People forming a Group

This noticeboard is intended for individuals, small handfuls of individuals or families that would like to find others to get something going. People are likely to be at a very early stage and so not big enough or thought-through enough to go into our Forming Groups section. We would always urge people to consider whether they really want to "reinvent the wheel" all over again. Existing communities are often looking for new members (take a look here) and there are usually several forming groups who've already got some way down the line here.
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Calling forth a tribe of Earth healers

Envisage this- A nomadic tribe of Earth healers, roving the mountains, woods, fields, seas, islands and cities, as simultaneously we rove the sacred ground of our own beating hearts. Seeking and being guided to the places that need us most. We the nomads are skilled in the arts and sciences of earth restoration. We have gained experience in the crucible of Mother Nature’s guiding wisdom. We have sought ourselves through the ever changing elements of many, many seasons and now we see glimpses of our true potential. We hear the call of Gaia in our dreams and the footfall of sisters and brothers rouses us from our slumber. We see a hand outstretched in the bright dawn light. Together…………. we take a step. Could this be? Dare you dream it as I have? What does it take? First I feel it begins with a longing, born of the feeling that something is not quite right. It leads us forward as we try new things, gain new insights, new skills and find new ways of giving. For some this is enough. For others it is just the beginning- The phase of awakening. We rub our eyes and gaze out amongst the masses and we sigh, for they are still asleep. I feel guided to help others wake up- To demonstrate the art of teaching, sharing, giving, and loving unconditionally, to walk barefoot with Gandhi, to be the change I want to see. But I am no Gandhi, I am no master and I have walked far now and there is so much more change that I want to be. So I have a proposal- We come together as a community but unlike all the other intentional communities I have visited we don’t buy land. The whole world is our home. Why limit yourself to one small piece? Instead of getting caught up in the bureaucracy of trying to impose a new way of living onto the very entrenched and archaic framework of civil-isation, why don’t we draw strength from our ancestors, who for the vast majority of the time humans have existed have been migratory and lived lightly on the land. Let’s explore this. I feel a good place to start would be to form a core of dedicated, skilled, spiritually awake, free beings. Perhaps 4-8 people providing a good balance of feminine and masculine energy, with a good range of skills- communication skills, food growing skills, healing skills, creating skills, dreaming skills and most importantly of all to have unconditional love for the all that is! I’m not looking for super-heroes, simply those centred enough to hear their soul calling them to walk forward on this path. We can move from project to project as volunteers working on the land, asking for donations to support our onward travel, making friends, sharing information, planting trees, laughing our heads off, story- telling, spreading light, connecting hearts and giving thanks. This is an invitation, an invitation to an experiment, a forum to dance in the realm of potential manifestation! So………. Hi, my name is Luke and this is my dream. I am a free being! I am also 37 years old and have walked the Earth as a mountain guide, sustainable horticulturalist, rap artist, permaculture designer, hedgerow philosopher and spiritual seeker. But now integration of these things and many others calls me. So with this intention I’m lighting a beacon fire and putting out the call. As an intention this now has infinite potential. All things are possible- for we are all things……..

message posted by Luke Russell
Pyrenees Living.Come and join the adventure?

Hello We would like to live in the Languedoc region of the South of France. Close to the Pyrenees. We are a family looking to move out there early spring. We would like to buy land with some run down properties. We have many ideas plans of what we would like to do. Here is a flavour of what we would like to create. Permaculture designs and life style. Shared gardens with growing lots of our own food. Our own home made houses. Compassionate people with open minds and hearts. Vegetarian/vegan. Strong connections within our own community. Good connections with our wider community. I am open to all sorts of people and ideas. This is just a start. Please contact me if you are interested in coming with us. Or you are already there? We shall be moving over in the spring of 2017 to absorb the culture and meet like minded people. Look forward to hearing from you

message posted by Lucie
Thailand

Anyone interested in living around here? If you like rural areas, not far from the urban centre, get in touch and let us to know what's your plan :)

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Earth Core is looking for farm land in France or Eastern Europe 20 acres or more

