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March 2021

Info Session — The Art of Facilitation for Cooperative Groups

March 2 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Free – $25
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This will be a virtual information session about FIC’s upcoming 5-week online course, The Art of Facilitation for Cooperative Groups , starting on March 11, 2021. We’ll sit down with course instructor, Laird Schuab, to find out what the course is all about. You’ll be able to ask questions directly and learn if the course is a good fit for you.

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Workshop — Exploring Power & Privilege with Courage, Creativity, and Compassion

March 9 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Free – $25
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As individuals and groups, we experience varying and multiple levels of privilege and power. Recognizing our relationship to oppression can bring feelings of guilt, shame, and grief. How can we hold space for these feelings while also creating conditions for new insights to emerge to deepen our understanding of each other and ourselves?

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Panel — Finding Community: Seekers Turned Residents Share Their Stories

March 16 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Free – $25
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Join us as residents of intentional communities share their unique stories of searching for, visiting and ultimately joining their communities. You'll learn more about the journey of finding and joining an intentional community during presentations and panel discussion followed by Q&A.

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Workshop — Facilitation in Covid Times: Beyond Boxes on a Screen

March 17 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45
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Covid-19 has changed the way people get together. At a time when we can no longer gather in one big room with our whole community, groups are finding new ways of making collaborative decisions. In this insightful and interactive workshop, we will explore several of these options, focusing on a solution many groups favor: online meetings.

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Community Connect — an online networking event!

March 23 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Free – $25
Community Connect

Community Connect is a fun and informative virtual coffee hour for people who love intentional community. Imagine a sweet gathering in the common house, but online and with communitarians across the world. There will be opportunities for you to share about your project, community-themed games and networking activities.

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Workshop — Nonviolent Communication: A Tool for Connection, Understanding, Responsibility and Care

March 24 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45
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Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a popular communication framework that is mainly known for its emphasis on feelings and needs language and a simple formula for communicating clearly. It's a powerful model that helps us hold our judgments lightly, get curious about and honor your needs and mine, and stay committed to both personal responsibility and collective care.

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Workshop — Joining an IC: Resolving Hidden Obstacles to Help You Make the Leap

March 30 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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You've been dreaming of moving to an intentional community. So...what's stopping you? Why haven't you made the leap yet?
During this workshop, you'll get a chance to explore what's stopping you - no what's REALLY stopping you - from taking the leap and moving to the community you've been dreaming about.

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April 2021

Virtual Tour of Intentional Communities — Panel Event

April 6 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Free – $25

Curious to learn more about about intentional communities? Take a tour of communities around the world without leaving your armchair! Each month we bring together a variety of new and established intentional communities — ecovillages, cohousing, shared homes, coliving spaces and more — to present about about their community in an interactive setting.

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Consent Decision-Making to Hold Space for Difference, Innovation, and Flow — Workshop

April 7 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
$10 – $25
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Decision-making is an important part of being in community together. It's also one of the most challenging things to get right. Join Cecile Green and Rebecca Fisher-McGinty for a virtual workshop to learn collective tools for meaningfully participatory, effective, and innovative decision-making.

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Legal Basics for Forming Communities — Course Info Session

April 12 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Free – $25

Learn all about the upcoming 5-week online course Legal Basics for Forming Communities, starting on April 22nd. Clifford Paulin Esq. has been advising communities on legal aspects of community living for 15 years. Don't let your intentional community fail because of legal barriers. This online course will show you how.

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Working Constructively with Conflict in Community — Course Info Session

April 13 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Free – $25
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Learn all about the upcoming 5-week online course Working Constructively with Conflict in Community, starting on April 22nd. Laird Schaub will cover what conflict represents, why work on it in the dynamic moment, why work on it as a group, how to work with it, why work on it unilaterally, and the options people have when they’re in reaction.

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Consensus Basics for Intentional Community Builders — Workshop

April 13 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45

Join Yana Ludwig for a two-hour virtual workshop to learn the basics of consensus decision-making. Useful for anyone wanting to have better decision-making, regardless of your group's official decision-making processes. Intentional community residents or those wanting to start/join a community are strongly encouraged to join this session!

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The Role of Professionals in Collaborative Development — Webinar

April 14 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Free – $25

Join Katie McCamant, cofounder of the North American cohousing movement, and one of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in the field for this one-hour webinar to explore the role of various professionals in the world of collaborative development, the importance of expanding the professional world, and how people can begin working in the field.

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Creating an Affordable Cohousing Community — Course Info Session

April 15 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Free – $25
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Learn all about the upcoming 5-week online course Creating an Affordable Cohousing Community, starting on April 22nd. Charles Durrett will impart his decades of experience so that you can finance and maintain the affordability of your dream residential community.

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Interview with Robin Allison, Author of Cohousing for Life

April 21 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Free – $25

In Cohousing for Life, Robin Allison describes her journey from lonely mother-of-two in the suburbs to a determined driver of the development of New Zealand's first cohousing community. Join us for an interview with Robin including live audience Q&A!

