Finding Your Intentional Community Course

3-week Online Course | Starts May 1, 2024

Discover a structured pathway to find your ideal community in the “Finding your Community Intentional Community” course.

Course fee: $60-$100 USD

Individual class fee: $20-$50 USD

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Classes in this course are suitable for:Community Newcomers | Community Seekers | Community Starters

Course description and syllabus

Navigating the search for the right intentional community to join can often feel overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to sift through the myriad of options alone. From distinguishing between cohousing, ecovillages, or any other form of shared living, to understanding the complex structures and values that define each community, the journey can seem daunting.

The Finding Your Intentional Community course is a relief for those who feel lost in the sea of information, unsure of where to start or how to decide which community truly aligns with their aspirations and lifestyle. 

Join this in-depth online course, led by Cynthia Tina, who brings firsthand insights from visiting over 200 diverse communities. You’ll gain access to tools and strategies that demystify the process of selecting and joining an intentional community. The course addresses common pain points such as how to effectively research and evaluate different communities, the intricacies of community decision-making and economic systems, and what to expect when visiting potential community candidates. 

Take action on your dream of a more community-filled life. Don’t go at the search alone. Save time and mis-used energy, and ensure you end up where you really want to be, with this comprehensive course designed for community seekers just like you. 

Live classes are hosted on Zoom. All classes are recorded and available on our learning platform within 24 hours after each class ends and through 30 days after the last class.

Classes and topics in the Finding Your Intentional Community syllabus include:

Individual classes starting at US $20

May 1: Foundations of Intentional Community Living

  • Discover your “Why” for intentional community living
  • Identify if community living is right for you and crafting your “Community Wishlist”
  • Receive an overview of common types of intentional communities

May 8: Navigating Intentional Communities

  • Discover research tools and strategies for finding your intentional community
  • Start planning your community tour and learn best practices for visiting
  • Understand community structures: Decision-making, economic systems, and membership

May 15: Integrating into an Intentional Community

  • Discover how to evaluate and select the right community for you
  • Learn best practices for onboarding and offboarding, while navigating community structures
  • Receive advice and next steps for joining an intentional community

All Finding Your Intentional Community classes are held on Wednesdays from 11am-12:30m Pacific / 12-1:30pm Mountain / 1-2:30pm Central / 2-3:30pm Eastern. You can view your local time here.

May 29:Q&A Session

  • Ask any additional questions
  • Get personalized help
  • Networking

The Q&A session is optional and will take place from 11am-12pm Pacific / 12-1pm Mountain / 1-2pm Central / 2-3pm Eastern. You must register for the full course to attend the Q&A session.

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:


“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 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 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


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Online learning platform

Once you register, you’ll get access to our learning area that includes:

  • class slides and other course materials
  • class video recordings, audio files, and transcripts for learning on the go
  • recommended books with access to course participant discount
  • a dedicated discussion forum to connect with your classmates

Live interactive sessions

Each week you join a 2-hour live class with the course instructor, where you learn in a group setting with:

  • interactive presentations
  • break out sessions
  • group discussions
  • the opportunity for questions and answers, and personalized support

Classes are recorded if you miss one, and you will have 30 days after the last class to view recordings.

Journey with a cohort

You’ll join participants from around the world how, like you, want to learn how to be better communitarians. Benefits include:

  • opportunities to connect with like-minded people
  • opportunities to share ideas and stories
  • a network of support to carry your community project forward