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We have a weekend of educational presentations, community symposiums, film viewing, hands on demonstrations, world class music and guided home tours. Run by a committee of volunteers, this family friendly three-day event has remained free to all who want to learn and experience first hand the necessary skills to use alternative building practices for future projects. This year will see an expansion in the Human Energy component of the event. Meditation techniques, Tai Chi, Breathwork, and Restorative Justice conversations combine…Find out more »
We are co-creating ecological infrastructure on the Pine Ridge Reservation, guided by First Nations wisdom & permaculture design principles. Campers bring a vibrant and dedicated energy, while working to support the vision of the OLCERI (Oglala Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative), honor Indigenous ways, and acquire ecological design skills through hands-on experiential projects.Find out more »
In partnership with fellow communities and with the help of the FIC (Fellowship for Intentional Communities), we are co-creating this exciting opportunity for networking and commingling among folks from diverse communities. Now more than ever we are called to widen our circles and move from isolation to participation with the world and each other as seekers, allies and current members of community. Together we will focus on three key questions: 1. What are the shared values of the Communities Movement?…Find out more »
If you live or want to live according to the values of cooperation, sustainability, and equality this conference is for you. You’ll get something out of this event whether you’re brand new to communities and cooperatives, or have been living and working in them for decades. The conference focuses on Intentional Communities, including models such as Ecovillages, Cohousing, and Housing Cooperatives, and the larger cooperative movement, including all kinds of cooperative and collective organizations.Find out more »
This conference is an intentional experience of community. Whether you live in an intentional community / ecovillage / co-housing and are interested in joining or starting one, are a networker or organizer, or are new to intentional communities, this conference will have something for you. Come learn about the intentional communities of the western US, gain skills and understanding for living in and developing intentional communities, and find mutual support and camaraderie with others involved with intentional community. Come celebrate…Find out more »
A VIRTUAL GATHERING FOR THE DAY OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES Saturday, September 21st | 1pm -3pm Pacific / 4pm - 6pm Eastern Join community leaders across North America to connect and celebrate with each other during an Online Summit for the Day of Sustainable Communities. Thousands upon thousands of community-led initiatives stand in the face of global crises. Permaculture gardens, tool libraries, transition initiatives, co-housing projects - there is much we are already doing as local communities of engaged citizens. Let’s…Find out more »
Entering its 12th year, the annual Northwest Permaculture Convergence is an inclusive weekend-long event that alternates between the states of Oregon and Washington. The Convergence brings together a remarkable diversity of people to share their creative approaches for designing living environments, economic systems, and culture practices that thrive within ecologically sustainable limits. Long time enthusiasts and beginners alike pilgrimage from every corner of the Cascadian Bioregion, to educate on their successes (and failures!). Dozens of workshops and skillshares happen simultaneously…Find out more »
Convergence has the best parts a festival and conference. The event supports movement and thought, solo and group activities, in an atmosphere feels like retreat for your mind/body/spirit. Our friendly, and passionate attendees explore meaningful social and environmental discourse while providing a platform for co-creativity, music, and art. At the core of the Convergence is a mission to build community in the southwest and beyond. We think globally and act locally to make our world more equitable and enchanted. We…Find out more »
Attendees at the 2019 Communal Studies Conference October 17-19, 2019 will experience a change of pace from most CSA meetings – instead of meeting at an historic communal site, we will instead meet at one of America’s premier decorative arts museums, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. The vision of Henry Francis DuPont, the house contains his extensive collection of antiques, including numerous Shaker pieces. Its vast 2600-acre site is beautifully landscaped and the Winterthur library contains the Edward Deming Andrews…Find out more »
This interactive session will explore a variety of urban revillaging processes and projects with national leader in the development of regenerative public places, Mark Lakeman. Do you want to create that "village feel" wherever you are living right now? Let's learn how to re-design our public spaces for more community!Find out more »
Are you an elder seeking more community? Considering joining a senior cohousing or an intergenerational community? This session is designed with you in mind! Join us for an interactive session featuring leaders in the movement and residents of senior-inclusive intentional communities.Find out more »
Curious about the financial systems needed to make an intentional community thrive? Join us for a deep dive into money and how we can empower ourselves as communities to revitalize our local economies. This will be an interactive session and all are welcome to join!Find out more »
FIC Members and residents of Communities listed in our Directory are welcome to join our monthly Community Connect Call. It’s an opportunity to connect, share resources, and celebrate together in our online "common house."
Not yet a FIC Member? Join us today and get access to member-only events!Find out more »
We must build our own villages: Transforming our neighborhoods into more collective and supportive spaces
How do we remain socially connected while physically distant? How do we transform our existing neighborhoods into the villages that we so desperately need?
