Transforming FIC

Posted on November 19, 2018 by
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  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


International Communal Studies Association Conference

Posted on July 19, 2019 by

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

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Village Building Convergence

Posted on May 31, 2019 by

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.

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National Cohousing Conference

Posted on May 30, 2019 by

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

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Best Films for Inspiration🌱🌎🤸🏾‍♀️

Posted on March 19, 2019 by

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


Events we love – We’ll be there, will you?

Posted on March 18, 2019 by

FIC is a proud sponsor of a number of great events this year. We’re particularly looking forward to… Village Building Convergence – Portland, OR – May 31 – June 9 National Cohousing Conference – Portland, OR – June 1 – 2 International Communal Studies Association Conference – upstate New York – July 18 – 21… Read More


Video from Koinonia Farm

Posted on March 17, 2019 by

In community, On the Road – Dispatch #3 – Koinonia Farm

Posted on March 16, 2019 by

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


The Dilemmas of Being a Benefactor: Creating a Community Land Trust

Posted on March 16, 2019 by

CommonSpace CLT fulfills its founder’s dream of using her inheritance to create an affordable, not-for-profit example of diverse community on protected land in perpetuity.


Videos from Earthaven Ecovillage

Posted on March 15, 2019 by

Post a Review of Season I of Planet Community

Posted on March 15, 2019 by

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

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Your Monthly Freebie: Localization of Happiness

Posted on March 11, 2019 by

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


In Community, On the Road – Dispatch #2 – Earthaven Ecovillage

Posted on March 9, 2019 by

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


Land Speaking through the People: The Great Work of Our Times

Posted on March 9, 2019 by

Through Community Land Trusts, we can reimagine and experience anew our relationship with the land as communities of place-based people.


In Community, On the Road – Dispatch #1 – The Journey Begins

Posted on March 8, 2019 by

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


Top 5 Guides to Get You Started

Posted on February 27, 2019 by

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


Review: Farming While Black

Posted on February 26, 2019 by

This book is written for young Black, Brown, and Latinx people with dreams of farming, but it is also a gift to all of us who care about farming, equality, and justice.


4 Building Blocks of Community

Posted on February 25, 2019 by

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


Black Land Matters: An Interview with Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm

Posted on February 24, 2019 by

Headquartered on a community farm, a nonprofit, people-of-color-led organization works to dismantle racism in the food system by increasing farmland stewardship by people of color, promoting equity in food access, and training the next generation of activist farmers.


Connecting Land and Community

Posted on February 21, 2019 by

Through collective, organized efforts, groups that have lost access to land can regain it, while building community as well.


Land in a Sustainable and Just Society

Posted on February 17, 2019 by

To value equally the needs of all life and all people, we need to shift our land-use approach away from control towards access and stewardship.


International Communal Studies Association 2019 Conference

Posted on February 14, 2019 by

The FIC is a proud co-sponsor of the 2019 Conference of the International Communal Studies Association, which will take place July 18-21, 2019, at the four Camphill communities located near Hudson, New York.  Click here to register! If you have any questions about this registration site, please do not hesitate to contact Dan McKanan at [email protected]Read More


Community Land, #182 Contents and Free/By Donation Digital Download

Posted on February 14, 2019 by

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.


Have you joined yet to support the communities movement?

Posted on February 11, 2019 by

Growing the Network One Member at a Time Nineteen communities and organizations, and 35 individuals, recently joined as new Fellowship for Intentional Community members during our year-end fundraising event! Welcome to our shared network of communities and communitarians! New Community & Organizational Members (Dec. ‘18 to Jan. ‘19). Check their listings out in our Directory!… Read More

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Seeking Brigadoon: A Community of Dance-Campers Finds a Permanent Homeplace

Posted on February 10, 2019 by

After 40 years of summer camps and other gatherings with shifting locations, Dance New England finally lands on its own 417 acres.


Streaming Community Videos!

Posted on February 8, 2019 by

Watch This! More people are tuning in to learn about intentional communities, and discovering FIC as a resource to connect to the movement.  FIC first launched a Youtube Channel to share a webinar series on cooperation. With the release of the Planet Community series, and additional videos with it, there has been an uptick in interest and… Read More


Top 10 New Books in the FIC Bookstore!

Posted on February 8, 2019 by

You won’t want to miss out on these stellar topics new to the bookshelf   The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict by Aaron T. Wolf We tend to approach conflict from the perspective of competing interests. A farmer’s interest lies in preserving water for crops, while an environmentalist’s interest is… Read More


Intentional Communities Panel: Sharing Resources

Posted on February 7, 2019 by

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

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Starhawk Recognized for 2019 Kozeny Communitarian Award

Posted on February 6, 2019 by

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


Job Opening: Marketing & Outreach Coordinator for CoHousing Solutions

Posted on February 4, 2019 by

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


The Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities, by Timothy Miller

Posted on January 29, 2019 by

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