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February 2019

Intentional Communities Panel: Sharing Resources

February 7, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM EST

In the process of sharing a house you share much more than just the roof over your head. You share a space that shapes you. What do you offer and what do you receive? How do you build a home that you’re proud to belong to? Whether it’s a commune and their CSA or a loft with equitable rent, each community shapes their particular financial structure and communal resource contributions to fit their values. Join us Thursday, February 7 at…

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May 2019

The Farm’s Sustainability and Community Conference

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019

This gathering is a  unique opportunity to tour: Green Homes of all types Sustainable Food Production Over 89 KW in Solar Installations Learn about: Alternative Education Conflict Resolution Land Trusts Community Business Midwifery and so much more.  Registration $175 per person / Students $125 Includes meals (Fri supper – Sun brunch) (Each registrant is asked to bring a specific food item to contribute.) Lodging Rates Accommodation Price Camping $15/per night/per person Dormitories $25/per night/per person Other Accommodations available

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National Cohousing Conference

May 30, 2019 - June 2, 2019

Community for the Health of it Something for everyone — those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities. • Cohousing Bus Tours & Open Houses • 2-days of Pre-Conference Intensives • Multiple Tracks of sessions: Build It – Live It – Sustain It • Facilitated Discussions • Networking Opportunities Common Questions Our call for presenters is now closed with 120 submissions. Applicants should hear in early to mid-December. Registration officially opens early/mid January. At that time we’ll have…

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Village Building Convergence

May 31, 2019 - June 9, 2019

The Village Building Convergence (VBC) is City Repair's flagship event featuring over 30 community-built projects happening all over Portland. Additionally, the VBC hosts a series of evening events featuring speakers and local musicians.

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July 2019

Restorative Circles Conference

July 4, 2019 - July 7, 2019
$160 – $330

The Restorative Circles Conference at Earthaven celebrates our opportunity to come together as human beings, as communities (and the organizations we form) to recreate social systems that enhance our ability to reach a higher stage of justice on the arc of history. The bi-annual event focuses on sharing the Restorative Circles process (RC) and the results of its practice, finding support in reaching higher goals in our work places, civic and residential communities, and remembering how our health and well-being are supported…

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International Communal Studies Association Conference

July 19, 2019 - July 21, 2019

The ICSA thirteenth international conference will explore strategies that intentional communities use to promote the inclusion and empowerment of persons of diverse abilities, cultures, races, economic backgrounds, religions, ages, genders, and sexualities. It will explore intentional communities and community movements that focus on the experiences of groups that have historically been marginalized—as, for example, the Camphill movement does for persons with intellectual disabilities. What can the field of communal studies learn from the unique experiences of such communities? What are…

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August 2019

Crestone Energy Fair

August 16, 2019 - August 18, 2019

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…

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Indigenous Wisdom & Permaculture Skills Convergence

August 19, 2019 - August 25, 2019

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.

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Southwest Inter-Community Retreat

August 30, 2019 - September 2, 2019
By donation

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?…

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Twin Oaks Communities Conference

August 30, 2019 - September 1, 2019
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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.

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September 2019

West Coast & Canadian Communities Conference

September 13, 2019 - September 15, 2019

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…

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Sustainable Communities Online Summit

September 21, 2019

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…

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Northwest Permaculture Convergence

September 27, 2019 - September 29, 2019

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…

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October 2019

Arcosanti Convergence 3

October 11, 2019 - October 13, 2019

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…

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Communal Studies Association Conference

October 17, 2019 - October 19, 2019

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…

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May 2020

Participatory Place Design for This Century

May 20 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

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!

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Elders and Intentional Community

May 27 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

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. 

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June 2020

How to Start an Intentional Community

June 2 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

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.

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Intentional Community Economics

June 9 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

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!

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Community Connect Call

June 12 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

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!

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We must build our own villages: Transforming our neighborhoods into more collective and supportive spaces

June 16 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

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!

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Create an Intentional Community – One Week Training

June 22 @ 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

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.

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Creating Diverse Intentional Communities

June 23 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

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. 

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