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Enjoy a new podcast offering an inside look at the beautiful and messy realities of creating and sustaining an intentional community.

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Recent Episodes

Ep 0: Why me? Why now? The Introduction


Ep 1: What is Community? Fantasy vs. Reality


Ep 2: Vision and Values with Dave Henson


Podcast Episode 3 - Lee Warren

Ep 3: Becoming a Steward of the Commons with Lee Warren


Ep 4 [Part I]: Finding Co-Founders and Creating Cooperative Culture with Yana Ludwig


Ep 4 [Part II]: Facilitation and Politics Bonus Conversation with Yana Ludwig


Podcast Episode 5 - Clifford Paulin


Podcast Episode 6 - Jonah Mesritz

Ep 6: Finding Your Land with Jonah Mesritz


Podcast Episode 7 - Diana Leafe Christian

Ep 7: Governance & Decision Making with Diana Leafe Christian


Podcast Episode 8 Sky Blue

Ep 8: Income Sharing & Innovating Economy with Sky Blue


Ep 9: Skillful Facilitation for Any Situation with Laird Schaub


Episode 10 - Alyson Ewald

Ep 10: Navigating Conflict and Restoring Connection with Alyson Ewald


Trish Becker

Ep 11: Exploring Cohousing with Trish Becker


Ted Rau

Ep 12: Creating Inclusivity with Sociocracy with Ted Rau


Episode 13 - Anthony 'Campo' Campbell

Ep 13: Visiting Communities with Anthony ‘Campo’ Campbell


Episode 14 - Yana, Sky and Cassandra

Ep 14: The State of the Communities Movement with Yana, Sky and Cassandra


About the Podcast

The Inside Community Podcast brings folks along for an inside look at all of the beautiful and messy realities of creating and sustaining a community. We provide useful and inspiring content to support people on their quest for resilience, sustainability, and connection.

Through essays and interviews with experts, we examine a variety of topics related to communal living — from governance and decision making to ownership models, from navigating coparenting to navigating finances, from how to find your people to how to actually live with them. Whether you are wondering what it would be like to live with friends, share resources, and explore a more interconnected way of being, or live in community, and are looking for tips and tricks to overcome your community’s latest hurdle, the Inside Community Podcast will meet you where you are on your journey with topical episodes and fearless investigations. 

Meet Your Host

Inside Community Podcast host Rebecca Mesritz is a community builder living in Williams, Oregon.  In 2011, Rebecca co-founded the Emerald Village (EVO) in North County San Diego, California.  During her ten years with EVO, she supported and led numerous programs and initiatives including implementation and training of the community in Sociocracy, establishment of the Animal Husbandry program, leadership of the Land Circle, hosting numerous internal and external community events, and participation in the Human Relations Circle which holds the relational, spiritual and emotional container for their work. 

In June of 2021, with the blessing of EVO, Rebecca and 3 other co-founders relocated to begin a new, mission- driven community and learning center housed on 160 acres of forest and farmland.  Rebecca is passionate about communal living and sees intentional community as a tool for both personal and cultural transformation. In addition to her work in this field, she also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University and creates functional, public, and interactive art in metal, wood, and pretty much any other material she can get her hands on. She is a mother, a wife, an educator, a nurturer of gardens, an epicurean lover of sustainable wholesome food, and a cultivator of compassion and beauty.

Rebecca Mesritz, podcast host

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Your donation will directly support the production of the Inside Community Podcast, a co-production of host Rebecca Mesritz and the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC).

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The Inside Community Podcast is sponsored by the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC). Reach out if you are interested in sponsorship or advertisement opportunities on the podcast.