:

  • people who are interested in creating an intentional community
  • individuals or groups in the early stages of dreaming or designing a new community (prior to obtaining financing or purchasing land)

About Community Connect for Starters

What you get from the Community Connect for Starters experience:

  • network building with presenters and other intentional community starters
  • the opportunity to share stories with other aspiring founders
  • new ideas, inspiration and allies in your community journey
  • learn more about the resources, models and guides available

Community Connect for Starters topics include:

  • common obstacles and possible solutions
  • best practices
  • examples to draw upon

About your Host(s)

Avi Kruley, Community Connect for Starters host

Avi Kruley (She/Her pronouns)

Avi grew up in the village of Oak Park, IL—a diverse community where most people know your name. With a BA in English/Creative Writing from Stanford University and a dual degree MBA/MPA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, Avi builds bridges from our ideals to our daily life. She recently served as the Director of Community Well-Being at Mount Madonna Center, and continues to explore the question of how we can make intentional communities more accessible and sustainable. Avi is available for organizing and facilitating workshops and retreats, consultations, and anytime someone says, “It’s time to play!”

Sky Blue, Community Connect for Starters host

Sky Blue (They/Them pronouns)

Sky has spent 22 years living, working, and organizing in intentional communities, cooperatives, and community organizations. Their parents met in Twin Oaks Community in the late 70’s, where Sky moved as an adult and raised a child. Sky has visited over 130 different communities, worked with the Federation of Egalitarian Communities and Global Ecovillage Network of North America, co-organized numerous communities conferences, and has served as Executive Director and on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Intentional community. They contribute to a variety of groups as an organizer, consultant, and speaker.


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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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