Join Trish Becker, community consultant, founder, and recent TEDTalk speaker for a highly interactive session. All are welcome!Find out more »
Are you starting an ecovillage, cohousing, coliving or permaculture center, urban or rural, large or small? Gain valuable insight and group coaching with intentional community founder, author and FIC Board Member, Yana Ludwig. Get your questions answered and receive practical advice hard to find elsewhere to help your group to thrive! This 3-part online training is ideal for those in the early phases of starting or trying to grow a new intentional community.Find out more »
Learn the essentials of how to create diverse, inclusive and thriving communities with Crystal Farmer, educator, writer and active member of both cohousing and polyamorous communities. This session is ideal for anyone who is thinking about starting an intentional community or is currently developing or living in community.Find out more »
Most intentional communities are predominantly if not entirely white. Even if this isn’t intentional, this isn't an accident or coincidence. In this online workshop we’ll take a look at what white culture is, how it manifests as white supremacy within our communities, and share ideas and stories about how to affect meaningful change. This workshop is open to all participants but is geared towards white people.Find out more »
This informative session will explore ways to address conflict and interpersonal tensions within communities... or any group that wants to work constructively with their feelings. The online learning session will be led by Laird Schaub, an early founder of FIC and with decades of intentional community living and consulting experience.Find out more »
The current times tell us that it's not enough to not be racist--we have to be anti-racist. Whether your community is residential or just a group of interested people, doing the work of anti-racism helps everyone be more inclusive and welcoming to people of color. In this online workshop, we'll cover how to do anti-racism work right where you are.Find out more »
Interpersonal communication is the #1 skill needed to be able to thrive in an intentional community. Do you want to learn the essentials of conscious communication to be able to live and work with others productively? Strengthen your capacity for listening and speaking with compassion and clarity through challenging situations during this session with author, educator and intentional community founder, Miles Sherts.Find out more »
Learn how to make decisions as a community using the consensus method. Our guest facilitator, Yana Ludwig, has 24 years of cooperative living experience, including four community start-ups. Join this interactive workshop so your group can start making decisions with effectiveness and ease!Find out more »
Are you wanting to attract new members, gain program participants and fulfill the mission of your community, ecovillage, cohousing or permaculture project? Get ready to re-think whatever negative associations you have with branding and marketing! This workshop will guide you through the initial steps of developing an authentic brand, honing in your niche, and creating an outreach strategy.Find out more »
Now more than ever, predominantly white intentional communities are recognizing how they perpetuate racism and white supremacy, and are looking for ways to change. What does this look like in practice? Join Sky Blue (former FIC Director) is joined by Avi Kruley (Co-Director of Community Well-being at Mount Madonna Center) for a deep look at anti-racist practices.Find out more »
Are you wondering how to keep your community vibrant and connected now that so much of our interaction has to take place virtually during the pandemic? Get ready to learn from an expert community builder! FIC is honored to host celebrated author and consultant, Jono Bacon, for a talk on how to build community in the digital age.Find out more »
Get your community project on solid legal footing! This workshop will cover some of the legal basics for starting or sustaining and intentional community. Join legal consultant, Clifford Paulin, for a both interactive and highly practical session.Find out more »
Join author, activist and educator Starhawk and community land catalyst Cassandra Ferrera in a timely exploration of what it means to build community in the Great Uprising. As the global movement for social and environmental justice gains momentum, our community building efforts seem ever more important. How do we align with the values of deep social liberation?Find out more »
Sociocracy is a governance system that supports healthy group processes. Sociocracy has a strong focus on equality and effectiveness and is used worldwide in a variety of organizations, particularly in intentional communities. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of the basic concepts of sociocracy: how we make decisions, how we empower and connect teams and we can improve continuously over time.Find out more »
Get your community project started in the best possible way!
This online workshop draws on years of knowledge from community founders, and Yana’s own 23 years of cooperative living, including four community start-ups, to lay out the most important considerations for making a new intentional community a success.Find out more »
Cohousing is community designed to foster connection. Physical spaces allow neighbors to easily interact with others just outside private homes. Common areas including kitchen, dining space and gardens bring people together. Collaborative decision-making builds relationships. Let cohousing expert and architect, Charles Durrett, walk you through the steps to make it happen!Find out more »
This online workshop is perfect for anyone who is dreaming about joining an intentional community and wants to get their search underway, with practical tools and guidance from FIC co-Director, Cynthia Tina. We'll look at common types of communities and design your community wishlist.
All are welcome to join this beginners session!
Watch the recordings of past workshops and events!