Earth Core is a forming community which is looking for good mixed farm land in either France or Eastern Europe. We've been visiting and researching these countries for nearly 3 years now and would love to hear from any one who can give us leads, websites, etc. on how to do this effectively. Many websites sell properties with only small bits of land attached to them We're looking for 20 or more acres to get our vision going! Most grateful if any one can help. Lucy

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Exeter and Devon Network seeks more settlers for the Resistance

Hi, I am a political activist advertising on behalf of an informally and disparately connected network of growers, alternative livers and political activists at an exciting stage of development around Exeter and across rural Devon. I seek seek more likeminded individuals from across the country and internationally to help build a strong ownership base of land and property in our area, affording opportunities for political strategy, civil disobedience and the growth of truly sustainable human culture. The interests of my contacts include: organic growing, permaculture, ecological engineering, meditation, martial arts, quantum physics, writing, singing, dancing, polyamory, home education of children, low impact solutions, community building, working animals, self-builds, challenging planning law (lots of experience), political activism, nomadic lifestyles, fasting and feasting, eating for optimum health, festivals, appropriate and spiritual psychedelic use, photography, publishing, curating, science and technology, engagement with wider society, rites of passage, foraging, ecopreneurship (making lots of money in order to dismantle capitalism from the inside), documentary making and much much more! We seek folk of all levels of experience and from all backgrounds. Physical fitness and political courage are a bonus. We also seek those who understand that pacifism (at least towards property and machinery) may not always be an appropriate response to the level of oppression that we experience as modern persons, and that the planet experiences to a worsening degree. A couple of us live in a new housing development of flats in a town which is central to the whole of Devon. It is nicer than the average modern development and another row will be built here in 6 months, although it will be possible to reserve from January 2017. Around 110K per flat. For various projects at the moment I particularly seek a live in carpenter and mechanic for one project, and a female grower with her own campervan for another project. Email matt.lepley@gmail.com or phone Matt on 07967738778 I look forward to hearing from you!

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Interested in forming a cooperative in Newcastle - request for advice

Hello, I'm interested in setting up a housing cooperative in Newcastle, and have been reading what I can find online about the process, but would like to speak to someone who has gone through it already and ask a few questions / get some general advice / guidance (I don't even know if it is feasible currently with house prices as they are). Not sure if this is the appropriate place to ask, but would anyone with a bit of experience be willing to have a phone call with me for 20 minutes or so and tell me a bit about how their place was set up initially? Many thanks, Annie

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Can i get involved?

i am currently hoping to find some intentional communities to visit to find the right one to settle and work with. my views are fairly anarchistic, anti-statism, with a slant towards christian-anarchy too, although i am more used to working and living alongside non-christian folk and atheists, very happily. i have lived in a few very successful woodland squats, and a few housed communities in the 90's, and spent some time squatting in new zealand. i would very muchu like to find a community where i can join the communal worklaod, and have a little space to plug in my electronic music recording gear in the evenings/nights. i am a very social person, so long as i have a little space to be on my own when needed. and although entering my 50th year, have so much youthful enerhgy to share. idieally i would like to share ina community that has a strong DIY ethic, perhaps some space to build a small semi-permanent, or temporary dwelling from any natural things around, and take part in whatever needs done, and or find some work locally to help bring funds into the community. in time my music equipment may be helpful, as i get stronger at using it, to bring in some funds. do come say hello!

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Long term woodland and food security project

Hi, I'm looking for people interested in going in on a long term woodland and food security project. It's intended that the food production aspect of the project will focus primarily on tree crops, particularly nuts. A piece of land has become available. It's in the west of Ireland (where I live). The land is devoid of shelter and will require a lot of trees to be planted. It's also quite remote. There is no vehicle access and no likelihood of it happening in the future. It is presumed that all site development including accommodation will be carried out by hand. Owing to the lack of easy access the project requires people who are fully up for a serious physical challenge. Is the project viable? I believe it is. I've a long term interest in land rehabilitation and my work has included the successful establishment of orchards in very difficult environments. I currently run a nursery specialising in fruit and nut trees and am in a position to grow and supply all the trees needed, including the shelter trees. My hope is that the project will eventually support a small low-impact community and provide inspiration to others in terms of sustainable land use and food production. For more info, please get in touch.

message posted by Andi
any interest ??

