Developments for FIC at Organizational Meeting at Twin Oaks The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) met for its twice annual Organizational Meeting at the end of October. For over thirty years, this gathering has taken place at different intentional communities throughout North America. This year we met at Twin Oaks, a 50+ year old… Read More
The ICSA thirteenth international conference will explore strategies that intentional communities use to promote the inclusion and empowerment of persons of diverse abilities, cultures, races, economic backgrounds, religions, ages, genders, and sexualities. It will explore intentional communities and community movements that focus on the experiences of groups that have historically been marginalized—as, for example, the… Read More
The Village Building Convergence (VBC) is City Repair’s flagship event featuring over 30 community-built projects happening all over Portland. Additionally, the VBC hosts a series of evening events featuring speakers and local musicians.
Community for the Health of it Something for everyone — those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities. • Cohousing Bus Tours & Open Houses • 2-days of Pre-Conference Intensives • Multiple Tracks of sessions: Build It – Live It – Sustain It • Facilitated Discussions • Networking Opportunities Common Questions Our call… Read More
From urban cohousing to rural commune, journey throughout European ecovillages or bicycle across the United States. Get started on these documentary films today for the BEST inspiration on creating sustainable community. Voices of Cohousing: Building Small Villages in the City One of today’s biggest paradoxes is that half of the world’s population lives in urban… Read More
Koinonia Farm holds a special and largely unknown place in the intentional communities movement. Founded in 1942 near Americus, Georgia, the word Koinonia means fellowship or communion, or as it was interpreted by the founders of Koinonia Farm, community. In their words, “from the beginning, Koinonians emphasized the brotherhood and sisterhood of all people. When… Read More
What did you think about this exploration of community? The web film adventure of Season 1 of Planet Community was possible thanks to the over $11,000 donated from 135 supporters, the cooperating communities, our filmmakers Aaron and Rae of Skillly Media, and co-producers Corneilu Rusu, Runchero University and Aron Heintz. Take a moment to post… Read More
Localization: Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness By Helena Norberg-Hodge Edited by Steven Gorelick and Kristen Steele This month’s free resource comes from our friends at Local Futures, who work to renew ecological, social and spiritual well-being by promoting a systemic shift towards economic localization. “From jobs to finance, from food to climate, from education to… Read More
I last visited Earthaven Ecovillage in 2001, when I came down with some other Twin Oakers for an FIC Art of Community conference. I was this fresh faced 20 year old communitarian, and it was my first substantial point of contact with the FIC, visiting a community that at the time was only 7 years… Read More
On March 1st I left my home of Twin Oaks Community and hit the road. I’ve been the Executive Director of the FIC for over 3 years now, and while Twin Oaks has been remarkably supportive and conducive in many ways, it’s also been limiting. I’m heading out to be an agent at large for… Read More
Spring is near and, if you’re like me, anticipation & ideas for new projects begin fluttering around our brains waiting for the right moment to leap into action. Sometimes it is simply starting seeds. Other times we want to organize our communities for dialogue, discussion and understanding. But do we know how to get started?… Read More
Start a Village “If you don’t like the way things are, Start a Village!” This was the essential message that Stephen Brooks delivered at his enthusiastic TEDx talk at Black Rock City. What does a guy at Burning Man know about community? Stephen shares inspiration through his travels, studies of permaculture, and teaching, how he… Read More
Communities issue #182, Spring 2019, Community Land, shares stories about how intentional community projects can gain access to land. It asks provocative questions about land, people, privilege, and the obstacles that prevent communities (particularly disadvantaged communities) from reconnecting to land―and offers inspiring stories of overcoming those barriers to achieve more equity and sustainability. Just as access to land depends on community in some form, community often depends on and derives its vitality from a group’s relationship to land. The issue highlights the interdependence of our selves, our human communities, and the lands which steward (and are stewarded by) our presence.
After 40 years of summer camps and other gatherings with shifting locations, Dance New England finally lands on its own 417 acres.
In the process of sharing a house you share much more than just the roof over your head. You share a space that shapes you. What do you offer and what do you receive? How do you build a home that you’re proud to belong to? Whether it’s a commune and their CSA or a… Read More
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) recognizes Starhawk as the 2019 recipient of the Kozeny Communitarian Award, honoring of the indomitable spirit of Geoph Kozeny (1949-2007), who devoted his adult life to creating community in the world. Starhawk is a well-known author and an internationally recognized activist and practitioner in the fields of permaculture, eco-feminism, and Earth-based… Read More
Would you love to use your marketing and social media skills to benefit communities? Apply to become our Marketing & Outreach Coordinator! If you have marketing, graphic design, and administrative skills, are excited about working as an innovative member in the cohousing movement, and are looking to develop an exciting career related to marketing and… Read More
It may be a mouthful to say, but it sure is fitting for this nearly 600 page, incredibly comprehensive guide to American intentional communities. This encyclopedic book chronicles from the first European settlements in America to the present (copyright 2013) and references over 3,000 communities of all sizes and life-cycles, spanning from the obscure to… Read More