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Community Connect — an online networking event!

April 27 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Free – $25
Community Connect

Community Connect is a fun and informative virtual coffee hour for people who love intentional community. Imagine a sweet gathering in the common house, but online and with communitarians across the world. There will be opportunities for you to share about your project, community-themed games and networking activities.

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May 2021

How to Sustain an Intentional Community — Lessons from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage [Webinar]

May 4 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Free – $25

Join Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage members for an exploration of how Dancing Rabbit is structured and why. Longtime community members Danielle and Cob will share their insights on common questions and challenges that you will benefit from considering in advance of forming your shared community.

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A Compassionate Approach to Conflict [Workshop]

May 5 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45
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Join Jenna Card for a two-hour virtual workshop to learn how to work through conflict using Nonviolent Communication. We'll be developing skills to gracefully and powerfully navigate challenging situations, which is essential for one's well-being, healthy relationships and healthy communities.

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Intro to Community Land Trusts with School of Living [Webinar]

May 11 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Free – $25
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The purpose of the Community Land Trust (CLT) is to provide secure access to land for current generations and protect the land for future generations. Join a one-hour webinar to learn about the nuts and bolts of School of Living's Community Land Trust model and why Community Land Trusts may be the best land-holding option for intentional communities.

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Analyzing and Shifting the Power Dynamics in Your Community [Workshop]

May 12 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45
Analyzing and Shifting the Uncomfortable Power Dynamics in Community Workshop

Join Cecile Green and Rebecca Fisher-McGinty of Round Sky Solutions to dive into the ways that power dynamics show up in our communities. During this two hour workshop you'll learn some simple, yet powerful tools and frameworks for making incremental change in your community as well as strengthening your democratic decision-making and communication processes.

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Cooperative Real Estate for Intentional Communities with Cassandra Ferrera [Interview]

May 13 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Free – $25

Cassandra Ferrera is a real estate agent turned cooperative community guide. She has helped dozens of communities get on land and get set up with the structures they need to thrive. Want to understand the legal frameworks behind intentional communities? Don't miss this special interview.

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Learning from Conflict with Restorative Systems [Workshop]

May 18 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45

When conflict blossoms nearby, it often looks more like a bomb than a bloom. But with enough support we can get close enough to take the danger out of conflict, and even to see its hidden potential to bring about what we want most. Join us for a 2-hour workshop to find out how to design a system that will support dialogue in your group, especially when tensions are high.

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Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities [Course Info Session]

May 19 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Free – $25
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Learn all about the upcoming 5-week online course Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, starting on June 2nd. Instructor Crystal Farmer will answer your questions about this course and help you determine whether or not it is a good fit for you. Hope to see you there!

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Starting an Intentional Community [Course Info Session]

May 20 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Free – $25
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Learn all about the upcoming 5-week online course Starting an Intentional Community, starting on May 20th. Instructor Yana Ludwig will answer your questions about this course and help you determine whether or not it is a good fit for you. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Thriving in Community [Course Info Session]

May 21 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Free – $25
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Learn all about the upcoming 5-week online course Thriving in Community, starting on May 21st. Instructor Lee Warren will answer your questions about this course and help you determine whether or not it is a good fit for you. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Community Connect — an online networking event!

May 25 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Free – $25
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Community Connect is a fun and informative virtual coffee hour for people who love intentional community. Imagine a sweet gathering in the common house, but online and with communitarians across the world. There will be opportunities for you to share about your project, community-themed games and networking activities.

Find out more »

Virtual Tour of Intentional Communities [Panel]

May 27 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Free – $25

Each month we bring together a variety of new and established intentional communities — ecovillages, cohousing, shared homes, coliving spaces and more — to present about about their community in an interactive setting. You'll experience photos, videos, captivating stories, and insightful dialogue among the presenting communitarians. Come travel to communities around the world without leaving your armchair!

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June 2021

How Housing Policies of the Past Impact Diversity in Intentional Communities Today [Webinar]

June 8 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EDT
Free – $25
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Join us for an enlightening webinar on the history of land distribution in the US and how you can be a better ally to marginalized people within your intentional community. Please bring your curiosity and questions!

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Intro to Sociocracy — a Dynamic Governance Model for Communities [Workshop]

June 11 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45
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Sociocracy has a strong focus on equality and effectiveness, and is used worldwide in a variety of organizations, particularly intentional communities. Join us for an interactive workshop on the basic concepts of sociocracy including how we make decisions, how we empower and connect teams, and how we can improve continuously over time.

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Participatory Design Processes for Starting Community [Workshop]

June 15 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
Free – $25
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A lot of intentional communities want to participate in the design when renovating or creating their own space. Join us for this session on participatory design to learn about the tools and intentional processes developed by architects, designers, and professional facilitators that help communities achieve their goals.

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