Finding your Community

On-Demand Online Course | Rolling Admission

Gain confidence in your ability to find, contact, visit, join and live in an intentional community in the Finding your Community course.

Course fee: sliding scale, starting at $99 USD

Who this course is for:

  • people looking to find a community
  • people looking to visit communities
  • people looking to join a community

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Course description

There are many types of intentional communities, such as senior, spiritual/religious, commune (or income sharing), cohousing, ecovillage, and tiny home villages.  In this course, you’ll gain an understanding of many of your community options as well as get a strong  sense of if you want to join a community and how you might fit in. 

Having visited well over 100 communities, Cynthia will guide you through how to find intentional communities, how to assess them,  how to contact your ideal communities, how to prepare for visiting a community, and ultimately how to join your ideal community. You’ll also be introduced to different community structures including community decision-making,  economic systems and membership structures.

What this course includes

  • 10 modules with instructional videos, learning materials, and exercises
  • lifetime access to private course group in our Forum for asking questions and networking
  • free access to monthly webinars to deepen your learning and connect with others
  • 90 days to complete the online course at your own pace
  • certificate of completion

What you’ll learn

Module topics in the Finding your Community course include:

  • 1st Module: Course Intro and Discovering your “Why” for Intentional Community Living
  • 2nd Module: Who is a Fit for Community and Crafting your “Community Wishlist”
  • 3rd Module: Common Types of Intentional Communities
  • 4th Module: Common Structures in Intentional Communities
  • 5th Module: Research Tools for Finding your Intentional Community
  • 6th Module: Planning your Communities Tour and Advice for Visiting an Intentional Community
  • 7th Module: How to Evaluate Communities
  • 8th Module: Onboarding and Offboarding in Community: Membership Structures
  • 9th Module: Answering Common Questions and Joining an Intentional Community
  • 10th Module: Wrapping up and your Next Steps

Your instructor

Cynthia Tina

Cynthia helps people discover intentional community living for better housing, health, and happiness. She has traveled to 200+ intentional communities around the world and resides in a Vermont ecovillage in her self-built natural home. Her speaking, businesses, and consultancy have contributed to the growth of numerous community-led housing projects. 

Cynthia is the founder of CommunityFinders, offering programs to help people join and start intentional communities. She’s also the founder of Ecovillage Tours, bringing people on inspirational journeys to regenerative communities worldwide. 

Formerly a Co-Director, Cynthia is a partner and educator with the Foundation for Intentional Community. She’s a trustee on the board of the International Communal Studies Association and a former trustee of the Global Ecovillage Network. She holds a degree in Sustainability from Goddard College, as well as certificates in Permaculture and Ecovillage Design, and Yoga Teacher Training.

Start your intentional community journey by taking this short quiz to discover the type of community that’s a fit for you:

Finding your Community course testimonials

“This [course] 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 module’s material really made me question a lot of hidden aspects of community living in tackling diversity, connection, culture and relationships.”

-Jonahan Thangarajah

“The energy of Cynthia Tina was delightful and I felt like I whizzed through the course easily.  Very easy to understand and easy step by step process.  It takes the fear out of  finding an intentional community..”

-Rose Ludwig

“[The Finding your Community course] was very comprehensive- and thorough- and multiple formats for learning addresses different learning style.”

-Harry Greenberg

“The detailed information and additional resources are what I liked best. I also liked the pace and tone that Cynthia used while presenting. I was really impressed by how everything seemed to be thought of and addressed during the course.”

-Chris Pave

The On-Demand Course Experience

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Go at Your Own Pace

Journey through this course, when and where it works for you. You’ll have a full 90 days to work through the learning material. Downloadable audio modules are available for when you’re on the go.

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Build Your Network

You’ll be able to ask questions of your instructor as well as connect and build shared knowledge through a private and dedicated discussion space.

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Deepen Your Learning

Each module includes an instructional video, audio file, transcript, complementary learning materials, and exercises designed to support you in your unique learning style.

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Finding Your Community Course

Confidently pursue a life in the intentional community of your dreams with this online course designed for community seekers. Register now to get access to this course for a total of 90 days (from registration date), including a private discussion forum to engage with the instructor and other students. Check your email once completing registration for an email from
  • $99: for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Disabled, Low income
  • $129: covers FIC’s costs
  • $149+: covers FIC’s costs + supports the intentional community movement

Suggested $129.00

Minimum $99.00

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