Intentional communities come in myriad different shapes, sizes, and scenarios. From ecovillages, cohousing setups, Nomad Bases, hackbases, pagan co-ops, faith-based retreats, housing cooperatives to communes, what they share is a commitment to doing things together - a concept which has caused the model's popularity in recent times.
Intentional Community life isn't for everyone, and often takes long term commitment and particiaption, rather than short-term observation. It may begin asking yourself about your beliefs and whether you can focus on collaborative living. Are you seeking a retreat, solitude and silence or are you looking to engage, create and collaborate. Some communities are free, but may require you to work and do chores, while others may charge for every night you stay. Some may require you to share their beliefs or be an artist, entrepreneur or musician. Some have guiding principles and others have none.
Examples of Intentional Communities
List of lists
- see http://totalism.org/alike
- Nomad Bases and Nomad Base Initiatives
- List of ecovillages
- A map with many things mainly in France. It says: living places, nomad bases, collectives, eco-places, squats, self-managed farms, ZAD (place to defend), ZAP (place to protect).
- The intentional communities directory is a means to search for an intentional community, ecovillage, cohousing, commune, co-op, or other cooperative living arrangement. You can browse through their community lists, look at maps, or search their database. You can filter your search on many key characteristics of each community such as location, size, etc.
- GEN is an ecovillage network in Europe.
- The intentional communities directory is a guide to communal living in the United Kingdom.
- The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cooperative culture in the United States. There are 1,775 so-called intentional communities listed in the Fellowship for Intentional Community’s United States directory: eco-villages, pagan co-ops, faith-based retreats and everything in between.
- A list of the 256 Kibbutzim in Israel (including 16 “religious kibbutzim”). Most of them are located in peripheral areas.
- Slab City (The Slabs) (located at 33°15′32″N 115°27′59″W) is a snowbird campsite in the Colorado Desert in southeastern California. It is used by recreational vehicle owners and squatters from across North America. It takes its name from the concrete slabs that remain from the abandoned World War II Marine barracks of Camp Dunlap.
- Emerald Earth, a Redwood-shrouded community in northern California].
- Arcosanti is an "urban laboratory"/ "experimental town" north of Phoenix.
- Sieben Linden is an eco-village in central Germany that's home to 100 adults, 40 children and almost no 20-somethings. They have a 12-day "get-to-know-us" immersion course.
- Coed Hills Rural Art Space - Pronounced 'coyd’ is one of Wales’ leading centres for sustainable living and the creative arts. They aim to become a centre of education focused on nature, sustainability and traditional woodland skills and crafts, contributing to local tourism, employment and the rural economy. They are working towards self-sufficiency in energy production: this will reduce our costs and our effect on the local and global environment, and serve as a living experiment in what is possible. We do not claim to be perfect, but we are constantly exploring and sharing what we learn both from cutting edge technology and from the knowledge and wisdom of previous generations. Their [ www.coedhills.co.uk Website] website is under construction at the moment.
- Faslane Peace Camp is a permanent peace camp sited alongside Faslane Naval base in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. They are protesting against Trident, the British Nuclear weapons system which consists of 4 nuclear powered submarines, each armed to the teeth with enough explosive plutonium to end the world (all true). This is the sole reason for their existence and as such, those living here have put their personal lives, for the most part, on hold to live here and campaign. They are always happy to welcome people who are interested in the issues and want to help them out a bit with camp life like chopping wood, painting caravans, repairing structures... They especially like to host people who are interested in making mischief with us.
- Auroville is a community in India where people try to live in peace and harmony. You should have some skills to trade, when seeking to stay there.
- The Camphill Movement is an initiative for social change inspired by anthroposophy. Camphill communities are residential "life-sharing" communities and schools for adults and children with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other special needs, which provide services and support for work, learning and daily living. There are 119 Camphill communities in 23 countries in Europe, North America, Southern Africa and Asia (as of March 2012)." - wikipedia
- The Rainbow Family Of Living Light are intentional community builders, adhering to values of non-violence and alternative lifestyles.
- Kibbutzim - A kibbutz is a collective type of community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. The first kibbutz was established in 1909. While some kibbutzim have been privatized and others have made changes in their communal lifestyle, many of them accept volunteers.
- Everything I Learned from a Year of Touring the World's Communes .