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  • 2023 Communities Conference Update #3

    Headlines If you missed them, you can read Update #1 and Update #2 on our blog.  Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite. They are $150 for adults, $50 for youth ages 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under. We will close online ticket purchasing at noon eastern time on Thursday, August 31.…

  • Communities Conference 2023

    We are going to have the Communities Conference on Labor Day weekend, September 1-4, 2023. The 2023 Communities Conference will have at least 2 threads/themes.  One thread explores starting new communities, and another examines diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ticket prices for 2023 are available here. Tickets, work exchange applications, and…

  • We are back in 2022!

    We are going to have the Communities Conference in 2022! After two years of having to cancel for the pandemic, we are coming back on labor day weekend (Sept 2 thru 5). We will discuss several themes, including reconciliations (between members, between members and communities, and between communities that don’t…

  • the Communities Conference as a network

    the Communities Conference as a network: an interview by Paige Carlson I sat down to talk with Sky, who has been helping organize the Communities Conference in varying degrees for 18 years, he is currently serving as the executive director for the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), and is actively…

  • 30 years of community building

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. A lot has changed in 30 years. For one, in 1987 the internet wasn’t commercially available. No websites, no email. As a child of the digital age it’s hard for me to fathom how people…

  • Service and Activism in Intentional Communities

    Service and activism go hand in hand with intentional community. In a sense, central to the intent of intentional communities is providing the service of modeling an alternative society. But it’s also common for intentional communities to engage in service and activism beyond themselves, and our history is full of…

  • Taking Sharing Further: A Co-Oper’s Experience of Twin Oaks

    Originally posted on The Commune Life Blog …. Until about a month ago, I called a housing cooperative in California my home. Affectionately named Cornucopia, it was a place of shared responsibility and benefit. Together we cooked meals, split the cost of common food, kept books, tended the garden, and…

  • An Ecovillage With Ambition

    If you haven’t heard about Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage you probably will soon (in fact, you just did!) For the most part, people unfamiliar with intentional communities might still have heard about The Farm or Twin Oaks, which have both been around nearly 50 years and gotten a lot of press…

  • The Global Ecovillage Network

    I became an international networker last week. I didn’t mean to. But apparently unexpected things happen at Findhorn Community, in Scotland. I was there for the 20th anniversary summit of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), and it was the first event I’ve attended with my new title of Executive Director…

  • What does community mean?

    Community is an important buzzword these days. People recognize that social structures are deteriorating and that people want more of a sense of connection with others. Suburbia is almost perfectly designed to keep interaction to a minimum. Consumerism and capitalism are other important factors. We’re bombarded by messages promoting individual…