Finding Your Community
Online Course | Resuming in 2022
Dreaming about community living? Want to live more sustainably and have stronger relationships with your neighbors? Ready to become part of something bigger than yourself? Intentional community could 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 that’s best for you.
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, identify, visit, and ultimately join the community that is a good fit for you.
Key Course Outcomes
- A step-by-step guide for how to join an intentional community
- Tips for how to know if you are cut out for community living
- Benefits and challenges of community living
- Insight as to wether you should start a community or join one
- How to develop your search criteria and which research tools to use
- Review of the community types and examples from around the world
- Typical membership processes for communities
- Decision-making and economic systems to become familiar with
- Housing models and affordable options for low-income individuals
- Advice for contacting communities and planning a communities tour
- Warning signs when assessing a community
- Advice for adapting to communal life and other training resources
- Networking opportunities 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.
You will also have access to three live Bonus Sessions on relevant topics with guest speakers and facilitators scheduled at various times throughout the weeks. Please view the calendar below. All classes and Bonus Session recordings are viewable afterwards.
Sample Bonus Session Topics:
- Joining an IC: Resolving Hidden Obstacles that Help You Make the Leap
- Intentional Communities Virtual Open House
- Bridging the Gap Between Conflict and Community
- Alternative Housing Models for Aging in Community
- Intro to Cohousing & Ecovillages
See full schedule
This course has made a long-time dream tangible. Even though short, the course was so intensive that it really helped me to understand what type of community I hope for, and might best fit into. It was fascinating to realize how many types of communities there are, and how many people, I think the numbers will increase exponentially, are seeking community. This has helped me a great deal to feel less stuck and less isolated, and really, has provided both community with a small c, our class, and connections there, and with a large C, I so much appreciated Cynthia’s closing comment “welcome to the ‘Community’ of community seekers”, really! Thank you.
— Bronwyn Llewellyn-Littlewolf
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
The whole course really lived up to my expectations and beyond in terms of introducing me to a whole new world of Intentional Community as this was the first time that I’ve started to explore this new way of living more deeply. This gave me the push I needed to keep researching and exploring so many options and opportunities for the future. I found Cynthia’s approach to the course also very detailed, thorough and valuable as the content of each week’s material really made me question (also challenged!) a lot of hidden aspects of community living in tackling diversity, connection, culture and relationships.
— Janahan Thangarajah
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
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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.