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2-hour Live Workshop

May 2020

Participatory Place Design for This Century

May 20, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

This interactive session will explore a variety of urban revillaging processes and projects with national leader in the development of regenerative public places, Mark Lakeman. Do you want to create that "village feel" wherever you are living right now? Let's learn how to re-design our public spaces for more community!

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June 2020

We must build our own villages: Transforming our neighborhoods into more collective and supportive spaces

June 16, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

How do we remain socially connected while physically distant? How do we transform our existing neighborhoods into the villages that we so desperately need?

Join Trish Becker, community consultant, founder, and recent TEDTalk speaker for a highly interactive session. All are welcome!

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Create an Intentional Community – One Week Training

June 22, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

Are you starting an ecovillage, cohousing, coliving or permaculture center, urban or rural, large or small? Gain valuable insight and group coaching with intentional community founder, author and FIC Board Member, Yana Ludwig. Get your questions answered and receive practical advice hard to find elsewhere to help your group to thrive! This 3-part online training is ideal for those in the early phases of starting or trying to grow a new intentional community.

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Creating Diverse Intentional Communities

June 23, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Learn the essentials of how to create diverse, inclusive and thriving communities with Crystal Farmer, educator, writer and active member of both cohousing and polyamorous communities. This session is ideal for anyone who is thinking about starting an intentional community or is currently developing  or living in community. 

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July 2020

Examining White Supremacy Culture in Intentional Community

July 7, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Most intentional communities are predominantly if not entirely white. Even if this isn’t intentional, this isn't an accident or coincidence. In this online workshop we’ll take a look at what white culture is, how it manifests as white supremacy within our communities, and share ideas and stories about how to affect meaningful change. This workshop is open to all participants but is geared towards white people.

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Conflict Resolution Workshop: fight, flight, or opportunity? with Laird Schaub

July 16, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

This informative session will explore ways to address conflict and interpersonal tensions within communities... or any group that wants to work constructively with their feelings. The online learning session will be led by Laird Schaub, an early founder of FIC and with decades of intentional community living and consulting experience.

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Anti-Racism in Action Workshop with Crystal Farmer

July 21, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

The current times tell us that it's not enough to not be racist--we have to be anti-racist. Whether your community is residential or just a group of interested people, doing the work of anti-racism helps everyone be more inclusive and welcoming to people of color. In this online workshop, we'll cover how to do anti-racism work right where you are.

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Conscious Communication Skills Workshop with Miles Sherts

July 23, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Interpersonal communication is the #1 skill needed to be able to thrive in an intentional community. Do you want to learn the essentials of conscious communication to be able to live and work with others productively? Strengthen your capacity for listening and speaking with compassion and clarity through challenging situations during this session with author, educator and intentional community founder, Miles Sherts.

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Consensus Decision-Making Training with Yana Ludwig

July 28, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Learn how to make decisions as a community using the consensus method. Our guest facilitator, Yana Ludwig, has 24 years of cooperative living experience, including four community start-ups. Join this interactive workshop so your group can start making decisions with effectiveness and ease!

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Branding & Outreach for Your Intentional Community with Cynthia Tina

July 30, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Are you wanting to attract new members, gain program participants and fulfill the mission of your community, ecovillage, cohousing or permaculture project? Get ready to re-think whatever negative associations you have with branding and marketing! This workshop will guide you through the initial steps of developing an authentic brand, honing in your niche, and creating an outreach strategy. 

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August 2020

WORKSHOP | Anti-Racism in Intentional Communities

August 11, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Now more than ever, predominantly white intentional communities are recognizing how they perpetuate racism and white supremacy, and are looking for ways to change. What does this look like in practice? Join Sky Blue (former FIC Director) is joined by Avi Kruley (Co-Director of Community Well-being at Mount Madonna Center) for a deep look at anti-racist practices.

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WORKSHOP | Legal Basics for Intentional Communities

August 18, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Get your community project on solid legal footing! This workshop will cover some of the legal basics for starting or sustaining and intentional community. Join legal consultant, Clifford Paulin, for a both interactive and highly practical session.

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WORKSHOP | Sociocracy Governance & Decision-Making

August 25, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Sociocracy is a governance system that supports healthy group processes. Sociocracy has a strong focus on equality and effectiveness and is used worldwide in a variety of organizations, particularly in intentional communities. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of the basic concepts of sociocracy: how we make decisions, how we empower and connect teams and we can improve continuously over time.

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WORKSHOP | How to Start an Intentional Community

August 26, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Get your community project started in the best possible way!

This online workshop draws on years of knowledge from community founders, and Yana’s own 23 years of cooperative living, including four community start-ups, to lay out the most important considerations for making a new intentional community a success.

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WORKSHOP | How to Start a New Affordable Cohousing Project

August 27, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Cohousing is community designed to foster connection. Physical spaces allow neighbors to easily interact with others just outside private homes. Common areas including kitchen, dining space and gardens bring people together. Collaborative decision-making builds relationships. Let cohousing expert and architect, Charles Durrett, walk you through the steps to make it happen!

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