Intentional Community Basics
On-Demand Online Course | Rolling Admission
Join us for the history of a global movement and gain tips for how to join or start a community in the intentional community basics course.
Course fee: sliding scale, starting at $49 USD
Who this course is for:
- people dreaming of community
- people wanting an introduction to intentional community
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Intentional Community Basics Course
What is an intentional community? An intentional community is a group of people who live together or share common facilities and who regularly associate with each other on the basis of explicit common values. In this course you’ll learn more about why intentional communities matter as well as the various types of intentional communities, dispel common myths about intentional communities and get a virtual tour of several communities around the world. You’ll also get an overview of the various resources available to you through the Foundation for Intentional Community, including the intentional community directory.
Your course instructors, Yana and Cynthia, will help you to understand if you’re a good fit for community living as well as help you decide if you should join an existing community or start a new community. You’ll also get an introduction of how to visit and join an intentional community as well as gain some insights on why and how to create an intentional community.
What this course includes
- 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 Intentional Community Basics course include:
- 1st Module: Welcome and Overview
- 2nd Module: Intro to Intentional Community and FIC Resources
- 3rd Module: Why Communities Matter and Myth Busting
- 4th Module: A Global Tour of Communities
- 5th Module: Types of Intentional Communities
- 6th Module: A Chat About Communities
- 7th Module: Who is a Good Fit for Community and How to Join One
- 8th Module: Why and How to Start an Intentional Community
- 9th Module: How to Visit and Learn from Intentional Communities
- 10th Module: Your Next Steps
Yana has 25 years of cooperative living experience, including four community start-ups. She serves on the Board of the Foundation for Intentional Community, and as a trainer and consultant for progressive projects.
Yana is co-author of The Cooperative Culture Handbook: A Social Change Manual to Dismantle Toxic Culture and Build Connection and author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption.
Her 2013 TEDx talk, Sustainable is Possible! kicked off an era for her as a public speaker and advocate for communities.
Find out more about Yana on her website: https://www.yanaludwig.net/.
Cynthia Tina is the “community matchmaker” and 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 sustainable communities. She has visited more than 150 intentional communities around the world, including the Vermont ecovillage where she lives in her self-built passive solar home.
Formerly the co-director, Cynthia is now a spokesperson and educator with the Foundation for Intentional Community. She’s a former trustee of the Global Ecovillage Network and former director of the youth ecovillage network, NextGEN North America. She holds a degree in Sustainability from Goddard College, as well as certificates in Permaculture and Ecovillage Design, and Yoga Teacher Training.
Get started on your community journey with a short quiz to find out which type of community is a fit for you! https://communityfinders.com/quiz
Intentional Community Basics course testimonials
“It dispelled some preconceived notions I held about intentional communities, and helped me realize how naïve I was when I tried to start one. This course helped me know FIC is a resource for me as I take next steps toward finding/living in community.”
“Very easy to understand and to comprehend material. This is highly recommended as a primer before embarking on your own Intentional Community.”
“Great overview and much to think about as alternative to the way we live”
The On-Demand Course Experience
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.
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.
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.
Intentional Community Basics Course