About the Communities Conference

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The Twin Oaks Communities Conference (TOCC) is an annual gathering over the Labor Day weekend which brings together people seeking intentional communities with folks who are already living in them.  There are performances, auctions, presentations and specialized curated workshops on intentional community living and Open Space technology workshops on any topic.  The conference focuses on Intentional Communities, including models such as Ecovillages, Cohousing, and Housing Cooperatives, and the larger cooperative movement, including all kinds of cooperative and collective organizations.

The themes for the 2024 Communities Conference are:

This event is the longest running conference on international communities in the nation, with over 40 different ICs represented and likely over 200 participants.  It is a family friendly, camping event in rural Virginia. Twin Oaks community hosts this event at our fully equipped conference site.

If you live or want to live according to the values of cooperation, sustainability, and equality this conference is for you. You’ll get something out of this event whether you’re brand new to communities and cooperatives, or have been living and working in them for decades. The conference focuses on Intentional Communities, including models such as Ecovillages, Cohousing, and Housing Cooperatives, and the larger cooperative movement, including all kinds of cooperative and collective organizations.

Want to know more about our vision/mission and what we mean by Intentional Communities?

The Twin Oaks conference site has open air facilities and the basic registration option includes camping. Meals and snacks are provided (including food contributions from participants) from Friday dinner through Monday dinner. Indoor accommodations are also available for a fee.

Find out more about the logistics of the conference.

Activities at the conference include formal workshops and presentations, open space workshops provided by participants, community introductions and networking, tours of three different intentional communities, a rockin’ dance party, and plenty of time to hang out and have fun.

Check out the schedule and descriptions of activities and workshops.

Please consider making a donation to help us keep the conference financially accessible. Tax deductible donations can be made to Fellowship for Intentional Community, a 501(c)3 non-profit which acts as a fiscal sponsor for the Communities Conference. Non-tax deductible donations can be made directly to Twin Oaks Community, which is a 501(d) non-profit.