Hi, I'm a 56 year old grandmother, with extremely low finances available, I'm wondering if there may be any spaces in UK communities that may have a space, at little or no outlay, or, maybe some folk who may be interested in forming a group to seek out a suitable place to set up a self sufficiency living group project,I'm thinking mainly of folk around my age group, raising funds for day to day expenses( bills, rent etc) by earnings from crafts,on site products,produce sales, and / or from outside incomes paying shared costs etc, not particularly vegetarian diet orintated but open and varied, non religious, religion private and kept out of day to day life situations as much as possible, my ideas fairly sketchy at the present and this is merely an embryonic post to see what responses there may be if any.

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A Creative Response to Aging

We are getting together a group to develop a senior cohousing project in Halton just outside Lancaster. We have identified a site and are looking for people to join us. There is going to be an open meeting for anyone interested in the project to find out more on Sat 21st January - email us for more info or find us on Facebook: Haltonseniorcohousing

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Looking for 42 like-minded individuals to start a eco-village in czech

The idea is simple, to create a resource based economy without all the trappings of this unnatural modern society. To offer or work towards offering several of the vices and entertainment (eg. tobacco, beer, wine) that the fiat economy offers and to constantly inmprove upon those offerings. This would ease the transition into this "new world". To grow enough food to sustain 100 people and whatever we can't use ourselves we would return to the local communinty to bulid a rapport with our neighbours. The idea is about becoming not only self sufficient but truly succeeding at it. To register this idea as a charity with absolutely transparent accounts. Once the target is hit we develop a new village, with 42 new members, in a new location, which can grow different resources. This would then create an internal trade network, which would only grow. The first venture would be czech for a multitude of reasons, the second perhaps Spain. Free travel offered for community members. But before I get ahead of myself the first hurdle must be tackled. As I see it in order to free ourselves from the fiat economy a price must be paid, at least initially. After that our hopes, our determination would be that the idea itself will have gained enough traction to roll forward under its own momentum. This Human Experiment through sheer force of will could have the potential to spread through the world like a cheamotherapy. Of course I look forward to hearing back about this. Im open to suggestions and ideas. Please feel free to contact me.

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Diversion ahead?

Down to earth practical self employed unconventional chap, a life long greenie and child of the 50s... sometimes living on my converted coach, or traveling with work in my van and other times under a conventional roof. Reformed smoker, non-drinker, easy going, right of centre... I feel I'm reaching a point where some change is required... and the clock keeps ticking... I'm unconvenional, some say eccentric, experienced in property repair, and generally very practical, into alternative fuels and do not possess a suit. Some of my favourite things.... countryside and coast, Victoriana, steam, relaxing, Gogglebox on the gogglebox, radio, companionship... I'm solvent enough to invest in something new or existing that might involve a group or perhaps there's a younger tomboy of a lady out there also looking for a change of circumstances, and maybe a partner!.. Somewhere middle England, South or East maybe? What might the future bring...?

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Community for youthful retirees (Updated Jan 2017)

