Find Community — How to Select and Join an Intentional Community
5-Week Online Course | Starts July 14
Always been curious about community living? Feeling isolated or lonely too often? Want to live more sustainably and have stronger relationships with your neighbors? Ready to become part of something bigger than yourself? Intentional community might be the answer for you. By the end of this 5-week course, you will feel confident in your ability to find, contact, visit, join, and ultimately live the community of your dreams.
Find the intentional community of your dreams with this online course designed for community seekers.
Thousands of people from all walks of life are joining intentional communities, such as ecovillage, cohousing, coliving or permaculture communities. They are finding greater connection, meaning and belonging through community living. And it is no wonder! Humans are designed to live in close social circles, but modern fast-paced lifestyles and nuclear family housing only bring us further apart.
This is your opportunity to discover the world of intentional communities. We’ll look at numerous examples of communities of all shapes and sizes, some very similar to the mainstream and some more alternative. We’ll unpack your specific needs and wishes for community living, and walk through the step by step process you can take to research and identify the communities that are a good fit for you.
Key Course Outcomes
- How to know if you are cut out for community living
- Benefits and challenges of community living
- How to get your search started during Covid
- How to know if you should start a community or join one
- Your community search criteria and research tools
- Overview of the types of communities and examples from around the world
- What type of community is a good fit for you
- Decision-making and economic systems in communities
- Housing models and affordable options for you
- How to contact communities and plan a tour
- Warning signs when assessing a community
- Advice for adapting to communal life
- Skilling up and further training
- Network with fellow seekers
Meet Your Instructor
Cynthia maintains an active network of over a hundred intentional communities she has visited worldwide, including ecovillage, cohousing, and permaculture projects. She helps people connect to intentional communities as a matchmaker for seekers and as a consultant for growing community projects. She is Co-Director of the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC), a 35 year-old nonprofit dedicated to supporting intentional communities as pathways towards a more cooperative, sustainable, and just world. Cynthia also founded Ecovillage Tours (in 2019), was an officeholder on the Board of Trustees for the Global Ecovillage Network (2015-2020), and was Director of the youth ecovillage network NextGENNA (2013-2018). Cynthia lives in an intentional community in Vermont. Learn more at www.cynthiatina.com.
The Online Course Experience
Live Interactive Sessions
Each week will feature a 2-hour live class with the course instructor so you can learn in a dynamic setting and get your questions answered directly. Get ready for interactive presentations, group discussion, small cohort activities and personalized support. Plus, each week there will be bonus sessions with guest speakers and panelists.
Journey with a Cohort
Join participants from around the world who are embarking on creating community for better living and more connection. You’ll have opportunities to network with like-minds and develop a network of support to carry your community project forward. Welcome to your global community of communities.
Participants will have access to a private online space to connect with the instructor and other students through a discussion forum. Each week new learning materials will be uploaded to the space, including videos, worksheets and articles. You’ll be able to watch previously recorded sessions and stay on track with your weekly assignments.
Loved by Community Builders
Cynthia proved to be an excellent ally in assisting me in my search for ecovillages and communities. She was super-knowledgeable, thorough, kind, thoughtful, and an excellent listener. She recommended several sites that I had not heard of, many of the which she had visited personally. I felt very inspired and hopeful after our session — her enthusiasm for the regenerative movement is very infectious and genuine, which combined with her experience and commitment made her a great helper for finding the best next steps forward for myself.
— Adam Morrison
Cynthia has a wealth of information about IC’s around the world, and presented in a way that felt welcoming and inclusive. The breakout groups helped me get a sense of the diversity of the backgrounds of people interested in intentional community.
— Allison S.
Cynthia breaks down all the concepts and inspires you find the community you’re looking for through resources and insightful advice from her own experience.
— Molly McKinney
I am constantly impressed by the down-to-earth practicality of the FIC sessions combined with the philosophical questions that are so vital for us to explore. I’m grateful for the excellent planning and delivery of the sessions by skilled and inclusive presenters, who create a space that is both welcoming and invites participants to challenge existing ideas and world views. Well done and thank you FIC.
– Claire Ogden
What a beautiful gift to our intentional community builders and leaders! FIC’s programs provide a way for thinking and concerned people to collaborate for solutions to our multitude of global crises. Thank you FIC!
– Terri Garcia
Find Community — How to Join and Live in an Intentional Community
Confidently pursue a life in the intentional community of your dreams with this online course designed for community seekers.
Duration: 5 Weeks (3+ hours/week)
Need financial support to attend a course?
Apply for a scholarship. Those with low-income and from marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. FIC is committed to ensuring everyone has access to intentional community learning opportunities.