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WORKSHOP | How to Start an Intentional Community

August 26, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT , 2-hour Live Workshop

Register below to join on Wednesday, August 26th | 1-3pm pacific / 4-6pm eastern (See your local time)


Starting a community has never been more compelling for than it is right now, in a time of crisis. Join this online workshop to learn how to create the ecovillage, cohousing, coliving or permaculture community of your dreams. Drawing on years of knowledge from community founders, and Yana’s own 23 years of cooperative living, including four community start-ups, the session will lay out the most important considerations for making your new community a success. Blending practical advice with opportunities for self-reflection, this online workshop can help you set your feet on the right path for your group to thrive!


Topics will include:

  • the reasons to start a community… and not to
  • understanding the breadth of work and skills involved with a start-up
  • creating a good vision statement
  • what successful founders have in common
  • the relationship between decision-making, conflict resolution, and membership process
  • 15 spectrums that help define what kind of a community you are creating
  • social dynamics you need to know about
  • economic choices and their implication for sustainability and group cohesion
  • what you should– and shouldn’t– freak out about
  • key questions for making your community a sustainable one
  • balancing holding the vision with attracting new members



Register to Join on August 26th

Please give generously to help make it possible for low-income participants to join. You’ll receive a confirmation email with the zoom information. 👉 Register to receive a recording that you can listen or watch anytime, even if you can’t attend the live session!

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What past workshop participants have to say…


“Very well organized and extremely informative workshop. I wish I would have seen this before starting our journey in creating a community. It might have saved us some time fumbling around in the dark.”

“I found Yana’s presentation super valuable for community starters and people planning to get more familiar with the topic. I really liked the inspiring positive attitude from Yana regarding living in community, very motivating! Thanks so much!”

“Yana is knowledgeable and well qualified to introduce people to a comprehensive overview of the adventures, potentials and challenges of joining and/or starting an intentional community.”



Workshop Instructor

Yana Ludwig has 24 years of cooperative living experience, including four community start-ups. She serves on the board of the Foundation for Intentional Community, and as a trainer and consultant for progressive projects. Yana’slatest book, Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, was awarded the Communal Studies Association 2017 Book of the Year Award. She is the former Executive Director of both the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and Commonomics USA, an economic justice organization. Her 2013 TEDx talk, Sustainable is Possible! kicked off a new era for her as a public speaker and advocate for communities. She is a founding member of the Solidarity Collective, an income sharing community in Laramie, WY, and a host on the community’s podcast, Solidarity House. Yana is currently a Democratic candidate for US Senate. Learn more about Yana at yanaludwig.net



August 26, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Event Category:


Foundation for Intentional Community

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