Community for youthful retirees Southern Cornwall - roughly Falmouth to Looe. CHARACTERS - Community Housing Association of Retired Arty Crafty Types (Environmentally Responsible Souls) Imagine a cross between “Last Of The Summer Wine” and “Friends” – a friendly and eco friendly community set up with the aim of improving individual quality of life as well as substantially reducing the collective footprint. I am a retired fella seeking like-minded-souls to join me in a rental property in a lovely area that my kids would want to visit - and not just to see me... Preferably big garden and by the sea - boat share anyone? Not sure how to go about setting this up but students seem to be able to manage... perhaps all members could put up a bond sufficient to initially acquire a suitable property as well as helping to ensure the group maintained it’s focus and had time to vet replacement candidates when necessary? Looking for people who enjoy the likes of:- working/playing together, live music whether listening or playing, cooking, arty-crafty stuff, gardening, good conversation, sport etc... When I searched the internet there were any number of expensive Care Homes and the likes for the aged but I am neither old nor in need of any care. A rental property would seem the quickest and simplest way forward – a hotel or big Guest House or? I suspect a minimum personal requirement would be to have a double en-suite bedroom and access to social areas both indoors and out to relax proportionate to the group. Perhaps the group, or a subset thereof, would have a desire for a more permanent arrangement as some kind of Cooperative through what I believe is called Crowd-Funding - maybe a property suitable for development both internally and externally. I believe there would be a place for all kinds of members with different financial portfolios from investors at one extreme to those purely wanting a relatively fixed modest rent. ADVANTAGES-FINANCIAL. The expenses associated with acquiring accommodation can be drastically reduced as well as day to day living expenses – especially for someone living on their own. For someone like myself who is “managing” by themselves there is the prospect of being relatively “comfortable” ADVANTAGES-SOCIAL. Especially for a single person, the prospect of independent living far beyond that which might be enjoyed living alone - in particular with regard to their mental health. Pals to play with and share life’s ups and downs. It just seems so much more civilised! We are all old enough to have acquired hobbies and interests that others might be interested in and I would dearly love to be introduced to more... Consider this – unlike a transient student accommodation this would be an opportunity to settle in a beautiful area with like-minded souls with time at their disposal who would become your good friends – of course there would be challenges along the way but there are thriving groups out there proving group living can be done... Possibly the most powerful reason to some might be that a surviving partner would not suddenly be left alone – a very comforting thought... DISADVANTAGES. HARD work at first... As with everything where some kind of gain is possible there are of course risks hence renting first to hone the group and learn how best to go forward successfully. If any of this appeals and you are interested and/or know someone who might be and/or know of any existing groups along these lines please post a reply, thanks. Den

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Database of people wanting to form a community

I've been looking for the right community for a long time, and I've both been part of groups starting a new community and visited existing communities that were looking for members, but without success so far. It occurred to me that there are loads of people on here who are in similar situations, and that the free-form advertisements on here can make it difficult to judge who to join up with. E.g. everybody wants to live more sustainably, but we all mean different things by that. I am therefore offering to build a database of people who want to join or start a community. What goes into the database can be worked out as the database is created, so will need active engagement, especially at the start. It would need to be limited to information that can either be quantified (e.g. less than x miles from Norwich) or a limited number of options (e.g. vegan, vegetarian, omnivore). The more subjective / interpersonal parts of the process will then still need to worked out, but at least the database could bring together groups of people who want the same things. If you'd like to be in the database please send me the information about yourself that you'd want to use to find others, plus an email address. If there are enough people in the database with overlapping wants to form a group I will send out this information without the email addresses to everybody. You will then be asked to decide whether you want to share your email address with this group. I will not share your information or email address with anyone else. The first thing that has emerged as a clear criterion is location. Please go to https://www.freemaptools.com/radius-around-point.htm?clat=46.000000&clng=3.000000&r=1400&lw=0 , drag the centre and radius of the circle to cover the area where you'd be prepared to move, then include the "URL to last radius" in your response.

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Setting up a Housing Co-op

Adding another dimension to Co-Housing and Housing Co-ops. Hi, Below is an ad I am using to try and get people wanting to set up a housing co-op to join me. I wonder if you might know anyone ? I am looking for other people to join me in setting up a new housing Co-op in Kent/Sussex initially and later with homes anywhere else in the UK, probably funded mostly by grants & crowdfunding. The purpose of the Co-op is to enable members to build up a financial stake in the Co-op using their rent so that they can save a sum of money to be used for them to buy their own home. The Co-op’s aim is to acquire a variety of homes to rent, from shared ‘Co-Housing’ homes to individually rented homes. It is intended the Co-op would continously seek funding to buy further homes to rent to increasing numbers of members to enable more and more people to use some of their rent to save deposits to buy their own homes. Put simply, instead of a private landlord making a lot of money out of his tenant who is effectively buying that landlord the house the tenant pays through the nose to rent, the Co-op will return some of the rent to the tenant to enable tenants to get onto the housing ladder by buying their own homes if that is what they want to do. Contact me if you are interested. My email is: nickwindrum@gmail.com

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